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Quick Softball Tip: Do You Know Where You’re Headed?

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By Stacie Mahoe

Most softball players and coaches dedicate quite of bit of time to softball each week. In fact, you may even fall into the category of spending a “ton” of time on softball when you’re in season. However, it’s surprising how often players or coaches train, compete, and spend hours of their time on this game with only the vague purpose of having fun or wanting to “get better.”  It almost boggles my mind how much time and energy some commit to softball without really giving much thought to exactly what they want to accomplish this season or even over the course of the next 2-3 seasons.

Are you one of those people? Think about it. If I asked you right now to tell me where you want to be softball-wise at the end of this season, what would you tell me? How specific would your answer be? Do you even know what your first and biggest goal would be? If you only accomplished ONE thing, what would you want it to be? Is it a hitting goal or a defensive goal? Is it a speed and agility goal or softball skills goal? Is it more of a personal goal or one for the team you’re on?

If you’re not sure and can’t answer any of those questions with any certainty in less than 30 seconds, don’t feel bad. You’re not alone and I’m going to help you do something about that right now.

Is it really that important to do all that thinking and know all that stuff?
Before we get into the details of all that, let’s talk about why it’s so important.

You probably wouldn’t get in your car and start driving without first knowing where you want to go.  Right? 
If you would, then go ahead and stop reading right here. 😉

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Softball Tips – Take a Little Time to Look Back

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By Ken Krause, Life in the Fastpitch Lane blog

With fastpitch softball being as competitive as it is these days, most of us spend 100% of our time looking forward. We see the goals, they’re out in the distance, and we’re always looking to move ourselves closer to them.

But with the new year upon us, it might be a good time to take a look back, even just for a moment, to see how far you’ve come. I find that is often one of the most inspirational things you can do, and a good way to recharge the ol’ enthusiasm for the journey ahead.

I’ve done this with a few of my students lately, especially the new ones. I ask them to think back to when we started back in August and September, and what things were like for them. I then go through a quick review of what we’ve worked on since then, capping it off with a count of the months we’ve been working on it.

For example, with a high school pitcher we might look back to find we’ve rebuilt her mechanics so they are more consistent and allow her to throw both harder and more accurately. We’ll see she is throwing a change-up, and starting on a drop ball.

That’s a lot to accomplish in three or four months. While we may still have a long way to go to reach her goals, she can at least feel good that she has gotten somewhere for all her hard work.

For a catcher it may be learning better stances, how to block, or improving her “pop” time — the time from when the pitch pops her glove to the time her throw pops the glove of the fielder on a steal. For a hitter it may be rebuilding her mechanics, adding power, increasing hard contact or overcoming mental blocks when facing an 0-2 pitch.

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