Softball Practice Plans
Coaching softball can be a lot of fun, but it also comes with a set of challenges. The best way to address these challenges is to be prepared.
Consider what softball practice plans can do for you as a youth softball coach:
- Instill confidence in yourself, your coaches and players by working with a proven system from an experienced coache who has “been there and done that.”
- Identify coaching concepts to address and the order to address them in – the right stuff to teach at the right time.
- Generate team improvement rapidly. The biggest winners are the players!
- Save time. You won’t have to start from scratch; just review and tweak as needed for your team. Print out the plan for your upcoming practice and bring it with you to use as your guide.
- Enable you to “coach in the moment” at practices by being focused on the task at hand vs. having to worry about what to do next.
If you’ve never had any formal softball coaching training or just want to improve your chances at a great softball season for your players and their families, this is the solution for you. With the “heavy lifting” done for you, you can review the practice plan minutes before your scheduled time; and be set to go. You’ll be well-prepared and have more fun with the stress removed.
This ebook includes agendas and teaching points for twenty‐five, 90‐minute practices and twenty‐five, 10‐minute, pre‐practice meetings. Don’t wing it — be ready for every softball practice & pre-practice meeting.
About the Author
John Blissenbach has coached all levels of youth softball. He has coached and managed championship youth & American Legion baseball teams. He began coaching baseball in 1979 at the age of 20. He started as a high school assistant varsity/JV head coach working with varsity head coach Hank Mauer (Great uncle of Minnesota Twins All‐Star Catcher, Joe Mauer).
In addition to coaching softball, John has also been a coach for his 4 children’s baseball, football, basketball, track & soccer teams. During the past 20 years he has had the great pleasure of coaching more than 50 youth (boys & girls) teams.
Softball Drills and Practice Templates
NOTE FROM AUTHOR JOHN BLISSENBACH
Softball practices can be boring for players. For many teams, softball practices consist of warm-up catch, batting practice followed by a round of infield. Players spent a lot of time standing around watching other players hit and occasionally field a ball hit to them. Most coaches have little time to think about or prepare a plan for each practice.
If as a youth softball coach, you would rather have fun, structured, fast‐moving practices loaded with fundamentals, then this book is for you. As you enter a new softball season, four things are certain; your players will be diverse in their skills and understanding of the game, there is great deal your players will need to learn, and finally, you will have a limited amount of time to prepare for each practice, as well as a limited amount of time during practice.
How your players spend their time during practice will determine the success of your team’s season. What your players do during practice and when they do it is entirely up to you. Your players are counting on you to be prepared so they can be prepared.
This guide is intended to make your coaching job a lot easier. If you’re new to coaching, you can use this guide as your road map. If you’ve coached before, this guide will remove a lot of the work associated with mapping out each practice. You can supplement the practice plans with your own concepts that have worked for you in the past.
With your use of this guide, your players will be learning, having fun and picking up on the key softball concepts at the right time. As a coach, you’ll look experienced, knowledgeable and well prepared. Plus, with some of the heavy lifting removed from our schedule, you’ll have more time to appreciate the season. Enjoy!
Softball Practice Drills and Tips
The Well-Prepared Coach — 25 Youth Softball Practice Plans (EBook) — $29.97
When you purchase this ebook, you’ll be immediately sent a link enabling you to download the PDF. The PDF file, which you’ll save to your computer, works on PCs and Macs.
The book comes with an overview of the 25 practices. Here’s what the first 10 practices look like:
NOTE: Actual size is 8.5″ by 11″
Additional appendix diagrams are included to make it easy for even the newest of coaches.
The Well-Prepared Coach — 25 Youth Softball Practice Plans — $29.97
Softball Practice Plans
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