'What's the Count?' provides mental plans for pitchers and hitters to help them succeed in the game of fast pitch softball. It teaches players how to think the game and sway the odds of success to their favor. If you play baseball the plans and principles presented in 'What's the Count?' will help you succeed also, because the mental plans for the pitcher and hitter are the same in both sports.
This book guides players towards success in softball and baseball by providing plans for them to gain an advantage in the on going battles between the pitcher and the hitter. A victory in these battles is the key to an individual's success at the game. It is also typically the key to a team's success, because the outcome of any game is usually determined by who wins most of these battles. 'What's the Count?' gives players plans to consistently gain the advantage in these battles. This book is about getting the advantage, knowing when you have it, and using it to succeed. It provides a mental map for players to succeed in softball much like a road map provides people with a way to succeed in finding an unknown destination. Without this map, or plan, you can easily get lost, whether it's on the road or in a softball competition. The mental plans in this book guide players towards success in softball by showing them methods to gain this advantage. If you are a pitcher they show you how to keep and increase the advantage you start with at the beginning of each at bat. If you are a hitter they show you what is required to take the advantage away from the pitcher and gain it for yourself.
Whether you are a pitcher or a hitter, knowledge and execution of the mental plans provided in 'What's the Count?' can be the difference maker in separating you from the competition. Using these plans will help you raise your level of play, attain your highest potential, and provide you with an edge to consistently prevail over your competition on the field regardless of your age or ability level.
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About the Author
Both of his daughters, Sara and Lisa, played multiple sports while they grew up, excelling at softball, soccer, field hockey, and cross country. Both girls became All-CIF pitchers and CIF Champions in high school softball, and ASA National Champions in travel softball.
For much of his baseball career Tom was a power pitcher with great velocity who didn't need or have much knowledge about pitching. After arm injuries in high school and college however, his velocity was reduced and he could no longer just blow it by people so he had to learn how to pitch to get people out. That is when Tom started to become a student of the game, and a student of pitching and hitting. His philosophy and understanding of the game of softball have continued to grow since then and have evolved to what they are today reinforced by the success he has had as a player and a coach.
Tom has been a youth sports coach for the past fourteen years in club soccer, travel softball, and high school softball. He continues to coach today with San Diego Thunder, a fastpitch softball travel team he formed in 1998. San Diego Thunder has become a nationally recognized name, has a career win loss record of 957-135, and has finished in the top ten at ASA Class A Nationals six times. Tom's Thunder teams have twice won ASA Class A National Championships and Tom is the only coach in San Diego to ever win more than one. In 2002, San Diego Thunder was voted the 14U fastpitch softball Team of the Year by Softball Today magazine. At the high school level Tom's leadership and strategies helped lead two different San Diego high school softball programs to their first ever CIF championship.
Tom's primary purpose for writing What's the Count? is to share the understanding he has acquired about how to be successful in the sport of softball with those desiring to know it. All players on Tom's teams have used the plans and strategies explained in What's the Count? and now you can too.