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Focused for Fastpitch combines the best qualities of a drill book and a softball-specific guide to sport psychology, ensuring that come game time everyone will play at peak performance.
Informative yet easy to read, mastering the Focused for Fastpitch training principles requires no prior experience, and each chapter includes interactive exercises and charts to help monitor progress. Each drill clearly specifies the mental and physical skills targeted, the goal, proper execution, coaching tips, and variations for increasing or decreasing difficulty. And for additional insight into successful skill building, some favorite drills are included from these top coaches:
Gayle Blevins, University of Iowa
Tami Brown, All-American Softball School’s College Prep Program
Connie Clark, University of Texas
Michelle Gromacki, California State University, Fullerton
Jacquie Joseph, Michigan State University
Brian Kolze, University of the Pacific
Patrick Murphy, University of Alabama
Coaching staff, University of California, Davis
John Reeves, University of California
Kathy Strahan, California State University, Sacramento
Integrating concentration, confidence, mental imagery, and energy regulation at practice with softball-specific drills will result in players reaching their potential far sooner than practicing any of these aspects alone. Applying the information in Focused for Fastpitch is the best way to gain the advantage.
Chapter 1 Mentaphysical Training
Train the mind to improve the body’s performance.
Chapter 2 Thinking the Game
Utilize constructive attitudes and routines to gain the edge.
Chapter 3 Hitting
Relax and regroup to stay in the zone.
Chapter 4 Bunting
Execute the short game with patience and precision.
Chapter 5 Baserunning
Build awareness and confidence to score runs.
Chapter 6 Infield Defense
Read, react, and respond with better results.
Chapter 7 Outfield Defense
Sustain focus to save the game.
Chapter 8 Pitching
Shape the game from the circle.
Chapter 9 Catching
Manage the game from behind the plate.
Chapter 10 Team Building
Enhance cohesion through communication.
Gloria Solomon, PhD is an assistant professor of kinesiology at California State University at Sacramento. She is a certified AAASP sport psychology consultant and serves as a consultant for the Sacramento State athletic department. She has been working as team consultant for the softball team for two years. Solomon currently resides in Sacramento, California and in her free time she enjoys biking, kayaking, running, playing tennis, reading, and supporting the Sacramento Monarchs.
Andrea Becker is a graduate student of sport psychology at California State University at Sacramento. Becker played softball at CSUS for four seasons and has since served as a graduate assistant coach and sport psychology intern for the softball program. In addition, she has numerous playing and coaching experiences at various levels of competition in the Amateur Softball Association summer leagues. Becker resides in Folsom, California, and enjoys participating in sports, physical activity, and all other outdoor activities.
"The mental game isn't a mystery; it's a skill that is attainable with practice. With drills that facilitate working on mental skills in situations encountered during games, Focused for Fastpitch will help players make the leap from making great plays occasionally to making great plays regularly."
Rhonda Revelle Head softball coach University of Nebraska
"Focused for Fastpitch is a great tool for any coach or athlete wondering what it takes to get to the next level. The mental side of the game is what raises the bar from good to great. Learn to be great with Focused for Fastpitch."
Michele Smith Two-time Olympic gold medalist 10-time ASA All-American