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NFCC Offering Three Courses in Tucson at 2006 National Convention


The National Fastpitch Coaches Association will offer instruction from some of the nation’s top college coaches as three of the association’s National Fastpitch Coaches College courses will be offered in conjunction with the 2006 NFCA National Convention being held Dec. 6-9 at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, Ariz. 

Course 403: Position Play and Practice and Course 406: Team Management/Game-Day Coaching will be held Dec. 3-5 prior to the start of the annual gathering of fastpitch softball coaches. Course 402: Advanced Analysis of Fundamental Individual Skills will run Dec. 9-11 following the completion of the convention activities. 

Mike Candrea, head coach of defending national champion Arizona and the United States National Team, will instruct the Advanced Analysis of Fundamental Individual Skills course along with another Women’s College World Series coach, Oregon State’s Kirk Walker, and NFCC Director Sharon Drysdale. 

The course will delve in-depth into analyzing and teaching fundamental skills. The stellar staff of instructors will focus on the mechanics of hitting, bunting, slapping and pitching; the analysis of video and photo; tips and adjustments for hitting a variety of pitches in different locations; and improving a pitcher’s array of pitches. 

Former Arizona State head coach Linda Wells will guide the course on team management and game-day coaching. She will be joined on the staff by Drysdale, Iowa head coach Gayle Blevins, peak performance coach and former Arizona sports psychologist Jeff Janssen, Baylor and USA Softball strength and conditioning coach Brandon Marcello, attorney Rayla Allison and Massachusetts head coach Elaine Sortino. 

Wells and the Course 406 staff will focus more on helping coaches develop off-field aspects vital to the program. Attendees will be guided through planning policies and principles along with developing staff relations, improving speed training, being a better communicator, marketing the team, building the team chemistry, and recruiting and getting players recruited. 

The other course (Course 403) offered pre-convention will examine fielding techniques, skills and drills for each defensive position, charting game situations and more. John Tschida, head coach of two-time NCAA Division III national champion St. Thomas, will provide his insight into the topic along with Hofstra head coach Bill Edwards and LSU head coach Yvette Girouard. 

The NFCC has proven to be valuable to seasonal veterans and newcomers of the coaching community. The courses not only teach new skills, but also allow for sharing of skills with colleagues in the coaching profession. The NFCC reinforces each course’s education with an in-depth manual of course content that attendees can utilize for future reference. 

The NFCC offers eight courses at different locations around the country, and coaches can take the courses just for the learning experience or apply the credit to earning the title of Four-Star Master Coach. The courses can also work toward the completion of a master’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in coaching from Texas Woman’s University. High school coaches can earn two continuing education units per course through Mississippi State University. 

Each NFCC course is $225 for NFCA members, and $200 if registered 14 days in advance. Coaches can join the association to receive the member discount or attend at the non-member rate of $250 ($225 if registered 14 days in advance). 

Coaches looking for additional information or to sign-up for the courses can do so online atwww.nfca.org/college or by calling (662) 320-2155. Information on the 2006 national convention can be found here.