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Practice Perfect Softball

Developed by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA)
edited by JoAnne Graf

The road to a championship season begins long before the first pitch of the opening game. It begins before a player even steps onto the field.

In Practice Perfect Softball, the game's premier coaches share their approaches, experiences, and philosophies of every aspect of practice. This authoritative guide goes beyond the stretches and drills, straight to the heart of winning-effort and attitude. From structuring sessions to evaluating practice performance, you'll find proven and practical recommendations from the all-star lineup of contributors:

  • Julie Lenhart
  • Rachel Hanson
  • Beverly Smith
  • Rachel Lawson
  • Lisa (Sweeney) Van Ackeren
  • Dot Richardson
  • Ken Eriksen
  • Connie Clark
  • Celeste Knierim
  • Bill Gray and Melissa Chmielewski
  • Lonni Alameda
  • Jo Evans
  • Jen McIntyre
  • Donna Papa

Inside, you'll identify and establish practice ethics; assess team strengths; and develop players' skills in the field, on the mound, and at the plate. Practice Perfect Softball is your guide to developing champions on and off the field.

224 pages. 2016

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A Softball Coaches Tool Kit (with CD-Rom)
by Peter Sprenkle

Looking for a way to become a better coach? A Softball Coaches Tool Kit has it. The book is a collection of ideas, forms and approaches that will help anyone involved with planning, organizing, starting or coaching a softball team. The ideas come from more than 25 years of coaching experience and include: Forms, plays, self assessments, motivational material, practice organizers, and many others. The book is divided into five parts: Getting the team started; running the team; communication, development, and motivation; assessment and evaluation; and a team handbook. Each section contains several topics, introduced with a brief outline and followed by examples and/or actual pages for your use. The tools listed will help make you a better coach and your team a better team. Includes a CD with 145 tools!

223 pages/CD

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Coaching Youth Softball - 4th Edition
Fun, safety, and effective instruction are the focus of the fourth edition of Coaching Youth Softball, helping you create an environment that promotes learning, cultivates a love of the game, and motivates your athletes to come out for the team year after year.

Numerous coaching books present the skills and drills of softball. But here's a book that teaches you how to convey those skills to your athletes in an engaging and positive manner. Endorsed by Babe Ruth Softball, Coaching Youth Softball is focused on teaching offensive and defensive skills through gamelike drills, which sets it apart from the current lineup of softball coaching books.

The fourth edition includes 12 new drills and 37 age-specific coaching tips that are sure to jump-start your practices, all in a reorganized format geared for sequential learning and quick reference.

Coaching Youth Softball's double play of softball fundamentals and essential coaching skills, like communicating with parents and officials, motivating players, and preparing for games and practices, makes this book a must-read as you prepare to meet the challenges and enjoy the rewards of coaching young athletes.

216 pages. 2007.

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CoachDeck - Softball
CoachDeck cards were created to assist the millions of hard-working youth sports volunteers and parents who would like to help players learn important skills and fundamentals though fun drills and games. The time commitment involved in coaching is enormous, and sometimes it is not possible to thoroughly prepare for each practice. Designed by professional coaches, the drills can be performed by players from ages 6-16 and are laid out in a fast, easy-to-understand format that allows you to conduct an extremely effective practice with little or no preparation.

The softball deck features drills in four areas:

  • Infield
  • Outfield
  • Hitting
  • Baserunning

Inside each deck you will find 52 color-coded drills. The nearly infinite number of drill combinations you can create means your players will never get tired of the same old practice. Nearly every drill contains a unique, "Make it a Game" feature that will ensure your players want practice to go on forever. Each Deck also contains two double-sided instructional cards on Safety, Terminology, Practice and How to Use CoachDeck.

52 Cards. 2010.

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Softball Skills & Drills (2nd Edition)
by Judi Garman;
7x NCAA Championship Coach, over 1,11 career victories;
and Michelle Gromacki,
Cal State Fullerton Head Coach, 5x Big West Champions, 2010Assistant Coach US National Team

Looking for the ultimate book to help you learn and master softball's essential skills? Look no further than the guide that has helped develop the game's top players and most successful teams. This new edition of Softball Skills & Drills is completely updated with more skills, more drills and strategies, and more of the stellar instruction that have made it the top-selling title on the sport.

Judi Garman, one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history, teams with Cal State Fullerton's Michelle Gromacki to share their secrets to developing and mastering every aspect of the game.

With step-by-step instruction, full-color photo sequences, technique tips, and unique insight into the game, you'll learn every fundamental skill:

  • Hitting
  • Bunting
  • Slap Hitting
  • Baserunning
  • Sliding
  • Fielding
  • Throwing
  • Pitching
  • Catching
And with over 230 of the game's best drills, coverage of team offense and defense, pitch selection, pitch recognition, and in-game strategies, Softball Skills & Drills is simply the most comprehensive and practical guide on the sport.

Whether striving to become a complete player or preparing your team for another championship run, Softball Skills & Drills is the one book you cannot be without.

311 pages. 2011.

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