Fastpitch 411 – The Heart of Coaching

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Fastpitch 411 – The Heart of Coaching - Your virtual fastpitch coaching resource center

HOW > what

Remember, it’s not only about what happened but HOW it happened.

Process is important.

In training, don’t just focus in whether or not a ground ball to 3rd makes it over to 1st.

HOW did it happen? Did you 3rd baseman come to the ball or let the ball play her? Did she use proper footwork to get rid of the ball or did she throw off balance? Did she get rid of the ball quickly and efficiently or did she take too long and use poor throwing mechanics? Did your 1st baseman set up properly on the bag or not? Did your 1st baseman stretch to the ball correctly? Did she receive/catch the ball with proper technique or not?

There’s so much more to a practice play than what happened (the ground ball hit at the 3rd baseman made it to 1st base). The HOW is probably even more important. Pay attention to the HOW. Constantly work to improve the HOW. The WHAT’S will come naturally if you do.

The same goes for wins and losses. If you’re having a tough season and lost “again,” HOW did you lose? What was the number one biggest breakdown your team had during the game? Did you get better at the things you worked on in practice this week? Did you do anything better than the last time you lost? Are your batters making more contact instead of striking out? If they’re still striking out are they at least making better choices at the plate? Or is your team continuing to make the same mistakes over and over and over again.

If the SAME mistakes keep happening, maybe it’s time to DO something different about them. Try a new approach. Try a new drill. Doing the same thing in practice and hoping it works out different in competition when, so far, the results have been the same is not smart!

Again, look at the HOW. It’s SO important for staying on track, making progress. The what doesn’t always tell you what you need to know.

Also keep in mind that even slow progress IS progress.

It’s NO progress you need to worry about!

progress

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