Fast Pitch Softball Fundamentals

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Written for fast pitch softball coaches and players of both genders and ages, this book is like no other softball book currently on the market. While other softball books focus merely on the broad "how-to's" of the game, Smitty's book looks at the details that transform strong skills into great plays and good players into great team members. From discussions of making the most of practice and preseason through the ups and downs of the season to the best way to approach post-season tournaments, Smitty's insights ...
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Overview

Written for fast pitch softball coaches and players of both genders and ages, this book is like no other softball book currently on the market. While other softball books focus merely on the broad "how-to's" of the game, Smitty's book looks at the details that transform strong skills into great plays and good players into great team members. From discussions of making the most of practice and preseason through the ups and downs of the season to the best way to approach post-season tournaments, Smitty's insights and tips will help any coach or player maximize their team's performance.

Smitty was a popular contributor to Women's Fastpitch World throughout the eight years of it's publication.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930546684
  • Publisher: Wish Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 0.53 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

An Introduction: How Do You spell Success? vi
Part I In the Beginning
Chapter 1 What It Takes to be a Great Softball Player 2
Chapter 2 Practice Makes Perfect 6
Chapter 3 Trials and Tribulations of Indoor Practices 10
Chapter 4 It Might Be...It Could Be...It Is! A New Season 13
Part II Fancy Footwork
Chapter 5 "Da Feet" Equals Defeat 18
Chapter 6 First Base Is First 21
Chapter 7 Obstruction, a Season Ender 25
Chapter 8 Aggressive Base Runners Warm My Heart 28
Part III Take to the Field
Chapter 9 Won't Someone Please Catch the Ball? 34
Chapter 10 Defensive Stuff 37
Chapter 11 Coming Up Short 40
Chapter 12 Hand 'N Glove 43
Chapter 13 A Saga of the Three Waifs of Softball 45
Part IV To Be a Pitcher
Chapter 14 Patience, Patience and More Patience 50
Chapter 15 The Fifth Infielder 54
Chapter 16 Speed Is Nice, but Variety Is... 58
Chapter 17 So, Coach, You Know All About Orthopedics? 61
Chapter 18 The Ten Thousand Dollar Question--Why Rest? 65
Part V Batter Up
Chapter 19 Keys to the Hitting Universe 68
Chapter 20 Down and Hard 72
Chapter 21 Down for the Count 75
Chapter 22 Why Ain't I Hittin', Coach? 78
Chapter 23 Yippity Doodads...a Fastball! 81
Chapter 24 Get on Top 85
Chapter 25 The Dinger 89
Chapter 26 The Eyes Have It 93
Chapter 27 To SAC or Get Sacked? 96
Chapter 28 The Way to the Trophy Table 99
Chapter 29 Take It From Me 103
Chapter 30 Hustle...The Name of the Game 107
Part VI The Head Game
Chapter 31 What's the Job? 112
Chapter 32 Pressure Is for Tires 116
Chapter 33 Which Team Showed Up? 119
Chapter 34 Hitting Head Games 122
Chapter 35 Mr. Fear 125
Chapter 36 The Meek Go Home 129
Chapter 37 Translation from English to English 132
Part VII The Art of Coaching
Chapter 38 Who's Running the Asylum? 136
Chapter 39 The Coyote Asks Questions 139
Chapter 40 Coach, Button It Up! 143
Chapter 41 The Right Touch 147
Chapter 42 Who's at Fault? 150
Chapter 43 The Pickle Pot 153
Chapter 44 The Learning Tree 156
Chapter 45 Depth Is Not Just for Water 160
Chapter 46 Shakespeare, MacBeth and Witch's Brew 163
Chapter 47 The Yell, You Say! 166
Chapter 48 Making a List and Checking It Twice 170
Chapter 49 Potholes Along the Coaching Road 174
Chapter 50 Check It Out 177
Chapter 51 Answers for Wile E. Coyote 181
Part VIII Softball by Smitty
Chapter 52 August Lunacy--An Editorial 186
Chapter 53 The Nose Knows 189
Chapter 54 Whatta Ride! 192
Chapter 55 Ouch, It Was so Preventable 195
Chapter 56 Cryin's the Blues 198
Chapter 57 Softball Play Potpourri 201
Chapter 58 Whatta Ride, Part II 205
Chapter 59 Let's Talk About the Weather 209
Chapter 60 All I Want for Christmas 213
Chapter 61 If I Were King... 217
Addendum 220
About the Author 222
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