Issues of the Fastpitch Magazine are ready for download on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. The Fastpitch Softball Magazine is a monthly publication available on a subscription basis. This is not a magazine for kids, nor is it a magazine to just have fun with. This magazine is for serious players, coaches, and parents. If you actually want to learn something that will improve your performance, this is the magazine for you. If you want information that will make you a better coach then you need to subscribe. If you are a parent that wants to be better educated, to help you child reach their goals then you are going to love The Fastpitch Softball Magazine. This is the only true e-magazine for fastpitch softball.
When I decided to create the first softball magazine for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. I stopped and thought about who I would get to join me on this project.
I wanted a magazine that was a tool. A magazine that would really teach. I had seen print magazines for fastpitch softball in the past, and they had always been too juvenile for me. I decided to reach out to some of the friends I had made over the years of creating the Fastpitch TV Show. I was amazed by the fact that everyone I asked said yes right away. I think they liked the idea of what I wanted to create, and wanted to be a part of it. Let me introduce them to you.
The people involved in the production of The Fastpitch Softball Magazine listed in alphabetical order.
If you are interested in writing for The Fastpitch Softball Magazine just send me an email at FastpitchTV@gmail.com.
|Mitch Alexander – Fastpitch Academy
Mitch is the CIO for a major electronics company. He coaches both Little League and Travel softball teams. Currently Mitch is completing his PhD. He is a certified SUNY, ASA, and Double Goal Coach. His wife, Marie was one of the first female student athletes in the country to play Little League softball after Title IX was passed and played in the first Little League Softball World Series. Over the years, both have managed teams together and helped spark a love for softball in their student athletes. In his spare time, Mitch designs websites for fastpitch teams and businesses.
|Charity Butler – Stop Batting, Start Hitting
Charity is a pro-fastpitch player, internationally renowned hitting instructor and Intrinsic Coach Professional®. She is the founder of Exceed Sports, LLC, the developer of the Fi™ Hitting System, the author of Prep Steps™ 31 day guide to success for female Student-Athletes, the Florida Commissioner for VTD Softball and the Softball Brand Manager for Nfinity Athletic Corporation. Some of her many achievements include: Two Time ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American honors & winning a Swedish National Championship while posting .610 BA and .987 SLG.
Vist her website at Exceed-Sports.com
|Rob Crews – Swag 101
Rob is based in Southern New York, and is one of the most sought after hitting coaches in the country. He is the Author of the book, Complete Game: The Emotional Dynamics of In-Game Focus.
Rob provides consultant services for hitting coaches and develops hitting models for professional, olympic, and amateur softball and baseball programs. He served as the hitting coach for USSSA Pride (NPF) in their 2010 championship season, along with Tim Walton (UF), and Beth Torina (LSU).
As a consultant to companies like SKLZ, AXIS Bats, Bratt Sports, and MicroGate USA, Rob is continually developing comprehensive accelerated training systems that involve modern sports psych, neuromechanics, and visual strategies for efficiency in recognition and tracking.
|Jen Croneberger – The Five Words
Jen Croneberger is currently the president of JLynne Consulting Group, LLC. and has held numerous coaching positions, including the head softball coach at Unionville High School, assistant and head coach at Ursinus College and the Mental Game Coach for the (NPF’s), Philadelphia Force. Jen has also worked with big Division 1 programs as well as some of the top travel teams in the eastern US. She also serves as the Education and Publications Committee Chair for the NFCA. She was selected by the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry as the 2009 Female Business Leader of the Year.
Jen also writes inspirational and motivational stories on her blog on a regular basis. Her latest project is her first book release: ”These Five Words Are Mine,” A collection of blogs about seeing everyday life with new eyes was published in December of 2012. Her book tour will follow in 2013. She is an inspirational speaker that is unlike any others you have heard.
|Marc Dagenais MHK, CSCS – Take Your Game To The Next Level
Marc is a softball peak performance coach that helps players be more confident, mentally tougher, hit with more power, run faster, throw harder, and be more dominant on the field. He also helps coaches win more games and get more out of their team.
For more FREE Tips on please visit www.softballperformance.comand sign-up for his “Softball Performance Secrets Journal”.
|Lisa Iancin “LI” – Game – Speed – Defense
Lisa Iancin “LI” competed professionally in the (NPF) for 5 seasons, gathering a national championship in 2004 with the New York/New Jersey Juggernaut and in 2006 with the New England Riptide. In 2005, Iancin was named the NPF Defensive Player of the Year.
Among her college accolades at Cal are First Team All-Pac 10 and back-to-back appearances at the Women’s College World Series in 1999 and 2000. Internationally, Iancin played for Team Bussolengo, Italy in 2001.
Iancin was the Assistant General Manager of the Tennessee Diamonds for the 2010 (NPF) season.
To find out more about LI go to LISoftballAcademy.com
|Gary Leland – Publisher/Editor
Gary has been involved with softball at many different levels. He played softball, coached high school, and select softball teams. His select team won back to back state USSSA Championships in Texas.
He owns a retail softball equipment store SoftballJunk.com in Arlington, Texas, as well as many websites that sell softball equipment. He also produce softball videos, and other Fastpitch softball media websites.
Gary is the producer, and director behind the Fastpitch TV website, videos, and blogs.
To find out more about Gary go to GaryLeland.com
|Stacie Mahoe – Fastpitch From The Heart
Stacie Mahoe started playing fastpitch softball at the age of 9 and Founded All About Fastpitch in 2004. Stacie also served as the Chief Marketing Officer at Softball Performance. She currently blogs about Fastpitch softball at StacieMahoe.com. Her perspectives on the game as a former player, current coach, and current softball parent provide unique insights on various softball issues.
Vist her website at StacieMahoe.com
|Cat Osterman – Cat’s Corner
Cat’s accomplished career as a softball pitcher precedes her, starting with a record-breaking 4 years at the University of Texas and continuing with her impressive Olympic achievements and professional softball endeavors. In fact, she was the first pitcher to register over 2,000 NCAA strikeouts.
After taking home the gold at the 2004 Olympic games and enjoying years of success playing with the USA Softball Women’s National team, Cat began her professional career in 2007 with National Pro Fastpitch. She currently plays for the USSSA Pride, one of four National Pro Fastpitch teams, and is an inspiration to countless young softball players all over the world.
Visit her website at www.CatOsterman.com
|Bill Plummer – The View From Here
A graduate of Indiana University, Ind. Bill has been involved in softball for more than four decades. For 30 years he was a fixture at the ASA National Office in as a communications coordinator, manager of the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and historian.
In addition, he also served as the editor of the ASA official newsletter, The Inside Pitch, and as the Trade. He has written widely about the sport and has contributed to 13 books. In 2009. he authored “The Game America Plays”. In 2012, he co-authored “Best of the Best-Women’s Fastpitch”
Visit his website at PlummerSoftball.com
|Dalton Ruer – Getting Dirty With Coach Dalton
Coach Ruer has been using softball to encourage and motivate athletes for the past 15 years. Throughout the year he is a private softball instructor to many college bound athletes in the state of Georgia. He facilitates team based clinics and instructs at many elite and college recruiting softball camps. His specialties are helping players verbalize their dreams and establish a plan to achieve them and helping players overcome the fears that are holding them back from being exceptional athletes. He has produced 6 instructional DVD’s covering all aspects of how to win the short game and how to dive for the ball.
Keep up with Coach Dalton by visiting his blog and resource site at CrossTrainingSoftball.com
| Carly Schonberg – Fastpitch Power
Carly Schonberg is a former pitcher, established pitching instructor, and co-founder of Fastpitch Power, a fully integrated softball training program and knowledge base that emphasizes the importance of physical preparation, injury prevention, and outstanding research-driven pitching mechanics. Visit www.fastpitchpower.com for more articles, free videos demonstrating the exercises we mention, as well as pitcher video analysis and custom online strength training programs.
If you have any questions, or would like information on setting up a Fastpitch Power clinic, contact Carly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Natasha Watley – Watley’s World
Natasha Watley has mastered softball on every level; from travel ball, all the way through her professional career by taking home a gold medal from the 2004 Olympics & a silver medal from 2008 Olympics.
During the 2004 Olympics, Watley, assisted the US Softball Team on their third consecutive gold medal in Athens, by breaking the Olympic record for stolen bases.
Also internationally, Watley is a two–time Pan American Gold Medalist, three-time World Champion, and a four-time World Cup Champion.
Visit Natasha’s website at NatashaWatley.com
|Aaron Weintraub – Bridging The Gap Between Potential And Performance
Aaron holds a B.A. from Emory University (1993) and a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia (2000). He served as an assistant baseball coach for 13 years before starting www.CoachTraub.com, a consulting business whose mission is to over-deliver value on goods and services designed to help you win the mental side of the game. He works with teams and individuals, adding clarity to help them get what they want for their sport. CoachTraub.com also runs camps and clinics and has an online store.
Weintraub is the author of Coaches Guide to Winning the Mental Game (Coaches Choice, 2009) and An Elite Athlete’s Manual for Training Mental Skills (self-published, 2011). He lives in The Colony, TX with his wife, Nicole, and their four children.
|Sherry Werner – Windmill Wisdom
Sherry Werner, PhD is currently a biomechanics consultant with Ben Hogan Sports Medicine, TMI Sports Medicine, and Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, and a pitching instructor at the Sherry Werner Fastpitch Academy. She has held research positions at the United States Olympic Training Center. She received a MS degree in Biomechanics from Indiana University in 1989 and a PhD in Biomechanics from The Pennsylvania State University in 1995. She was selected to the COSIDA Academic All-American Softball Team while earning a bachelors degree from Slippery Rock University.
Dr. Werner’s research has focused on the effects of throwing motions at the shoulder, elbow and wrist. Past projects include data collection and analysis of elite softball pitchers during the 1996 Olympic Games. Sherry also released an instructional pitching DVD with Jennie Finch in 2011.
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Issue 16 of The Fastpitch Magazine Published By Gary Leland
Welcome to issue 16 of the Fastpitch Magazine. We begin this issue with Jen Croneberger’s article “For Love of the Game”. Jen’s love of fastpitch softball led her to not only play the game she loves so much but to study sport psychology; after talking with hundreds of players … Continue Reading
Issue 15 of The Fastpitch Magazine Published By Gary Leland
Welcome to issue 15 of the Fastpitch Magazine, we start things off in our “Catcher’s Zone” with Bryan Ingalls. Bryan helps catcher keep their focus and explains why it is so important for a catcher to keep a clear mind as well as the importance of communicating with their pitcher. … Continue Reading
Issue 14 of The Fastpitch Magazine Published By Gary Leland
I am happy to bring you this month’s issue of the Fastpitch Softball Magazine, which is now available on not only your iPad but also on your iPhone, and iPod Touch.
I am thrilled to add Sherry Werner to my list of distinguished contributors. … Continue Reading
Issue 13 of The Fastpitch Magazine Published By Gary Leland
I am happy to bring you this month’s issue of Fastpitch Magazine, which is now available on not only your iPad but also on your iPhone, and iPod Touch.
We are thrilled to have Carly Schonberg and Jen Croneberger to our list of distinguished contributors. … Continue Reading
Issue 12 of The Fastpitch Magazine Published By Gary Leland
I am happy to bring you this month’s issue of Fastpitch Magazine, which is now available on not only your iPad but also on your iPhone, and iPod Touch.
I start this issue off with Rob Crews and SWAG 101. Rob talks about “vision” in sports performance and asks the question “Vision Training: is it a Mental of Physical Process?” I also conducted an interview with Rob Crews during his time as the USSSA Pride’s hitting coach.
Consistency for any Fastpitch softball team … Continue Reading
Issue 11 of The Fastpitch Magazine Published By Gary Leland
Fastpitch Magazine Issue 11 is once again packed with information for the serious fastpitch softball player. We visit Cat’s Corner and two-time Olympian Cat Osterman shares what it was like to sit in the stands during the Women’s College World Series supporting her beloved Longhorns. We have extensive coverage and information from the WCWS throughout this issue. Coach Dalton joins us to talk about the amazing games played by every team throughout the WCWS and the games leading up to the championship showdown. Coach Dalton shares his take on the need to elevate recreation fastpitch softball as well as tournament play to better prepare softball players for the type of fighting it took to win a game. Jon Nachtigal provides us with some cold hard stats and shows how hitting ruled the games during the 2013 WCWS. … Continue Reading
Issue 10 of The Fastpitch Magazine Published By Gary Leland
I am excited to bring you an exclusive Base Running Clinic with former Olympian Leah O’Brien Amico! Leah talks about how to get a good hard first step, and to push off the ground hard. Leah also answers our Q and A questions, and shares how she gets ready for a game, what she likes to do when she is not involved with softball and how much value she places on mental training. We also sit down with Leah for an in depth interview where she shares about her years of playing softball, and now her experience as a coach. … Continue Reading
Issue 9 of The Fastpitch Magazine Published By Gary Leland
We jump right into this issue talking SWAG 101 with Rob Crews. In this issue Rob talks about hitters making the transition from high school to college.
While there is always a certain amount of fear in making the high school to college transition we hear from Coach Dalton Ruer on a different kind of fear. This fear keeps you from making that dive during a critical moment in a game. Coach Dalton gives players … Continue Reading
Working hard is nothing new to any successful softball player, however in Cat’s Corner, two-time Olympian Cat Osterman explains how an exceptional work ethic is a necessity.
Overall athletic performance of a softball player can be greatly improved with a combination of elasticity and core training. Barry Lovelace shares with us the basics of this training method.
Cat also answers our Q&A and gives us a little background on her career and inspirations. We also have exclusive coverage of Cat Osterman’s induction into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. … Continue Reading
Stacie Mahoe takes us straight to the heart of “Want vs Do” and how to make sure what you want lines up with what you do.
This issue brings you an exclusive video with Olympic Champion Natasha Watley. Natasha gave a session at SoftballCon about becoming a champion for the perspective of the athlete. Natasha also takes some extra time to answer this month’s Q&A, she shares everything from when she started playing softball to how much value she places on mental training. … Continue Reading
Fastpitch Magazine is now in its sixth issue and our list of distinguished writers keeps growing. We start things off talking with Lisa Lancin on “Game Speed Defense”. This months she asks When Does Fastpitch Happen? Each season the game of fastpitch softball seems to get quicker and quicker. As teams incorporate training programs of maximum strength and conditioning base hits are rocketing through the infield while base-runners are down the line in 2.8 seconds. Lisa explains that teams that possess solid game speed defense are proactive and have an attitude to manipulate the course of the game in their favor.
A lot of competitive softball players want to reach the next level and become an elite player. Coach Marc Dagenais gives a breakdown of characteristics you will need to develop the most in order to reach an elite level. … Continue Reading
Issue 5 of The Fastpitch Magazine Published By Gary Leland
A new fastpitch softball season will be starting soon and Fastpitch Magazine will be here to provide in-depth information on everything from how to prepare yourself mentally for games to skill drills that will help you take your game to the next level.
Two-time Olympian Cat Osterman tells us “Winning Isn’t Everything but it Matters” in this month’s Cat’s Corner. Gone are the days where teams receive trophies, past the age of 15 it is all about exposure and players seem to lose their competitive edge. Cat gives coaches ways to spark their players’ competitiveness. … Continue Reading
We are thrilled to add a new writer to Fastpitch Magazine. Stacie Mahoe joins us and shares with us an important parenting lesson she learned when her daughter showed no motivation to excel at softball. In this month’s “Bridging the Gap” Aaron Weintraub asks “Is Too Much Confidence Possible?” Aaron talks about how easy it is for players performing at a peak thinking they can do no wrong but when you are on top of your game, you don’t want to take anything for granted.
Rob Crews joins us again this month for SWAG 101, in part three of his 21st century hitting model, Rob talks about “The Kinematic Sequence”. … Continue Reading
Issue 3 of The Fastpitch Magazine Published By Gary Leland
Fastpitch magazine is growing thanks to our subscribers! We cover a lot of fastpitch softball information this month so let’s get right to it. It is a question that every beginning pitcher, and parent asks at some point. What are the 3 most important pitches a young pitcher should work on developing? Jennie Ritter breaks down body position and wrist movement for these three pitches.
We visit with former Olympian Tairia Flowers, and Former Arizona Pitcher Taryne Mowatt about their softball careers from playing as a child to present day. Tairia talks about the Olympics and her current coaching position while Taryne gives us insight into what influenced her throughout her career. … Continue Reading
Issue 2 of The Fastpitch Magazine Published By Gary Leland
In issue two of Fastpitch Magazine Bill Plummer takes us inside the fight to get softball/baseball reinstated into the 2020 Olympic Games.
Alson this issue we interview three time Olympian Leah O’brien Amico about her softball career from childhood to present day. Each issue will also feature a Fastpitch softball drill of the month, in this issue Stacie Mahoe talks about successful bunting. This drills allows every team member to work on their squeeze, sacrifice, quick or push bunt. Matt Meinrod then gives parents and player’s important information about healthy food choices and how athletes are often times prone to eating unhealthier than a non-athlete. … Continue Reading
Issue 1 of The Fastpitch Magazine Published By Gary Leland
In issue one of Fastpitch Magazine Bill Plummer takes you through the journey of women’s college softball and how Oklahoma City has established itself as “the place for college softball”. We will then move you right into the meat of what our magazine is all about.
In this issue we interview Olympians Jennie Finch and Jessica Mendoza. In our video interview with Jennie Finch she talks about her softball career from childhood to playing with the NPF. Each issue will also feature a Fastpitch softball drill of the month, in this issue Monti VanBrunt gives coaches a tee drill that focuses on batter reaction time. Matt Meinrod then gives parents and players important information about supplements that may be helpful to softball players. … Continue Reading