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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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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 Performance Tips – Surviving the Tryout Season

By Ken Krause, Life in the Fastpitch Lane blog

softball-tryoutsYes, it’s hard to believe we’re already in the thick of tryout season. All the comfort of knowing what the days ahead will look like is gone, replaced by that feeling in the pit of your stomach over all the uncertainty that will be dominating your thoughts for the next week or two.

That feeling applies to both players and coaches, by the way. For the players it’s obvious, especially if you’re trying out for a new team.

Suddenly you’re being judged and evaluated by a group of strangers who don’t know your track record. You have to perform right here, right now if you want to be selected. It can be very nerve-wracking, which doesn’t help your performance any.

Yet it can also be stressful for coaches. You can look at all the skills you want, but it doesn’t answer how a player will perform in a game situation, what type of teammate she will be, how high maintenance her parents will be, what kind of game knowledge she has, etc.

In both cases it can be tough because you’re presumably making a long-term decision. Choose correctly and you’re in good shape. Choose poorly and it could make for a very miserable year.

The big key to survival is actually the same strategy for success in a game — focus on the process instead of the result. You can drive yourself crazy worrying about what might happen, especially when it involves things beyond your control. Instead, you want to focus on the things you can control.

As a player, focus on this event, right now, and no others. If you’re fielding ground balls, focus on your process – see it in, get your hands on it and make the throw. For hitting, see ball/hit ball. If you miss, let it go immediately and focus on your next opportunity.

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Softball Tryouts Problem – What Ever Happened to Earning Your Spot?

By Ken Krause, Life in the Fastpitch Lane blog

softball helicopter parentHad an interesting experience with tryouts this year, and I doubt it’s an isolated incident. In fact, it seems to be something that’s indicative of our society as a whole, as it’s not the first time I’ve heard of something like this.

Here’s the basic situation: we had a girl try out for catcher, but then got a note saying she had decided to play for another team. That in and of itself is fine — you should play for whomever you want.

But it was the reason that really stuck with me. Apparently during the tryouts, her dad saw that she clearly was not the best catcher trying out. I then heard through the grapevine he talked to someone affiliated with this other team who promised she’d be number one there, and the decision was made.

I find that rather disturbing. Instead of looking at where his daughter might receive the best training or best competition, he based his decision on the instant gratification of a guaranteed starting spot. It makes me sad, not only for society but for that kid and all the others like her.

A big part of sports is measuring yourself against other players and striving to become the best. If you are in the number two spot, you should have incentive to work on your game and get better. There’s a lot of satisfaction in knocking the former #1 off her pedestal.

Yet that’s not what seems to be happening. Helicopter parents — those who hover over their kids, smoothing the way for them on everything from which teachers they get in school to making sure they get into the right clubs or organizations — don’t want to see their kids fight or struggle for anything.

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Softball Conditioning – Quick Workouts Do Work!

girl-training.jpgBy Coach Marc

Tonight, while driving back from practice, I was listening to my voice messages on my cool new iPhone.  One of the messages was from one of the elite members of my Softball Peak Performance Club.

Since I had about 30 minutes of driving to do. I decided to call him back right away. 

On our last conversation about 1 month ago, he wanted some training tips to help his 16U daugther get in great shape for an upcoming tryout with a very competitive travel team.

The team had recently lost a key player and the coach decided to hold a new tryouts early november to fill this vacancy.

I just told him to get my 21-Day Express Shape-Up Softball Workout.

This workout was designed to get softball players in great shape quickly. All you need is 30-minutes per day, 6 days per week for 3 weeks to significantly boost your strength, power, and speed.

He was skeptical about it. I told him that it was normal. I told him to give it a try and if it didn’t work for him, that I would fully refund him.

He gave it a try.

Tonight, he called to update me on the results she got following this program.

Her overhead throwing velocity increased from 56 to 58 mph.

Her home-1st time is .11 sec faster than it used to be.

She is able to get lower when she fields the ball when before she had a hard time getting her hips low because of lack of flexibility.

At the tryouts, she hit two rocket shots in left field and she had solid at-bats the whole time.

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Mental Training – Making The Olympics in Your Mind

By Coach Marc

Have you ever noticed that Kids dream all the time about what they want? I sure did.

They have a phenomenal capacity to see themselves as  successful, accomplishing extraordinary things.

The theater of their mind features success stories  about themselves every single day.

We call it mental imagery or visualization or “daydreaming”. Whatever we call it, it’s a unique and powerful thing human beings are able to do.

Many success gurus will tell you that you have visualize yourself as successful before you can be.

Some would day this is just a bunch of B.S.

Yet, talk to any Olympians and they are going to tell you that they’ve seen themselves at the Olympics hundreds of time before they ever stepped foot in the athletes’ village.

Visualizing success is a big part of the game plan of  highly successful athletes – no matter the sport.

In my new resource for softball players – the Tryouts  Peak Performance Kit – I reveal that picturing yourself as successful is one of the most powerful success strategies you can use. 

It is one of the many powerful techniques that the best softball players on the planet use to achieve extraordinary performances.

The mind is incredibly powerful. However, few players really uses the power of the mind to truly get the edge.

In January, while I was working with the Canadian Olympic Softball Team in Las Vegas, I had an interesting chat with  one of the young players on the Canadian squad and she was  telling how going to the Olympics had always been her dream!

She said that she visualized being selected on the National Team and participating in the Olympics so many times that  she was somewhat ashame to admit it.

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Softball Tryouts Tips – Going Beyong Skills and Talent When Selecting Athletes

softball-girls.jpgBy Coach Marc

Identifying talent and predicting the future success of an athlete is as reliable as the weather forecast for next week.

In other words, not reliable at all.

Despite years of research, there are only a handful of true predictors of athletic success that have been identified.

When selecting their team, coaches will use a variety of criteria.

Most of the time, and with reason, the two main selection criteria are: 1) technical skills and 2) athletic talent.

However, all coaches agree that you have to factor in other variables to predict athletic success.

You should definitely keep that in mind when selecting athletes for your team.

One such variable is personality which includes coachability and character.

This morning, I was reading an article from famous mental training consultant Jeff Jenssen and he was explaining how important those two variables are.

A few years ago, I completed an interview with Mike Candrea as part of a paper I had to do on coaching leadership.

Mike mentioned that one of the things he looks for when he goes on recruiting trips is how potential recruits treat their parents because he feels this tells him a lot about the personality of these athletes.

Most recruiters agree with that.

So, when you will be holding tryouts for your team, try to include a bit of a “personality assessment” in your evaluation.

I know – it’s easier said than done. A few things you  can keep in mind.

Do your homework before the tryouts if you know who’s coming. Talk to former coaches, former teammates, go and watch them play and observe how they interact with their coaches, teammates and parents, etc.

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Softball Performance – Nutrition Tips for Maximum Energy


By Coach Marc

A few years ago I was running a tryout and about 1 hour into it, one of the girls started to be sick, weak and looked a little loss and confused.

Being a Red Cross first aid instructor, I recognized the signs and immediately suspected a drop in blood sugar levels – a condition called hypoglycemia.

I took her out of the sun and into the dugout where  I had her sit down and relax.

I asked if anyone had a juice or some sugary beverage.  One of the athletes had a fruit punch. I gave it to the young lady and told her to drink it.

Within minutes, she started to feel a lot better.

What happened is that she was so nervous about the tryouts  because she really wanted to make the team that when she got up that morning, she was not hungry at all. She was too nervous.

So she didn’t have breakfast and her last meal consistent meal was the night before when she had diner. That means that the body wasn’t fed any food in the previous 18 hours and she was pushing her body hard to impress me!

No wonder she almost passed out – her body was running very low on energy. It’s like trying to run a car without gas in it!

The point is, even if you are not hungry, you must eat a good breakfast that will fuel your body and allow you to peak perform on the field and sustain your energy for the entire tryouts.

Three things you MUST do to have optimal energy for your tryouts:

1) Eat a good diner the night before
2) Eat an excellent breakfast the morning of
3) Pack a light snack and eat it during a break

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Softball Tryouts – How To Control Your Nervousness

softball-player.jpgBy Coach Marc

Last year, I was talking to a softball player who I know very well. She absolutely loves softball and has also a great personality. Always smiling, polite, upbeat, and pleasant to be around.

She told me she was trying out for an elite 16U travel team in her area and that she was really nervous.

After talking to her for a while, I realized that she spend too much time focusing on others and not enough on her.

Comparing herself to the other players trying out made her even more nervous.

And you know what happens when you are too nervous?

Yes, you make more mistakes and don’t perform as well.

Why add pressure and stress when you already have a lot of it?

You see, if you start comparing yourself to the other athletes that you are trying out with, it takes you away from your own game.

While it’s not always easy to do, the only thing you want to focus on  yourself and what you control.

You don’t control what others do. Don’t pay much attention to what the others do and just do your own thing.

That will definitely help you reduce your level of stress and nervousness.

Do you get nervous, anxious, stressed out, or even freaked out when undergoing an evaluation?

If so, it’s normal. Most people do. It’s actually a normal human reaction.

Some nervousness is good, too much is detrimental.

The key is to manage it well. Start by focusing on yourself and don’t worry or pay attention to others during the tryouts.

You stress level will thank you for it.

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Softball Training – Get in Shape for Your Tryouts


By Coach Marc

Are you going to be trying out for a team in the new few weeks?

If so, make sure you read this.

I just recently conducted several interviews with top travel ball coaches about tryouts and selection camps.

One of things that they all mentioned is that they look for players that are “athletic”.


Athletic softball players…

  • usually improves quickly and can learn new skills  faster.
  • tend to generally perform better on the softball  field.
  • are usually good all around players. They can hit well and play solid defense.
  • are usually more disciplined. They spend time working out and watching what they eat to increase their athleticism.

You have a tryout in a few weeks and you want to do all you can to impress the coaches?

Make sure you workout to increase your speed,  strength, power, and overall athleticism.

Even if you workout only for 2-3 weeks seriously, that will show. You’ll a tiny bit faster, stronger, and more powerful.

So don’t procrastinate and make sure you start lifting weights, doing power exercises, running sprints and doing agility drills.

That will definitely help you impress the coaches.


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