What it’s all about

Had another one of those moments last night that reminds me of why I love coaching. One of my students came to her lesson all excited. She had pitched what the parent of another student called the game of her life against one of the top 14U teams in the area. She said she was throwing really well, all her pitches were working, and she was completely baffling them.

Although her team eventually lost the game 2-1 on two unearned runs in the bottom of the last inning, she felt like she’d won. She definitely made a statement.

Here in the midwest we spend a lot of time indoors working on pitching. In fact, often we spend far more time indoors than outdoors. The summer season runs from about April to August, with fall ball encompassing September and October. With so much time in the gym it’s easy for pitchers to lose perspective and forget why they’re practicing. Games like the one Rachel had this past weekend are the reward for what can often be long and tedious hours spent throwing ball after ball indoors.

I can tell you this much. Not only did she come in pumped up, she was as attentive and worked as hard as I’ve ever seen her work. A little taste of success can sure leave you hungry for more!

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About Ken Krause

Ken Krause has been coaching girls fastpitch softball for nearly 20 years. Some may know him as a contributing columnist to Softball Magazine, where he writes Krause's Korner -- a regular column sponsored by Louisville Slugger. Ken is also the Administrator of the Discuss Fastpitch Forum, the most popular fastpitch discussion forum on the Internet. He is currently a Three Star Master Coach with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), and is certified by both the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and American Sports Education Program (ASEP). Ken is a private instructor specializing in pitchers, hitters, and catchers. He teaches at North Shore Baseball Academy in Libertyville, IL and Pro-Player Consultants in McHenry, IL.

Posted on April 25, 2008, in Coaching, Pitching. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Ah yes confidence. Like this past weekend at our first tournament when Haley went into the game in the second inning. She threw strikes and change-ups and no hit the other team through three innings than was pulled from the game. We lost the game but she was still high on her performance. She also pitched the next game for sadily only two innings striking out four allowing no runs. We lost that one too. The other team awarded Haley the MVP and her confidence soared right into her bat as she hit a triple and double in the third game which we won. She wanted her pitching coach Ken to know. Thanks again. Rick

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  2. Rick, sorry, somehow this one got stuck in the “needs approval” section. That’s really too bad because this news is so great to hear.I’m glad to hear Haley is doing so well. She worked hard throughout the offseason and learned a lot. Nice to see that she’s made the transition from the practice gym to the field successfully. Getting an MVP is great. But getting off to an outstanding start is even better. Thanks so much for the update. Keep ’em coming! I’ll make sure I check the pending file more often. In the meantime, tell Haley “great job!”

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