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Softball Coaching Bible, Volume I, The

Softball Coaching Bible, Volume I, The

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    Now, for the first time in the sport of fastpitch softball, you can learn from successful coaches and apply their approaches to your own program. In The Softball Coaching Bible, 28 of the top U.S. coaches share their principles, insights, strategies, methods, and experiences to help you enhance the experience and development of your own athletes.

    Developed in cooperation with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), The Softball Coaching Bible was written by the greatest assembly of college and high school softball coaches ever. The text provides the finer points of coaching softball, presented in an engaging manner that makes the contents easy to apply to your own ball club. The topics range from teaching the best skills and drills to subjects rarely written about, such as developing responsible athletes and building character and loyalty in players.

    Find out how Mike Candrea develops productive hitters at the University of Arizona, and follow the advice of Fresno State University's Margie Wright for competing in tournaments and playoffs. This landmark work covers all the bases, from recruiting players to attracting fans. The Softball Coaching Bible also contains information on professional development: moving through the coaching ranks, making use of other coaches and professional organizations, avoiding coaching burnout, and attending and running camps and clinics. Chapter after chapter, this book provides the game plan for building a winning program.

    The Softball Coaching Bible is filled with insights and expert advice to help you learn and grow. Soak it up, enjoy the stories, and discover the wisdom of the sport's finest mentors.

    Table of Contents

    Introduction: Learning From the Best by Jacquie Joseph

    Part I Coaching Priorities and Principles
    Chapter 1 Sharing a Love for the Game
    Dianne Baker

    Chapter 2 Making Softball Fun
    Margo Jonker

    Chapter 3 Competing With Class
    Carol Bruggeman

    Chapter 4 Out-Hustling Your Opponent
    Teresa Wilson

    Chapter 5 Coaching With Integrity
    Marge Willadsen

    Part II Program Building and Management
    Chapter 6 Organizing and Orchestrating a Winning Program
    Joanne Graf

    Chapter 7 Mentoring Within Your Staff
    Gayle Blevins

    Chapter 8 Building a Recruiting Network
    Brian Kolze

    Chapter 9 Marketing and Promoting Your Program
    Yvette Girouard

    Chapter 10 Establishing a Successful High School Program
    Denny Throneburg

    Part III Creative and Effective Practice Sessions
    Chapter 11 Organizing Indoor and Outdoor Practices
    Bill Edwards

    Chapter 12 Conducting Innovative Practices
    Deb Pallozzi

    Chapter 13 Using Practice Drills Effectively
    Betty Hoff and Jacki Wright

    Part IV Individual Skills and Team Strategies
    Chapter 14 Developing Productive Hitters
    Mike Candrea

    Chapter 15 Manufacturing Runs
    Jay Miller

    Chapter 16 Producing Elite Pitchers
    Cheri K. Kempf

    Chapter 17 Charging Up the Battery
    Lori Sippel

    Chapter 18 Playing Situational Defense
    Linda Wells

    Chapter 19 Competing in Tournaments and Playoffs
    Margie Wright

    Part V Player Motivation and Leadership
    Chapter 20 Winning the Mental Game
    Jeff Janssen

    Chapter 21 Building Team Chemistry
    Rhonda Revelle

    Chapter 22 Developing Responsible Athletes
    Elaine Sortino

    Chapter 23 Building Loyalty and Tradition in Players
    Carol Hutchins

    Chapter 24 Inspiring Today's Players
    Mona Stevens

    Part VI Off-the-Field Opportunities, Challenges, and Pressures
    Chapter 25 Learning and Developing As a Professional
    Rayla J. Allison

    Chapter 26 Conducting Camps and Clinics
    Judi Garman

    Chapter 27 Beating the Burnout Factor
    Sharon J. Drysdale and Karren J. Drysdale

    About the Author

    The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is the sport's leading professional growth organization for coaches at all competitive levels of play. The NFCA has more than 4,000 members, most of whom are high school, travel-team, and collegiate coaches.

    The NFCA provides a forum for discussing matters of interest to its members and works to formulate guiding principles, standards, and policies for conducting competitive fastpitch softball programs for girls and women. It recognizes outstanding members through its Victory Club and Coach of the Year awards programs, in addition to All-Region, All-American, and Scholar-Athlete awards programs for members' college and high school players. All members receive the association's newspaper, Fastpitch Delivery, and enjoy discounts on softball coaching clinics, videos, and books. They also have access to the NFCA job bank, camp network, and other professional networking opportunities.

    The NFCA headquarters are located in Columbia, Missouri, where executive director Lacy Lee Baker and her husband, University of Missouri head softball coach Jay Miller, and their daughter, Nikki, also reside.