Tag Archives: practice
17
Jul

Win or lose, the season is over. Now what?

Another softball season is drawing to a close. Rec ball and all-star teams are finishing up their state tournaments; the top teams will then be headed to their respective locations for national tournaments. Plus, the travel ball season will conclude with more national championships

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29
Jun

The more the mind has to think…

It has been proven that the mind can truly only focus on one thing at a time. That leads me to believe that the more the mind has to think about the less the body moves. It’s true whether it’s dancing, or softball. With that thought, here are four tips that might help you parent/coach a child [...]

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14
Jun

Coach Q’s top-10 blog post picks

The following selections are Coach Mike Quiroz’s top-10 post picks from the first year of the West Coast Fastpitch blog. The actual one-year anniversary date for the WCFP blog is June 15.

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26
May

Jennie Finch’s childhood practice schedule

West Coast Fastpitch interviewed Jennie Finch, former USA Softball pitcher, earlier this month and we asked her about her childhood practice schedule. Watch her response below…

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12
Oct

The challenges that multi-sport athletes face

The following is a response to a reader’s suggestion. As a high school softball coach, I disliked sharing my athletes with other sports because it disrupted my practices/schedule for the team. If you have a daughter that’s good at softball she’s probably good at others sports as well, and the

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06
Oct

Dealing with parent, and player conflict

The following is a response to a reader’s suggestion. To date, I have coached boys and girls sports for 17-years, and in that time I have had my share of difficult parents and players. One event that comes to mind involved one of my players, her parent, my assistant coach, and the principal of our school. The [...]

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20
Sep

How to get your child to practice more

Pitching, like hitting, is an individual thing; typically the more (time) a player puts into practice the better she will become. But practicing for the sake of practice is not the idea. Going out, and giving one’s best effort (with the goal of improving and stretching oneself) is the purpose of practice. I often hear parents say, [...]

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25
Aug

How parents can be assistant-coaches

As previously stated, when you coach kids you coach their parents. Some coaches don’t like to get a player’s parents involved in the teaching of the athlete for a couple of reasons. But I want to focus on how parents can be good assistant-coaches. In my opinion, being an assistant-coach means that the parent (or [...]

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10
Aug

The 5 characteristics of a successful team – Coach’s Edition

This is part-one of a two-part series focused on the characteristics of a successful softball team. Today’s post looks at the five aspects of a successful squad from a coach’s perspective; Thursday’s post will look at the five aspects of success from a parent’s perspective. Five characteristics of a successful team

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06
Aug

Conditioning your mind through your body

Softball players—practice. Softball players do a lot of exercising in the beginning of a season, especially running. The obvious reason is to get the body prepared for upcoming games. The not-so-obvious reason though is the

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