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Top Softball Tryout Techniques Every Softball Player Should Apply

 

Top softball tryout techniques every softball player should apply

Imagine this. Someone throws a ball to you in a try out and the first thing that shows on the face is panic. All try out colleagues will be laughing at you. This article provides the best techniques required by a player to perfectly clutch the ball. While the first tryout cannot be ideal to make the impression you anticipate to the trainers, with time, these tips will make you win their confidence and become the elite player you always dreamt of.

  • Demonstrate character of a great softball player

The first most important tryout technique is demonstrating the right attitude. A great player should not only posses the right skills, but demonstrates capability to work with others in a team. Gather confidence, be tough and generate as much power as possible. Besides, you should be able to throw harder and become dominant when playing in the field. The focus here is to look tough and be tough while demonstrating the above qualities to standout and help the team win every competition.  Every coach wants a team player so that others can learn progressively.

  • Always prepare properly and keep improving

How can one achieve this? A couple of days before the tryout, it is prudent to acquaint yourself with all the requirements of softball. More importantly, plan and document so that all the drills will take place and you can keep improving on very skill. Every coach is interested in getting players with appropriate skills as well as positions. In particular, you need to ensure that every drill improves your pitching, running and hitting.

  • Demonstrate great athleticism
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Parenting Tips: Words your Young Softball Player Never Should Say

Words are one of the basic building blocks of a character. We are what we do; we do what we learnt; we learnt what we heard. In simpler terms, we all are what we heard. Whatever we speak is likely to be our very true character. The words a coach or a player speaks can inspire or demoralize. As such, it’s just words that build good player and it is words that destroy the ace players. There are popular words that a parent should always look out for and discourage a trainee kid from using them. Most coaches do not love the following phrases:

“…I just can’t …”

If a player becomes fond of using this phrase from an early age, there could be likelihood that such a player will not become any better player in softball. Just think of it again, if “…I just can’t do it…”, why then should I be considered in the school team? When this phrase persists, it does not only demoralize the individual player of his/her ability but it also lowers a coach’s desire to train such a player to perform better. Always train your child to know that he/she will do it until he/she becomes defeated.

“…why her/him…?”

A player is not a coach. Sadly, there are some players that will always want to be “better” than their training coaches. So be it, if they are better; but all players must heed to their coaches/trainers. If a coach opts to do a player replacement or a disciplinary action to a player, it could be beneficial to the entire team. Thus, all players ought to support their coaches in making team decisions as opposed to objecting their decisions. It is not to mean that coaches do not make mistakes, but it means that coaches should be allowed to make individual decisions and be corrected later not while gaming.

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The Making of a Softball Defending Culture

You can run, hit, throw or even coach; but, if you haven’t studied to the secret of defending, you may never make it in the softball-world beyond just your passion. Learning the defensive softball tips is a golden requirement for killer softball teams. Good defending however is a combination of daily learnt tricks and practices that all players and even the coaches have to learn and make them a part of softball culture. This edition was mainly drawn from Jacque Joseph’s “Defensive Softball Drills” Guide Book. It gives a summary of values to inculcate into the killer softball defending squad.

Philosophy 1: Big innings must be a No-No…

According to Jacque Joseph, big innings are the deadliest demoralizer to a team. They happen when a team allows an opponent team to make three to four runs in a single inning. John Kelly describes the causes of big innings as the trigger events that turns a player’s “I can…” to “I can’t…” In other words, big innings are cold waters to a blazing softball team. As a coach, one should train pitchers to be of high speed in running as well as gain an unstoppable stability and equilibrium when pitching. It is also important for pitchers to learn some 3-Fs (Fearless, fatigueless and focused) in all games. Nevertheless, all coaches ought not to force any tired player back to the game as it could be fatal to the performance.

Philosophy 2: Catching well is mandatory

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5 Extra Traits of an “A” Softball Player

To this date, I have not read a better explanation to give a softball player than the popular phrase of “Run hard, Turn left; and then Strike accurately”. The phrase seems to give all the major characteristics all baseball players should strive to possess. Basically, all softball players know the need for speed, accuracy and strict observance of the game flow. However, there are still some skills that only experts earn with experience. This edition will provide a list of different traits all winning softball players often exhibit.

 

  1. Hard-nosed Game Persistence

It is a common slogan among softball players to “seek and destroy”. In the pitch, an expert player can never get discouraged. She will often have the bad feeling when their team makes the wrong moves. A perfectly good softball player will often need no motivation at all. She will always expect victory even when the sign of defeat is as clear as noon day. The good girls in softball will certainly enjoy “stealing”. As such all pro-softball-players should always have a dream of never to show a white feather.

  1. She has a Softball IQ

Persistence never scores always. The true softball guru has to learn other game tricks and their application. Coaches often strive to train players varied tactics that can be used to counter competing teams. Nonetheless, most softball and baseball tricks are greatly predictable than many people could imagine. As such, a true player will learn to be unpredictable as the spring weather. Softball is not just physical but also mental. So, you can teach your eyes to look left, but strike to the right perfectly.

  1. Keen to Learn the Competitors’ Game Moves
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Softball Tips – How Important is Fun?

softball-playersBy Ken Krause, Life in the Fastpitch Lane blog

There’s No Having Fun Here”

The other day I heard a story that just made my skin crawl. The incident in question occurred during tryouts for a local team.

The newly installed coach gathered the high school age girls together and announced, “If any of you are here for fun, you’re in the wrong place.”

Forgive me, but at what point did playing softball cease to be about having fun? When did winning a softball game, tournament or even national championship become so all-fired important that fun is no longer a part of the equation?

Every study that’s ever been done about youth sports shows that the #1 reason kids sign up for a sport is to have fun. Those same studies also show that the number #1 reason they quit playing is because the game is no longer fun for them.

There’s nothing wrong with taking the game seriously and working hard to do your best. There’s nothing wrong with drilling hard and practicing (or playing) all-out. Those are good things. But working hard and having don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

One of my favorite baseball movies is Mr. Baseball, starring Tom Selleck. In it, Selleck is a MLB player who is struggling, and ultimately gets traded to a team in Japan, where he runs into the typical tough but wise manager.

In many ways Selleck’s character is an overgrown kid, but he has a great perspective on one important aspect. When the Japanese team is all uptight because of the manager, he points out  that “Baseball is a game, and games are supposed to be fun.”

He also points out that no one starts into baseball because they want to work. They want to play. That’s why it’s called “playing” baseball.

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Softball Tips – You Gotta Have Heart

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By Ken Krause, Life in the Fastpitch Lane blog

Most of the time when softball people get together to discuss the game, the talk turns to technique. They’ll debate for hours on end regarding the best way to hit a ball, pitch a ball, throw a ball, etc. They’ll talk about athleticism, conditioning and a lot of other physical aspects.

One subject that rarely comes up, though, is heart. That’s a shame too, because while a player with great physical skills is a valuable thing to have, without heart you’re not going to win as many games as you could.

Heart is what keeps a player going when others might give up. While a player with heart loves to win as much as the next person, winning is not what ultimately drives her. Instead, she plays for the love of the game, and thus focuses on the game itself rather than the outcome.

Players with heart are highly valuable to a team. Just as a player who loses heart can bring a team down, a player who has heart can drive her team to keep playing even when the odds are against them.

In fact, players who have heart often love the challenge of overcoming tough odds. That’s not to say that they purposely try to get behind in a game, but when it does happen on its own it brings out the best in them.

The thing about heart is it’s not always easy to spot, especially in a tryout situation. A player can look like a world-beater in tryouts when there’s no win or loss at stake. There is pressure to perform, of course, but it’s a different type of pressure.

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