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Great Instructors Lined Up for National Fastpitch Coaches College

This is a reminder that the Early Bird Deadline for the NFCA National Convention and three of the National Fastpitch Coaches College (NFCC) courses is fast-approaching. The deadline for the lower rates isNovember 1.

If you haven't signed up for a NFCC course, an exciting new concept in coaching education, you still can. Here are the outstanding speakers for the fall courses:

Gayle Blevins, Head Coach, University of Iowa; Solid Team Defense & Strategy, December 8-9 in St. Petersburg, Florida

Mike Candrea, Head Coach, University of Arizona & U.S. Olympic Head Coach; Solid Team Defense & Strategy, December 8-9 in St. Petersburg, Florida

Susan Craig, Former Head Coach, University of New Mexico; Position Play & Practice, November 8-10 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, & Run-Producing Team Offense and Strategy, November 20-21 in Walnut, California

Sharon Drysdale, National Fastpitch Coaches College Director and former head coach at Northwestern University; she will be involved in every course

Judi Garman, Former Head Coach for the Italian National Team and California State University, Fullerton; Position Play & Practice, November 8-10 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, & Run-Producing Team Offense and Strategy, November 20-21 in Walnut, California

Jeff Janssen, Peak Performance Coach; Solid Team Defense & Strategy, December 8-9, St. Petersburg, Florida

Jay Miller, Head Coach, Mississippi State University, and member of USA Softball National Coaching Staff Pool; Position Play & Practice, October 30-31, Plantation, Florida

Ken Ravizza, Sports Psychologist, California State University, Fullerton; Run-Producing Team Offense & Strategy, December 1-3, St. Petersburg, Florida

John Tschida, Head Coach, University of St. Thomas; Run-Producing Team Offense & Strategy, December 1-3, St. Petersburg, Florida

Kirk Walker, Head Coach, Oregon State University, and member of USA Softball National Coaching Staff Pool; Run-Producing Team Offense & Strategy, December 1-3, St. Petersburg, Florida

Linda Wells, Head Coach, Arizona State University and Greek National Team Head Coach; Run-Producing Team Offense & Strategy, December 1-3, St. Petersburg, Florida

Here is the specific information for each course.

Course 403/October 30-31
Position Play and Practice
Holiday Inn, Plantation, Florida
Member Costs: $200 by October 21; $225 October 21 & After
Instructors: Sharon Drysdale, NFCC Director; 
and Jay Miller, Head Coach, Mississippi State University

Course 403/November 8-10
Position Play & Practice
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Member Costs: $200 by October 28; $225 October 28 & After
Instructors: Sharon Drysdale, NFCC Director; 
Judi Garman, former head coach of the Italian National Team
and California State University, Fullerton;
and Susan Craig, former head coach at the University of New Mexico

Course 405/November 20-21
Run-Producing Team Offense & Strategy
Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA
Member Costs: $200 by November 1; $225 November 1 & After
Instructors: Sharon Drysdale, NFCC Director; 
Judi Garman, former head coach of the Italian National Team 
and California State University, Fullerton; 
and Susan Craig, former head coach at the University of New Mexico

Course 405/December 1-3
Run-Producing Team Offense & Strategy
Tradewinds, St. Petersburg, Florida
Member Costs: $200 by November 1; $225 November 1 & After
Instructors: Sharon Drysdale, NFCC Director; Ken Ravizza, Sports Psychologist, California State University, Fullerton; 
John Tschida, Head Coach, University of St. Thomas; 
Kirk Walker, Head Coach, Oregon State University; 
and Linda Wells, Head Coach, Arizona State University and Greek National
Team Head Coach

Course 405/December 8-9
Solid Team Defense & Strategy
Tradewinds, St. Petersburg, Florida
Member Costs: $200 by November 1; $225 November 1 & After
Instructors: Sharon Drysdale, NFCC Director; 
Gayle Blevins, Head Coach, University of Iowa; 
Mike Candrea, Head Coach, University of Arizona & Head U.S. Olympic Coach; 
and Jeff Janssen, Peak Performance Coach

REGISTRATION -- If you don't have a form and need to register, please call the NFCA office at 573/875-3033. For convention NFCC courses December 1-3 and December 8-9, you can register on-line by putting in your name and password, and then identifying the course you want to attend. Please go to the following link:

NFCA Convention Registration Form

If you are not a member and would like to join to get the reduced rates, please go to:

NFCA Membership Form

More info -- Detailed subject matter for each course:

Course 405
TEACHING A RUN-PRODUCING TEAM OFFENSE & STRATEGY


The Pieces of an Offensive Puzzle: Analyze power, running, & short games.
The Path to the Plate: Study proven plays to advance baserunners.
Strategic Thinking? Don't Compete Without It: Train your mind. Discuss a multitude of factors to consider before making offensive strategy decisions, plus 5 principles of strategic thinking.
Mind Mapping: Learn how to use mind mapping to analyze various offensive situations.
You Make the Call: Call 27 plays & then compare & discuss your play calling vs. that of course instructors and your colleagues.
Shape Your Coaching Self: Participate in exercises to explore your philosophy & identify your habits & tendencies, plus 10 ways to increase your risk tolerance.
Get Your Act Together: Discuss the elements of an offensive game plan and 5+ ways to:
1) utilize the abilities of your offensive personnel
2) take advantage of apparent opponent weaknesses
3) neutralize the effectiveness of your opponent's strategy 
4) take advantage of opponent habits and tendencies.
Measure Your Results: Learn how to analyze & evaluate your strategy & your team's offensive performance.
Insider's Guide to Personnel Management: Examine the mental & strategic implications of decisions relative to pinch hitters, pinch runners, relief pitchers, conferences, the batting order, the DP-TP rule, etc.
20-20 Field Vision: Train your eye. Improve your observation skills & your ability to see the fine points of the game.
Fatal Flaws: Discuss reasons why coaches fail on the offensive side of the ball. Be Better or Be Beaten:Improve your ability to coach at 1st & 3rd base, and on the bench. Learn what to say & what to do.
Sign Language: Explore ways to give & acknowledge offensive signs, and to steal defensive signs. 
Drills, Drills, Drills and Drills: Go over some drills designed specifically to help you and your players make better game decisions when coaching on the field, batting and base running.
Game Day Hitting: Improve your understanding of game-day hitting. Discuss the mental aspects of individual and team offense (i.e., slumps, pinch hitting, clutch hitting, counts, self-fulfilling prophecies).
You Have to Score to Win: Develop a list of tips for coaches, batters and baserunners. 
Rules Rule! Review & discuss selected rules relative to the offense that can have a significant impact on the outcome of a game & that are frequently misunderstood. 
Conflicts & Performance Problems: Learn how to use role playing and case studies to deal with coach-player issues, player-player conflict, and personal/team performance problems. 
Test Time: Take a written, open book exam.

Course 404
TEACHING SOLID TEAM DEFENSE & STRATEGY


The Whole is Bigger than the Sum of its Parts: Explore how to put individual pieces (fundamental skills, position play skills) together to build a defensive TEAM.
Batted Balls: Review basic defensive positioning, areas of responsibility, and coordinated movement to handle fair and foul batted balls. Includes communication and jurisdiction.
Relays/Cuts: Learn progressions, drills & coaching cues for teaching your team to respond to extra-base hits. 
Bunt/Slaps: Learn progressions, drills & coaching cues for teaching your team to better handle bunts, slaps and timing hits.
Steals: Learn progressions, drills & coaching cues for teaching steal defense as well as specific strategies for handling 1st and 3rd situations.
Pickoffs: Learn progressions, drills & coaching cues for teaching plays designed to pick runners off base and shorten their leads.
Rundowns: Learn progressions, drills & coaching cues for teaching rundown defense.
Drills, Drills, Drills and Drills: Go over some team defensive drills that are competitive, simulate game play, and can be used to both develop teamwork and practice handling batted balls, dropped 3rd strikes, WP/PB, etc. 
Defensive Alignments and Sets: Study different ways to position your players to meet various game challenges.
Strategic Thinking?Don't Compete Without It: Learn how to develop a "head" for defense. Examine factors that must be considered when analyzing situations and planning defensive strategy. Discuss various strategies related to calling pitches and setting up batters; calling intentional walks and pitchouts; positioning corners, middle infielders and outfielders. 
Mind Mapping: Learn how to use mind mapping to analyze various defensive situations (R1, R2, R3, R12, R23, R123 R13) and help you to make more educated strategy decisions. Discuss potential strategies. Compare & discuss your play calling vs. that of course instructors and your colleagues.
Tie-Breaker Defense: Discuss various tie-breaker strategies and how they may change depending upon whether you are the home or away team.
20-20 Field Vision: Train your eye. Improve your observation skills & your ability to see the fine points of the game.
Sign Language: Explore ways to give & acknowledge defensive signs, and to steal offensive signs.
Do Your Homework: Study the elements of a defensive game plan and discuss how an opposing coach's offensive philosophy can impact your defensive plans.
Insider's Guide to Personnel Management: Discuss the mental aspects of individual/team defense. Examine the mental & strategic implications of personnel decisions. 
Shape Your Coaching Self: Examine your personal defensive philosophy.
Measure Your Results: Examine criteria that can be used to evaluate defensive performance and strategy.
Fatal Flaws: Consider several reasons why coaches fail on the defensive side of the ball. 
Rules Rule! Review & discuss selected rules that every defensive player and coach should know. Learn how to put rules knowledge to good use and how to involve your players in the process. 
Test Time: Take a written, open book exam.

Course 403
POSITION PLAY AND PRACTICE


Who's On First? Discuss the qualities & characteristics of the ideal pitcher, catcher, first baseman, second baseman, third baseman, shortstop, left fielder, center fielder and right fielder. Examine the skills required to play each defensive position on the field.
Motor Learning Theory: Attain knowledge of motor learning principles that apply to teaching & coaching position play skills.
Coaching Corners: Learn progressions, drills & coaching cues to teach corners how to play 1B & 3B.
Coaching Middle Infielders: Learn progressions, drills & coaching cues to teach middle infielders how to play 2B & SS.
Coaching Outfielders: Learn progressions, drills & coaching cues to teach outfielders how to play LF, CF & RF.
Coaching Catchers: Learn progressions, drills & coaching cues to develop quality catchers.
Coaching Pitchers: Learn progressions, drills & coaching cues to develop competitive pitchers. Address your pitcher's need to develop a speed, control and movement game.
20-20 Vision: Train Your Coach's Eye. Refine and improve your ability to recognize the correct & incorrect aspects of position play performance. 
Tips From The Top: Some of the best position players in the world were asked to share inside tips that helped them to become the players they are today. Read and discuss what they had to say. 
Fundamentals: Examine the basics of tag plays, force plays, covering bases and backing up. Discuss difficult plays and controversial techniques.
Position Play Charts: Review position play charts that will help your players to understand their defensive responsibilities in specific situations.
Position Play Practices: Develop position-play practice plans, including those that are appropriate for small and/or indoor spaces. 
Drills, Drills, Drills, Drills: Discuss the importance of team work and team unity and drills to teach players to work together. Discuss how to challenge your players in practice and prepare them for games. Explore how to use drills to help your players improve their ability to handle adversity.
Game Day Defense: Discuss the mental aspects of individual and team defense.
Measure Your Results: Become familiar with various methods of evaluating performance, scouting performance, computing defensive statistics, scoring, and developing a depth chart.
Conflicts & Performance Problems: Practice using role playing and case studies to deal with coach-player issues, player-player conflict, and personal-team performance problems.
Rules Rule! Improve your knowledge & understanding of rules that every defensive player should know. 
Test Time: Take a written, open book exam.