Softball and Cricket
On Form: Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year
On Form
Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year
Hardcover      ISBN: 1408707357


What is being on form? How does it relate to feeling 'in the zone'?

Are these states in the lap of the gods, a matter of which side of the bed we got out of that morning? Or is there anything we can do to make their arrival more likely?

In this fascinating book, former England cricket captain and psychoanalyst Mike Brearley examines many of the elements of being in and out of form across a number of different disciplines - not only in cricket and psychoanalysis but also in finance, music, philosophy, medicine, teaching, tree surgery and drama.

Drawing on his own experiences, both on and off the field, Brearley describes various states of mind, from the conscious determination involved in training and practice through to that almost spiritual state of being 'inspired'. To achieve any level of form requires us to be able to hold different tensions in mind, and to tolerate both ambivalence and ambiguity. Neither form nor creativity can be guaranteed - Brearley illustrates in depth the frequent ways we lose form - though understanding, in a full sense, enables us to make drastic loss of form less likely.

Perceptive and engaging, On Form is an exploration of the benefits and risks of being on form and can help us all reflect on the range of conditions that block or liberate us.


'A work of real substance, valued for its practicality and its precision as well as its balanced humanity and insight' Hilary Mantel

'The best book on captaincy, written by an expert' Mike Atherton

'A subtle, wise book' Ed Smith

'The man-management skills demonstrated by Brearley's handling of Ian Botham remain an inspiration' Nasser Hussain

'The Art of Captaincy was, and is, an outstanding book. I would add only three words which I always bear in mind. Keep it simple' Richie Benaud

Practice Perfect Softball
Practice Perfect Softball
Paperback      ISBN: 1492513547

The road to a championship season begins long before the first pitch of the opening game. It begins before a player even steps onto the field.

In Practice Perfect Softball, the game's premier coaches share their approaches, experiences, and philosophies of every aspect of practice. This authoritative guide goes beyond the stretches and drills, straight to the heart of winning--effort and attitude. From structuring sessions to evaluating practice performance, you'll find proven and practical recommendations from the all-star lineup of contributors:

- Julie Lenhart

- Rachel Hanson

- Beverly Smith

- Rachel Lawson

- Lisa (Sweeney) Van Ackeren

- Dot Richardson

- Ken Eriksen

- Connie Clark

- Celeste Knierim

- Bill Gray and Melissa Chmielewski

- Lonni Alameda

- Jo Evans

- Jen McIntyre

- Donna Papa

- JoAnne Graf (editor)

Inside, you'll identify and establish practice ethics; assess team strengths; and develop players' skills in the field, on the mound, and at the plate. Developed by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, Practice Perfect Softball is your guide to developing champions on and off the field.

Right Off the Bat: Baseball, Cricket, Literature, and Life
Right Off the Bat
Baseball, Cricket, Literature, and Life
Paperback      ISBN: 1589880692

"Looking over the legends and stars of both sports, explaining the rules, complete with glossary, Right Off the Bat is a fine assortment of knowledge, very much recommended for any curious sports fan."--Midwest Book Review

It's been said that baseball and cricket are two sports divided by a common language. Both employ bats, balls, innings, and umpires. Fans of both steep themselves in statistics, revel in nostalgia, and toss around baffling jargon. In Right Off the Bat, baseball nut Evander Lomke and cricket buff Martin Rowe explain "their" sport--and their love of it--to the other sport's fans. You'll come away finding yourself as fascinated by legbreaks and inswingers as you are by knuckleballs and sliders (or vice versa).

Are you a dyed-in-the-wool baseball fan who nevertheless harbors a nagging doubt as to whether Babe Ruth was, in fact, the greatest athlete ever to swing a bat? When you think of cricket, is what comes to mind stuffy Victorians standing around in a field, twirling their mustaches and saying silly things like "Howzat" or "googly"?

Or are you a staunch cricket fan who sometimes wonders whether a screwball is really as difficult to execute as a doosra? Do you ask yourself where the thrill is in watching a ball sail 400 feet over a wall and just past the outstretched fingers of a fielder wearing a glove (and all for a paltry one run)?

Well, step right up and take a seat--you've got a lot to learn (for example, the very first international cricket match was played in the United States). And Right Off the Bat is just the book for you.

Evander Lomke has worked in book publishing for over thirty years and is the executive director of the American Mental Health Foundation. A lifelong Yankees fan, it's only right and proper that he lives in the Bronx, New York.

Martin Rowe is the co-founder of Lantern, a book publishing and media company, and author of Nicaea: A Book of Correspondences. A long-suffering supporter of the England cricket team, he lives in Brooklyn, New York.

The Softball Coaching Bible, Volume II
The Softball Coaching Bible, Volume II
Paperback      ISBN: 1450424651

For more than a decade, coaches have relied on one classic resource for their every coaching need. Featuring the advice, wisdom, and insights from the sport's legendary coaches, The Softball Coaching Bible, Volume I, has become the essential guide for coaches at every level worldwide.

The Softball Coaching Bible, Volume II, picks up where the first volume left off, providing more instruction, guidance, recommendations, and expertise for every aspect of the sport.

The NFCA has put together another stellar lineup of coaches who share the guidance that helped them establish such well-respected softball programs:

Patty Gasso

Jeanne Tostenson-Scarpello

Chris Bellotto

George Wares

Kris Herman

Bob Ligouri

Karen Weekly

Elaine Sortino

Frank Griffin

Bonnie Tholl

Michelle Venturella

Beth Torina

Jenny Allard

Ehren Earleywine

Erica Beach

Stacey Nuveman

John Tschida

Teena Murray

Donna Papa

Carol Bruggeman

Kyla Holas

Kelly Inouye-Perez

Sandy Montgomery

Rachel Lawson

Kristi Bredbenner

Deanna Gumpf

It's all here--developing players, building a winning program, assessing and refining essential skills and techniques, and incorporating the most effective strategies for any opponent or in-game situation.

If you coach the sport and want a competitive edge in today's game, The Softball Coaches Bible, Volume II, is the must-have resource for every season.

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:



-Slap Hitting







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.