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Failure is part of the plan

Let’s discuss something that often gets overlooked in our “keep it positive” society, and I am one of those “the glass is half-full” people.

I want to talk about failure.

I see failure every day with every young lady I coach. Wait, let me get personal… Continue Reading…

When should my child transition to travel ball?

I’ve recently been asked how to tell when the time is right to make the jump (from recreational softball) to travel ball.

My answer: it depends on several factors.

The first factor—is the family prepared to go Continue Reading…

How parents can be assistant-coaches

As previously stated, when you coach kids you coach their parents.

Some coaches don’t like to get a player’s parents involved in the teaching of the athlete for a couple of reasons.

But I want to focus on how parents can be good assistant-coaches.

In my opinion, being an assistant-coach means that the parent (or any family member) is actively learning Continue Reading…

Parents as assistant-coaches

When you coach a kid you coach her parent. Period.

Some coaches don’t like to get a player’s parents involved in the teaching of the athlete for that reason. I find it can be a huge advantage for myself, and the athlete in the long-run though.

First, here are two of the reasons why I think coaches don’t like to involve the parents: Continue Reading…

The 5 characteristics of a successful team – Parent’s Edition

This is part-two of a two-part series focused on the characteristics of a successful softball team.

Today’s post looks at the five aspects of a successful squad from a parent’s perspective; Continue Reading…

The 5 characteristics of a successful team – Coach’s Edition

This is part-one of a two-part series focused on the characteristics of a successful softball team.

Today’s post looks at the five aspects of a successful squad from a coach’s perspective; Thursday’s post will look at the five aspects of success from a parent’s perspective.

Five characteristics of a successful team Continue Reading…

Conditioning your mind through your body

Softball players—practice.

Softball players do a lot of exercising in the beginning of a season, especially running.

The obvious reason is to get the body prepared for upcoming games. The not-so-obvious reason though is the Continue Reading…

Dealing with change

Two weeks ago today, Jennie Finch announced her retirement from the sport of softball as a player. Her decision affected not only her family, but the lives of fans as well. Change happened.

As I reflect it was not that long ago that I sat in the stands cheering on my sons, and daughter in all the different sports they played.

It was my daughter playing softball that actually brought me into this sport. Continue Reading…

Interview: Coach Diego on parenting, softball

Click on the image below to watch an interview with Coach Diego. Diego is a championship-winning softball coach in southern California, and has coached his own daughter for almost 10 years.

When is it okay to quit?

“When is it okay for my daughter to quit softball?”

My first reaction is…never!

But after I take a step back I realize that there are things in my life I’ve tried, and quit along the way.

For example, I don’t golf or bowl anymore. I bet if you thought about it you would think of things you’ve quit in your life as well.

Is your current job the only job you’ve ever had? Continue Reading…

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