Coaches Corner Resources & Documents!
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SOFTBok [Softball Book of Knowledge]
Go to www.eliteathleteconsulting.com -> Click SoftBOK link in top menu bar -> Password: 2021USASoftball
What do my players need? Here is a list of suggested equipment for your players.
There is a clear correlation between team improvement and practice organization. This is true regardless of the experience of the staff. That is, a very experienced coaching staff which does not plan practices may not witness as much skill improvement as a less experienced staff that puts an emphasis on practice planning. Probably the most important factor is dividing the team members into groups, so that each player has a higher ratio of activity (to inactivity). If different staff members are teaching different skills at separate stations, the groups of players can be cycled through the stations with less downtime and with more variety. Keep the players interested, engaged, and consistently moving!
In considering a practice, there should be:
1. A PURPOSE - What you're trying to accomplish. Such as, what are the different skills you want to impart during this practice (or this week or this season)?
2. A PLAN - The approach to accomplishing the purpose. Such as, what drills will be used during the practice?
3. THE DETAILS - Which staff members will lead which drill? How can player inactivity be minimized? What space and what equipment are required for each drill station? How much time should be devoted to the drills.
Clinics for Coaches and Players
MVLAGS is planning a variety of clinics for players and coaches before and during the spring season. The emphasis of the clinics will be on coaching the coaches - supporting our coaches with the basic knowledge, drills and techniques to implement sound practices and raise the level of play for all ages. We will hold a few clinics run by external organizations with softball expertise to share with our players and coaches.
Coaches are encouraged to attend clinics to lend a hand and to learn from experienced coaches who lead the clinics. Clinics will be posted on the MVLAGS Calendar and are shown below.