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Softball Coaching Tips – How to Build a Fantastic Softball Team
by: Marc Dagenais

If you’re a softball coach, you wouldn’t want anything less than to head a successful softball team. But more often than not, it’s easier said than done. Bringing your entire team to success is a difficult thing. You have to handle different types of personalities, different skill levels, to name a few. Coaching is a tough balancing act.

For those coaches looking for a single formula for success will only end up frustrated. You want to know why? Because there’s no such thing as a single formula for success. One coach’s formula for success may prove to be disastrous to another.

The secret then to building a fantastic softball team is to make the most of what you have. Find out what works with your team, exploit it to the fullest. How about your team’s weaknesses? Don’t let it drag down your team’s spirits. Instead, continuously work on improving those weaknesses until some of them become your team’s strengths.

But let’s get deeper into that. Surely, there are certain areas in your coaching that you should always be on the lookout for. These areas are the ones that form the foundation of every team. Without these things, your team would be crippled, and it wouldn’t be able to climb into the heights that you want it to reach.

What are these fundamental things that your team must always have? Let me show you some of them:

- Healthy players. Your single major investment on your team is your players. Without your players, you obviously wouldn’t have any team to coach. That is why you should always make sure that your players are healthy. Keep them from injuries by giving them reasonable amounts of time for practice as well as for recovery. Aside from that, make sure that they’re eating right. Younger players tend to eat less and sleep less, which can have a negative impact on their game. Keep your players healthy, and you’re sure that they’ll deliver what you ask of them.

- Experienced players. Alright, you can’t expect all your players to develop their skills overnight. What do you do then? You cannot of course put them on the sidelines for the rest of their career. What you should do instead is let their feet get wet as soon as you think they’re ready. Train them first, then let them play important positions in important games. Doing this has several benefits. First, it builds their confidence. Another thing is that it builds their experience. And with experience comes better decision-making skills.

- Good communication. As a coach, it’s your job to be able to communicate clearly with your players. But you should also remember that your players should also be able to communicate with each other well. This helps ensure your team’s success especially in tight and challenging games.


Of course, this is by no means an exhaustive list of the things you need to build a fantastic softball team. But you will definitely need healthy and experienced players, plus good communication among them in order to have a successful softball team. All these things take time to build, but once you’ve nailed it, then you’ve had it made.

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Marc Dagenais, MHK, CSCS, is a softball peak performance coach that helps players and teams hit with more power, run faster, throw harder, become mentally tougher, and be more dominant on the softball field. Visit us and sign-up to get tons of great FREE softball.
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