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NFCA Announces 2012-2013 NFCC Schedule

Arizona State's Farrington Stadium. Photo courtesy of ASU Athletic Media Relations.STARKVILLE, Miss. – A behind-the-scenes look at four of the nation’s most successful softball programs highlights the 2012 National Fastpitch Coaches College schedule that was released by the Association on Tuesday. 

This year’s slate of NFCC courses will expand on last year’s groundbreaking concept of allowing coaches to attend an actual practice of an elite college team. After a highly successful first-run at the University of Michigan last fall, participants will now have the opportunity to peek behind the scenes of four of the nation’s top Division I program.

Arizona State, Hofstra, Ohio State and Tennessee will all host different NFCC courses this year and will allow participants to see the ideas being talked about in the classroom being executed on the field by an actual Division I team.

The 2012 slate will kick-off at Arizona State University in Tempe, with Course 402: Advanced Analysis of Hitting, Pitching and Short Game Skills on Oct. 5-6. Helping offer a more in-depth look at three of the building blocks of effective softball coaching will be former Arkansas head coach Carie Dever-Boaz, RightView Pro president Don Slaught and Arizona State Associate Head Coach Chuck D’Arcy.

On October 12-13, NFCA Hall of Famers Cindy Bristow and Gayle Blevins will help participants develop plans for success in game situations when they lead Course 407: Winning Strategies for Game-Day Coaching on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus.

Following the course in Ohio, the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains will be the next NFCC destination for Course 404: Solid Team Defense & Strategy on Oct. 26-27 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Louisville associate head coach Carol Bruggeman, UC San Diego head coach Patti Gerckens and Tennessee co-head coach Karen Weekly will help participants learn the key elements of championship defense.

The final course to offer participants the opportunity to view an actual Division I practice this year will take place at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. on November 2-3. Hofstra head coach Bill Edwards, Washington head coach Heather Tarr and former USA national team head coach Jay Miller will help coaches better understand each field position and how to effectively offer one-on-one instruction at those positions in Course 403: Position Play & Individual Defensive Skills.

In addition to the four courses being offered at campus sites, three NFCC classes will be offered around the annual NFCA Convention. One course will be offered before this year’s convention in Orlando on Nov. 26-27, while two will follow the event on Dec. 1-3. Convention-goers who arrive early will be able to attend Course 406: Coaching Dynamic Team Practices and those who want to stay a few days after the festivities will have their choice of attending Course 401: The Art of Championship Coaching or Course 405: Explosive Team Offense & Strategy.

Along with the classroom instruction in Orlando, participants will have the opportunity to travel to the campus of the University of Central Florida where head coach Renee Luers-Gillespie has allowed the NFCA the use of her facilities. In addition, several UCF softball student-athletes have volunteered to help demonstrate the skills taught in the classroom on the diamond.

Also returning to the schedule this year is the ever-popular Course 408: Coaching & Game Observation which will take place from May 30-June 1 at the 2013 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. The course gives participants the opportunity to not only watch college softball’s premier event in person, but allows them the chance to ask participating coaches about their in-game decisions following the contest.

All eight courses will feature instruction from some of the biggest names is softball including current college coaches, NFCA Hall of Famers, master clinicians and more. In addition, all courses, with the exception of 401, will feature a practical application aspect where discussion in the classroom will lead to on-field demonstrations and drills.

Back by popular demand this season is the multi-coach discount for all eight NFCC courses. When two or more coaches from the same staff or travel ball organization
register for the same course, the first coach pays the advertised fee and all
additional coaches from that staff receive a $100 discount.

Since it’s founding in 2002, the NFCC has been one of the cornerstones of the NFCA’s pledge to help continually educate softball coaches of all levels. Completion of the eight-course curriculum earns participants the title of Four-Star Master Coach and also accounts for the some of the coursework towards a master’s degree in coaching from Texas Woman’s University.

For more information on any NFCC course or to register, click here.

2012-2013 National Fastpitch Coaches College Schedule
Oct. 5-6 – Tempe, Ariz. – Arizona State University
402: Advanced Analysis of Hitting, Pitching & Short Game Skills
Instructors: Carie Dever-Boaz, Chuck D’Arcy & Don Slaught

Oct. 12-13 – Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State University
Course 407: Winning Strategies for Game-Day Coaching
Instructors: Cindy Bristow & Gayle Blevins

Oct. 26-27 – Knoxville, Tenn. – University of Tennessee
Course 404: Solid Team Defense & Strategy
Instructors: Carol Bruggeman, Patti Gerckens & Karen Weekly

Nov. 2-3 – Hempstead, N.Y. - Hofstra University
Course 403: Position Play & Individual Defensive Skills
Instructors: Bill Edwards, Heather Tarr & Jay Miller

Nov. 26-27 – Orlando, Fla. – Buena Vista Palace
Course 406: Coaching Dynamic Team Practices
Instructors: Carol Bruggeman, Carol Hutchins & Cindy Bristow

Dec. 1-3 – Orlando, Fla. – Buena Vista Palace
Course 401: The Art of Championship Coaching
Instructors: Susan Craig, Gayle Blevins & Rhonda Revelle

Dec. 1-3 – Orlando, Fla. – Buena Vista Palace
Course 405: Explosive Team Offense & Strategy
Instructors: John Tschida, Rachel Lawson & Rick Wieligman

May 30-June 1 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – ASA Hall of Fame Stadium
Course 408: Women’s College World Series Coaching & Game Observation
Instructors: John Tschida, Gayle Blevins & Dianne Baker