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7 Follow-Worthy Softball Accounts On Instagram

Posted by Kelly Elms on Aug 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Let’s face it. We all love spending time scrolling through Instagram. We can connect with others, see beautiful pictures, and watch funny videos. A wealth of softball knowledge and information awaits discovery as well!

Here's our list of the best Instagram accounts to follow for the softball lovers out there.

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Topics: Softball, Softball Fundamentals, softball players, FungoMan Softball

3 Keys High School Softball Players Need for College Softball Success

Posted by Kelly Elms on Apr 11, 2019 2:00:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Softball, Softball Coaching, College Softball, softball players, high school softball, college softball practice, high school softball practice

7 Terms You Only Hear on a Softball Field

Posted by Kelly Elms on Mar 29, 2019 8:00:00 AM

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?

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Topics: Softball, Softball Training, Softball Terminology

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.

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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.

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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. And when the International Softball Federation came on the scene, I don't know if they could have anticipated how competitive fast-pitch softball would look by 2016.
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Topics: Softball, Softball Coaching, Softball plays

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