Coach Girls for Success on and off the Field Coaching girls' softball can be a wonderful experience. Witness the intensity of a batter connecting with a ball, a runner digging for home, or a fielder making a great catch, and you can't help but be inspired. The effort, pride, and enjoyment on players' faces are great rewards for parents and the sign of a good coach—the type of coach you want to be. So how can you get there? Perfect for coaches of girls up to age 13, Coaching Girls' Softball includes everything you need to be an outstanding coach and mentor to your team. Whether you are a seasoned coach looking to fine-tune your skills or a rookie looking to take the field running, you'll discover techniques for success that are tailored specifically to the needs of girls, including: ·Drills and strategies for coaches new to the world of coaching softball ·Tips on what girls want and need from their softball experience ·Practical suggestions on how to motivate in a positive and encouraging way ·Advice for helping girls deal with their changing bodies ·And much more! Now you can be a coaching winner and help bring out the best in your players, both on the field and in the game of life.
Table of Contents
Contents Acknowledgments Introduction 1. So You Want to Be a Coach Role of the Coach Time Commitment Leadership Coaching Style Liability 2. Strategies for Coaching the Young Female Athlete Effective Communication Effective Teaching Team Discipline Motivating Athletes Being a Good Role Model 3. Coaching Girls How Girls and Boys Play Sports Physical Differences Between Boys and Girls Psychological Differences Between Boys and Girls Serious Issues in Softball Today Sexual Harassment 4. Softball Basics Equipment Position Play Choosing a Support Staff The Game 5. The How-To's of Individual Defensive Play How to Throw How to Catch How to Field Ground Balls How to Field Fly Balls How to Pitch How to Catch a Pitch 6. The How-To's of Individual Offensive Play How to Bat How to Bunt How to Run the Bases How to Slide 7. Offensive Strategies in Team Play How to Use Offensive Team Strategies How to Communicate Through Signs and Signals 8. Defensive Strategies in Team Play How to Execute Basic Defensive Situations How to Run the Transition Game How to Execute the Bunt Defense How to Execute the Double Play How to Execute the Rundown How to Execute the First and Third Play 9. Planning for the Season How to Set Goals How to Conduct a Parent Meeting How to Plan Practice How to Condition Your Team How to Prepare for Game Day 10. Conclusion Appendix: Organizations Glossary References Index About the Author
About Kathy Strahan
Kathy Strahan has coached major-college sofball for the past 16 years, and since 1992 she has been the head softball coach at California State University, Sacramento. She played on the 1978 United States World Championship team and the gold medal-winning United States team at the 1979 Pan-Am Games. She lives in Folsom, California.