Now, for the first time in the sport of fastpitch softball, you can learn from successful coaches and apply their approaches to your own program. In The Softball Coaching Bible, 28 of the top U.S. coaches share their principles, insights, strategies, methods, and experiences to help you enhance the experience and development of your own athletes.
Developed in cooperation with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), The Softball Coaching Bible was written by the greatest assembly of college and high school softball coaches ever. The text provides the finer points of coaching softball, presented in an engaging manner that makes the contents easy to apply to your own ball club. The topics range from teaching the best skills and drills to subjects rarely written about, such as developing responsible athletes and building character and loyalty in players.
Find out how Mike Candrea develops productive hitters at the University of Arizona, and follow the advice of Fresno State University’s Margie Wright for competing in tournaments and playoffs. This landmark work covers all the bases, from recruiting players to attracting fans. The Softball Coaching Bible also contains information on professional development: moving through the coaching ranks, making use of other coaches and professional organizations, avoiding coaching burnout, and attending and running camps and clinics. Chapter after chapter, this book provides the game plan for building a winning program.
The Softball Coaching Bible is filled with insights and expert advice to help you learn and grow. Soak it up, enjoy the stories, and discover the wisdom of the sport’s finest mentors.
Introduction: Learning From the Best by Jacquie Joseph
Part I Coaching Priorities and Principles
Chapter 1 Sharing a Love for the Game
Chapter 2 Making Softball Fun
Chapter 3 Competing With Class
Chapter 4 Out-Hustling Your Opponent
Chapter 5 Coaching With Integrity
Part II Program Building and Management
Chapter 6 Organizing and Orchestrating a Winning Program
Chapter 7 Mentoring Within Your Staff
Chapter 8 Building a Recruiting Network
Chapter 9 Marketing and Promoting Your Program
Chapter 10 Establishing a Successful High School Program
Part III Creative and Effective Practice Sessions
Chapter 11 Organizing Indoor and Outdoor Practices
Chapter 12 Conducting Innovative Practices
Chapter 13 Using Practice Drills Effectively
Betty Hoff and Jacki Wright
Part IV Individual Skills and Team Strategies
Chapter 14 Developing Productive Hitters
Chapter 15 Manufacturing Runs
Chapter 16 Producing Elite Pitchers
Cheri K. Kempf
Chapter 17 Charging Up the Battery
Chapter 18 Playing Situational Defense
Chapter 19 Competing in Tournaments and Playoffs
Part V Player Motivation and Leadership
Chapter 20 Winning the Mental Game
Chapter 23 Building Loyalty and Tradition in Players
Chapter 24 Inspiring Today’s Players
Part VI Off-the-Field Opportunities, Challenges, and Pressures
Chapter 25 Learning and Developing As a Professional
Rayla J. Allison
Chapter 26 Conducting Camps and Clinics
Chapter 27 Beating the Burnout Factor
Sharon J. Drysdale and Karren J. Drysdale
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is the sport's leading professional growth organization for coaches at all competitive levels of play. The NFCA has more than 4,000 members, most of whom are high school, travel-team, and collegiate coaches.
The NFCA provides a forum for discussing matters of interest to its members and works to formulate guiding principles, standards, and policies for conducting competitive fastpitch softball programs for girls and women. It 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. All members receive the association's newspaper, Fastpitch Delivery, and enjoy discounts on softball coaching clinics, videos, and books. They also have access to the NFCA job bank, camp network, and other professional networking opportunities.
The NFCA headquarters are located in Columbia, Missouri, where executive director Lacy Lee Baker and her husband, University of Missouri head softball coach Jay Miller, and their daughter, Nikki, also reside.