NFCC class – day three

Back at home now after completing the class. We finished up this morning with some interesting discussions, some of which strayed from strategy and got more into becoming a better coach. For example, there was discussion about the roles of a first and third base coach, giving signs, picking opponents’ signs, and becoming a credible coach.

Lots of discussion with these sessions, along with a couple of interactive activities. We finished up with a little Q&A session with the instructors, where they listed some of their favorite books (coaching and general leadership) among others. Everyone was a little tired after three days, but it was still very valuable.

One suggestion I will make if you’re thinking about attending a future class (and I definitely recommend it) is to stay in the recommended hotel. Not only did I have a great room at a relative bargain price, but got to eat breakfast with Jay Miller and Scott Centala on Saturday and Sunday. We had some nice off-line discussions about all sorts of things, not just softball. I think we all found that the coaches are very down-to-earth people.

One other funny thing. One of the students talked about challenges he faces with his players, and said the instructors probably don’t have to deal with things like that, but the rest of us do. Carol Bruggeman was the first to pipe up “Don’t kid yourself. We face all the same challenges you do,” including players not being mentally into the game, discipline issues, and unhappy parents. The others agreed.

Tomorrow it’s back to work, in my real job. But it was definitely fun to talk offensive strategies with so many great people.

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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 January 12, 2009, in Coaching. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hi Ken, A couple of years ago at an NSC clinic one of the coaches (I thought it was Patrick Murphy but could be completely wrong here) mentioned a book that defined where all players should be for all different situations. Sounded like it also discussed responsibilities, 2nd responsibilities and so forth. For the life of me, I cannot remember what book it was. Do you know what that book is? Wondering if maybe it came up in the breakfast discussion. Thx.

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  2. Mike, I know there are a few books out there that include that information. Most are pretty similar. While I doubt Coach Murphy was talking about this one, the Softball Coach’s Toolkit not only has the diagrams but has them on a CD so they’re easy to print and hand out. I’ll look through my collection of books too to see if I can find the one that most closely fits what you’re looking for — just in case this isn’t it. I’m thinking it might be in Judy Garman’s book but am not sure.

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  3. Mike, I checked my library and I think I know which book it was. My guess is it’s “Coaching Fastpitch Softball Successfully” by Kathy J. Veroni, former head coach at Western Illinois University. It has a whole chapter of coverage charts, with explanations of what everyone does. Hope that helps.

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  4. Thanks Ken, I will be looking into that book. Unknown to me (or simply I forgot), my wife had ordered a book for me for Christmas and it just came in today. It too has this sort of info and some other things: ‘Coaching Softball: Technical and Tactical Skills’ written by American Sport Education Program in conjunction with Kirk Walker and Mona Stevens – and is endorsed by NFCA. For Xmas she handed me the computer open to Amazon.com and told me to find some books she could order for me. Of course being gluton for punishment I went to the softball section and I guess this was one of them. So since it just came in today I’m going to read this one first and then I’ll look up the one you found for me. Thanks for the info, greatly appreciated.

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