February 27 2010 Softball Newsletter
-- How to time a leadoff in Fast Pitch Softball --
Properly executing a rocker lead off start can make all the difference between being out and safe on a stolen base. When to start is a perfect example of Conventional Wisdom (at least in our league) being flat out wrong. Find out when the runner should start her lead by reading further!
-- Softball Defensive Stations using Paddles --
Paddles for softball defensive stations are a crucial part of a team's equipment inventory and should be a regular part of most practices. Here, I mention a few drills that are staples in our practices.
-- Don's Coaching Rule No. 5 --
This last of Don's Coaching Rules may be the most important of all. I recommend it particularly if your team tends to play tight, plays down to its opposition, or otherwise does not reach its potential.
-- Using Video as a Stopwatch --
I'm a big believer of using video as a coaching tool on the field. However, until recently, I did not realize that perhaps video's greatest asset to my practices was as a stopwatch. Read on to find out how this can give you a big edge!
-- Making Paddles for Softball Defensive Stations --
Stations are the best way to manage your practice, yet there is relatively little defensive equipment out there for use. Here are step-by-step instructions to make defensive paddles which are great tools for teaching defensive fundamentals.
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