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Coach's Box - July

Volume 5, No. 6 - July 2010

July Softball Drills

Sara Thompson

Softball pitching drills to increase speed.

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Basic Fundamentals of Hitting

By Scott Grove, Camp Coordinator

Longtime high school baseball coach and Little League Baseball Camp Coordinator Scott Grove breaks down the fundamentals of hitting. These points of note are time-tested techniques that can make a free swinger into a line-drive hitter.

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Positive Coaching: Don't Forget the "12th Man"

By Darrell J. Burnett, Ph.D

Pick up a training manual for most youth sports programs and you'll find "Positive Coaching" as one of the major tenets. Research shows that kids respond to positives, and most youth sports coaches know that noticing and making a "big deal" out of positives in their players is important.

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Mandatory Play and Substitution

By Mike Messick, Volunteer of the Year 2010

These two rules are completely different and unique rules that are always getting entwined whether it is regular or tournament season. They also are both dramatically changed under the tournament rules so the umpire/s should and must know what they are, the differences between them, and how to enforce them.

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Coaching When Practicing

By Jamie Joy, Manager of Operations

Now that the tournament is going on, practice is what makes perfect. Too many times I watch practices being conducted the old fashioned way. This is fine, but what it doesn't do is give each player the maximum number of repetitions they need. It also doesn't work on angles the players need to work on.

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A Pitching Strategy for Successful Outings

By Michele Smith, Olympic Softball Champion

The Fastpitch softball pitching form is one of the most difficult movements for the body to learn. It is a very complex motion that requires years of study and practice to perfect. I started pitching my sophomore year in High School, but it took me 3 years of throwing yearround to truly grasp an understanding of the motion.

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