Watch as Coach Tony Abbatine explains and a hitter demonstrates the Reggie Drill that helps a batter to sit down on low ball strikes to create better hitting angles. This is a great drill for […]
Watch as Coach Lin Casciato explains and a pitcher demonstrates using a block board or box to help the pitcher keep the heel from dragging.
By: Cindy Bristow Provided by: Softball Excellence Hold on – before you think I’m suggesting that umpires are blind, or that pitchers should throw balls – read on and then decide. If your pitcher’s ever […]
Watch: Side Toss Drill – Mike Candrea
Watch as Coach Chase Turner explains and hitters demonstrate a point of contact drill using a football bag. The hitter swings and hits the bag with bent arms and pushes out as if driving the […]
Watch as Coach Melanie Coyne discusses how negative talk reflects a distrust and lack of respect for teammates and staff, as well as the individual player. Much emphasis is placed on the use of positive […]
By: Connie Clark Originally Published in: Practice Perfect Softball – NFCA Provided by: Human Kinetics Sports performance specialist Dr. Ken Ravizza, one of my mentors, has a saying: “Ain’t no use worrying if it’s in […]
Watch as Coach Randy Simkins explains and a hitter demonstrates these front toss drills.
Watch as Coach Randy Schneider explains and a base runner demonstrates these 40-50-60 leads. The length of a lead is determined by arm strength and actions of the opposing catcher and the percentages of a […]
Watch as Coach Tripp MacKay (Univ. of Texas) talks about 2 common load mistakes. The foot and head should never move forwards or backwards at the same time. Balance must be maintained throughout the load.
By: Wade Gilbert Originally Published in: Coaching Better Every Season Provided by: Human Kinetics Leadership is generally defined as a process of influence. A coach’s leadership style, then, comprises the behavioral processes that a coach […]
Watch as Coach Myndie Berka discusses target work and hitting spots on 2-0 and 0-2 pitch counts.
Watch as Coach Megan Smith explains and infielders demonstrate this fungo hot dog drill that emphasizes footwork, getting low, and watching the ball into the glove.
Watch as Coach Taryne Mowatt explains and shows video clips of these spin drills at the 2017 NFCA Convention. She discusses a ball spinner tool as well as using a lined ball.
By: Cindy Bristow Provided by: Softball Excellence Are you trying to help your pitchers get more movement and just can’t come up with anything? I’ve got the drill for you! Use this challenging drill to […]
Fastpitch softball features six basic pitches: fastball, change-up, drop, curve, screw and rise. Pitchers use variations of these pitches (e.g., the drop-curve) to keep batters guessing. But they also need to keep in mind what makes these pitches…
Coach Mike Stith explains the Going to the Ball Drill with players fielding grounders
Watch as YSPN360.com’s Coach Mike White (Oregon Ducks) demonstrates the 1-2-3 Drill: a step-by-step breakdown of the pitching sequence that will help young pitchers develop better timing and more powerful delivery.
Watch as Coach Jennifer Haltom explains that she embraces parents as part of the softball program. Communication is the key – utilizing email and twitter to keep everyone informed.
Strengthening Team Cohesion By: Wade Gilbert Originally Published in: Coaching Better Every Season Provided by: Human Kinetics Cohesion is typically thought of as the degree to which a group feels connected and remains united while […]
Make sure your pre-game warm up is getting your team confident, prepared and ready to win!
Everybody has to have a pre-game warm up, but not everyone has a good one. It seems like coaches are always looking for a better one, but what makes a…
Watch as Coach Sandy Montgomery explains and the defense executes this Pressure Reps Drill.
When the high school season changes into the travel ball season in early June, the sport takes a complete 180. We as coaches constantly preach words such as sacrifice and dedication, and on an everyday basis we talk about teamwork. I have…
Watch as Coach Jen McIntyre explains and shows video clips of these speed and agility ladder drills in a 2017 NFCA clinic presentation.
Watch as Coach Stacy Iveson explains and catchers demonstrate this blocking drill emphasizing movement and keeping the ball in front of you.
Good footwork on a double-play ball allows the player to get rid of the ball as fast as possible. When receiving a ball from the pitcher or second base man, the…
Watch as Coaches Cody Thomson and Maggie Livreri (Univ. of Utah) discuss the benefits of using a bosu ball when catching pitchers.
Watch as YSPN360.com’s Coach Tripp MacKay (Kennesaw State) talks about the Sequence to Contact – focusing on the “load” with the lower half, which leads to
Playing college softball seems to be every young player’s dream, and yet we’re faced with some alarming statistics. Discover why I think so many division I players have…
The 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Softball teams were announced over a four-day period in June. Each of the four teams- NCAA Division I, NCAA…