FP - Need some Coaching Help

FP - Need some Coaching Help

Post by Joy Stee » Fri, 26 Apr 1996 04:00:00


I'm sending out a call for some help setting up drills for my 15-16 year
old girls fast-pitch team. This is a house league team and therefore you
have a wide variety of skills and playing experience.

We had our first practice last night, and I've discovered a couple of
problems that I need some drills for.

1.  2 of the girls throw like girls. (I know this sounds strange, but for
those of you that play and coach, you know what I mean.) They have that
high release point to their throw and the ball goes in a slow, high arc.  
I need some drills to get them throwing through the ball so it goes
straighter and with more strength.

2.  I've got 2 girls with low self-esteem. (I know, ask a shrink!)  1 has
a great glove and an even better arm. She is a solidly built girl and I
think that's a lot of the problem.  I want to get through to her that
she's got the ability.  We need to get her attitude upgraded.  The other
girl is an average player that with the appropriate attention, could turn
into a good player.  Neither of these players seems to be able to get the
hang of blocking a ground ball with their body. (You know, get one knee
down on the ground with the leg almost touching the back of the other leg.)

We haven't even seen them with a bat in their hands yet.

If anyone has any other ideas about good team drills, I'd love to hear
from you.

Thanks in advance.

Joy
Mother of Krystle, Wife of John, Cook to no-one. (That's a man's Job!!!)  
Leaves me more time for Softball, Sewing and Skiing.

 
 
 

FP - Need some Coaching Help

Post by Jon Wel » Fri, 26 Apr 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> I need some drills for.
>1.  2 of the girls throw like girls. (I know this sounds strange, but for
>those of you that play and coach, you know what I mean.) They have that
>high release point to their throw and the ball goes in a slow, high arc.  
>I need some drills to get them throwing through the ball so it goes
>straighter and with more strength.

First as a Girls coach for many years I don't like nor use the term,
"throw like a girl",  I have several girls that throw better than most
boys their ages.  I say throw like an athlete or when someone doesn't
know how to throw I say he/she throws like a non-athlete.

First make sure the thrower points, ie: the glove or the elbow of the
glove hand at thier target.  second get them using the "swimming
motion" with their arms, then have them throw with the glove side knee
on the ground.  (Hope this makes sence?)

Quote:
>2.  I've got 2 girls with low self-esteem. (I know, ask a shrink!)  1 has
>a great glove and an even better arm. She is a solidly built girl and I
>think that's a lot of the problem.  I want to get through to her that
>she's got the ability.  We need to get her attitude upgraded.  The other
>girl is an average player that with the appropriate attention, could turn
>into a good player.  Neither of these players seems to be able to get the
>hang of blocking a ground ball with their body. (You know, get one knee
>down on the ground with the leg almost touching the back of the other leg.)

Self Esteem is the toughest thing to teach/build, use lots of
encouragement, if anyone around is not encouraging get them away!!!!
Make sure each player knows all you ask of them is what  you are
giving, 100%, and if they try thats all you ask, then when extras
happen you and her are suprised.  

Drill them on watching the ball to the glove, you should see their
heads bend down, (ie: you will see top of head not their eyes)
I don't teach the knee on the ground for grounders anymore, rather
teach them to field the ball in front of them, butts low to ground,
hands/arms outstreached in front of body, line up ball with belly
button.

Quote:
>We haven't even seen them with a bat in their hands yet.
>If anyone has any other ideas about good team drills, I'd love to hear
>from you.
>Thanks in advance.
>Joy
>Mother of Krystle, Wife of John, Cook to no-one. (That's a man's Job!!!)  
>Leaves me more time for Softball, Sewing and Skiing.

Good luck and if you don't understand what I have written please let
me know and maybe we can talk or I can try to make it clearer!

Jon Wells, Coach, Foothill JV Softball,
Assitant Coach, Cygnets 16 and Under,

Oh and yes cheif Cook and bottle washer for family of 6!!!!

 
 
 

FP - Need some Coaching Help

Post by Wayne Wilso » Sat, 27 Apr 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>I'm sending out a call for some help setting up drills for my 15-16 year
>old girls fast-pitch team. This is a house league team and therefore you
>have a wide variety of skills and playing experience.
>snip>

Joy...
I'd recommend getting Softball Canada's collection of drills (I think
its called "Softball Drills".)  You can buy it by topic.  Also the Level
1 Coaching Manual might be useful (even better, sign up for an NCCP
Technical Clinic).

You should be able to get these from Softball Ontario (or whatever they
call themselves in that part of the world.)  Alternatively, Softball
Canada now has a website:
                http://www.cdnsport.ca:80/softball/

...Wayne

 
 
 

FP - Need some Coaching Help

Post by James A. Danne » Sun, 28 Apr 1996 04:00:00

Check out the tips page on Jim's Slow-pitch Softball Homepage.
http://ux1.cso.uiuc.edu/~j-danner  There is something for everyone.
It is more then just slow-pitch. If you can't find what your are
looking there, send a note requesting what you need. I will be glad
to help.

                  Jim
Jim's Slow-pitch Softball Homepage
   [More then just slow-pitch]
http://ux1.cso.uiuc.edu/~j-danner

Quote:


> >I'm sending out a call for some help setting up drills for my 15-16 year
> >old girls fast-pitch team. This is a house league team and therefore you
> >have a wide variety of skills and playing experience.
> >snip>

> Joy...
> I'd recommend getting Softball Canada's collection of drills (I think
> its called "Softball Drills".)  You can buy it by topic.  Also the Level
> 1 Coaching Manual might be useful (even better, sign up for an NCCP
> Technical Clinic).

> You should be able to get these from Softball Ontario (or whatever they
> call themselves in that part of the world.)  Alternatively, Softball
> Canada now has a website:
>                 http://www.cdnsport.ca:80/softball/

> ....Wayne

 
 
 

FP - Need some Coaching Help

Post by Jeff LaCo » Tue, 30 Apr 1996 04:00:00

Quote:


>> I need some drills for.

>>1.  2 of the girls throw like girls. (I know this sounds strange, but for
>>those of you that play and coach, you know what I mean.
>First as a Girls coach for many years I don't like nor use the term,
>"throw like a girl",  I have several girls that throw better than most

 I use the term with parents all the time, because people understand
what "throws like a girl" means. I preface the statement (always made
with a big grin) by "Politically incorrect," followed by "The now
accepted or politcally correct term is 'shot-putting' the ball." From
then on, I need only say "shot-putting" and people understand.
 Despite my hatred for all things PC, "throws like a girl" does
pre-dispose people to think girls throw differently (though I can't
for the life of me figure out why boys come around more quickly).

Quote:
>>2.  I've got 2 girls with low self-esteem. (I know, ask a shrink!)  1 has

>Self Esteem is the toughest thing to teach/build, use lots of
>encouragement, if anyone around is not encouraging get them away!!!!
>Make sure each player knows all you ask of them is what  you are
>giving, 100%, and if they try thats all you ask, then when extras
>happen you and her are suprised.  

 Another thing to keep pointing out is how much progress every player
is are making - once they hear that a few times, they come around
fast. It also helps a LOT to get parents involved in letting their
kids know people can see the difference in how they play. I have a
couple players who have a LONG way to go, but their parents are a
great help in pointing out how well they can throw now!

        Jeff

 
 
 

FP - Need some Coaching Help

Post by Spider20 » Sun, 05 May 1996 04:00:00


Quote:
LaCoss) writes:
>First as a Girls coach for many years I don't like nor use the term,
>>"throw like a girl",  I have several girls that throw better than most

> I use the term with parents all the time, because people understand
>what "throws like a girl" means. I preface the statement (always made
>with a big grin) by "Politically incorrect," followed by "The now
>accepted or politcally correct term is 'shot-putting' the ball."

OK let me get in trouble again.  there is no such thing is "politically
correct or incorrect in softball---just down in the dirt, and if you are
worried about pleasing the parents you'll never have a team that does
good.

 later on there was something about boys developing faster than
girls--that's because of the coaching. after the age of 12 girls mature
faster and more intensively that boys.

actually what you posted made me want to puke. hope it was a joke, to pull
some chains.

ed