When I decided to create the first softball magazine for the tablets, and smart phones. 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.
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|Mitch Alexander – Fastpitch AcademyMitch 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.|
|Robb Behymer – Travel BallRobb is the director for the USA Elite Select Series and founder of the Top Gun Invitational in Kansas City, MO. He is the Recruiting Coordinator for the KC Monarchs Fastpitch Organization.You can follow the Top Gun on Facebook or on Twitter.|
|Charity Butler – Stop Batting, Start HittingCharity 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.|
|Renee Ferguson – The Pitchers Circle Renee Ferguson Renee has over 30 years of combined playing and coaching experience at the select and college levels. After a 3 year stint as Division I, Morgan State University’s pitching coach; Renee was appointed the Head Women’s softball Coaching position at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland. Where she lead the Pioneer Softball team to an 8th place finish, in the NJCAA DIII Nationals in Rochester MN after taking the helm only weeks before the 2013 season started.Renee’s goal is to instill the love and passion that she has for the game, into each and every one of her players and students. Keep up with Renee Ferguson by visiting her site at DirtInTheSkirtSports.com.|
|Gary Leland – Publisher/EditorGary 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 HeartStacie 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|
|Michelle Diltz – School of StrengthMichelle Diltz (NSCA – CPT, CSCS, CSCCa – SCCC) has been the Strength and Conditioning Coach for The University of Alabama softball and women’s golf teams since 2005. During this time she has had the opportunity to be part of a NCAA Softball National Championship (2012) and 5 SEC Softball Championships as well as a NCAA Golf National Championship (2012) and 2 SEC Woman’s Golf Championship.Michelle holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University, where she played outfield for the Pioneer softball team as well she holds a M.S in Sports Physiology from Texas A&M University.
Michelle believes that high forces and rapid loading are an inherent fact of sports, and the role of the strength and conditioning coach is to systematically prepare the athletes to handle these forces in order to reduce the chance of injury while improving performance.
|Cat Osterman – Cat's CornerCat'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 HereA 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 DaltonCoach 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|
|Natasha Watley – Watley's WorldNatasha 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 PerformanceAaron 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 WisdomSherry 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.|
|Robby Wilson – Recruiting In The Fastpitch LaneRobby Wilson is the National Director of Softball Scouting as well as the State Director of Arkansas for National Scouting Report. Robby has a B.S. in Exercise Science and has been a certified strength and conditioning specialist working with High School and College athletes for 10 years. As the Director of Scouting, Robby works with College Coaches, high school/club athletes, and travel coaches on a daily basis in pursuit of promoting athletes to collegiate athletic programs. Join Robbie On: Facebook.com/NSRsoftball, Twitter.com/RobbieWilsonNSR, Facebook.com/NSRArkansas|
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