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Hamline University to Host NFCC Defense Course Nov. 10-12


The National Fastpitch Coaches Association is bringing its one-of-a-kind softball instruction course, the National Fastpitch Coaches College (NFCC) to St. Paul, Minn., and the campus of Hamline University Nov. 10-12. 

Course 404: Teaching Solid Team Defense and Strategy utilizes some of the top names in the game to guide coaches in molding individual players into a defensive team. 

Linda Wells, who won over 900 games while leading Arizona State to 12 NCAA regional appearances, will provide her insight into the course along with Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy, who led the Crimson Tide to a fourth Women’s College World Series appearance and a fourth Southeastern Conference tournament championship last season. Former Northwestern University head coach Sharon Drysdale will also provide her veteran feedback on the topic after leading National Pro Fastpitch’s New England Riptide to the league championship during the 2006 summer season.

“The University of Alabama had the privilege to host an NFCC course last year, and the entire Alabama coaching staff was amazed at the depth of the topics covered,” Murphy said. “We were skeptical going into the weekend, but came away believers in the amount of information gathered. I highly recommend these courses to any coach at any level.” 

The instructors will take the team defense concept and break it down in-depth over the three-day weekend. During that time they will offer analysis of defensive sets and a breakdown of skills and drills dealing with pick-offs, run-downs and other special situations. The offering will also help coaches gain a better understanding of pitch calling and pitch strategy as well as the DP/Flex rule among many other items. 

The NFCC has proven to be valuable to seasonal veterans and newcomers of the coaching community. The course not only teaches new skills, but it also allows for sharing of skills with colleagues in the coaching profession. The NFCC reinforces the weekend’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. 

Coaches looking for additional information or to sign-up for the course can do so online at http://nfca.org/college/ or by calling (662) 320-2155. 

The weekend 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).