Complete Guide to Slowpitch Softball, Enhanced Editionby Rainer Martens
With Complete Guide to Slowpitch Softball, you will learn basic to advanced offensive and defensive techniques. And the comprehensive coverage of slowpitch strategies and tactics, as well as expert advice on physical and psychological conditioning, will ensure you step out of the dugout confident and prepared. Senior softball Hall of Famer Rainer Martens and his wife, Julie Martens, put their wealth of expertise together in this one-of-a-kind e-book, enhanced with more than 60 video clips. With over 45 years of softball experience and PhDs in the sport sciences, Rainer and Julie bring unique insight into all aspects of the game to help players, coaches, and fans alike hit a home run in this exciting game.
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The Complete Guide to Slowpitch Softball by Rainer and Julie Martens is superb. It reminds me of a time long ago in Detroit, Michigan, when everyone on our 18-and-under national championship baseball team had to attend mandatory three-hour chalk-talks every Friday night. The goal was to make us aware that, no matter how capable we might be athletically, we'd never reach our potential unless we trained our imaginations to see the game fully in our minds-eye and developed a focused inner calm that would enable us to perform under pressure. If a text like the Complete Guide had been available then for baseball, it would have made a mighty contribution to our youthful grasp of the game. The Complete Guide exhaustively covers the fundamentals of slowpitch softball from hitting, fielding, and base running to offensive tactics, defensive alignments, cut-off plays, and much, much more. In addition, it provides unique insights into three other facets of the game. First, there are lengthy and highly informative sections on health, training, diet, and injuries. Second, the book reports innumerable scientific findings pertaining to matters such as the physics of ball flight under different weather conditions, the weight-speed calculation in selecting a bat, the swing speed-accuracy balance in striking the ball (Fitt's Law), vision training (Dynamic Acuity and Quite Eye), and why balls curve and dip (Bernoulli Principle and Magnus Force). Finally, as might be expected from authors with Doctorates in Sport Psychology, the Complete Guide accords great emphasis to the psychological and emotional dimensions of the game. There's an entire chapter on "Mental Preparation," with a fascinating section on what the authors call "flow," being in the "zone" of optimum confidence, control, and focus. Also emphasized in this chapter and elsewhere throughout the book is the importance not only of individual preparation but also the interpersonal relationships that spell the difference between team cohesion or player discord. I have only one quibble with the Complete Guide. It fails to emphasize that slowpitch softball, like most games and sports, is rooted in tradition and conventional wisdom, and that, consequently, as you reflect on the text and the excellent DVD that accompanies it, you need also to keep your mind open to the unorthodox, the innovative, and the unconventional. Otherwise, the Complete Guide is without doubt the most comprehensive and thought-provoking book ever written about slowpitch softball, a must read for players who wish to improve their game.
The Complete Guide to Slow Pitch Softball Is by far the most comprehensive book on slow pitch softball ever written. I speak from experience, having played, managed and sponsored slow pitch softball teams for over fifty (50) years and still an active player at age 70. This book is of value to a wide variety of softball enthusiasts from the non-playing spouses of players who just want to get a basic understanding of the game to the most experienced player looking to get a better grasp of the finer points on the game. From the rules of the game to defensive and offensive instructions and strategies to coaching philosophies this book has it all. In addition an outstanding instructional CD is included that superbly demonstrates all of the instructional aides defined in the book. If you like softball you'll love the book.
I have been playing softball for more than forty-five years. I've been fortunate enough to be on more than twenty senior national championship teams. With all the input I got from teammates on how to improve my game, none of this has helped me improve to the extent that the Martens' book has. I thought I was an above average player and I could hold my own against other teams. I have found areas that with practice will move me up to the next level of play. I'm enthused with the potential that I can reach my goals. The DVD is a tremendous idea as well. You are able to see the correct way to play the game of softball. I truly believe anyone playing or planning to play slow-pitch softball can benefit from the information that the Martens have complied in their book. I have spoken with others that have read their book and they expressed how well the book was written and what they got from it.