NFCC Course 401 will be offered in Birmingham, Ala., on the campus of the University of Alabama-Birmingham, November 14-16, 2008. The class will take place at the Blazer Hall Resource Life Center.
Course 401, entitled “The Art of Championship Coaching,” will feature instructors Gayle Blevins, head coach at Iowa; Susan Craig, former head coach at New Mexico; and Rhonda Revelle, head coach at Nebraska.
The course emphasizes that softball is more than X’s and O’s. Learn how to mold your team into the championship team you have always wanted. This course will help you develop and apply the skills of coaching through case study and discussion:
• Discover how your coaching style can have maximum impact on your athletes
• Gain a better understanding of your players; why they act the way they do and how to predict their responses
• Improve your effectiveness in dealing with recurring issues like playing time, teamwork, discipline, confidence, slumps and change
• Learn specific tips for coaching hitters and pitchers
• Learn to better manage team meetings, conflict and negativity
• Develop effective protocol for pre-game, pitching changes, substitutions, practice, travel, games and team membership
• Learn strategies for goal setting, listening, communicating and delegating
• Identify fatal coaching flaws and discuss how to correct them
Anyone interested in attending can visit nfca.org/college or contact Maria Townsend at 205/975-7800 or
NFCC classes can be taken for personal growth and development as a coach or as an opportunity to earn continuing education units through Mississippi State University, Master Coach status or credits toward a master’s degree in kinesiology through Texas Woman’s University.