Articles by: Michele Smith

The Importance of Warming-Up and Cooling-Down

The Importance of Warming-Up and Cooling-Down

Begin and End Strong One of the most important aspects of softball that can easily be overlooked is incorporating a proper warm-up and cool-down into practices and games. Often times we forget to execute a thorough warm-up. Some players or coaches may tend to think that things such as hitting… Read the rest
by May 28, 2014 Health & Wellness
Pitchers: Dealing With An Umpire That Has A Small Zone

Pitchers: Dealing With An Umpire That Has A Small Zone

Strike Zone Size I think a lot of times as pitchers we tend to think that the strike zone should be really large, but that is not always the case. We find ourselves in games where the umpire has an extremely small strike zone. This can cause unprepared pitchers to… Read the rest
by May 14, 2014 Baseball Tips, Softball Tips
How To Deal With Negative Nellies In The Stand

How To Deal With Negative Nellies In The Stand

Coach’s perspective… If you’re a coach and the opposing team is being really negative, heckling your players or yelling rude comments— then it is important for you as a coach to tell the kids to just focus on their own play. Let them know that they should focus inward on… Read the rest
by May 8, 2014 Parents & Coaches
The Importance Of Weight Training During Softball Season

The Importance Of Weight Training During Softball Season

For softball players, it is really important to weight train during the softball season to maintain strength and everything else you have worked on during the off-season. I think a lot of times we get into the season and forget about everything else except for softball itself and what we… Read the rest
by April 30, 2014 Health & Wellness
Parents: When To Approach The Coach

Parents: When To Approach The Coach

I think nowadays we have a tendency to be helicopter parents that hover over our children because we do not want them to struggle or be in adverse situations. Parents too often bail their kids out when they should actually teach them how to conquer these situations on their own.… Read the rest
by April 16, 2014 Parents & Coaches
Coaches: Laying Down The Law

Coaches: Laying Down The Law

The first thing you need to do as a coach is set up a protocol for the season. Ground rules should be put in place so athletes and parents know exactly what the protocol is and understand what are approachable subjects, and what are not. It is important to lay… Read the rest
by April 9, 2014 Parents & Coaches
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