BGSA is running Indoor DIAMOND DIVAS CLINICS – check out the Skills Clinics section under “Houseleague”

Coaches are encouraged to participate in the clinics to learn how to teach the skills.

Softball Training – The Importance of Recovery and Regeneration

Notice the word “break”. At some point, the body always need a break to “recover and regenerate”. It could also be said that you need to “relax and re-energize”.

No matter how you say it – it’s the fact that you do it that counts. You see, the body was designed to adapt to various stimulations. So, when you train, you stimulate the body and the body adapts by improving whatever you worked on. The body never adapts during the training or the “stimulation” – it adapts AFTER during the recovery and regeneration process. The training stimulus is only the trigger to a whole recovery and regeneration process that helps you become a better athlete. Every exercise physiologist, strength coach, and elite sports coach know that you need to give athletes a break at some point in the year. If you don’t – they eventually get tired, become  less motivated, have a harder time focusing, perform less, become more injured, and burn out – mentally and physically.

Quality rest is an IMPORTANT performance factor.

It’s never “cool” for an athlete to take some time off. Often serious athletes are almost feeling guilty about taking some time off.

BUT YOU NEED IT TO! It’s physically and psychologically impossible to go hard for an extended of time without consequences.

How do you “R & R”?
– Always have at least a day off every week, never go 7 days per week
– Have lighter week every 4-6 weeks.
– Always take at least 4 weeks off every year
– Slow down or take a night off once in a while when you feel more tired, have less energy or have a harder time to focus.
– Always take monday off after a big weekend of competition or two days of serious training.

When you “R & R” – the key is NO SOFTBALL.

Make sure you “R & R”. Here are additional recovery and regeneration tips.

http://www.softballperformance.com/softball-training-the-importance-of-recovery-and-regeneration/

7  Reasons  Not  to  Post  Your  Team  Stats….. click to read more

9 Things to Look for in an Assistant Coach…… click to read more

Hitting Video:  watch this video to pick up tips on hitting

FASTPITCH FACTS

Did you know…?
The USA is the 2010 ISF Women’s World Champion? Japan finished second in 2010 and Team Canada won bronze.

Did you know….?
A runner will not be out if she leaves the base after a pitch! A player can leave her base as soon as the ball leaves the pitchers hand.

Did you know…?
The Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship is amongst the largest women’s only sporting events in BC in 2011?

Did you know…?
In fast pitch, any time a bunted ball rolls pass the foul line in to foul territory, it is called a strike! Whether you have 0, 1, or 2 strikes, a bunted foul is a strike!

Did you know…?
In 2010, USA came 1st, Japan 2nd, and Canada 3rd in the ISF Women’s World Championship in Caracas, Venezuela.

Did you know…?
Aluminum bats are not the only type used in fastpitch? Graphite, carbon, composite, and other alloys are used as well. While not as commonly used, wooden bats are allowed too!

Did you know…?
The strike zone is the space over the home plate between the batter’s armpits, above the top of their knees, and beneath the sternum.

Did you know…?
Australia won the first ISF women’s World Championship 1965. Hosted in Melbourne Australia, Australia won the final 1-0 against the USA.

Did you know…?
In 2010, USA came 1st, Japan 2nd, and Canada 3rd in the ISF Women’s World Championship in Caracas, Venezuela.

Did you know…?
Softball, including slowpitch and fastpitch, is the #1 participation team sport in the United States with more than 40 million players.

Did you know…?
The Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship has more than 400 volunteers?

Did you know…?
The pitcher must start her motion with her feet on the pitching rubber inside the pitching circle. She can only step forward as she pitches. If he she steps to the side or backwards, this motion is considered deceptive, and the pitch will be declared illegal. She must remain in the pitcher’s circle as she finishes pitching the ball to home plate. The pitching motion must be continuous. The pitcher may not use a start-and-stop motion prior to delivering the ball.

Did you know…?
The Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship has 5,000 hotel room stays directly relating to the championship?Did you know…? The first person in the batting order is called the lead-off batter. This person is usually quick to get to first base, and is good at stealing.

Did you know…?
The Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship has 80-100 umpires from around the world?

Did you know…?
The fourth person in the order is called the cleanup hitter, and is usually one of the best hitters on the team, often the player with the most power that can ‘cleanup’ the bases.

Did you know…?
In 1991, women’s fast-pitch softball was selected to debut as a medal sport at the 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia.

Did you know…?
The Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship has 300-400 delegates (trainers, doctors, ISF representatives) and 300-400 coaches from around the world?

Did you know…?
Author Karen Christensen, in the Encyclopedia of World Sport, notes that softball spread to the United Kingdom because of an American movie, “A Touch of Class,” which was filmed in London and featured a softball game, which began to be played in England as a result.

Did you know…?
The Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship has more than 400 ballgames played at three locations over nine days?

Did you know…?
Softball was originally intended to be an indoor sport which explains the shorter distance between bases compared to baseball.

Did you know…?
The Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship has over 75 participating teams from around the world? These teams include Great Britain, Australia,

Did you know…?
The reason softball is seven innings compared to baseball’s nine is due to the actions of a Minneapolis fireman in 1895. He believed that nine innings was too long and shortened it to seven.

Did you know…?
Every fastpitch game of the 1996 Olympics was a sellout.

Did you know…?
The Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship is one of the top three women’s fastpitch events in the world for 2011?

Did you know…?
Softball is now played on every continent with more than 100 countries now active members of the International Softball Federation.

Did you know…?
The Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship is the largest fastpitch tournament in Canada?

Did you know…?
Base coaches use secret signals to communicate to the base runners and batter what to do by hand gestures, feet motions, eye contact and more!

Did you know…?
The Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship is split up in to six divisions (International Women’s, Women’s Elite, Futures (U19), Gold and Select, Showcase (16U) Gold and Select Divisions).

Did you know…?
In softball, there are nine total positions on the field. Three outfielders, shortstop, catcher, pitcher, third baseman, second baseman and first baseman are the nine positions.

Did you know…?
Pitching is the dominant factor in fastpitch softball. Pitchers can throw the ball at speeds of 110 km/h, which is the equivalent of a fastball in baseball thrown at better than 144 km/h. Pitchers can also throw curves, risers, drops and a change of pace.

Did you know…?
The Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship has over 1,100 participating athletes?

 

Softball Karma or Hard Work?

with Claire Reitmann-Grout

When i pitched for Towson University we believed in a few superstitions.  Words like “rain” or “no hitter” could not be said in the dugout, but we also believed in what we called Softball Karma. Our vision of softball karma is that if you are a good person, playing by the team’s rules and by the rules of the game when you were a lower classman on the team, you would be granted an amazing senior season. Putting in hours of selfless work for your team as you came up the ranks would lead to a senior year of accomplishing your softball career goals and essentially living your dreams.

To read more Click on this link to view this article

How a Vegetable Can Improve Your Hitters

Posted By Cindy Bristow On November 15, 2010 @ 10:00 pm In All, Hitting

You may be surprised to learn how a regular potato can provide a huge boost to your hitter’s confidence, increase their power, and improve their focus.