Focused for Fastpitch

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Human Kinetics, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 186 pages
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Focused for Fastpitchcombines 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 Fastpitchtraining 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 Fastpitchis the best way to gain the advantage.

 

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Contents

Thinking the Game
23
Shadow
38
Stayin Alive
51
Pressure Ball
52
Muscle Tension Awareness
53
Mastering Your Muscle Tension
54
From Here to There
58
Deaf to Distractions
59
123 Stripes Youre Out
108
Fielding With Distractions
111
React and Release
116
Fielding With Authority
117
Make a PlayFake a Play
119
Prepare for the Play
121
Outfield Defense
123
Sprint and Sit
126

Cuts and Cues
60
Name That Pitch
61
Pick Your Pitch
62
Center Toss
63
Closest to the Cone
64
The Three Cs
67
Protect the Plate
68
Mirror Mirror Wheres the Ball?
72
Perfect Swing
73
Step Up to the Plate
74
Loose Bunting
80
Stripes or No Stripes
82
Getting it Done
83
Balanced Bunting
84
Bunt in the Box
85
Basic Bunting Imagery
86
Burst of Power
89
Wait for the Catch
90
Out of the Blocks
91
Point of No Return
93
See the Speed
94
See the Situation
95
Relay With Tired Arms
100
Quick Underhand Toss
101
Circle Catch
106
One Step Ahead
127
Ears the Play
129
Sun Ball
130
Windy City Balls
131
Get a Grip
134
Do or Dive
135
On the Money
136
Head Into the Play
137
Relax and Release
142
Centering the Signs
144
Stair Step Workout
145
Pitch Field Throw
146
Cool Pose
148
See a Strike
150
Positive Pitching for Perfection
151
The Great ESCAPE
152
Knock It Down
157
Conditioning for Passed Balls
158
Stop the Score
159
Catch the Steal
160
Steel Wall
161
Perfect Reflection
162
SORT It Out
163
Bibliography
183
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About the author (2004)

Gloria Solomon, PhD is an assistant professor of kinesiology at California State University at Sacramento. She is a certified AAASP sport psychology consultant and serves as a consultant for the Sacramento State athletic department. She has been working as team consultant for the softball team for two years. Solomon currently resides in Sacramento, California and in her free time she enjoys biking, kayaking, running, playing tennis, reading, and supporting the Sacramento Monarchs.

Andrea Becker is a graduate student of sport psychology at California State University at Sacramento. Becker played softball at CSUS for four seasons and has since served as a graduate assistant coach and sport psychology intern for the softball program. In addition, she has numerous playing and coaching experiences at various levels of competition in the Amateur Softball Association summer leagues. Becker resides in Folsom, California, and enjoys participating in sports, physical activity, and all other outdoor activities.

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