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  Tips and Drills  
 

Simple Drills to Correct or Improve Mechanics and Speed

Simple Drills to Correct or Improve Mechanics and Speed:

Bucket Drill: Use a 5 or 6 gallon bucket to put your plant foot (left foot for righthanders) up on to help keep your weight back. Feet and body should be in the “open position”(45-60 degree angle). Drill is to help with keeping the weight back, keeping you right side down and relaxed and helps with releasing in open position.15-25 pitches

Flamingo Drill: Throw a normal pitch and try to balance on your plant foot only at the end. This is a great drill for girls who have balance issues or fall off at the end of the pitch. Try not to pivot your pitching side through at the end of this drill. 15-25 pitches

Upper Body Drill #1: Stand with your feet together in the open position (45-60 degree angle) and throw as hard as you can to a full distance (your pitching distance) target. This drill works on the upper body and arm speed so we don’t get into a habit of slowing the arm down to match the feet. 15-25 pitches

Upper Body Drill #2: Same drill as above only do it while balancing on your back foot (Push foot). Same benefits as above and also works on keeping weight back using your middle body. 15-25 pitches

Upper Body Drill #3 (Triples): Get into your “power position” (feet spread wide, but comfortably apart in open position with weight back) about 3/4 of your full distance. Swing arm around very quickly 3 times releasing ball on third revolution. Glove arm comes up on first circle and down with pitching arm on third circle at release. Arm should be very loose like a wet noodle on each circle. Drill works on arm speed. 15-25 pitches

Triangle Drill: Stand at full distance with push foot on the pitching rubber facing straight ahead at target. Lift stride foot and both arms directly at target. Stride foot should be at least 1 foot off the ground and arms should be horizontal and no more than 6 inches apart (care should be taken to make sure arms are facing at target and not off to one side or the other). Balance in this position for 3 seconds and then throw a full pitch. Don’t drop hands or feet back down, but lift directly from start position. This drill will help girls who open hips and shoulders too soon and will also help with balance problems. 15-25 pitches

* Here are a few drills to help you pitchers, parents and coaches out there. At GREINER FASTPITCH we have tons of drills that we use to fix or improve our students and we are coming up with new ones frequently. We can’t list them all here or we would be giving away all our secrets!

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College Preparation for Fastpitch Players!

FRESHMAN YEAR:
·        Get settled in high school.
·        Concentrate on a solid high school curriculum.

SOPHOMORE:
·        Continue striving for academic success.  
·        Research NCAA academic requirements.  
·        Make sure that you are "on target" for all course requirements.  
·        During summer between Sophomore and Junior years prepare your athletic resume.
·        Start investigating colleges and their admission requirements.
·        Prepare to send out your initial contact letters.

JUNIOR:
·        Send out athletic letters now, if you have not already done so.  
·        Request the ACT/ACT test scores be sent to the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse.  
·        Now is the time for you to join the clearinghouse.  
·        KEEP UP WITH STUDIES and once again review the NCAA requirements.  
·        Send out updates as your season closes.

SENIOR:
·        Do not let up on academics.  
·        Review your core class requirements with your counselor.  
·        Again, send out your team schedule as soon as possible to all schools you are interested in.  
·        Always play to the best of your ability, and remember you're a "student athlete"... 

SAMPLE

Date                                                       

School
Address

Attn:  name of softball coach

Dear Coach (last name)

My name is _________________________and I am a Junior/Senior at
(name of your school, City).

As my high school career comes to a close, I am looking ahead to attending an
excellent college and would like to participate in your softball program.

I have completed some preliminary research on your school, but I would like
more detailed information on your academic requirements and athletic program.

I am currently playing for the (name of summer team) and will send you a
schedule of games when I receive one.

I invite you to view some of the games this season.  Also, I am hopeful that
we can discuss my participation in your athletic program in the immediate
future.

Best regards,

Name
address
phone number

Make a skills tape.
Have a parent or coach videotape you in action. It does not have to be fancy, or done by a professional.
VIDEOTAPING YOUR SOFTBALL SKILLS

Colleges want to see everything you are capable of doing. If you play several positions, show footage of different skills. Please keep in mind, though that they receive hundreds of videotapes each season and simply don't have time to view excess and unneeded footage. Here are some guidelines as to what they want to see and how many repetitions they would like to see. In what order you perform the skills makes no difference.

It is recommended to use the zoom feature rather than moving in a position you may disturb the fielder or hitter.

The entire tape should only be approximately 10 to 12 minutes. 

HITTING: 

View from beyond opposite batters box, facing the batter as they are in their stance, close view. Full swings in this segment, if you have full swings from both right and left side, please show both. 


BUNTING: 

Sac Bunts: View from pitching circle, left and right sides, if applicable. 
Bunt for Hit: View from pitching circle, left and right sides, if applicable. 
Drag Bunt: View from pitching circle, left and right sides, if applicable. 
Slap Bunt: View from beyond opposite batters box, left and right side, if applicable. 

THROWING AND CATCHING: (All Positions) 

Fielding ground balls, some directly at you, some to your right and left. 
Balls to your right and left should be approximately 15 to 20 feet each way. 
Show the throw to a base. (Note) Always have an angle to show the throw.
DO NOT follow the ball with the camera. 

CATCHERS: (Full Equipment) 

Block ball in dirt, some right at you, some to show lateral movement. 
Field bunts and throw to all bases. 
Pickoff, show throws to 1st and 3rd base. 
Steals, show throw to 2nd and 3rd base, with the fielder on the move to cover the base. 

CORNERS: 

Field bunts, throw to 1st, 2nd and 3rd bases. 
At 1st base, taking throws in the dirt. 
At 3rd base, taking throws from the outfield, making a tag. 

MIDDLE INFIELDERS: 

Double play, pivot and footwork. 
Double play, feeds. 
Shortstop, covering second on a steal. 
Second, covering first on a bunt. 
Fly balls overhead, Texas Leaguer. 

OUTFIELDERS: 

Fielding fly balls, some directly at you, some to your right, left and forward. Show the throw to 2B, 3B and home. Right field also show throw to 1B.

PITCHERS: 

Two Angles: 
>From behind pitcher. 
>From side of the catcher. 
Show 5 to 6 of each pitch you have from each angle. 
Fielding grounders and bunts, throwing to all bases. 

BASE RUNNING: 

Home to first, after you swing. 
Home to home, after you swing. 

FAQsFrequently Asked Questions For Our College Bound Students…

I’ve heard that if you’re a good softball player, the college coaches will recruit you. Is that true? Any college coach or recruiter will tell you that being good doesn't automatically give a player an edge in being recruited or being offered a scholarship to play college softball. There are thousands of good softball players who go unnoticed and unrecruited every year.
The coach or recruiter first has to know about you to be able to recruit you. In addition to talent, coaches recruit players based on a number of important factors including experience, grades, work ethic, team needs, and the player's ability to adjust to the demands of college softball.

How Many Player Positions Are Available to Incoming Freshman? On average, there are about 4 player positions per college team available to incoming freshman (and junior college transfers), or about 4000-4500 available positions on four-year college teams across the country every year.

How many players get “full-ride” scholarships? Very few players get a "full ride" (100% of college costs). It’s important for players and parents to know that colleges are allowed to divide scholarships. With an average roster of 18 players per team, there's not enough scholarship money for every player on the team to get a “full ride." Most college teams award half or three-quarter scholarships, in order to stretch their funds as far as possible and still be able to recruit quality players.

Which players get "full rides"? When available, full-ride scholarships generally go to top-notch pitchers, catchers, and hitters. Prospective college softball players should expect that scholarship offers will range along these lines: pitchers, 80-100% of “full-ride”; catchers, 50-80%; infielders, 30-70%; outfielders, 20-50%. Versatility, hitting ability, and team needs can make a player more valuable, and a scholarship offer will be adjusted accordingly.

What are my chances of being awarded a four-year scholarship? No matter what any player, parent, coach, or recruiter might tell you, there is simply no such thing as a "four-year scholarship" to play softball. Scholarships are awarded on a year-by-year basis only. The name of the game is performance. The best way to insure a “four-year scholarship” is to exceed expectations from each “one-year scholarship” to the next.

Will going to a recruiting camp or tournament guarantee that I’ll get recruited? Just attending a recruiting camp or tournament is no guarantee that you’ll be recruited. A college coach might never recruit some of the better players at a recruiting camp, or even get a chance to watch them play.

How can I improve my chances of being recruited at one of these camps? The best chance any player has of being noticed and possibly being recruited as a result of a recruiting camp is based on two important factors:
·         Parents and players must do their “homework” and marketing preparation, including letters, “Player Marketing Package” (described in detail in the book), phone calls, emails, and so on, to the coaches who are expected to be at the camp.
·         You must perform up to expectations while the college coach is looking at you.
Coaches don’t just show up at these camps and tournaments looking for players to fill any old position on their rosters. They go to the camp with a list of names of players they want to evaluate, and a list of positions that they need to fill. The players on a coach’s list are top-level players who are well known to coaches, players who the coach has seen before and wants to watch again, or players who have contacted them directly. Unless a coach knows about you, chances are that he/she won’t be looking at you. The way to get a coach to look at you is, first, to tell them that you’ll be there, and, secondly, to ask them to take a look at you.

When should I start my scholarship search? Searching for a scholarship is only part of the college selection process. Your first goal should be to find a school that’s a good match for your academic abilities and interests, and to find a team that's a good match for your softball skills. Then you can start thinking seriously about the scholarship search.
NCAA schools can’t begin actively recruiting players until their junior year. That doesn’t mean, however, that you should wait until your junior year to begin the college selection process or to start your marketing efforts. There’s nothing wrong with getting a head start on your college selection process in your freshman or sophomore year.
It’s a simple matter to log on to a college’s web site, and find out all the information you need to know. If you start narrowing the field of prospective colleges early in your high school career, you'll be well ahead of the game (and ahead of other players) by the time your junior year rolls around.
 

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Give Me A Coach.....

Give me a coach who will help my daughter develop as a productive responsible adult, while teaching sound athletic fundamentals.

Give me a coach who will stress the importance of Education, Religion and Family.

Give me a coach who puts kids first. Someone with integrity and is honest with his players.

Give me a coach who cares about having fun!

Give me a coach who doesn't have a closed mind.

Give me a coach with modesty and conscience.

Give me a coach who knows how to honor a commitment.

Give me a coach who is always trying to improve his skills and his relationship with his players.

Give me a coach who teaches his players to respect their opponents and shake their hands after the game has been played.

Give me a coach who respects the game, his opponent and the umpires.
Give me a coach who can take a group of strangers and make them work with each other toward a common goal.

Give me a coach who believes winning is a byproduct of dedication, hustle, attitude and determination.

Give me a coach who knows how to turn a negative into a positive.

Give me a coach who will give all of his players a fair opportunity to succeed.

Give me a coach who will treat all players in the manner that they would want to have their daughter treated.

Give me a coach who will just be honest with all of his players.

Give me a coach who will remember that a player may be their athlete, but that it is someone else's child.

GIVE ME A COACH THAT MY DAUGHTER AND I CAN BE PROUD OF!

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MOUND PRESENCE!

MOUND PRESENCE

The amount of control a pitcher has while on the mound. It is the ability to focus and show POISE in any situation during a game. It is the ability to show control and not get bothered by a bad umpire or errors in the field by your teammates. It is the ability to show COMPOSURE and to lift you team up in tough situations and rally them back for a win. It is the ability to have a "TAKE NO PRISONERS" attitude. It is the ability to discover the batter's weaknesses and work with your catcher to exploit them.

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Student's Work Ethic

I have found in my 17 years as an instructor that the students that I work with (and go to other instructors) that are the best and have the most success are the ones that have worked the hardest to be the best and practice their pitching often. The pitchers with strong work ethics are always the best, strongest and most successful pitchers in a tournament and on their varsity high school teams.

I have on occasions too numerous to count asked a student in a lesson, "How much did you practice this week?" or, "Did you work on the drills I showed you last week?". All too often the answers I get are, "No" or, "I forgot". These students and their parents wonder why the girl pitching along side is progressing faster than her and learning new pitches at a faster pace. The simple answer is THEY WORK HARDER! My best students in the past have been kids who were very goal oriented and made dad or mom take them out to throw. For example, Tonya Winberry, who pitched for the University of Missouri Tigers, she and her dad would work daily to improve some part of her pitching talents. Tonya was probably the hardest working student I have ever taught. Her work ethic is what took her to NCAA Div. I softball.

To the student I would suggest this...if you want to be the best and have success, please practice what you and your instructor work on each week in between the pitching lessons. I want to teach each one of you so much more.

If you are the parent of a pitcher, don't blame the instructor if your young pitcher can't go the distance. If anyone thinks a pitcher will do real well in tournaments without putting in the extra work it takes during the week, you are sadly mistaken.

WORK HARD AND BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE!

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What Bothers Me About High School Softball Coaches

What Bothers Me About High School Coaches

1. Lack of knowledge of the game of fastpitch softball.

2. Not playing their "best" because there is an "older" girl at that position.

3. Not having enough knowledge about how the human body works: Coaches who make assumptions about body type, height, weight, etc.  Not all pitchers and first basepersons are 6 feet tall (Jenni Finch!) and not all catchers are built like tanks! 
 
4. Coaches that make their pitchers throw batting practice for hours at a time.

5. Coaches that make their pitchers throw batting practice AT ALL!  That's why pitching machines were invented.  Pitchers should not be conditioned to slow their pitching motion down and just throw strikes over and over.

6. Lack of knowledge of the college recruiting process: Coaches who don't take an interest in their students' future in college ball and don't know how to get them scholarships. Your job is to prepare these kids for college!!

7. Coaches who don't know their place: Recently a coach was talking to his high school team at one of the first practices of the year and said, "OK, your silly summer softball is over with; it's time to focus on some serious softball now." Most of the girls at the practice laughed, rolled their eyes and lost respect for him on the spot. Competition in High School softball is so inferior to summer ball it's not even funny.  The best athletes in these high school programs play around 100 games every summer against the best athletes in the entire country. I would like just one of these idiots to spend some time out at the ballpark watching what these kids
do during the summer. It would make them better coaches.

8.  Coaches who "mess with" their players' batting stance and pitching motions:  The majority of these girls' parents have spent lots of money over the years sending their daughters to professional instructors who KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING!

9. Coaches who take offense or don't accept suggestions from their players: Most of these coaches don't know as much as their players do and would benefit from their advice.

10. Coaches who don't know the fundamentals and tactics needed to win a close
game and are totally offended when someone suggests a possible way to push a
run across.

*As you can see I am NOT a fan of High School softball coaches!

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What Bothers Me About High School Softball Coaches, Part II

In a recent local prep sports article a local high school coach here in St. Louis, made some comments about the opposing pitcher who had just thrown a 10-inning shutout against her team. She said "When you are used to hitting off girls who throw double that speed, in the sixties, and then you are hitting off someone who throws in the thirties, that's a very drastic change and it is hard to adjust." Most everybody in the "real" softball world (Summer Select Travel Ball) knows that the pitcher in question was throwing in the high 40's to low 50's and was doing her job by throwing breaking pitches to keep the other team off balance. I think this uneducated coach needs to learn to control her mouth and her attitude and watch what she says. The pitcher in question is a freshman and finished with a record of 16-1 at the varsity level and also led her team to a 2nd place finish in the Missouri State Championships. This is just another example of the some of the things wrong with high school softball. I feel sorry for all the frustrated players, parents, instructors and select coaches during this time of the year.

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Pretty Good by Charles Osgood

Pretty Good by Charles Osgood

There once was a pretty good student,

Who sat in a pretty good class

And was taught by a pretty good teacher,

Who always let pretty good pass.

He wasn't terrific at reading,

He wasn't a whiz-bang at math,

But for him, education was leading

Straight down a pretty good path.

He didn't find school too exciting,

But he wanted to do pretty well,

And he did have some trouble with writing,

And nobody had taught him to spell.

When doing arithmetic problems,

Pretty good was regarded as fine.

Five plus five didn't always add up to 10,

A pretty good answer was nine.

The pretty good class that he sat in

Was part of a pretty good school.

And the student was not an exception,

On the contrary, he was the rule.

The pretty good school that he went to

Was there in a pretty good town.

And nobody there seemed to notice

He could not tell a verb from a noun.

The pretty good student in fact was

Part of a pretty good mob.

And the first time he knew what he lacked was

When he looked for a pretty good job.

It was then, when he sought a position,

He discovered that life could be tough.

And he soon had a sneaky suspicion

Pretty good might not be good enough.

The pretty good town in our story

Was part of a pretty good state,

Which had pretty good aspirations,

And prayed for a pretty good fate.

There once was a pretty good nation,

Pretty proud of the greatness it had,

Which learned much too late,

If you want to be great,

Pretty good is, in fact, pretty bad.

- From "The Osgood File," copyright 1986, CBS Inc

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PARENTS INVOLVEMENT OR INTERFERENCE?

PARENTS INVOLVEMENT OR INTERFERENCE?
INTERFERENCE
1. Don't go into the dugout to give instructions.
The girls have coaches, and they have worked hard on developing cohesion and a mental attitude toward the game. Yelling out tips, advice, correction, or criticism will in no way improve your daughter's performance. The same principle holds true in yelling out advise from the sidelines. Keep in mind, the content and accuracy of the information is not the issue. Help not asked for is criticism. If your daughter has not asked for your advise, then don't give it.
Don't question the coach's decisions during or between games.

2. As a parent, you have a right to your opinion regarding playing time, attitude, criticism, etc. However, I recommend the 24 hour rule - speak to the coach 24 hours after the game. By then, the dust has settled, tempers have cooled, and saner heads prevail. At that time, be specific as to your concerns. Beginning at approximately 14 years old, I believe it is important for you to empower your daughters, and teach them to take care of their own needs. Rather than speak for them, encourage them to speak up for themselves.

3. Don't make a spectacle of yourself during the game. Loud and rude comments to umpires, opposing coaches, or even opponents may seem humorous to you, but your daughter is cringing in the dugout with embarrassment. Always keep in mind that you are a role model, and act on the field the way you would want your child to behave.

4. Don't tell your daughter everything she has done wrong on the ride home from the game. Trust me, this is not what is considered quality time and sharing. You may think it is helpful, but she feels criticized. In addition, she already knows that the error she made in the seventh inning that allowed the winning run to score was not good, and does not need to be reminded of it by you.

INVOLVEMENT
1. Always be positive.
Learn to encourage, not criticize. If you don't have something good to say, don't say it.

2. Be a parent, not an agent.
Talk to your daughter regarding her concerns, and help her to learn to take care of most issues herself. Rather that criticize coaches and players, and make excuses for herself, take the excellent opportunity to teach her how to cope with adversity. Don't make lists of demands for the coaches to follow.

3. Spend time practicing at home.
In the years to come, you will both treasure the memories of tossing the ball around, much more so than of victories and losses.

4. Volunteer your time. Ask the coach how you can help, and follow his direction. Your daughter will appreciate your positive involvement, and be proud to have you as part of his team.
         ATTEND GAMES AND CHEER!

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Riseball Drills

"Riseball Drills"
    Learning to throw the most devastating pitch in fastpitch takes alot of work and practice. Here are a couple of ideas on how to develop a riseball.
    Body Positioning: On a riseball your weight should be down and back and the pitching side should callapse slightly to "get under" the ball. Think about sitting back on a low stool when you try to throw this pitch or think about making a backward "C" from your heel up to your shoulder.
    Practicing Spins in a Short Distance: Because the spin of the ball is opposite of a fastball spin your wrist, fingers and thumb must all do something completely different from what they do on a fastball. I would suggest starting at about 5 feet away from your catcher and try to get the ball to spin backward by just letting your hand move from a foot behind your hip to a foot in front and letting the ball slide off the back side of your fingers and do this till you feel comfortable and successful with the spin. Then move back 5 feet and do the same but swing your arm a little further each way finishing with the thumb out. Repeat this until you get about 2/3 of your regular pitching distance then try to make a full arm circle. All these should be done with a small stride and don't bring your side through (follow through). This process should be repeated till you get to your full distance, then try the release with your full motion.
    Football Drill: Try playing catch with a 12 inch football and throw it like a softball with a full motion at all times trying to make a tight spyral. This movement is very similar to the way a riseball should be released and will help in its development. I hope these ideas help.

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Working on Spins

"Working on spins"

Here is a great way to check to see that you are spinning the ball correctly on all of your pitches. Take a regular softball and tape a line around the ball across the seams (cut the loops in half or across 4 seams) with black electrical tape or draw a 1" wide line on with a permanent marker. Then watch to see if your fastball and dropball spins are straight over the top, if your curveball and screwball spins are sideways, and if your riseball spin is backwards. It will help you determine what release or grip will give you the best spin and make the ball move properly. ~ Jim Greiner

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THE TYPICAL GIRL FASTPITCH SOFTBALL PLAYER

At one time, she looked cute as a button, dressed in pink with ponytails.
(Visions of Alice in Wonderland.) She played with dolls, helped mom bake
cookies, and has probably earned a few bucks baby-sitting. She has been, and
always will be daddy's little girl.

She still has all those little girl attributes. The only difference is now
she looks cute dressed in sliders and shorts. If she is wearing ribbons in
her hair, they are team colors. She still bakes cookies ... team bake sale.
And she has probably earned a few bucks ... at the team car wash. Now she
is, and always will be daddy's little pitcher.

She takes pride in how much dirt she can collect every weekend. Go to dinner
on a night that she is not playing and it takes an hour of primping to get
ready, and she still feels self-conscious. Go after a game and she'll walk
right into a restaurant with a streak of dirt across her forehead, ratted
hair, stained shirt and brownish/white socks. Or brown toes with sandals!
Let's EAT!

She is ready and willing to play at the drop of a hat! If she can get away
with it, she will play on two teams. (In the same day no less) She has a
huge wardrobe: plenty of tournament shirts and shorts from all the teams she
has played on. Her parents do her school shopping every weekend at the
tournament T-shirt booth. When you say, "wear something nice", she thinks it
means a tournament shirt without dirt stains.

She needs to get an athletic scholarship. Her parents have spent $100,000 on
camps, private instruction, batting cages, gloves, bats, equipment,
uniforms, player fees, concession stands, travel and lodging. THEY'RE
BROKE!!!

She is a fierce competitor, willing to stand in against a fast pitcher at
close distance that even pro baseball players would have trouble hitting!
And she might be 5'2" and 100 lbs. soaking wet. She might play first or
third base at 20 feet from home plate, saying I dare you to bunt ... drive
one down my throat!!!

She has more spirit than maybe any other team sport. At least it sounds that
way. Softball is the only sport where a girls ability to cheer sometimes
effects roster decisions. She can't bunt or hit, she is a liability in the
field ... but she cheers constantly!

She is playing the game for all the right reasons! SHE LOVES IT! She could
hang out at the mall, stay home and watch TV, or spend her summers at the
pool. Instead she has a tight schedule with limited free time, hangs out on
the practice field with a coach in her face, and spends her summers getting
baked on a 95-degree field with no shade. Maybe we should get some of our
kids checked for IQ? :)

She has her priorities in order: Tournaments, League Games, Team Practices,
schoolwork, individual practice and batting cage, family, private softball
instruction, church, conditioning, softball camps, boys. (Maybe church comes
before the batting cage.) At least on Sundays.

She is diligent and hardworking. She knows you get out of something, what
you put into it. She is not the type of kid to take the easy way out! She is
competitive, not willing to give up. She learns many valuable lessons during
the course of her softball career, like:

You can stay at Holiday INN for $12 bucks a night if you are willing to go 4
to a room.
Hotels don't monitor pool usage, and you can go swimming anytime, whether
you're a registered guest or not.
Continental breakfast means: 3 bowls of cereal, bagel, 2 donuts and 4
glasses of OJ.

Unlike the geographically challenged, softball girls know how to get from
home to every field in a 25 mile radius.

She has a lot of fun every summer, enough to make her come back next year
regardless of all the sacrifices, the money, the occasional bad coach,
drinking water that people have put their hands in, etc.

The Typical Girls Fast Pitch Softball Player is first and foremost
somebody's little girl.

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Distance Throwing Workout

Distance Throwing: Do your regular warm up routine and get to where you are pitching at your regular distance. Throw 10 pitches from that distance. Then move back 5 feet and throw five pitches at that distance. Keep doing this till you are back far enough to where you can't make it all the way to your target on the fly. Then move to the next closest distance and throw 10 pitches from that distance trying to make it all the way to the target without a bounce. Then move forward in 5 foot increments till you are back at your regular distance.......................This drill is great for building up leg strength and drive, keeping your weight back and also the obvious benefit - ARM STRENGTH!

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The Rotator Cuff

Defining the Rotator Cuff
and Its Significance in Fastpitch Softball Pitchers

The rotator cuff is a group of 4 small muscles that function to secure the head of the humerus in its socket.    These four muscles surround and stabilize the shoulder joint during movement. The rotator cuff muscles work primarily to help prepare the arm for lifting and movement activities. The muscles that make up the rotator cuff are the: Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, the Teres Minor and the Subscapularis. The subscapularis muscle of the rotator cuff sits on the front surface of the shoulder blade (the scapula). The supraspinatus, the infraspinatus and the teres minor all sit on the backside of the shoulder blade.

The rotator cuff helps to rotate and spin the arm around in its socket, which is essentially the windmill motion in fastpitch softball. The fastpitch softball pitcher should specifically train to improve the integrity of the shoulder joint. This will ideally prevent debilitating injury due to weakness and overuse. Rotator cuff muscles do not get stronger with weight training unless they are specifically isolated. These muscles should be worked slowly to get the best possible results. When the muscles are strong and well conditioned, they may add speed and power to overhead or pitching activities. It is essential that the rotator cuff muscles be warmed up prior to throwing. A good stretching program combined with a slow, progressive workout is ideal.

If the rotator cuff muscles do become inflamed, they should be treated immediately with rest to get the fastest recovery. Any activity involving over the head motion should be stopped and the athlete should be checked by a qualified trainer or physician. Rehabilitation programs will be prescribed to strengthen the rotator cuff and it is extremely important to adhere to these programs to prevent further damage.

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A PITCHER AND TEAM HUSTLE by Hal Skinner

A PITCHER AND TEAM HUSTLE by Hal Skinner
If you are a pitcher, you are the inspirational centerpiece of your team.

You, of all the players, are in control of the ball more than any other member of your team.

When you control the ball, you control the game. Your team looks to you, more than anyone else, for their confidence during the game. They feed off of the confidence level you display. When you are fired up, so are they. When you hustle and show it, so will they.

If the pitcher has a defeated look or attitude, the whole team tends to give up. The team's hustle starts gasping to try and stay alive. The other team senses this and it makes them hustle even more. While you have the ball in your hand, all eyes are on you, including your own team's.

When the other team sees you dragging, they get fired up, their confidence level rises and they get much more aggressive, on the bags and with the bats.

When you are fired up, excited and show your determination, the rest of your team will be just as determined to win as you are. Once in a while, when you strike someone out, turn to your 2nd baseman, make a fist, pump your arm and yell "YEAH". Do that a few times and watch how fired up your team gets. They will want to win for YOU because they know you are trying your absolute best to win for all of THEM.

A pitcher that is fired up, with a team that is fired up behind that pitcher, is the most intimidating thing the other team will ever face. It takes away their confidence level and when that happens, their level of hustle drops like a rock. The team that hustle's the best is always the team that wins the big trophy.

Stay fired up, always hustle and show it. The pitcher in the circle is from where the team's hustle breathes its breath of life during the game. Don't let it be the place where the team's hustle dies too.

When a team's hustle dies, the pitcher is the only one that can give it immediate CPR with the very next pitch. Not even your coach can do that! Stay fired up, show it, be vocal about it and your team will definitely respond. You have a responsibility to your team to do everything you can do to win the game. No other player has more responsibility for their own team's performance than the pitcher.

The pitcher is held more accountable for the final outcome of the game than any other player. Have you ever wondered why the pitcher is the only individual team player that has a win/loss record for their position? Maybe now you understand why just a little bit better.

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