Softball
Softball Fundamentals
Softball Fundamentals
Paperback      ISBN: 0736055843

Take the field and play ball Softball Fundamentals will have you pitching, fielding, hitting, and baserunning like an experienced player in no time at all.

Learn to execute each of the game's key skills properly through the concise instruction and accompanying photos presented for each technique. More than 48 gamelike drills will speed your skill learning and improve your performance. You'll also learn how to apply your newfound skills in game situations and gain an understanding of offensive and defensive tactics to get an edge over your opponents.

Softball Fundamentals is the best way to master the basics of the sport as you play. With this book, you'll make the right play from the very first day.

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Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game
Fastpitch
The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game
Hardcover      ISBN: 1501118595

If you think softball is just a "women's version" of the great American pastime of baseball--well, think again.

Fastpitch softball is one of the most widely played sports in the world, with tens of millions of active participants in various age groups. But the origins of this beloved sport and the charismatic athletes who helped it achieve prominence in the mid-twentieth century have been largely forgotten, until now.

Fastpitch brings to life the eclectic mix of characters that make up softball's vibrant 129-year history. From its humble beginnings in 1887, when it was invented in a Chicago boat club and played with a broomstick, to the rise in the 1940s and 1950s of professional-caliber company-sponsored teams that toured the country in style, softball's history is as diverse as it is fascinating. Though it's thought of today as a woman's sport, fastpitch softball's early years featured several male stars, such as the vaudeville-esque Eddie Feigner, whose signature move was striking out batters while blindfolded.

But because softball was one of the only team sports that women were allowed to play competitively, it took on added importance for female athletes. Top fastpitch teams of the 1940s, '50s, and '60s, such as the New Orleans Jax Maids and Connecticut's Raybestos Brakettes, gave women access to employment and travel opportunities that would have been unavailable to them otherwise. At a time when female athletes had almost no prospects, softball offered them a chance to flourish. Women put off marriage and moved across the country just for a shot at joining a strong team.

Told from the perspective of such influential players as Bertha Ragan Tickey, who set strikeout records and taught Lana Turner to pitch, and Joan Joyce, who struck out baseball legend Ted Williams and helped found a professional softball league with Billie Jean King, Fastpitch chronicles softball's rich history and its uncertain future (as evidenced by its controversial elimination from the 2012 Olympics and the mounting efforts to have it reinstated). A celebration of this unique American sport and the role it plays in our culture today, Fastpitch is as entertaining as it is inspiring.
Baseball and Softball Drills: More Than 200 Games and Activities for Preschool to College Players, 3D Ed.
Baseball and Softball Drills
More Than 200 Games and Activities for Preschool to College Players, 3D Ed.
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1476672148

 Written for coaches, this book--in its expanded third edition--presents more than 200 baseball and softball games and activities for preschoolers through college age, focusing on teaching, improvement of skills and enjoyment. Games emphasizing base running, bunting, catching, fielding, hitting, throwing and pitching are covered. Each section reviews fundamentals, introduces creative skills and drills for group practice, and details the age group, objective, equipment and rules for each activity.

Coach's Guide to Game-Winning Softball Drills: Developing the Essential Skills in Every Player
Coach's Guide to Game-Winning Softball Drills
Developing the Essential Skills in Every Player
Paperback      ISBN: 0071485872

"Mastering these drills will arm your players with one of the biggest intangibles necessary to perform well--confidence."
--Michele Smith

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and Hall of Fame pitcher Michele Smith throws one right down the middle with this big collection of more than 250 skill-building drills developed especially for coaches of fast-pitch recreation league, travel ball, and high school softball players, ages eight to eighteen.

Straight from the Michele Smith Gold Camps and Clinics, these drills are designed to give you all the tools you need to teach the entire range of offensive and defensive softball skills. With Michele's expert guidance and instruction, you'll coach your players to:

  • Master the mechanics of footwork for fielding with hustle
  • Swing for the fences and hit the fastest pitches
  • Catch the ball proactively and throw it quickly and accurately to its target
  • Defend the infield and outfield with speed and confidence
  • Run the bases swiftly and strategically
  • Refine fast-pitch skills so they can windmill like Michele
  • And much more
Lady Tigers in the Concrete Jungle: How Softball and Sisterhood Saved Lives in the South Bronx
Lady Tigers in the Concrete Jungle
How Softball and Sisterhood Saved Lives in the South Bronx
Hardcover      ISBN: 164313065x

A rousing and empowering story of dedication and overcoming all odds, featuring the tough and unforgettable athletes of the champion Lady Tigers softball team.

Violence was a way of life for the girls of Mott Middle School in the South Bronx. Some woke up to it at home, and others dodged it on the way to school. Vicious physical fights broke out in classrooms, hallways, and bathrooms. These girls filed their fingernails into sharp points because they had to be ready to go at any time. Then a new coach joined the ranks at Mott Middle, and a new program began: girl's softball.

Coach Astacio offers the girls the time and attention they need to take their first steps to success. As they learned to throw, hit and field, they also dealt with the foul balls life threw at them: abuse, fractured homes, and violence wherever they looked. But the biggest challenge they faced was learning to think and act like a team, not just a bunch of fierce girls against each other--and the world.

Lady Tigers in the Concrete Jungle is the incredible true story that captured the hearts of millions when they were invited to appear on Ellen earlier this year. The Lady Tigers were invited onto the field at Yankee Stadium where the Yankees honored Coach Astacio with "Coach of the Year" at their Hispanic Heritage Month Community Achievement Awards in September 2017. But beyond the headlines, this is a story of a self-selected community coming together with faith, courage, and new-found values to overcome fear, violence, and crippling doubt.

These girls have ushered in a new confidence and pride not only in themselves, but in their school, the faculty, and their friends. And while not all of them have continued down this new path, many are now the first in their families to go to college and are beginning to see how being a Lady Tiger will always be a part of their lives.
The Softball Drill Book
The Softball Drill Book
Paperback      ISBN: 0736060707

Packed with 175 drills straight from the practice sessions of the game's most successful programs, The Softball Drill Book will add variety to your practices and precision to your game-day performances.

The comprehensive collection covers every aspect of the game. From warm-up to conditioning, throwing to hitting, bunting to base-running, you'll find drills to improve position skill and team execution--all from college coaches and programs that have won 13 NCAA Women's College World Series titles and dozens of NCAA regional tournament titles.

Contributors include:

  • Louie Berndt, Florida State
  • Carol Bruggeman, Louisville
  • Yvette Girouard, Louisiana State
  • Michelle Gromacki, Cal State Fullerton
  • Deanna Gumpf, Notre Dame
  • Carol Hutchins, Michigan
  • Kelly Inouye-Perez, UCLA
  • Jay Miller, Mississippi State
  • Jennifer Ogee, Nebraska
  • Kim Sowder, Long Beach State
  • Heather Tarr, Washington
  • Michelle Venturella, Iowa
  • Kirk Walker, Oregon State
  • Margie Wright, Fresno State

One look at the names above and it is clear, The Softball Drill Book is your blueprint for championship practices.

Softball Skills & Drills
Softball Skills & Drills
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0736090746

Looking for the ultimate book to help you learn and master softball's essential skills? Look no further than the guide that has helped develop the game's top players and most successful teams. This new edition of Softball Skills & Drills is completely updated with more skills, more drills and strategies, and more of the stellar instruction that have made it the top-selling title on the sport.

Judi Garman, one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history, teams with Cal State Fullerton's Michelle Gromacki to share their secrets to developing and mastering every aspect of the game.

With step-by-step instruction, full-color photo sequences, technique tips, and unique insight into the game, you'll learn every fundamental skill:

-Hitting

-Bunting

-Slap Hitting

-Baserunning

-Sliding

-Fielding

-Throwing

-Pitching

-Catching

And with over 230 of the game's best drills, coverage of team offense and defense, pitch selection, pitch recognition, and in-game strategies, Softball Skills and Drills is simply the most comprehensive and practical guide on the sport.

Whether striving to become a complete player or preparing your team for another championship run, Softball Skills &Drills is the one book you cannot be without.

Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Softball
Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Softball
Paperback      ISBN: 0736078835

You volunteered to coach the softball team, but are you ready? How will you teach the fundamental skills, run effective practices, and harness the energy of your young team? Fear not: Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Softball has the answers.

Longtime coaches Robert and Tammy Benson share their experiences and provide advice you can rely on from the first practice to the final game. Establishing realistic goals, in-game coaching tips, drills, strategies, and fun--it's all here.

Develop your team's fundamental skills--fielding, catching, throwing, and hitting--with the Survival Guide's collection of the game's best youth drills. Included is a section on pitching instruction, and the ready-to-use practice plans will help you get the most out of every practice.

Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Softball has everything you need for a rewarding and productive season. So step up and enjoy the experience. It will be one that you won't forget.

Women's College Softball on the Rise: A Season Inside the Game
Women's College Softball on the Rise
A Season Inside the Game
Paperback      ISBN: 147667616x

Sidestepping the inflated egos and scandal that have infiltrated many men's sports, college female softball players exhibit power and grace on the field as well as camaraderie, high achievement and vulnerability off the field. This balance not only makes the game compelling to watch, but it also elevates women's softball as an aspirational model for other sports. Focusing on the 2018 season, this book explores gender performance and sexuality in softball, how the influx of money from the sport's growth has reshaped expectations of success, and traditional media coverage of women's sports.