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Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Softball

192pp  Paperback

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ISBN: 0736078835
ISBN 13: 9780736078832


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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.

About the Author

Robert and Tammy Benson have been involved in youth sports for a number of years. They have coached together in the YMCA Coach Pitch Baseball fall league for kids ages 5 to 7. In addition, they work together in coaching their daughter’s 10U competitive team. Robert Benson began his involvement in youth sports as an umpire for American Legion, Babe Ruth, and college baseball. He then worked as an assistant coach for a 10U girls’ recreational softball team. When his daughter was recruited by a 10U competitive team, Benson was asked to be the pitching coach and assistant. The following year he took over as head coach. During his first year as head coach, the team placed first in five tournaments in the states of Washington and Idaho, took second in Class A at Washington State in the ASA 10 and under division, and third in Class A at Western Nationals in the ASA 10 and under division. The team’s overall record for the first year was 38-19 (.667). Tammy Benson has been coaching since 2004. She currently serves as the conditioning and base coach. Tammy has played sports all her life, including competitive basketball in high school. She now participates in coed slowpitch softball and golf, and she has recently completed a marathon. The Bensons reside in West Richland, Washington, and enjoy reading, camping, and archery in their spare time.

Table of Contents

Drill Finder
Key to Diagrams
Chapter 1. Help! Where Do I Start?
Chapter 2. Organizing Your Team Practices
Chapter 3. Teaching Offensive Skills With 10 Simple Drills
Chapter 4. Teaching Receiving and Throwing Skills With 10 Simple Drills
Chapter 5. Teaching Fielding Skills With 10 Simple Drills
Chapter 6. Teaching Pitching and Catching Skills With 10 Simple Drills
Chapter 7. On-Field Execution
Chapter 8. Game Time! What’s My Role Again?
About the Authors

Words of Praise

"Robert and Tammy Benson have hit a home run of their own with Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Softball! In a clear and concise format, they provide a complete guide for every current and future softball coach. Do your team a favor and read this one a couple of times!" Cheri Kempf Author of The Softball Pitching Edge