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30 questions a well prepared coach can answer

by Stacie ~ December 15th, 2014.
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30 questions well prepared coaches can answer

Below you’ll find a tool I share with the members over at Fastpitch411.  It’s a list of 30 questions well prepared coaches can answer.

Where do you stand?  Can you answer all these questions about your team, your season?

BE ORGANIZED, HAVE A PLAN

I cannot stress this enough. If you’re going to coach, have a plan. If you want to have less stress during the season, do the hard thinking NOW so you can stay focused on coaching your players well during the season.

Most coaches won’t do this. Are you willing to do what others won’t?

  1. What ONE big goal do you want to accomplish as a coach this upcoming season?
  2. Where do you see yourself and your team when this season is over?
  3. What is your plan to get there?
  4. Is this a competitive team or a developmental one? Where will your primary focus lie?
  5. What are your hopes for your players as individuals (in what ways do you want to help them most)?
  6. Is this a competitive team or a developmental one? Where will your primary focus lie?
  7. If a player gets just one thing out of this season with you, what do want that one thing to be?
  8. How many times a week can or will you practice?
  9. How long will your practices be?
  10. What are your expectations for attendance?
  11. Who is going to be on staff and what do you expect from them?
  12. What do you expect from parents?
  13. What do you expect from players?
  14. How will you communicate these expectations?
  15. How will you communicate important team information with your parents?
  16. What is your playing time policy?
  17. Who is going to handle all the administrative and logistical planning, paperwork, coordination, and communication?
  18. What league requirements do you need to know and abide by?
  19. Are there league rules your parents need to be made aware of?
  20. What are you going to practice today? This week?
  21. What do you want your team to know and be able to do proficiently by the first game of the season? By the middle of the season? By the end of the season?
  22. What kind of equipment do you have to work with?
  23. Where are your team uniforms coming from?
  24. How much do they cost?
  25. When do you need to order them in order to get them before the season starts?
  26. What will be ordered as as team and what do parents need to get on their own?
  27. What equipment and supplies do you need to do your job as a coach?
  28. Which if these things do you currently have and which do you need to plan to buy?
  29. Does your team need to do fundraising?
  30. If so, or what? How much do you need to raise? What happens if you can’t fundraise it all?

It’s a lot.  I know.  Maybe you think it’s a waste of time.  But you do know what they say…If you fail to plan, plan to fail.  How well prepared are you?  Can you answer these questions?

I actually work on this list with coaches in Fastpitch411.  We break it down a little more and figure out what to do if you don’t have all the answers right now.  If you’re serious about being your best, you’re welcome to join us at Fastpitch411.  It’s certainly not for the casual coach.  But if you plan to stay in the game for the long haul, we’d love to have you :)

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Inspirational Quotes for Fastpitch Softball Players

by Stacie ~ December 8th, 2014.
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inspirational quotes for fastpitch softball players 
I love reading great inspirational quotes!  People who came before us shared bits of wisdom, moments of inspiration, and verbal wake up calls.  Some quotes give you the kick in the butt you need.  Others serve as confirmation of something you doubt in your own journey.

At the end of this article, you’ll find some suggestions for how you can use these quotes for staying focused and on track toward your goals.

Without further ado, here are some of my favorite inspirational quotes for fastpitch softball players!

“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”
–George Herman “Babe” Ruth

“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.”
–Hank Aaron

“To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.”
–Elbert Hubbard

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
–Will Rogers

“Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire’s eye or on the ball.”
–Jim Murray

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
–Eleanor Roosevelt

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”
–Unknown

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”
–Anonymous

“The harder you train, the easier the game.”
– Me :)

Winning and Losing Quotes

“We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat.”
–Queen Victoria

“I never expect to lose. Even when I’m the underdog, I still prepare a victory speech.”
–H. Jackson Browne

“The minute you start talking about what you’re going to do if you lose, you have lost.”
–George Shultz

“The act of taking the first step is what separates the winners from the losers.”
–Brian Tracy

“The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, thats the day you start to the top.”
–O.J. Simpson

“When you win, nothing hurts.”
–Joe Namath

“If you cannot win, make the one ahead of you break the record.”
–Jan McKeithen

“You can’t be a winner and be afraid to lose.”
–Charles Lynch

“Never let defeat have the last word.”
–Tibetan Proverb

“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more wisely.”
– Anonymous

“Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”
–Vince Lombardi

“Regardless of what you do put in, every game boils down to doing the things you do best and doing them over and over again.”
–Vince Lombardi

“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.”
–Joe Paterno

“If a tie is like kissing your sister, losing is like kissing you grandmother with her teeth out. ”
–George Brett

Success Quotes

“Success demands singleness of purpose.”
–Vince Lombardi

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
–Winston Churchill

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”
–Abraham Lincoln

“Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will all be judged by only one thing – the result.”
–Vince Lombardi

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”
–Vincent T. Lombardi

“The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move.”
– John Wooden

“Success is not permanent. The same is also true of failure.”
–Dell Crossword

“Success comes before work only in the dictionary.”
–Anonymous

“Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it.”
–Author Unknown

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”
–Billie Jean King

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”
–Babe Ruth

Attitude and Mindset Quotes

“I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability. ”
–Bruce Jenner

“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”
–Lou Holtz

“Keep your mind on the things you want and off the things you don’t want.”
–Hannah Whitall Smith

“To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.”
–Muhammad Ali

“Act as though it is impossible to fail.”
–Anonymous

“I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.”
–Michael Jordan

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
–Thomas Jefferson

“View every problem as an opportunity…”
–Joseph Sugarman

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
–Lou Holtz

Mistakes and Adversity Quotes

“There are no mistakes, save one: the failure to learn from a mistake.”
– Robert Fripp

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way; if you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”
–Unknown

“Acknowledge that you failed, draw your lessons from it, and use it to your advantage to make sure it never happens again.”
– Michael Johnson

“Others can stop you temporarily — you are the only one who can do it permanently.”
–Zig Ziglar

 

How to Use These Inspirational Quotes

So you’ve read the quotes and feel great. Now what?
What can you do now so that these quotes have a more lasting impact than this motivated feeling you have now?

Here are a few ideas for you :)

Coaches and Parents
Coaches and parents can use these quotes in the same way. The only difference is that coaches will use them for an entire team, whereas parents only utilize these ideas with their own children. Here they are…

~ Send athletes to this page ~
Have your players/child(ren) visit this page and read through the inspirational quotes. Let them choose 2-3 of their favorite quotes and write them in their own style (i.e. in their own colors, own lettering, etc) on a blank piece of paper or small poster board. Encourage them to have fun with it! They can make it colorful and big enough to read easily. This activity gives them time to really connect with and “digest” the quotes they choose vs just reading them and forgetting them.

You can also have them choose one of those inspirational quotes and have them memorize it. Give them a few days, maybe even a week, and have them share their favorite inspirational quote with you from memory once that time period is up.

When I did this with my team, I gave them the “assignment” on Monday.  I let them know I’d be asking them about their favorite quote on Wednesday (game day). Before we started our pre-game warm-up on Wednesday, I took time to approach players one by one and asked them to share their quote with me. They had fun choosing and sharing their favorite quote and it helped put them in a positive frame of mind going into the game.

~ Make a Softball Folder ~
Make folders for your player(s) to keep useful articles, “assignments”, goals, and other important paperwork in. Players enjoy having a designated place to keep these things.  It’s a great resources they can lean back on it any time they need to re-focus, review goals, or get inspiration. It becomes a personal, tangible, resource they can look over at their leisure in the privacy of their own home. Feel free to include articles from this site to include in your sports folder.

Athletes
Read through the inspirational quotes above and choose a few of your favorites. Post your favorite inspirational quotes in areas that you view frequently.

Here are a few suggestions that may work for you:

  • Near your bed – you’ll see it every night before you go to sleep and every morning when you wake up in the morning
  • On the ceiling above your bed – it’ll be the last thing you see before you go to sleep and the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning
  • Next to your bathroom mirror
  • First page in the binder you use most for school
  • On the cover of your school binder or school books
  • In your school locker, athletic locker, or both

 

Another fun thing to do is turn your favorite quote into an image and post it to your social media account(s).

Step 1: Choose one quote a week

Step 2: Copy it (including who said it)

Step 3: Paste the quote into JusGramm, InstaQuote, Canva or your favorite image making app/website and turn it into an image.

Step 4: Post your quote of the week to your favorite social media account(s).

Step5: Don’t forget to tag me!  I’d LOVE to see what you share ~ @staciemahoe #staciemahoe

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5 Easy Mental Strength Training Drills for Softball

by Stacie ~ December 1st, 2014.
Filed under: Softball Tips, Softball Training, Youth Softball | No Comments » |

We’ve all heard this concept before…

“90% of the game is half mental.”
- Yogi Berra

You know the mental side of the game is huge. Yet you probably spend the majority of our time training your body.

All the while ignoring one of your most powerful assets…your mind!

The best thing about working on your mental game is, you can do it just about anywhere. You don’t need to worry about space or equipment. You don’t need to worry about having someone to train with. Plus, training your brain is one of the BEST ways to make the big improvements in your performance.

But how do you improve your mental game? What should you do?

Mental game expert, Craig Sigl shares 5 Easy Mental Strength Training Drills you can start using today.

You work hard in practice day in and day out. Now it’s time to really take your performance up a notch. Work on something most players, coaches, and teams just don’t spend enough time on. Strengthen your mind, strengthen your game :)

Wishing you the very best. Start training your brain here.


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