About Ken Krause

Ken Krause, owner and lead instructor of Softball Success, has been coaching girls fastpitch softball for nearly 20 years. He has coached teams from 10U to 18U with the Mundelein Thunder, Lake County Fastpitch and IOMT Castaways. He is currently a Three Ken hitting pictures 002Star 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. During the winter months he works out of area facilities including North Shore Sports Academy in Vernon Hills, IL and Pro-Player Consultants in McHenry, IL; in the summer he can be found on outdoor fields all around the area. Ken has built a national reputation as a long-time contributing columnist to Softball Magazine, where he writes Krause’s Korner. He is also the Administrator of the Discuss Fastpitch Forum, the most popular fastpitch discussion forum on the Internet, and owns Life in the Fastpitch Lane, one of the most-read fastpitch softball blogs on the Internet.

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  1. Dear Mr. Krause,

    I’m the author of a recently published young adult novel Fast-Pitch Love, which combines girls softball with a teenage romance.

    I’m hoping you or one of your associates will review the book for your Product Review section. Fast-Pitch Love reflects the two years I spent observing and interacting with central Ohio girls softball teams in both practice and competition. As a show of gratitude to them, I plan on donating my first three royalty checks (and perhaps more) to support their programs.

    If you or someone else would be willing to review the book, I can provide a PDF copy at no cost. It probably won’t take more than a couple of days to finish it.

    Thank you for considering my request.

    Clay Cormany

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  2. Hi Clay,

    Sure, I will give it a read. You can email it to me at coachken@softballsuccess.com. Thanks for the opportunity to give it a look.

    Ken

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  3. Mr. Krause,
    I have long ago given up fast pitch softball due to endless injuries (shoulder surgery as a pitcher) and am now just playing on different slow pitch leagues. Last year, on one of my co-ed teams, a male slammed the ball back up at me and I caught it, but as a result, it shattered a bone in my hand and also broke off the hook of the hamate. I had surgery Jan 5th and am now healed up for the most part. My season starts again in a month and practices start this week. I have no had a glove on since my surgery, and honestly I’m a little nervous about catching a ball again. What do you recommend to protect my hand and my incision area that is still tender, on my palm? I am not ready to give up softball yet and I am the pitcher on 3 different teams.

    Thank you!

    Sarah Lowery

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  4. Please, Sarah, call me Ken. Sorry to hear about your injuries. Always sad when it takes you out of your favorite game. I’m glad you’ve been able to play slow pitch at least. Not quite the same, but better than nothing.

    You might try using a glove insert designed for a catcher. Here’s a link to one I found; http://www.amazon.com/Champro-Baseball-Softball-Padded-Catchers/dp/B0089MCOQ4

    As a cheaper alternative, you might also try inserting a kitchen sponge between the palm of your hand and your glove. That’s what a lot of old baseball catchers used to do. A Nerf ball can work as well – it will be thick enough to absorb some of the impact, yet pliable enough to fit in where you need it to.

    Hope one of those options works out for you. Good luck, and let me know what you decide to use.

    Ken

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  5. Thank you. I was looking into the Shock Guard before. Do you think the padded glove or the Shock Guard would be better?

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  6. I would probably go with the one I linked to above, depending on where your pain problems are. That one looks like it offers the most overall padding.

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  7. I absolutely love how you give motivation through real life situations. You teach to not give up just because you are down and to rise to an occasion when necessary. I come here often to read your blog because i really enjoy it. Once again, thank you for inspiring.

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  8. Thank you for the kind words. Glad you enjoy it.

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  9. Ken, would you send me a personal e-mail so I can contact you. Thanks, John

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  10. Hi Mr. Krause,

    I am writing to you in reference to the organization I work for, Maccabi USA, a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs. We are currently recruiting Men’s & Women’s Softball Teams (ages 18-35) and Men’s Softball (ages 35+) for the 20th Maccabiah Games taking place Summer 2017 in Israel.

    Would it be possible for you to help us publicize this recruitment on your website?

    Thanks

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  11. Hi Dakota,

    Is the softball at the games fastpitch or slow pitch? Can you send me a little more information, or a link to more info?

    Ken

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  12. Hi Ken!

    This is Amy Reyes from Mike Nikolich’s MKTG 470 class, and I just wanted to say great job on the content! Thank you for sharing your blog with our class and giving us the opportunity to learn by using it! It was nice to hear your speak to our class the other day.

    Thank you!

    Amy Reyes

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  13. Hi Amy, Glad you’re enjoying the blog and the class assignment. I’m looking forward to seeing what y’all have come up with. Thanks for checking in.

    Ken

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