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Softball Coaching Bible, The [Paperback]

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Feb. 7 2002 The Coaching Bible Series


Now, for the first time in the sport of fastpitch softball, you can learn from successful coaches and apply their approaches to your own program. In The Softball Coaching Bible, 28 of the top U.S. coaches share their principles, insights, strategies, methods, and experiences to help you enhance the experience and development of your own athletes.

Developed in cooperation with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), The Softball Coaching Bible was written by the greatest assembly of college and high school softball coaches ever. The text provides the finer points of coaching softball, presented in an engaging manner that makes the contents easy to apply to your own ball club. The topics range from teaching the best skills and drills to subjects rarely written about, such as developing responsible athletes and building character and loyalty in players.

Find out how Mike Candrea develops productive hitters at the University of Arizona, and follow the advice of Fresno State University's Margie Wright for competing in tournaments and playoffs. This landmark work covers all the bases, from recruiting players to attracting fans. The Softball Coaching Bible also contains information on professional development: moving through the coaching ranks, making use of other coaches and professional organizations, avoiding coaching burnout, and attending and running camps and clinics. Chapter after chapter, this book provides the game plan for building a winning program.

The Softball Coaching Bible is filled with insights and expert advice to help you learn and grow. Soak it up, enjoy the stories, and discover the wisdom of the sport's finest mentors.


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The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is the sport's leading professional growth organization for coaches at all competitive levels of play. The NFCA has more than 4,000 members, most of whom are high school, travel-team, and collegiate coaches.

The NFCA provides a forum for discussing matters of interest to its members and works to formulate guiding principles, standards, and policies for conducting competitive fastpitch softball programs for girls and women. It recognizes outstanding members through its Victory Club and Coach of the Year awards programs, in addition to All-Region, All-American, and Scholar-Athlete awards programs for members' college and high school players. All members receive the association's newspaper, Fastpitch Delivery, and enjoy discounts on softball coaching clinics, videos, and books. They also have access to the NFCA job bank, camp network, and other professional networking opportunities.

The NFCA headquarters are located in Columbia, Missouri, where executive director Lacy Lee Baker and her husband, University of Missouri head softball coach Jay Miller, and their daughter, Nikki, also reside.


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bits and Pieces of Useful Info May 28 2008
By J. Coberly - Published on Amazon.com
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Pros:
- Variety of topics covered including fund raising, recruiting, mental, and play aspects
- Advice from several sources
- A handful of good tables and info-graphics

Cons:
- In many cases, about 1/2 of each chapter consists of the given "expert" telling you why they are "great." I realize they are probably trying just trying to establish their value as an expert on the subject, but it's very annoying.
- Rather than properly developing ideas a coach can use for his or her own team, there are brief overviews of some ideas and other ideas are often repeated only with different wording in later chapters.
- I found the chapter on pitching especially horrible.

This book is called "The Softball Coaching Bible", and indeed, in the sense that The Bible is a collection of stories being retold with a greater purpose, this book holds true. However, if your intent for this book is as a manual, then I recommend you pass on it and check out some of the other books out there.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Nov. 24 2012
By madcoop - Published on Amazon.com
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This is geared more towards high school and college coaches. But any coach can take something away from it. Great concepts from great coaches.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read and a Good Resource for Coaches Dec 6 2011
By B. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
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The Softball Coaching Bible is a book that anyone who has coached or plans to coach softball should consider reading. It can be read and enjoyed at one's own pace because it is broken into essays/articles written by collegiate coaches and other experts on various topics. So you can read what you want to read and skip over anything you may not find as useful.
I got a lot of good ideas that I am going to be implementing into my coaching and my program in the upcoming season. And there's some other stuff that I will likely refer back to as I go along in my career.
If you're looking to build your softball coaching "took kit" then this is an excellent resource to add.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Product Oct. 8 2013
By Melissa Kimmel - Published on Amazon.com
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This product was in great condition when I received it. Great book. Very informational and I have definitely used some of these ideas in my own practices. Well worth the money.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Compilations Feb. 24 2013
By Travis Owen - Published on Amazon.com
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Great compilations of passionate coaches and their take on things. Would recommend this to any coach, rookie or veteran. j

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