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Camille D.C. Sutton

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The Remarkable Recruitment Story of Kelly Majam Elms [Video]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Sep 6, 2016 12:07:01 PM

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."

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Topics: Softball, Kelly Majam, College Softball, University of Hawaii, ESPYs

A Softball Coach's Guide to Effectively Understanding Players [Infographic]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Aug 19, 2016 12:14:04 PM

 

 

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.

These four profiles make up the the study’s acronym to feature the profiles within its very own name, and while people will exhibit a mix of each of the four, most of us are particularly "high" in one or two areas.

If softball is 90% mental and 10% physical, the DiSC personality assessment could be just the key coaches are looking for to unlock more of their players' mental game.

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Topics: Softball, Softball Coaching, Sports Motivation, Sports Psychology, Softball Practice, DiSC

The Softball Coach's Guide to Popup Priority [Free Ebook]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Jun 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

 

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! 

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Topics: Softball, Softball Coaching, Popup Priority, Softball drills, Softball Fundamentals

History Every Softball Player Should Know [Infographic]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on May 20, 2016 1:33:21 PM

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.

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Topics: Softball, Softball Trivia, Fastpitch, Softball History

Monica Abbott is Changing the Face of National Pro Fastpitch [Video]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on May 6, 2016 1:25:53 PM

Monica Abbott is breaking the mold in the best way. In case you missed it, she just signed a record $1 million dollar contract with Houston's Scrap Yard Dawgs.

It's so easy to be excited for this gold medalist not only because she's an incredible athlete, but because she's carrying a message for a new generation of young softball players that's worth your attention. 

Her story is one to share with your team, your coach, and your daughter. Watch here.

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Topics: Softball, NPF, National Pro Fastpitch, Fastpitch, Monica Abbott

Softball Jargon Only Softball Folks Understand [Infographics]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Apr 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM
 
 
Fastpitch softball has a way of its own when it comes to the language you hear between players, coaches, and parents, but if you're a newcomer to the sport, you might be left a little in the dust.
 
How bout some context? We're here to take a second look at the slang tossed around in fastpitch that folks outside fastpitch have no clue about. You might think twice about the words you take for granted in this game the next time you casually mention "good girls steal."
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Topics: Softball, Softball Coaching, Fastpitch Slang, Softball Trivia, Softball Practice

11 Most Impressive Softball Plays of 2015 [Gifs]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Apr 18, 2016 12:22:26 PM
 
When the Amateur Softball Association of America showed up at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, I don't know if they knew just how aggressive softball would become today. When the International Softball Federation came on the scene, I don't know if they anticipated how fast fast-pitch softball would become by 2016.
 
The game continues to get better as players perfect the art of practice, nutrition, and conditioning.
 
Today we're highlighting some of the most impressive plays of 2015.
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Topics: Softball, Softball Coaching, Softball plays

6 Characteristics of the Relentless Softball Competitor [Infographic]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Apr 8, 2016 12:34:59 PM
 
You've probably heard of the phrase "iron will" -- someone who uses struggle, loss, challenge, and failure to help their determination or performance gain even more momentum. The methods behind such mental strength are simple, and they're totally effective for coaches to get the results they want from their players.
 
So what does an "iron will" kind of softball player look like?
 
A player with that kind of tenacity, according to mental toughness softball specialist, Dr. Alan Goldberg, combines their past success and failure with focus on the main thing.
 
Read on to see the infographic we made from Dr. Goldberg's Competitive Advantage article.
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Topics: Softball, Softball Coaching, Sports Psychology, Softball Mental Game

How an Olympic Coach Makes Softball Champions [Videos]

Posted by Camille D.C. Sutton on Apr 4, 2016 1:38:10 PM

Every softball coach wants to make winners out of his or her players. Coach Candrea just happens to be a seasoned college and Olympic coach in the business of making champions.

With 1,500+ collegiate wins, 24 appearances in the NCAA College World Series, 8 NCAA National Championships, and Gold and Silver Olympic Medals under his belt, we think Coach Mike Candrea is pretty much golden through and through.

And it's NOT just because he's a winner. Coach Candrea epitomizes what it means to be an excellent coach on the field and in life.

Read on to see how he does it.

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Topics: Coaching, Softball, Softball Coaching, FungoMan, Olympic Softball Team, Mike Candrea, University of Arizona Softball, Softball Practice, Softball Training

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