USA Softball’s Lori Harrigan-Mack to appear on NBC’s The Biggest Loser: Glory Days

USA Softball's Lori Harrigan-Mack to appear on NBC's The Biggest Loser

OKLAHOMA CITY – Softball fans will see a familiar face on their television screens as three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Lori Harrigan-Mack (Las Vegas, Nev.) will be competing on the latest season of The Biggest Loser the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. Aptly titled Glory Days, the 16th season of the NBC hit features 20 professional and non-professional former athletes who will aim to change their lives and earn “The Biggest Loser” title and a $250,000 grand prize. Be sure to tune into the season premiere of The Biggest Loser on September 11 at 7 p.m. CT on NBC.

“After I retired in 2004, I met my husband, got married, we had a beautiful boy and after that I suffered eight miscarriages,” Harrigan-Mack told People Magazine. “So after that I think I kind of went into, obviously, a depression and I just didn’t deal with it at all. With my husband 100 percent behind me, I said The Biggest Loser is where I have to change. I have to do this.”

Harrigan-Mack is a member of an elite group of four women who hold three Olympic Gold Medals in the sport of softball, setting a record at the 2000 Olympic Games after becoming the first individual pitcher to throw an Olympic no-hitter. Harrigan-Mack’s Olympic accolades include a perfect 4-0 record with a 0.00 ERA, 29 strikeouts and just seven hits allowed in 27.2 innings of work. In addition to her three-Olympic Gold Medals, Harrigan has won three International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championships (1994, 1998, 2002) and three Pan American Games Gold Medals (1995, 1999, 2003) during her 12 seasons as a member of the USA Softball Women’s National Team.

A three-time ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch All-American, Harrigan-Mack collected one Women’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship with the California Commotion in 1999. Enshrined into National Softball Hall of Fame in 2011, Harrigan-Mack is also a member of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame as a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball Team.

Catch the season premiere of The Biggest Loser on September 11 at 7 p.m. CT on NBC. To find out more information on this season of The Biggest Loser and to find a list of contestants competing, visit http://www.nbc.com/the-biggest-loser.

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The Whip Hit Bat For Hand Path Swing Training

The Whip Hit Bat for Hand Path Swing Training By Gary Leland

The WhipHit Bat is uniquely designed to teach the shortest swing path to the ball. It quickly improves your swing technique and helps you build bat speed with repetitive use so you can hit stronger, smarter and better.

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6 Proven Tips to Keep Your Athlete Motivated!

6 Proven Tips to Keep Your Athlete Motivated!

6 Proven Tips to Keep Your Athlete Motivated! Written By John Michael Kelly

One of the challenges I hear from parents and coaches frequently is how to keep their kids motivated. This task has become even harder now that so many athletes are playing fastpitch virtually year around.

At the younger ages of 8-12 athletes most often play because they like the sport and don’t really need much motivation beyond that. They also enjoy the social aspect of the game and that can be a main motivator as well. In my travel organization we often call kids at this age “little robots” because they will virtually do whatever mom, dad or their coaches tell them to do!



Once the child gets to 13-14 she plays because she’s played the game for years and mom or dad drive them to practices, lessons and games. They are still in the “robot” stage, but not for long. Sure the child usually wants to play but often the social component now shifts to friends and activities outside the game. This is normally when the first signs of grumbling and not wanting to get out of bed for those early Sunday games.



At the high school age often burnout can set in unless the athlete truly has her goals clearly in sight and her motivations in high gear. At this age the social sacrifice being made is tremendous and the obsession and pressures of achieving a college scholarship can accelerate burnout.



Here is one of the main challenges with lack of motivation: depending on her personality type your daughter may not tell you she is tired of playing (as my daughter didn’t tell me for over a year) for fear of disappointing you. Since you probably aren’t a mind reader I have some help for you!



Here are five tips to keep her motivated and fired up for those 8 am Sunday games!



1. The Conversation – Sit down with your athlete at least every six months to reassess her commitment for the game and all that goes with it. Don’t “tell her” rather “listen to her,” and be open to her feelings about where she is at and what she wants to do. At the heart of all motivation issues is your athlete, at some point, has to start playing for herself instead of for you. The sooner she makes that shift the better.



2. Internal Motivations – Ideally your athlete has internal or “intrinsic” motivation; meaning she is “self-motivated.” Her goals are clearly defined and she is fired up every day to achieve those goals. Whether it is to make her varsity team as a freshman, play for a better travel team, make the All Star team or get an athletic scholarship to play ball in college. When these motivators are clear and present your athlete should maintain her fire in the belly; although there will be times when you will have to remind her! Keeping visual reminder of her goals is a great tool to help her as well, like pictures of college softball players, or of her dream university!



3. External Motivations – If the internal fire isn’t burning as brightly as you would like try external or “extrinsic” motivators. This is the classic “carrot and the stick” method. Create tangible incentives or disincentives for her; meaning create a reward for playing or working harder or a penalty for not. I’ve heard of parents offering iPhones, or cash for achieving athletic goals (or something as simple as ice cream after the game for swinging the bat for the younger kids!). A penalty might be no sleepover, taking away phone privileges (ouch!), cutting out private lessons, etc.



The best motivators ultimately are perceived as either bringing pleasure or pain. As humans we naturally seek to avoid pain at all cost. So I’m either motivated to “do” something because it brings me something I really want or it brings too much pain by not doing it (physically or emotionally). Or I’m motivated to “not” do something because I perceive it will cost me in time, pain, embarrassment, etc; or it will bring me pleasure (more time with friends, sleeping in, etc). It’s simply a risk versus reward assessment.


4. Explain “The Why” Behind It – Part of the conversation you need to have with your athlete to keep her motivation going and, more importantly, make it as personal to her as possible is to talk about “the why” behind it all. Meaning why does she play the game; why are her goals important to her; why everything she does (or needs to do) will prepare her to achieve her goals; why would it matter to her two years from now (pick your time frame) if she doesn’t achieve her goals? The more you can get her to buy into the “why” the more invested and engaged she will become. This is her life, so the deeper she understands the implications of her actions towards the ultimate achievement or failure in reaching her goals the more she will embrace “the journey” it takes to get there.



5. The Takeaway – As parents our job is always to “frame” the situation and explain how her decisions will impact her future. Often I hear of an athlete being burned out after a long, hot summer season and wanting to quit the game. I always counsel the parent to sit down with the child, determine what she likes or loves about playing the game (leave the negative stuff out of the conversation) and whether she is truly prepared to walk away for that. Often what comes up is how much she will miss playing with her friends, the thrill of competition, the feeling of a big hit, big strikeout (as a pitcher), or big win (Personally I miss the smell of freshly cut grass). If you can get your athlete to see what she might be missing by leaving the game it will likely motivate her to work harder.



The other ultimate takeaway and external motivator is no college. With the cost of college spiraling up by 10% each year securing an athletic scholarship may legitimately be the only way your athlete is going to college. Don’t be afraid to use that card (not at 12, but certainly by 15). A little dose of truth and reality can do wonders to ignite motivation!



6. Detachment – Ultimately, as I had to do with my daughter, you must let your athlete do what she wants to do; you must let go and detach yourself from the way “you” think it should go. Now this is not to say you don’t spell out her options and help her to make a rational, well thought out decision. But, by all means, include her in the conversation. After all, it’s her life!



I have found, though, if you employ “big picture” thinking, keep things positive and connect the dots for her she will be motivated to work harder. Often, emotionally, a younger female athlete doesn’t believe enough in herself and, thus, does not think she is capable of reaching her goals so what’s the point of trying. Continue encouraging her, without criticism.



Remember, we ask a lot of our young athletes these days, especially for a teen. Part of her maturation is being able to make her own decisions, so let her. In my daughter’s case she finally found the courage to tell me she no longer wanted to play the game when she was 15. She wanted to focus on her academics. It was hard for me, but I supported her. The end game for her was getting into a great private east coast university with ample academic aid. She did, and it’s all good!


Thanks for reading!  –John Michael Kelly, Softball Smarts

I’d love to hear from you! Email me at: SportsConfidenceCoach@gmail.com with any questions or comments on your athlete’s or team’s mental game challenges.

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The Mizuno Ball Bucket May Be The Best Ball Bucket Ever Made


The Mizuno Ball Bucket May Be The Best Ball Bucket Ever Made By Gary Leland

The Mizuno baseball/softball coaches’ organizer bucket is designed to help coaches stay organized on the field.

There is a compartment for a clipboard as well as pockets for personal items and game balls.

Holds up to 4-dozen baseballs or 2-dozen softballs
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A Listing Of NCAA Division One Softball Teams

NCAA D1 Softball Teams

I know people are always trying to look up school websites, so I thought I would start creating a list for you. I am sure I missed one or two, so if you think of any I missed let me know,

America East Conference

  • Binghamton University
  • Stony Brook University
  • University at Albany
  • University of Hartford
  • University of Maine, Orono
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • University of Massachusetts at Lowell
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    American Athletic Conference

  • East Carolina University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Houston
  • University of Memphis
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Tulsa
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    Atlantic 10 Conference

  • Fordham University
  • George Mason University
  • George Washington University
  • La Salle University
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • Saint Louis University
  • St. Bonaventure University
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Rhode Island
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    Atlantic Coast Conference

  • Boston College
  • Florida State University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • North Carolina State University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Louisville
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Tech
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    Atlantic Sun Conference

  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Jacksonville University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Lipscomb University
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Stetson University
  • University of North Florida
  • University of South Carolina Upstate
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    Big 12 Conference

  • Baylor University
  • Iowa State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Texas at Austin
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    Big East Conference

  • Butler University
  • Creighton University
  • DePaul University
  • Georgetown University
  • Providence College
  • Seton Hall University
  • St. John’s University (New York)
  • Villanova University
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    Big Sky Conference

  • California State University, Sacramento
  • Idaho State University
  • Portland State University
  • Southern Utah University
  • University of Montana
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Weber State University
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    Big South Conference

  • Campbell University
  • Charleston Southern University
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • Liberty University
  • Longwood University
  • Presbyterian College
  • Radford University
  • Winthrop University
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    Big Ten Conference

  • Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Michigan State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University, The
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Purdue University
  • Rutgers, State Univ of New Jersey, New Brunswick
  • University of Illinois, Champaign
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  •  
    Big West Conference

  • California Polytechnic State University
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Long Beach State University
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Hawaii, Manoa
  •  
    Colonial Athletic Association

  • College of Charleston (South Carolina)
  • Drexel University
  • Elon University
  • Hofstra University
  • James Madison University
  • Towson University
  • University of Delaware
  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington
  •  
    Conference USA

  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida International University
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Marshall University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Western Kentucky University
  •  
    Horizon League

  • Cleveland State University
  • Oakland University
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
  • Valparaiso University
  • Wright State University
  • Youngstown State University
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    Ivy League

  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Harvard University
  • Princeton University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Yale University
  •  
    Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

  • Canisius College
  • Fairfield University
  • Iona College
  • Manhattan College
  • Marist College
  • Monmouth University
  • Niagara University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Rider University
  • Siena College
  • St. Peter’s College
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    Mid-American Conference

  • Ball State University
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Central Michigan University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Kent State University
  • Miami University (Ohio)
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Ohio University
  • University at Buffalo
  • University of Akron
  • University of Toledo
  • Western Michigan University
  •  
    Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • Coppin State University
  • Delaware State University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Hampton University
  • Howard University
  • Morgan State University
  • Norfolk State University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Savannah State University
  • South Carolina State University
  • University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
  •  
    Missouri Valley Conference

  • Bradley University
  • Drake University
  • Illinois State University
  • Indiana State University
  • Loyola University (Illinois)
  • Missouri State University
  • Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
  • University of Evansville
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Wichita State University
  •  
    Mountain West Conference

  • Boise State University
  • California State University, Fresno
  • Colorado State University
  • San Diego State University
  • San Jose State University
  • University of Nevada
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • University of New Mexico
  • Utah State University
  •  
    Northeast Conference

  • Bryant University
  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan
  • Long Island University Brooklyn
  • Mount St. Mary’s University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Saint Francis University (Pennsylvania)
  • Wagner College
  •  
    Ohio Valley Conference

  • Austin Peay State University
  • Belmont University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Jacksonville State University
  • Morehead State University
  • Murray State University
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Tennessee State University
  • Tennessee Technological University
  • University of Tennessee at Martin
  •  
    Pacific-12 Conference

  • Arizona State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Utah
  • University of Washington
  •  
    Patriot League

  • Boston University
  • Bucknell University
  • Colgate University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Lafayette College
  • Lehigh University
  • U.S. Military Academy
  •  
    Southeastern Conference

  • Auburn University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Texas A&M University, College Station
  • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Missouri, Columbia
  • University of South Carolina, Columbia
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  •  
    Southern Conference

  • East Tennessee State University
  • Furman University
  • Mercer University
  • Samford University
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Western Carolina University
  •  
    Southland Conference

  • Abilene Christian University
  • Houston Baptist University
  • Lamar University
  • McNeese State University
  • Nicholls State University
  • Northwestern State University
  • Sam Houston State University
  • Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • University of Central Arkansas
  • University of the Incarnate Word
  •  
    Southwestern Athletic Conference

  • Alabama A&M University
  • Alabama State University
  • Alcorn State University
  • Grambling State University
  • Jackson State University
  • Mississippi Valley State University
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Southern University
  • Texas Southern University
  • University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff
  •  
    Sun Belt Conference

  • Appalachian State University
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Georgia State University
  • New Mexico State University
  • Texas State University
  • Troy University
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • University of South Alabama
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  •  
    The Summit League

  • Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. at Indianapolis
  • Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne
  • North Dakota State University
  • South Dakota State University
  • University of Nebraska Omaha
  • University of South Dakota
  • Western Illinois University
  •  
    West Coast Conference

  • Brigham Young University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Santa Clara University
  • St. Mary’s College of California
  • University of San Diego
  • University of the Pacific
  •  
    Western Athletic Conference

  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Seattle University
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • Utah Valley University
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    The Louisville Slugger Personal Radar Is Great For Hitters And Pitchers



    The Louisville Slugger Personal Radar Is Great For Hitters, And Pitchers By Gary Leland

    Players can really see how fast they are with the easy to use Lousiville Slugger Personal Radar, since it can measures both bat speed, and pitching speed.

    Can be used by a single person since it’s hands free
    Practice at home or at the field
    Bright LED display
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    Stores the last 10 recorded speeds
    3-150 MPH speed range
    MPH and km/h indicators
    Requires 5 AA batteries (not included)
    Includes carry bag and adjustable tripod

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    The Louisville Slugger Personal Radar

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    Fall Ball Important For Teams’ Success

    Fall Ball Important For Teams' Success

    Fall ball important for teams’ success Written By Bill Plummer

    Fall ball can be important to how a softball team does once the season starts in earnest. Fall ball is the time when freshmen get a chance to show what they can do while other players may be shifted around by the coaches to replace graduated seniors. How these players adapt and or improve will have an effect on what kind of season the team will have. Of course you never know when an unexpected injury will happen and throw a monkey wrench into the coaches’ plans for the upcoming season. That is the unexpected part of softball or, for that matter, any sport. Injuries aren’t planned obviously. They just happen and at the wrong time.

    When that happens coaches will have to shift players around and some might have to play a position they are not as familiar with but maybe played this position in high school or travel ball. But players must step up and continue to the overall good of the team to ensure another successful season.
    How was last season? Was it the best so far of your college career? Or was it your last year considering you were a senior and wanted to end your career on a winning note? You never know from year to year what is going to happen in college softball, but that is part of what makes it such an enjoyable and entertaining sport.

    This year’s Women’s College World Series drew more than 68,000 people to ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. If an additional session could have been played, the attendance record probably would have been broken. With the additional improvements planned in the near future at the facility, the attendance record figures to be broken before too long.

    While only eight teams earning berths in OKC, teams start the season hoping to qualify for post-season play and eventually earn a berth in OKC by advancing through the Regionals and Super Regionals. It can be a daunting task and teams have to peak at the right time to advance. Some teams lose in the Super Regionals and have to wait for next year. Losing in the Super Regionals only adds to their frustration.

    Two perennial powers, UCLA and Arizona, had hoped to advance to OKC but were surprised in the Super Regionals as the overall competitive balance of college softball gets better and better each year. It isn’t wise to look past or take any team too lightly, especially if it has qualified for post-season play. Years ago you could look past a team and advance but not anymore. Teams are improving their overall level of competition and colleges are putting more and more money into renovating their present facilities or building new ones to improve their programs and attract some of the nation’s top softball players.

    Florida will be the odds-on favorite to repeat in OKC in 2015 when the event marks its silver anniversary in that city, but who knows what other teams have prepared themselves for a run at the title. That is, if they advance through the regionals and Super regionals. Of course what a team does in the fall will play a role in how a successful a team will be once the bell rings to start the 2015 season.

    The WCWS has been held at the ASA Complex since 1990 and will continue to be held at the complex after an agreement was signed May 1 of this year leasing the complex to the ASA for an additional term of 35 years with one renewal option term of 35 years. Coupled .with the improvements that will be made in the next two to four years, it ensures all those involved that OKC will remain as the Mecca of College Softball for years to come and fans and players will get to experience of the Women’s College World Series. An event that continues to get better and better as the teams and players get better, too. That is The View From Here.

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    Turn Any Bucket Into A Great Ball Bucket With This Cushioned Seat

    Turn Any Bucket Into A Great Ball Bucket With This Cushioned Seat By Gary Leland

    Nylon covered.

    Heavy duty foam.

    Platform rotates to allow better movement for coaches.

    Has a handle making it easy to carry without a bucket.

    Attaches to or lays on top of most ball buckets. (FITS TOP OF 5 GALLON SIZE)

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    How To Coach A Pitcher

    How To Coach A Pitcher

    How To Coach A Pitcher Written By Keri Casas

    Many coaches run into the issue of how to coach a pitcher, especially when they have never been a pitcher before.  Even if a coach has prior experience as a baseball pitcher, it simply isn’t the same; mentally or physically. 
               
    Coaching a female athlete, for one, can prove to be a difficult task in itself; coaching a pitcher is a whole other story.  Not only are you dealing with the emotions of a female athlete, you are dealing with one that has the pressure of the game on their shoulders.  The pitcher controls a large portion of the outcome and it is well known that they have to be mentally prepared, ready, and tough to see success within the game.  Wins and losses are heavily weighed on the pitching performance and can affect the mental and physical stability of the pitcher.  As a coach, it is your job to help them maintain confidence and aggressiveness in practices and games without putting excessive pressure on them, without being overly critical, and by showing that you support them.
               
    Many pitchers already understand the pressure of the game and their role as a prominent player.  Pitching is 80% mental, 20% physical and a coach can easily play into those percentages.  If a coach is constantly nagging their pitchers, telling them that they need to throw this and that without error or else they will be pulled, that pitcher will fail.   Regardless of how mentally tough that pitcher may be, the lack of confidence and negative consequence from a coach will only lead to negative results.  Your lack of confidence in her pitching will only deteriorate her confidence in herself. 
               
    It is expected that a coach supports their pitchers simply because they picked them up on their team for a reason.  If they didn’t have faith and confidence in their pitchers ability, they should not have brought them on the team.  Yes, it can be extremely frustrating to watch a pitcher struggle in a game, or not throw to her ability, but getting mad and showing disappointment in that athlete will not help the situation.  Again, with pitching being 80% mental, there is probably something going on with her that is deeper than her physical ability.  As a coach, and an adult, remember that you are there to support and show them that you will stand behind them as athletes in both their good and bad outings.
               
    So aside from “having your athletes back,” get to know your pitcher.  If you don’t know anything about your pitcher, you will struggle to understand her while she is in a game.  Female athletes can be hard to read, so the more you can get to know her, the better you can connect regarding pitch calling, her endurance, and her mental stability on the mound.
     
    If your pitcher goes to a pitching coach, attend a lesson.  See how she interacts with her instructor and key in on the things she is focusing on developing.  A huge point for male coaches to understand is that you are not a pitcher.  You have never played fastpitch softball, you have never been a fastpitch pitcher, and you will never be a fastpitch pitcher.  Despite thinking that you could coach a pitcher mechanically, understand that you are wrong. J  Even though you may think you see certain things that your pitcher could work on, discuss it with their pitching coach first.  They may already be working on that exact thing, or they could be working on something entirely different.  It is important to maintain that connection with their pitching coach as they have more one on one time, they confide in them, and are in their profession for a reason.  Once you make this connection, it will better your relationship with your pitcher and you will be able to reiterate what their pitching coach tells them during practices and games.

    As a coach, it is your role to be a supportive figure for all your female athletes.  Pitchers in particular need to know that you trust them, you have confidence in them, and that you believe in their ability.  The more you show them this support, the more confidence they will have in their own game, in turn, bettering their performance every outing. 
     
    Key Points:

    Pitching is 80% mental, 20% physical; a coach needs to play positively into these percentages

    A female pitchers wants to feel needed and important on a team, more so from their coach than her teammates

    Be supportive of your pitcher; the more confidence and faith you have in them, the more they will perform 

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    Improve Your Throwing Skills With The Glove Radar


    Improve Your Throwing Skills With The Glove Radar By Gary Leland

    Uses a very low power radar that attaches to the back of any ball glove and can “see” through the glove.

    The Glove Radar® is not an impact sensor or timer but is an actual Doppler radar, like conventional hand-held sports and police radar speed guns.

    Glove Radar® accuracy is comparable to that of the more expensive radar guns when measuring ball speed in the same relative location.*

    The Glove Radar® can survive the pounding of repeated ball impacts when attached behind the glove fingers or thumb.

    Measure speeds from 12 mph to over 100 mph.

    Only $69.95
    In stock in my Texas store

    Glove Radar

    Glove Radar

    $69.95

    Uses Doppler Radar for accurate speed measurements.

    In Stock And Ready To Ship

    Will leave my Texas warehouse the next business day

    PHONE: 817-303-6620

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    Product Description

    Turn any glove into a radar speed gun with Glove radar

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    What Do College Coaches Think Of Infielder Faceguards? Produced By Gary Leland

    The number one question I get is about infielders and faceguards. People want to know if their daughter wearing a faceguards will hurt their chances of playing in college. Basically if college coaches will look at their daughter in a bad light simply because they are wearing a faceguard.

    During the 2014 WCWS several coaches were asked their thoughts on players that wear fastpitch softball faceguards, and if it hampered their chances of making it on a college team.

    I thought this may be of interest to you.

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