Top 10 Stocking Stuffers For Softball

Top 10 Stocking Stuffers

HeadbandYellowSeam11. Softball Headbands
Show off your love of softball by wearing a softball headband! From yellow leather to zebra print to glitter, you are sure to find a color combination or two that fit your style.
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dozen2.Fastpitch Flowers
Have you ever wished your flowers would last longer than a week or two? Look no further than fastpitch flowers! These flowers are made from softball leather and seams so no water or maintenance is required and will last forever.
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3. Softballjunk.com Keychain
Set your bag or keys apart with a Softballjunk.com keychain! This bright yellow softball is sure to catch your eye and is a great addition to your softball collection.
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4. Finchie
Give the gift of the Softballjunk.com mascot, Finchie! She is the perfect companion for young softball stars out there.
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5. “A Series of Their Own”
This is a great read for the softball fan in your life! “A Series of Their Own” is a complete history of the Women’s College World Series with color pictures, full brackets, and riveting commentary. “A Series of Their Own” is sure to entertain and inspire
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6. Complete Book of Softball Drills
Are you tired of doing the same drills at practice every day? Pick up a copy of the “Complete Book of Softball Drills”! It contains drills for every aspect of the game and has been thoroughly tested by Gary LeLand and his championship softball teams.
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7. Eyeblack Stickers
Regular eyeblack is a thing of the past! Eyeblack stickers are convenient and mess free. Just peel them off, stick them on, and you’re ready.
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8. Softball Flip Flops
Kick off your cleats and slip on these comfortable and stylish softball seam flip flops!
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9. Diamond Sports Softball Lanyard
You won’t misplace your keys when they are attached to this optic yellow lanyard!
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10. Jumbo Fastpitch TV 20 Inch Softball
Players will have plenty of room to sign this 20” softball! This is a great end of season gift for your daughter. A great “thank you” for coaches.
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Zip-N-Hit Is A Great Training Aid For Batters

Zip N Hit

Zip-N-Hit Acts Like A Portable Batting Cage Or Pitching Machine

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The Zip N Hit is a great training aid for hitters

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Players really enjoy the Zip N Hit

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A batting trainer that “throws” curveballs, sliders, fastballs and changeups. Now you can get batting practice with all types of pitches, without needing a pitcher. Zip-N-Hit batting trainer acts like a portable batting cage or pitching machine, allowing batters to improve their baseball swing almost anywhere. Players have fun while developing confidence and power.

ZIP-N-HIT® FEATURES

Simply pull cords apart to “zip” the pitch to the batter
Acts like a portable batting cage
Practice hitting pitches of different speeds and movement
Comes with an attachment clip and strap, to practice almost anywhere

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Michele Granger Answers My Ten Questions

michelle granger This week 1996 Olympian Michele Granger answers my 10 questions. Written By Gary Leland

Q. How old were you when you started playing softball?

A. I started playing softball in the third grade I was a right handed shortstop which was fun, but then they realized I was actually left handed….

Q. Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?

A. My father is the ultimate competitor and he was the person that taught me how to train and be ready for competition, my mom taught me that sports is only on part of a person. Between the two I got the drive to always win and the ability to leave the competition on the field.

Q. How do you get ready for a game?

A. Before a competition I made sure that I was prepared in advance and then took the day off right before the game. I had no special “pre game” routine for the day of competition.

Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?

A. I like to read, go on long walks, cook and play games

Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and you are today?

A. I think the way you grow up and the people that surround you have a huge impact on the type of player that you become. I also learned from every coach and athlete around me…I liked to pick my favorite characteristic of other athletes and incorporate it into my play.

Q. Do you have any routines are superstitions that you implement regularly?

A. No routines or superstitions which I think is a huge benefit when you have travel for competitions

Q. What is your favorite softball memory?

A. I have a few “favorites” but one softball memory that is special is the very first pitch I threw in the Olympic games in 1996. I remember very clearly stepping on the pitching rubber and deciding I was going to throw the ball as hard as I could right down the middle, I was pregnant at the time and I whispered to my daughter “suck it up kiddo mom needs all her energy to throw this one pitch hard” I knew the first pitch would set the tone for the game and it did…It was a hard fastball called strike.

Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?

A. Mental training really came naturally to me…I never really understood its importance until I realized it did not come automatically to all athletes. I really think controlling emotions and feeling prepared is the best was a to be successful in sports. I never really had a fear of failure and I just did the best I could on every pitch I threw and then knew I would not regret the outcome. Athletes that fear failure with ultimately fail when the pressure is on…my favorite part of the game was always when the pressure was on those competitive moments were always the most fun. When I was little sometimes I would walk the bases loaded on purpose just to see if I could get out of it with out letting a run cross the plate, it used to drive my dad nuts.

Q. What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?

A. The greatest obstacle I had to overcome was to understand that each player is different and each person is responsible for their own training and effort. I could not as a player and I can’t as a coach make a athlete put in the time and effort to be their 100%. I have heard many players say they want to be the best, but very few are willing to put in the work to actually become the best.

Q. If you could do anything else in the world as a profession, what would it be and why?

A. After softball I did some college coaching and some color commentating but after the birth of my fourth child I stayed home to raise them. Now that they are getting older 17,16,14,12 I decided it is time for me to start a career and I went to Pastry school and I am not in the process of building a baking business.

I would love to go back and do some color commentating it was so much fun, but I have a much wider range of Knowledge now and I think I would bring a unique view because along with playing I have coached at just about every level (high school, JC, college, travel ball) ..Plus doing the commentating would still allow me time to get my bakery going.

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The Accubat Bat Is Better Than A Fungo Bat

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The Accubat Bat Is A Great Tool For Coaches

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The Accubat is excellent for hitting balls to outfielders

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The Accubat is way easier to use than a fungo bat.

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Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 20 x 11 x 2 in

Accubat is an innovative instructional tool that provides for quality repetitions for both baseball and softball players with reduced impact on coaches and parents. Accubat is available in two models, the Pro Model and Coaches’ Helper, to suit every training need. Great for backyards and ballparks alike, this versatile tool enables instructors of all abilities to hit grounders, pop-ups, and line drives consistently and accurately every time!

This is the Pro model, and is perfect for team practices or individual workouts. It’s unique design allows for hours of fatigue-free training. This 26 oz. model comes in black and is crafted in the USA for durability.

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Hustle and Guts

Hustle and Guts

“Hustle and Guts” Written By Stacie Mahoe

One summer, I watched a few tournaments that reminded of a few fundamental softball lessons. One lesson was about hustle, the other was about integrity and guts in coaching.

Here’s what was going through my mind after that summer…

HUSTLE
No matter how you hit the ball, strong or weak, fair or foul always, ALWAYS, ALWAYS hustle down the line.

Hustle is your second weapon in an at bat. First, you hit the ball, then you RUN like heck!

The defense needs to first defend your hit THEN beat out your hustle. Make them PAY if they make a mistake.

Too many players slow down before first base. Even if you know you’re a “sure out” run it out. Some players slow down before the bag and only get out by a step or two. What if they actually sprinted? Maybe they beat out the throw? Maybe they rush the throw? Maybe they freak the first baseman out and she drops the ball. You never know what can happen, especially if you never try! Getting out by a step or two because you’re not hustling is just not the way to play. How can you expect to win a game when you won’t even work to win a base?

I’ve also seen batter runners dog it around the bases because they hit a high pop up they expect the defense to catch. Instead of sprinting and getting as many bases as possible, they’re jogging. In one game, this happened. You know what happened? The defender dropped the ball. But she still got the out at 2nd base because the batter/runner was lolly gagging between bases!

You know what else happened in that game?

The next batter got a hit, but no one scored because no one was on base. That team lost that game by ONE run! Hustle is HUGE. Make it a habit.

Stop pouting and feeling sorry for yourself because you mishit the ball. This game isn’t about you. It’s about your team! Give everything you got. If you’re giving up on hits, it’s time to step up your game. Stop selling yourself, and your team, short.

GUTS
The second lesson of the summer was about guts. More more coaches need the guts to reward players who play all out and sit those who don’t. Coaches don’t help anyone by awarding playing time to players who play and practice selfishly. Treating everyone exactly the same regardless of effort breeds mediocrity. Slackers learn they can slack and still play. Those who practice and play hard realize what they do doesn’t really matter. Next thing you know, your whole team starts playing selfish “go-hard-only-when-I-feel-like-it” softball. This presents a far bigger problem than playing a few innings or games without your “stud” in the line up.

Telling your players you expect their best effort and backing that message up with your actions are two different things. Stop preaching one thing but rewarding another. Back up your words with actions. When you create an environment where your players know that nothing less than their best is acceptable or tolerated, your season become much less stressful. Here’s to having the guts to honor the game.

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Learn To Field The Ball Using Two Hands With The Quick Hands Trainer

Quick Hands Trainer

Learn To Use Two Hands When Fielding The Ball

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Player must use both hands to catch the ball with the Quick Hands Trainer.

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Contoured to fit your palm for added comfort

Focus on your fielding and develop lightning-quick Hands

Great for hand eye coordination

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Lori Meyer Enters The NFCA Hall Of Fame

Lori Meyer enters the NFCA Hall Of Fame

On this episode you will hear Lori Meyers’s speech she gave as he entered The NFCA Hall Of Fame. – Produced By Gary Leland

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Rick Bertagnolli Enters The NFCA Hall Of Fame

Rick Bertagnolli Enters The NFCA Hall Of Fame

On this episode you will hear Rick Bertagnolli’s speech he gave as he entered The NFCA Hall Of Fame. – Produced By Gary Leland

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2014 WCWS Pre-Game Press Conference Part 2

2014 WCWS Pre-Game Interview Part 1

On this episode you will hear the second of two pre-game press conferences from the 2014 Women’s College World Series. – Produced By Gary Leland

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2014 WCWS Pre-Game Press Conference Part 1

2014 WCWS Pre-Game Interview Part 1

On this episode you will hear the first of two pre-game press conferences from the 2014 Women’s College World Series. – Produced By Gary Leland

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Joan Joyce Enters The NFCA Hall Of Fame

Joan Joyce Enters The NFCA Hall Of Fame

This episode has an acceptance speech by Joan Joyce as she enter the NFCA Hall Of Fame. – Produced By Gary Leland

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Pat Murphy Enters The NFCA Hall Of Fame

Pat Murphy Speech

This episode has an acceptance speech by Alabama head Coach Pat Murphy as he enter the NFCA Hall Of Fame. – Produced By Gary Leland

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