Announcement: 21-Day Express Shape-Up Workout

21-day-express-ecover-smallThis 21-day express softball-specific workout program has been a best-seller for a few years. This workout program was specifically designed for softball players with only a few weeks to go before the beginning of their competitive season or who are already in the first few weeks of their competitive season but want to maximize their performance for the important competitions to come. It is short (about 20-30 minutes per workout) and requires only a few basic pieces of equipment – dumbbells, stability, and a medicine ball and is designed maximize your speed and power in 3 weeks!

Suited for just about any softball players, this fun workout is also a good first workout to do if you just starting to workout as a first introductory workout or if you want to establish a good foundation. Read more

7 Things You Need to Know Before Tryouts

Jen Croneberger, the CEO/Found of Excellence Training Camps and current college softball coach has some really great tips for player going into tryouts. Some of these things you can use immediately. Others may require a little bit of homework on your part. Get an idea of what coaches are looking for, what catches their eye, and things you can do to improve your chances of making the team!

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Mental Approach for Hitting Q&A Interview with Jen Croneberger

Here is a Q&A style interview we did with Jen Croneberger which goes along with the 3 Mental Must Haves to Avoid a Hitting Slump report. I suggest you read the report before going through this interview. It will make a lot more sense to you!

Once you’re done reading the report, come back here and go through this interview. If you have any further questions you’d like Jen to answer, she has graciously agreed to do that for you as our Featured Expert this month!

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The 3 Mental Must-Haves To Avoid A Hitting Slump

Grab your copy of this 7-page mental game report to find out…

  • how you can be more consistently successful at the plate this season
  • what is non-negotiable if you want to be a successful hitter
  • the 2 things you must do in order to make sure you have the 1st “Must-Have” of hittig
  • how to stay the course and avoid distractions from your hitting goals
  • what influences success or failure in hitting almost single handedly
  • how to overcome your hitting fears
  • and a whole lot more

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Softball Workout – Simple Flexibility Exercises For Pitchers

Flexibility is important to pitchers because of the number of pitches she executes in a game. Having a lose and flexible arm will make her pitch easily and thus avoiding unwanted injuries.
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Scientific Proof – Effect of Visual Training on Batting Performance and Pitch Recognition of Collegiate Softball Players

Nicholette - Power HitterThe study was conducted to investigate the effect of preseason visual training on bat velocity, batted-ball velocity, and pitch recognition. Twenty female NCAA Division I softball players were randomly assigned to 1 of 2 groups 5 weeks before the season began. Group 1 was the control group and received no vision training. Group 2 completed 18 vision-training sessions over the span of 6 weeks. Vision exercises consisted of visual flexibility, visual recognition, and visual tracking. Each session was performed with a game pad controller on a computer and lasted between 10-20 minutes. Prior to the beginning of the 6 weeks, all subjects were tested on body composition, grip strength and vertical jump  to assess leg power. Instantaneous bat velocity was recorded and for batted-ball velocity, subjects were directed to hit softballs between a zone away from the back of home plate and set up on the softball field while batted-ball velocity was measured by a radar gun set up behind home plate. Softballs were delivered at a mean velocity from the automated pitching machine 13.1 m or 43 ft away from home plate. Subjects also performed pitching recognition where a softball was delivered from the same pitching machine and called out “ball” or “strike”. An official NCAA “strike zone”, adjusted for each player, was set-up behind each hitter. The number of correct responses was recorded by the pitch recognition score. Both groups were also assessed by a commercial visual training program on their depth perception, eye flexibility, visual recognition, and visual tracking. Once the 6-week training program was completed, all subjects were re-tested on the same parameters previously listed.

Comparing Group 1 from Group 2 revealed significant difference in convergence percentage, visual recognition response time, visual tracking response time, and level 4 depth perception. There were no significant differences in BV, BBV, PR, or other visual components.

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Softball Workout – Body Weight Workout

Strengthening is important to any softball player who wants to improve even without equipment. Here are several exercises you may do when the unavailability of equipment arises.
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Softball Workout – Strengthening Workout for Hitting

Hitting needs several muscles in our body to work together to have a strong and powerful finish.

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Sports Psychology Tips: Watch Your Body Language

Why Sports Parents and Coaches Should Watch Their Body Language
by Patrick Cohn
Sports Psychology Expert

*note: while this article is written primarily for sports parents, it can easily be applied to coaches too

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Sports Psychology Tips: Communication is Key

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Why Good Communication is Key for Sports Families
by Dr. Patrick Cohn
Sports Psychology Expert

After you read this article, you might be a little more careful about how you talk to your sports kids.

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