You volunteered to coach the softball team, but are you ready? How will you teach the fundamental skills, run effective practices, and harness the energy of your young team? Fear not: Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Softball has the answers.
Longtime coaches Robert and Tammy Benson share their experiences and provide advice you can rely on from the first practice to the final game. Establishing realistic goals, in-game coaching tips, drills, strategies, and fun—it’s all here.
Develop your team’s fundamental skills—fielding, catching, throwing, and hitting—with the Survival Guide’s collection of the game’s best youth drills. Included is a section on pitching instruction, and the ready-to-use practice plans will help you get the most out of every practice.
Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Softball has everything you need for a rewarding and productive season. So step up and enjoy the experience. It will be one that you won’t forget.
Key to Diagrams
Chapter 1. Help! Where Do I Start?
Chapter 2. Organizing Your Team Practices
Chapter 3. Teaching Offensive Skills With 10 Simple Drills
Chapter 4. Teaching Receiving and Throwing Skills With 10 Simple Drills
Chapter 5. Teaching Fielding Skills With 10 Simple Drills
Chapter 6. Teaching Pitching and Catching Skills With 10 Simple Drills
Chapter 7. On-Field Execution
Chapter 8. Game Time! What’s My Role Again?
About the Authors
Robert and Tammy Benson have been involved in youth sports for a
number of years. They have coached together in the YMCA Coach Pitch
Baseball fall league for kids ages 5 to 7. In addition, they continue to
work together in coaching their oldest daughter’s competitive team, the
Washington Angels 96.
Robert Benson began his involvement in youth sports as an umpire for
American Legion, Babe Ruth, and college baseball. He then worked as an
assistant coach for a 10U girls’ recreational softball team. When his
daughter was recruited by a 10U competitive team, Benson was asked to be
the pitching coach and assistant. The following year he took over as
head coach and renamed the team the Washington Angels 96, its current
name. During his first year as head coach, the team placed first in five
tournaments in the states of Washington and Idaho, took second at
Washington State in the ASA 10-and-under division, and third in Class A
at Western Nationals in the ASA 10-and-under division. The team’s
overall record for the first year was 38-19 (.667). In 2008 the
Washington Angels entered into the 12U division and were very successful
as a first-year 12U A team, taking fourth at Washington State ASA. The
team's overall record is an impressive 105 wins, 53 losses, and 2 ties.
They have won 12 tournaments and placed in the top 3 in all but 3 of the
25-plus tournaments they have entered. Robert currently serves as the
training coordinator for the Tri-Cities Girls Fastpitch Softball
Tammy Benson has been coaching since 2004. She currently serves as the
conditioning and base coach for the Washington Angels 96. Tammy has
played sports all her life, including competitive basketball in high
school. She now participates in coed slowpitch softball and golf, and
she recently participated in a marathon relay.
The Bensons reside in West Richland, Washington, and enjoy giving
hitting and pitching lessons, reading, camping, and practicing archery
in their spare time.
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