As the Women’s college softball season comes to an epic conclusion at the Women’s College World Series this week, coaching staffs for each school have prepared their teams to play at the highest level. While all of the coaches have done something extremely significant to lead their teams to fantastic seasons, the four head coaches of the final four teams in the tournament, in particular, created lasting impacts for each player on their team.
Every player and coach has an offensive game plan. Offensive strategies, in particular, are constantly used throughout a game: when to lay down a bunt, how to best hit against an opposing pitcher, where to hit it with runners on base.
Strategies are all around the plate. But do you have a mental strategy? Do your players know how to think correctly while playing or know how to coach themselves while at the plate?
Here are three mental strategies every hitter can put into play today:
How do you make a hitting swing more powerful? Is it quicker hands or better balance? Or maybe it’s having stronger muscles or the type of bat you use?
While all of these factors are vitally important, the biggest way to gain power in a swing is utilizing one thing: your legs. Once a player is able to recognize and feel how to properly use their legs while they swing, the ball will start popping off the bat. So where do you start?
Here are three great hitting drills you can put into practice today to help gain some pop.
Young athletes should dream big dreams. They should foresee themselves playing in a big time game or in front a large crowd.
As the popularity of college softball continues to grow, young girls get the chance to envision themselves playing the game they love while getting a college degree. Those young, aspiring athletes should be asking themselves: What will it take to get there? What will be different once I get to the next level?
There are hardly any rule changes that occur between high school softball and the collegiate game. However, if you ask any collegiate softball player, past or present, they will tell you there is a vast difference between playing for a high school or club team versus playing in college.
As a player, coach, or parent of a high school softball player, let’s take notes of these differences in order to be fully equipped for the next level.
When asked about the differences between softball and baseball, what are the first disparities that come to mind? For most, the common answers would be the field dimensions, style of pitching, and ball size. Let’s look even further. What are those terms that you would only hear walking around a softball complex but never at a Major League ballpark?
In the panic era of college softball, where young women are recruited and committed as early as their eighth grade year, one softball player committed "late" as a senior, broke records, led her team in homeruns, and represented her team and school for an Espy award for “Best Upset” at the 2010 ESPYs.
Kelly Majam Elms, graduate of University of Hawaii, boasts a college career batting average of .335 and fielding percentage of .992. Not to mention hitting thirty homeruns in her freshman year.
She generously took some time for us to interview her and share her thoughts on committing "late."
As new players take the field in practice with the start of a new year, team chemistry will be important.
But why leave team chemistry to chance? Coaches have the responsibility to give their best efforts to understanding each player to effectively motivate each one, and collectively influence the entire team.
Each player displays different strengths and weaknesses, and thanks to the DiSC test assessment, we can boil down a myriad of personalities into four basic behavioral profiles: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance.
Here's the breakdown of what many softball coaches have seen break down on the field -- Popup Priority. The ebook below will give you access to the best explanation of popup priority -- and it's organized in a way that makes it clear how each player should respond to any popup on the field. Collisions and drops begone!
Fastpitch softball is a hot topic today. People are acknowledging the sport for its level of competition, advancement in technique, and even women's empowerment. But what do your players know about the history of the sport? The truth is, that depends on who's coaching them and providing solid knowledge of the game.
Check out this infographic that every softball player should add to her repertoire.