Focused for Fastpitch
BookFocused for Fastpitch combines the best qualities of a drill book and a softball-specific guide to sport psychology, ensuring that come game time everyone will play at peak performance.
Informative yet easy to read, mastering the Focused for Fastpitch training principles requires no prior experience, and each chapter includes interactive exercises and charts to help monitor progress. Each drill clearly specifies the mental and physical skills targeted, the goal, proper execution, coaching tips, and variations for increasing or decreasing difficulty. And for additional insight into successful skill building, some favorite drills are included from these top coaches:
- Gayle Blevins, University of Iowa
- Tami Brown, All-American Softball School’s College Prep Program
- Connie Clark, University of Texas
- Michelle Gromacki, California State University, Fullerton
- Jacquie Joseph, Michigan State University
- Brian Kolze, University of the Pacific
- Patrick Murphy, University of Alabama
- Coaching staff, University of California, Davis
- John Reeves, University of California
- Kathy Strahan, California State University, Sacramento
Integrating concentration, confidence, mental imagery, and energy regulation at practice with softball-specific drills will result in players reaching their potential far sooner than practicing any of these aspects alone. Applying the information in Focused for Fastpitch is the best way to gain the advantage.
Table of ContentsChapter 1 Mentaphysical Training
Train the mind to improve the body’s performance.
Chapter 2 Thinking the Game
Utilize constructive attitudes and routines to gain the edge.
Chapter 3 Hitting
Relax and regroup to stay in the zone.
Chapter 4 Bunting
Execute the short game with patience and precision.
Chapter 5 Baserunning
Build awareness and confidence to score runs.
Chapter 6 Infield Defense
Read, react, and respond with better results.
Chapter 7 Outfield Defense
Sustain focus to save the game.
Chapter 8 Pitching
Shape the game from the circle.
Chapter 9 Catching
Manage the game from behind the plate.
Chapter 10 Team Building
Enhance cohesion through communication.
The mental game isn't a mystery; it's a skill that is attainable with practice. With drills that facilitate working on mental skills in situations encountered during games, Focused for Fastpitch will help players make the leap from making great plays occasionally to making great plays regularly.
Head softball coach
University of Nebraska
Focused for Fastpitch is a great tool for any coach or athlete wondering what it takes to get to the next level. The mental side of the game is what raises the bar from good to great. Learn to be great with Focused for Fastpitch.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist
10-time ASA All-American