Many successful softball teams boast a sweet-swinging slugger or a "can`t-touch-this" starting pitcher, but softball teams that win championships are built on a framework of solid team defense.
In Defensive Softball Drills, Coach Jacquie Joseph provides coaches with 66 proven drills for building this framework. She presents drills for learning and mastering skills at each position and for molding players into a finely tuned defensive unit.
Recent trends in the sport-livelier balls, increased bat technology, the left-hand slapper, and, at the collegiate level, the greater distance from the pitching mound to the plate-have resulted in more offense. Defensive Softball Drills provides the practice tools to counteract those advantages to give teams the winning edge.
All of the drills are accompanied by coaching points and detailed illustrations. The book also includes a handy drill finder for locating drills to work on specific areas and situations.
The drills focus on:
• eliminating the big inning
• perfecting ball-catching skills
• employing an aggressive defensive style
• working on the mental aspect of defense
The drills are geared toward middle and advanced level fastpitch players, but slowpitch players and beginning fastpitch players will benefit from them, too.
Chapter 1: Fundamentals Chapter 2: Infielder Drills Chapter 3: Pitcher and Catcher Drills Chapter 4: Outfielder Drills Chapter 5: Team Drills Chapter 6: Practice Organization
Jacquie Joseph is recognized as one of the top coaches in NCAA Division I softball. She has coached at Michigan State University (MSU) since 1993 and also is a USA Softball National Team coach, having participated at the USA Festival and for the Pan American qualifying team.
At MSU, Joseph has led the Spartans to their best record and best Big Ten finish in school history. Prior to her MSU career, she coached Bowling Green University to a Mid-American Conference championship.
Joseph was elected President of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association in 1994. This association represents all fastpitch coaches at the NCAA Division I, II, and III, junior college, NAIA, high school, and summer league levels.
When she's not coaching softball, Joseph enjoys playing golf and reading.
"Jacquie Joseph is one of the top young coaches in the country. She gives us an outstanding resource for coaches at every level of the game. This is a book that will give you something new to use at your practice TODAY." Jay Miller Head softball coach University of Missouri
"If you are interested in becoming more efficient, productive, and knowledgeable about the game of softball, I highly recommend Jacquie Joseph's Defensive Softball Drills. This book will provide you with easy-to-understand drills for every facet of the defensive game. In addition, Coach Joseph provides technical insight related to each drill's purpose. There are individual position drills, team drills, practice organization tips and game strategies - all within one book. Jacquie Joseph is a highly respected coach in Division I softball and a past president of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. She has designed a well organized resource equipped to take coaches and players of all ages to the next level." Sue Enquist Head softball coach, UCLA