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The baffled parent's guide to coaching youth softball
Joseph, Jacquie, 1962-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Camden, Me. : Ragged Mountain Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
vi, 120 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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Coaching Youth Softball is written especially for the unprepared parent thrust into the role of coaching his or her 8- to 12-year-old child's softball team. Upbeat and inspirational, it schools new coaches in the fundamentals of controlling, motivating, and encouraging a disparate group of kids in the art and science of softball.

Parents learn the logistics of running a youth team and the specifics of coaching softball. They learn how to match drills to a player's skills and motivation level and gain a wealth of detailed instructions on such specifics as how to run a successful practice and manage during a game.

Takes a drill-based approach to teaching basic skills Reviews softball fundamentals for inexperienced parents

Author Notes

Jacquie Joseph is head coach of the Michigan State University softball team. She has coached at the national level as an assistant to the gold medal U.S. team in the Pan American Games qualifier in 1997 and as head coach for the West Team in the U.S. National team trials.

Table of Contents

Preface: Play Ball!p. v
Introduction: So You Said You'd Be the Coach, Huh?p. 1
How to Use This Bookp. 1
A Word on Coachingp. 2
Part 1 Coaching 101: The Coach's Start-Up Kit
1. Creating an Atmosphere of Good Habitsp. 6
Establish Your Identity as Coachp. 6
Maintain Routinesp. 7
Positive Peer Pressure Is Effectivep. 7
Be Patient and Positivep. 7
Drills to Promote Teamworkp. 8
Questions and Answersp. 9
2. Before Hitting the Field: Softball in a Nutshellp. 11
Basic Rules and Positioningp. 11
The Ball Is in Playp. 14
Basic Safety Measuresp. 18
3. Setting Up the Seasonp. 22
Create the Practice and Game Schedulep. 22
Meet with Parentsp. 23
Finding an Assistantp. 25
Appropriate Numbers of Players on the Teamp. 26
Equipmentp. 26
Questions and Answersp. 27
4. Essential Skills--and How to Teach Themp. 30
Catchingp. 30
Throwingp. 32
Infield Defensep. 34
Outfield Defensep. 37
Team Defensep. 39
Playing Catcherp. 40
Pitchingp. 41
Battingp. 44
Buntingp. 46
Baserunningp. 48
Slidingp. 50
5. The Practicep. 52
Preparation Is Keyp. 52
Practice Formatp. 53
Other Considerationsp. 57
Questions and Answersp. 60
6. Sample Practicesp. 62
Basic Beginning Practicep. 62
Intermediate Practicep. 65
Advanced Practicep. 68
Pitching Practicesp. 70
7. Game Timep. 72
The Mental Aspectp. 72
Be Preparedp. 74
Coaching the Gamep. 75
Taking Stockp. 77
Questions and Answersp. 78
8. Dealing with Parents and Gender Issuesp. 80
The Role of the Parentsp. 80
Gender Issuesp. 83
Questions and Answersp. 83
Part 2 Drills: The Foundation for Development, Success, Happiness, and a Coach's Peace of Mind
9. Warm-Up: Throwing, Fielding, and Baserunning Drills and Drills for Pitchers and Catchersp. 88
Throwing Drillsp. 88
Fielding Drillsp. 90
Baserunning Drillsp. 92
Drills for Pitchersp. 94
Drills for Catchersp. 96
10. Defensive Fundamentals: Infield Play, Outfield Play, and Team Defensep. 98
Infield Drillsp. 98
Outfield Drillsp. 100
Team Defense Drillsp. 101
11. Batting Practicep. 104
Batting Drillsp. 104
Bunting Drillsp. 106
Appendixp. 108
Umpire Signalsp. 108
Sample Scorebookp. 109
Glossaryp. 110
Resourcesp. 115
Associations and Organizationsp. 115
Websites and Electronic Newslettersp. 116
Indexp. 117
Acknowledgmentsp. 120
About the Authorp. 120