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Your coaching philosophy should not be developed overnight. You should gather different views of coaching the way you would visit a buffet—choosing and trying different methods and observing what works for others.
Field a winning fastpitch softball team year after year with the knowledge and insights of a coaching legend! Coaching Fastpitch Softball Successfully provides the guidance and technical expertise you need in order to build and maintain a competitive team, covering every facet of leading a squad on the field and developing a program off of it.
Hall of Fame coach Kathy Veroni, who has won more than 1,250 fastpitch games in her career, and pitching expert Roanna Brazier share their insights and experiences in this authoritative, comprehensive guide to coaching fastpitch softball. From developing a coaching philosophy and planning for the season to teaching the skills and tactics of the game, you will find proven formulas for success within these pages.
With practice and conditioning plans, administrative forms, sample scouting charts, tactics for dozens of game situations, and more than 130 drills, Coaching Fastpitch Softball Successfully is the most complete resource available for aspiring and experienced coaches alike. Take advantage of the authors’ expertise to gain a winning edge over your competition.
Part I Coaching Foundation
Chapter 1. Developing a Softball Coaching Philosophy
Chapter 2. Communicating Your Approach
Chapter 3. Motivating Players
Chapter 4. Building a Softball Program
Part II Coaching Plans
Chapter 5. Planning for the Season
Chapter 6. Preparing for Practices
Part III Coaching Offense
Chapter 7. Hitting Fundamentals
Chapter 8. Hitting Drills
Chapter 9. Offensive Strategies
Part IV Coaching Defense
Chapter 10. Defensive Fundamentals
Chapter 11. Defense Drills
Chapter 12. Defensive Strategies
Chapter 13. Pitching Fundamentals
Part V Coaching Games
Chapter 14. Preparing for Games
Chapter 15. Handling Game Situations
Part VI Coaching Evaluation
Chapter 16. Evaluating Your Players
Chapter 17. Evaluating Your Program
Kathy Veroni is one of the most successful coaches in NCAA softball history, with more than 875 wins to her credit at Western Illinois University. Including her time as head coach of a women's premier fastpitch team, she won more than 1,250 games in her fastpitch coaching career. In 34 seasons at WIU, Veroni built a balanced program that enjoyed academic and athletic success while providing players with an excellent experience as collegiate athletes. She served as president of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and has been inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame, the Illinois State University Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame. Veroni has been a speaker at coaching clinics throughout the Midwest and runs numerous camps and clinics for coaches and youth in western Illinois.
Roanna Brazier was head coach at Ohio University for nine years and an assistant for three years before signing on as a pitching instructor at Club K, a softball training facility in Nashville, Tennessee. During her tenure at Ohio, Brazier's players earned all-conference and all-region honors. She also served as head coach of a USA all-star team in the summer of 2003. From 1987 to 1990, Brazier was an All-Big Eight Conference performer at the University of Kansas. While pitching and playing first base, Brazier, a three-time all-conference selection, set six Jayhawk season and career records, including innings pitched and victories. In 1990, she earned All-Midwest Region accolades after posting a 28-7 record with a 0.93 ERA.
"If you are a youth coach just starting out or an accomplished collegiate coach, this book will help you improve every facet of your game. It provides excellent practice templates, breakdowns of technical positions, game strategies, conditioning programs, mental preparedness, and goal-setting strategies to assist you in building your program. It is by far the best softball book on the market!"
Sue Enquist -- Head coach of the UCLA Bruins, 11-time national champions
"Coaching Fastpitch Softball Successfully provides an excellent blueprint for building a successful program. It covers coaching philosophies, training of individual skills, offensive and defensive strategies, and ongoing evaluation and assessment. Kathy Veroni's expertise as one of the greatest coaches in NCAA Division I softball, combined with Roanna Brazier's talent, yield this must-have resource for any dedicated coach."
Gayle Blevins -- University of Iowa softball coach