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NFCC Brings Course to Birmingham


STARKVILLE, Miss. — The National Fastpitch Coaches Association brings its one-of-a-kind fastpitch softball instruction course, the National Fastpitch Coaches College (NFCC), to the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Nov. 3-5. 

The association will offer Course 403: Position Play and Practice under the instruction of some of the top names in fastpitch softball. NFCC director, former Northwestern head coach and NFCA Hall of Famer Sharon Drysdale will lead the course after guiding National Pro Fastpitch’s New England Riptide to the league title over the summer. 

Hofstra head coach Bill Edwards and St. Thomas head coach John Tschida join Drysdale in providing their insight as course instructors. Edwards has led the Pride to a regular- or post-season conference title each of the last 15 seasons, including nine straight from 1998-2006. Tschida, one of the most respected NFCC instructors, led his Tommies to back-to-back NCAA Division III championships in 2004 and 2005 and a runner-up showing last season. 

The National Fastpitch Coaches College offers coaches an educational experience that is unrivaled by any other softball clinic. Unlike most offerings, the NFCC takes one specific topic and focuses on that one facet of the game the entire weekend. 

The Birmingham offering will provide in-depth instruction guiding coaches in practice planning, drills for each position, playing each position, charting players, defensive rules and more. 

The NFCC is the perfect learning tool for seasoned coaches and newcomers to the fastpitch coaching ranks. Coaches who attend courses learn the sport in an entirely new way, providing interaction with instructors and colleagues. 

The NFCC offers eight courses at different locations around the country, and coaches can take the courses 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. 

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). 

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