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NFCC Course 403 — Position Play and Practice — Headed to Portland

The National Faspitch Coaches Association is bringing National Fastpitch Coaches College Course 403 — Position Play and Practice — to Mount Hood Community College in Portland, Ore., Jan. 20-22. 

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 with instruction from some of the top names in the game. 

Course 403 will definitely not be short on top-name instructors, as NFCC Director, former Northwestern head coach and current New England Riptide head coach Sharon Drysdale will lead the course along with John Tschida, head coach of back-to-back NCAA Division III national champion St. Thomas, and Hofstra head coach Bill Edwards. 

Oregon State head coach Kirk Walker will be in attendance at the course along with Portland State head coach Amy Hayes and Mt. Hood head coach Meadow McWhorter, the 2004 Speedline NWAACC Coaching Staff of the Year winner. 

The Portland course will examine the factors that must be considered when teaching softball skills. It also takes an in-depth look at planning practices, running drills for each position, charting players in game situations, studying rules that every defensive coach should know, and understanding success and failure cycles. 

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 coaches college 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 also work toward the completion of a master’s degree in coaching from Texas Woman’s University, and 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.