I was sitting at a softball field recently, recruiting and taking in a travel ball game. Truthfully, I was not seeing the best talent, and I was not properly equipped for the cold and wind. It was not one of my best days.
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For more than a decade, coaches have relied on one classic resource for their every coaching need. Featuring the advice, wisdom, and insights from the sport’s legendary coaches, The Softball Coaching Bible, Volume I, has become the essential guide for coaches at every level worldwide.
The Softball Coaching Bible, Volume II, picks up where the first volume left off, providing more instruction, guidance, recommendations, and expertise for every aspect of the sport.
The NFCA has put together another stellar lineup of coaches who share the guidance that helped them establish such well-respected softball programs:
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It’s all here—developing players, building a winning program, assessing and refining essential skills and techniques, and incorporating the most effective strategies for any opponent or in-game situation.
If you coach the sport and want a competitive edge in today’s game, The Softball Coaches Bible, Volume II, is the must-have resource for every season.
Part I Coaching Priorities and Principles
Chapter 1 Sharing the Passion
Chapter 2 Defining Expectations
Chapter 3 Establishing a Winning Attitude
Chapter 4 Playing Hard and Respecting the Game
Chapter 5 Leading by Example Part II Program Building and Management
Chapter 6 Building a Successful High School Program
Chapter 7 Building a Successful College Program
Chapter 8 Selecting and Mentoring Your Staff
Chapter 9 Promoting Your Program
Chapter 10 Recruiting the Right Way Part III Effective Practice Sessions
Chapter 11 Structuring Indoor and Outdoor Practices
Chapter 12 Minimizing Monotony Part IV Player Skills and Team Strategies
Chapter 13 Batting Practice for Power and Consistency
Chapter 14 Firming Up Offensive Fundamentals
Chapter 15 Developing Your Pitching Staff
Chapter 16 Developing Your Receiver
Chapter 17 Fielding Practice for Errorless Play
Chapter 18 Strength Training, Conditioning, and Agility Part V Player Motivation and Leadership
Chapter 19 Establishing a Positive Player-Coach Relationship
Chapter 20 Understanding Today’s Athlete
Chapter 21 Assessing Your Team's Mental Makeup
Chapter 22 Building Team Chemistry
Chapter 23 Developing Student-Athletes off the Field Part VI Coaching Challenges, Pressures, and Opportunities
Chapter 24 Handling Each Season's Highs and Lows
Chapter 25 Continuing to Learn, Continuing to Develop
Chapter 26 Coaching, Family, and Personal Priorities
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is the sport's leading professional growth organization for coaches at all competitive levels of play. The NFCA works to formulate guiding principles, standards, and policies for conducting competitive fastpitch softball programs for girls and women. It encourages players to participate in softball with the highest tradition of competition and to become leaders in their fastpitch programs. The NFCA 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. The NFCA also works with USA Today to produce polls for NCAA Division I, II, and III and high school softball teams, and it hosts collegiate tournaments and recruiting camps across the nation.
The NFCA headquarters are located in Louisville, Kentucky.
Gayle Blevins served as head coach for Division I collegiate softball programs for 31 years, coaching at Indiana University from 1980 to 1987 and at the University of Iowa from 1988 to 2010. She brought the two teams to the Women’s College World Series seven times and never had a losing season at either university. She led her teams to eight Big Ten championships, winning five of them. She amassed 1,245 wins overall. Additionally, she has seen nearly 80 of her former players become coaches of their own teams across the nation.
Blevins was named NCAA Division I Coach of the Year by the National Softball Coaches Association in 1986 when the Hoosiers finished in third place in the Women’s College World Series under her tutelage. Blevins was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1999. Twice she has been selected as the Division I National Coach of the Year.
Blevins now works as a National Fastpitch Coaches College instructor. She also serves as a public speaker for national conventions, service organizations, educational institutions, and corporations across the United States.
“The Softball Coaching Bible is the most comprehensive resource offered to coaches in my three decades of coaching fastpitch softball. This book provides insight from some of the best coaches in the game to help you develop your players and take your program to the next level.”
Mike Candrea-- Head Softball Coach University of Arizona