Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Knowledge is Power


Everyone has heard, “This game is 90 percent mental.” If it’s that mental, why aren’t we talking about it more to our younglings?

Now this is just my opinion BUT I would rather have an average player physically that knows the game, than a pure stud that cant think on her feet. Now just like everything, skills can be learned but overall someone that picks up the game and considers herself a “student of the game” at all times is the best athlete to have.

Every pitch the situation changes. We need our players to think more on their feet and understand that this game isn’t just throwing and hitting a ball.

How do you get better? Read about how the pros manage themselves at the plate, learn all the rules and make sure you are paying attention to everything.  The more you know about each position and its duties the better you will be at yours. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Always a student of the game

This post is short and sweet:


WORDS TO LIVE BY: BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME EVERYDAY


Understand that even professionals learn everyday. If you have the mindset that you know everything already you will never get better. Its good advice for anything. Every player that has an open mind will be more likely to be more successful than a player who doesnt want to hear anyone out. Keep that in mind when you meet someone new. Have a great Wednesday! 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Power of a T

There are a million ways to practice hitting but my own opinion hitting off a T is the best way to see what is really going on in a person's swing. Here are some drills you can do with your player using a T:


First thing to know...if you are hitting off the T make sure it is the right height for your player. Waist high. (unless you are working lower or higher in the strike zone.)


DRILLS:


  • WARM UP SWINGS: set the T right now the middle. Have your player just take about a bucket full of swings. 
  • LEFT ARM ONLY: Get a small bat...t ball bat or you can choke up on your regular bat. You will only have your left hand on the bat. You will load as usual and work the left hand coming straight to the ball. One of the major issues with a swing is hitters hitting around the ball and not keeping the hand between the hitter and the ball. This drill will not only work on the left arm strength but keeping the hand inside the ball. You can do this drill down the middle first then move it in and out. HANDS ARE SOOO IMPORTANT! Not only hitting the ball hard but at the right time.
  • HIGH T DRILL: this drill works on keeping the hands on top of the ball. Place the T on a chair or bucket. Now this drill is suppose to be dramatic. If your player is having a hard time keeping their hands high they will feel it 100%. Their focus is not hitting the T and having fast hands to the ball.
  • WALK THRU DRILL: I like to call this the HAPPY GILMORE drill. Your player will be about two steps back from the T. She will step over with her right, then with her left. When she steps with her left she would be lined up to the T and then she will swing and keep her weight moving towards the pitcher. Note: at contact she will be at 50-50 on her weight then will move  forward. This drill works on weight transfer, power and leg drive.
  • TWO T DRILL: Now this drill is tough but great to have girls work their hands thru the zone. the Ts will be in front of each other and will have one ball on each T. The point is to hit both balls. This works the hands farther out and helps with extension. 

Now these are just a few ideas of T drills. Try them out and see if they help any. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pregame Rituals

Everyone should have pregame rituals they go through to get ready for their game. Mine was the following:


-Eat two Oranges
-Get stretched the same way for warm up
-Jam certain songs
-Plan my mental approach to the game that day
-I wore the same two headbands for the weekend series
-Always warmed up till I was somewhat tired
-NEVER stepped on the base lines
-Always made sure my glove, batting gloves and helmet were in the same place

you might think this is weird...and really it kinda is but the point of having these rituals is just to feel ready to play. Set up a routine so your body knows when you are ready. Mind you there are alot of places you will play that you cant get two oranges or dont have enough time to stretch like usual but for the most part you will be able to set up a routine and stick with it.

Its worth trying...if you already have a pregame ritual I would love for you to share...let me know what you do to get ready to kick butt!



Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Giving a 4 when you wanna be an 8

Yesterday I asked one of my lessons, "On a scale from 1-10, how bad do you want to be on varsity?" She said an 8. and then I ask, "On a scale from 1-10 how much effort are you putting out to be an 8?" She looked at me knowing that I knew the answer.


This is a great example of what you put in is what you get. To be an 8 you need to give at 10 effort. To be a 10 you have to give a 12 effort. This game or any sport for that matter is EXTREMELY hard. You have to think, every high school team is practicing after school. Most pitchers are pitching at least three solid bullpens a week. Most hitters are hitting 500-800 balls a week. So what are YOU going to do to make yourself stand out? What are you going to do to beat the competition?

Your Answer:  ALWAYS BE WORKING!

-Hit 100 extra balls a day
-Pitch an extra bullpen
-Field 100 more balls after practice


I hear a ton of excuses....my hand really hurt. I had homework. My dad didnt tell me to go throw last night. Im was tired.

Excuses only make you feel good about taking a day off. Excuses wont be there when the other team is getting the metal around their neck. Excuses wont be taken into consideration when you struck out instead of hitting the game winning hit. 

A great player's mind set should be: There is someone that is always out working you, someone is always someone better because when you think you are the best, you could always be better.


HARD WORK BEATS TALENT WHEN TALENT DOESNT WORK HARD. ALWAYS WORK HARD, ALWAYS PUT IN THE EFFORT SO WHEN LUCK DOESNT GO YOUR WAY YOU DONT HAVE AN EXCUSE OR REGRET. YOU HAVE HARD WORK TO LEAN BACK ON. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Excuses dont make great athletes

This picture is of one of my lessons (Emma) and her dad throwing in a warehouse because it was too cold outside. There are so many people that have an excuse not to throw or get work in. If there is a will, there a way. I hope this motivates you to work more than the average person.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Post Arm Care after Pitching

Softball pitching is 10x more of a natural motion compared than baseball right? Of course! BUT....that doesn't mean your arm doesn't need to be taken care of after a long day of pitching.

If you pitch 75< pitches or more you need to....


  • Ice your shoulder, elbow and whatever feels tight or sore after
  • Run long distance (1 to 2 miles) This helps get all the toxins out of your muscles.
  • Drink ALOT of water
  • Stretch
  • Throw overhand the next day lightly 

If you wait to be sore the next day you will have a tough day on the mound. Take care of your body!!!!