It Pays to Know the Rules
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by Ken Krause
5d ago
When I was coaching teams, one of my yearly rituals was to read the ASA (now USA Softball) rulebook from beginning to end before the season started. Including the applications scenarios in the back. I would also scan the rules for other sanctions my team was playing in just to make sure I knew about ..read more
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Trust the Process and the Outcome Takes Care of Itself
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by Ken Krause
1w ago
Every now and then when I’m working with a pitching student I will have one who is having trouble hitting some of her spots on command. For example, she will tell me that she can hit inside ok but can’t throw outside. I will talk to her about how to do it. I used to ..read more
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The Downside of Being Coachable
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by Ken Krause
2w ago
One of the highest compliments a coach, journalist, parent, or other observer can pay to a player is to say he or she is “coachable.” I’ve said it myself many times, both about individuals and as a general character trait, and I still believe in the concept. When you say an athlete is coachable, what ..read more
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The #1 Measure of the Quality of a Fastpitch Pitcher
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by Ken Krause
3w ago
Ask a group of fastpitch softball coaches or fanatics what the best way is to measure the quality of a pitcher and you’re going to get a variety of answers. Most of which come down to the three S’s – speed, spin, spot. The most popular, in most cases, is likely to be speed. There’s ..read more
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Why Good Circle Visits Are So Critical to Pitchers’ (and Team) Success
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by Ken Krause
1M ago
One of the toughest decisions a coach has to make during a game is when to take a pitcher out. That decision is based on a lot of factors. For example, it’s easier to leave a pitcher in a game to see if she can work her way out of trouble if the game doesn’t ..read more
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Champions Take Their Warm-ups Seriously
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by Ken Krause
1M ago
You see it before a game or practice everywhere there’s a ballfield. Teams positioned in two opposing lines, randomly throwing balls in the general direction of the other line. And then chasing said balls behind them. Hitters casually knocking balls off tees into the bottom of nets – or over the top. Pitchers sleepwalking through ..read more
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6 Ways to Take Advantage of the New Year
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by Ken Krause
1M ago
The holidays are over and the calendar has flipped back to January. I would say people are stressing over writing the wrong dates on their checks but who writes checks anymore? Except the little old lady in front of you in line at the grocery store when you just want to buy a loaf of ..read more
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When Scheduling, Leave Time for Practice
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by Ken Krause
1M ago
The other night as I was wrapping up from lessons I got into a conversation with my friend Dave Doerhoefer. In addition to being a private instructor, Dave is a long-time fastpitch softball coach with the Vernon Hills Stingers travel organization as well as Vernon Hills High School. The question Dave asked was my feelings ..read more
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Keep Dancing Until It Rains
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by Ken Krause
2M ago
There is a proverb (or an anecdote, or a story, I’m not sure which) about a Native American medicine man who was particularly renowned for his ability to overcome droughts by performing a rain dance. One day he decides to retire and so takes on an apprentice to whom he can teach all his secrets ..read more
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The Real Point of Playing Fastpitch Softball
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by Ken Krause
2M ago
Having a competitive spirit is pretty much a requirement for playing fastpitch softball (or any sport for that matter). As long as someone is keeping score, human nature says you want your team’s score to be better than that of your opponent’s. Yet if the score and who wins and who is the best becomes ..read more
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