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The Dugout is your cool stuff area. It's the place where you can find all the FREE STUFF (that people love), plus check out softball pictures Cindy has taken around the world, find answers to various Softball Questions, ask Cindy a softball question that might be on your mind, read the Tip of the Month, and also check out links to other softball sites.

The Dugout will continue to grow and evolve so keep checking back. And, keep in mind that if there's something you want to read about, see, hear or learn then let Cindy know so other coaches like you can read about it in The Dugout!

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Ask Cindy

Ask Cindy

View answers to commonly asked questions that Cindy has been asked over the years. This is the place where you can write and ask Cindy whatever's on your mind. If you've got a softball question you'd like to ask, then simply complete the Ask Cindy Form, hit Send and she will answer your question as soon as she can.

Softball Directory

Softball Directory

Cindy's recommended links to other interesting and useful softball websites. This is your jumping off point to a number of other softball resources on the web. This page has been somewhat organized to categorize other softball sites for you, in the hope of narrowing down your quest for softball information. The categories include sections on Associations/Organizations, other Instruction/Information Sites, Equipment, and section for Miscellaneous sites. Plan to check this page every so often as new Softball resource sites are bound to show up.

Tip Of The Month

Tips!!!!

Each month I will share something new to help make your coaching life just a little bit easier. My Tip will change every month and will eventually address all skills and areas of softball. If there's a particular skill area that you'd like me to write a Tip of the Month on, please send me an email and let me know. Meanwhile, here's this month's tip ...enjoy!

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Coaches Corner
Part 1: 5 Keys to Successful Softball Strategy

by Cindy Bristow on July 22, 2014 at 5:07am

While most of the softball season is about showcases and getting your players “seen”, the nationals are about winning. Strategy in a showcase is limited, but are you ready to utilize great strategy in pursuit of an upcoming championship?

Player’s Page
4 Reasons Why Lessons aren’t Always the Answer

by Cindy Bristow on July 22, 2014 at 5:07am

There’s probably a good chance you’re either taking lessons now, or you have at some point. It seems like everybody wants lessons, but are they helpful? Discover 4 reasons why I don’t think they’re always helpful.

Player’s Page
Make Sure to Take Care of Your Arm

by Cindy Bristow on July 08, 2014 at 5:07am

As the summer draws to a close your arm is no doubt starting to feel it. Whether you’re a pitcher or a position player, you’ve thrown a lot this year – learn to take care of your arm!

Coaches Corner
Does Your Pitcher Need to Learn Another Pitch?

by Cindy Bristow on July 08, 2014 at 5:07am

“My pitcher needs another pitch” is something I hear all the time, and yet, that may not really be the case. Before you tell your pitcher to get a new pitch, make sure you know why.

Coaches Corner
Bang the Bucket – Throwing Drill

by Cindy Bristow on June 24, 2014 at 5:06am

Coaches, do you feel like your team practices throwing all the time only to lose games because they can’t throw? Discover how this Bang the Bucket Drill will reinforce accuracy instead of simply release.

Player’s Page
How Your Transfer Speed Helps Your Throwing Speed

by Cindy Bristow on June 24, 2014 at 5:06am

Faster runners can cause you to make faster plays, often forcing you to throw it away. Learn how to make the right adjustment when you’ve got to make a quicker play.

Coaches Corner
How a Skating Drill Can Help Your Hitters

by Cindy Bristow on June 10, 2014 at 5:06am

Watching this year’s WCWS you heard the announcers constantly mention how hitters were “staying in their legs” or “really using their legs”. Discover a great drill to help make sure your players are using their legs.

Player’s Page
Take Care of Your Championship Details

by Cindy Bristow on June 10, 2014 at 5:06am

How exciting was the recent Women’s College World Series? There were comebacks, run rules, home runs and great plays. But most of all there were 2 championship details. See what they are, and how you can master them!

Coaches Corner
A Balance Drill to Improve Your Pitcher’s Speed & Control

by Cindy Bristow on May 27, 2014 at 5:05am

Most of us would do anything to help our pitchers throw the ball faster with more control. And yet, the culprit to your pitcher not having these can lie in something as simple as her balance at release.

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