Why Telling a Pitcher to “Slow Down” to Throw Strikes Is Counterproductive
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by Ken Krause
1w ago
I wrote recently about things coaches should never say. But after talking to some parents and pitching coaches lately, I think the old standby of coaches telling pitchers who are struggling to throw strikes to slow down their motions requires its own blog post. While I know the coaches are just trying to be helpful ..read more
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You Can’t Hurry Player Development
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by Ken Krause
2w ago
Perhaps you’ve seen the recent Tweet from Olympian and all-time great fastpitch softball pitcher Cat Osterman in response to Extra Innings Softball calling for nominations for ranking of players who will graduate high school in 2028. (In case you’re not aware or don’t want to do the math, this would be a ranking of players ..read more
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Teaching Hitters to Track the Ball More Effectively
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by Ken Krause
2w ago
Go to any facility where there are teams or individuals hitting in batting cages and sooner or later you’re likely to hear the phrase, “Track the ball all the way into the catcher’s glove.” While it’s doubtful that hitters can actually see the ball hit the bat at the point of contact, the idea of ..read more
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Happy New Year! Time to Set New Goals
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by Ken Krause
1M ago
As John Lennon once sang, another year over, a new one just begun. (Or about to in any case.) For most of us, the turning of a new year is filled with hope and anticipation. It also marks a great time to at least think about making changes. We make all the usual resolutions ..read more
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Brrrr It’s Cold; Take Advantage of It
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by Ken Krause
1M ago
As I write this we are not only in the beginning of the Christmas/New Year holiday vortex but also an actual polar vortex. Winter Storm Elliott is hammering much of the U.S., including parts that aren’t used to it, with snow, gale force winds, and bitter cold of the type that makes you run right ..read more
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6 Tips for More Successful Bunts
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by Ken Krause
1M ago
Most of my time as a fastpitch softball hitting instructor is spent teaching hitters how to drive the ball to – or over – the fence. Yet at some point I will also have each hitter work on laying down bunts. Now, you might be surprised at that statement given some of my past post ..read more
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Stupid Things Coaches Say (But Shouldn’t)
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by Ken Krause
1M ago
People say stupid things every day in all walks of life. All you have to do is watch the news or go onto social media or even listen to conversations happening around you in a semi-crowded area and I guarantee within five minutes you’ll find something that makes you slap your forehead and shudder in ..read more
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Don’t Pay a Coach to Watch Your Daughter Practice
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by Ken Krause
2M ago
The other day I was speaking with my friend James Clark (Coach James), a top-level pitching coach from Indiana. He is the owner and chief instructor at United Pitching Academy. We were talking about some of the challenges of working with pitchers when he said something I thought was quite profound, and quite accurate. James ..read more
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Tough Choice Leads to Sabrina Di Vito’s NLI
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by Ken Krause
2M ago
The path to success isn’t always an easy or smooth one. And sometimes you have to make some tough choices along that path to achieve your goals. That’s what happened with Sabrina Di Vito a few years ago. The decision definitely paid off last week when she signed her National Letter of Intent (NLI) to ..read more
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Persistence Pays Off as Jenna Kosnoff Signs Her NLI
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by Ken Krause
2M ago
Today’s story is for every fastpitch softball player who may be a little undersized (for now), or perhaps struggles a bit to get all the body parts moving properly, or somehow doesn’t quite measure up to her teammates at the moment. It shows what you can do if you want it bad enough. First though ..read more
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