Unlike other softball instruction books, Coaching Softball Technical and Tactical Skills goes beyond teaching the technical skills and focuses on the tactical skills of the game to prepare players for game day. This is the perfect resource for teaching high school, club, and even college softball coaches the essential skills for a winning season.
This book features cues to help you teach athletes fundamental technical and tactical skills, over 175 photos depicting the appropriate techniques, and a sample season and eight practice plans that allow you to incorporate games-based skill instruction into your coaching. This text emphasizes real-game situational skills to make learning in practice transfer to success in games.
Proper mechanics for technical skills such as catching, throwing, hitting, bunting, and base running are covered in detail. On the tactical side of the game, the book presents the skills of detecting the strengths and weaknesses of opponents and knowing important rules and game strategies that help athletes respond appropriately when they see a play developing.
This text is written by the American Sport Education Program (ASEP), the nation’s leading sport education provider, in conjunction with content experts Kirk Walker and Mona Stevens. Walker is Oregon State’s winningest softball coach, and Stevens is a renowned coach at the University of Utah and the author of two books. Endorsed by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), the premier national organization for fastpitch softball, Coaching Softball Technical and Tactical Skills is the fourth in a series of sport-specific technical and tactical skills books from ASEP and serves as a resource for the online course of the same title, a part of the ASEP Professional Coaches Education Program.
A reference for high school softball coaches, club and college softball coaches, and coaching instructors needing to teach the basic skills and techniques of softball.
Part I. Teaching and Evaluating
Chapter 1. Teaching Sport Skills
Chapter 2. Evaluating Technical and Tactical Skills
Part II. Teaching Technical Skills
Chapter 3. Offensive Technical Skills
Chapter 4. Defensive Technical Skills
Part III. Teaching Tactical Skills
Chapter 5. Offensive Tactical Skills
Chapter 6. Defensive Tactical Skills
Part IV. Planning for Teaching
Chapter 7. Season Plans
Chapter 8. Practice Plans
Part V. Game Coaching
Chapter 9. Preparing for Games
Chapter 10. During and After the Game
Coaching Softball Technical and Tactical Skills is written by the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) in conjunction with softball coaching legends Kirk Walker and Mona Stevens.
ASEP has been developing and delivering coaching education courses and resources since 1981. As the nation’s leading sport education provider, ASEP works with national, state, and local sport organizations to develop educational programs for coaches, officials, administrators, and parents. These programs incorporate ASEP’s philosophy of “Athletes first, winning second.”
Contributing author Kirk Walker drastically improved the Oregon State softball program when he became head coach in 1994. Walker has become Oregon State’s all-time winningest softball coach with a 462-347-3 career record. Each season his team has improved—they’ve had eight seasons of winning 40-plus games. In 2005 Walker earned his second Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year Award after winning the Pac-10 title for the first time. Walker also coached in the Amateur Softball Association, where he led his team to four consecutive women’s major fastpitch national titles. Currently he is coaching in the Pro Fastpitch Xtreme Tour. He also edited and contributed to
The Softball Drill Book (Human Kinetics, 2007).
Contributing author Mona Stevens was a University of Utah softball stalwart, coaching from 1996 to 2005. She led her team to three NCAA Tournament appearances, three Mountain West Conference Tournament titles, and one regular-season championship. Throughout her coaching career, Stevens amassed a 281-239-1 (.540) record. In addition to coaching at the collegiate level, she has served as a coach for national and international competitions. In 1989 she created Mona Stevens Enterprises, conducting workshops, clinics, and camps for thousands of coaches and players annually. Stevens is the author of The Fastpitch Softball Drill Book: A Coaches’ Guide to Common Problems and Corrections. She also coauthored the Softball Coaching Bible (Human Kinetics, 2002).