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University of Maryland to Host NFCC Instructional Course October 12-14


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The National Fastpitch Coaches Association is bringing its one-of-a-kind softball instruction course, the National Fastpitch Coaches College (NFCC), to the University of Maryland in College Park Oct. 12-14. 

Course 404: Team Defense and Strategy, which will be held on the campus’ Marie Mount Hall, utilizes some of the top names in the game to guide coaches in molding individual players into a defensive team. 

Linda Wells, who won over 900 games while leading Arizona State to 12 NCAA regional appearances, will provide her insight into the course along with University of Louisville associate head coach Carol Bruggeman. Following a stellar 380-win tenure as head coach at Purdue, Bruggeman joined the UL staff and in her first season helped guide the Cardinals to the Big East regular season title. Former Northwestern University head coach Sharon Drysdale will also provide her veteran feedback on the topic after leading National Pro Fastpitch’s New England Riptide, the 2006 champion, to the league playoffs for the second straight season. 

“This is a great opportunity for coaches from the Maryland area to learn from some of the best softball minds in the country,” Terry Burdette, head coach of the Maryland Heartbreakers travel ball team said. “I attended an NFCC course in Ohio last year, and it was the best coaching clinic I've ever attended. These courses offer great information that is explained in much more detail than you'll ever get at most clinics.” 

The instructors will take the team defense concept and break it down in-depth over the three-day weekend. During that time they will offer analysis of defensive sets and a breakdown of skills and drills dealing with pick-offs, run-downs and other special situations. The offering will also help coaches gain a better understanding of pitch calling and pitch strategy as well as the DP/Flex rule among many other items. 

The NFCC has proven to be valuable to seasonal veterans and newcomers of the coaching community. The course not only teaches new skills, but it also allows for sharing of skills with colleagues in the coaching profession. The NFCC reinforces the weekend’s education with an in-depth manual of course content that attendees can utilize for future reference. 

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

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. 

The weekend course is $225 for NFCA members, and $200 if registered by Sept. 28. 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).