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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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Players Page
Pitchers – Are You Guarding the Hole in Your Hand?

by Cindy Bristow on January 20, 2015 at 5:01am

Understanding your pitching hand and how to prevent balls from falling through the hole in it will really improve your pitches and your accuracy.

Coaches Corner
5 Practice Keys to Ensure a Great Season

by Cindy Bristow on January 20, 2015 at 5:01am

As we head toward Spring and the softball season it’s time to start thinking about practice. Check out 5 practice keys that can make a difference in how well your team plays.

Players Page
Is It Time to Become a Slapper?

by Cindy Bristow on January 06, 2015 at 5:01am

As a new softball season nears you may be asked to become a slapper. While it’s actually a compliment, are you sure you’re a good candidate to switch? Discover when it’s time to become a slapper.

Coaches Corner
Your New Softball Season Resolutions

by Cindy Bristow on January 06, 2015 at 5:01am

With the New Year just beginning did you make some New Year’s resolutions? Maybe you want to lose weight, or finish that certain project, or learn another language. But what things are you resolute to do for your upcoming softball season?

Coaches Corner
Simplify Your Way to Better Players

by Cindy Bristow on December 23, 2014 at 5:12am

What’s difficult for us as coaches is to learn all we can about the different skills without telling our players all we know. Players don’t really need all your knowledge, they need your help. Learn how simplifying what you know can REALLY improve your players!

Player’s Page
Will Your Scholarship Make You Happy?

by Cindy Bristow on December 23, 2014 at 5:12am

If you’re like most softball players, your goal is to get a scholarship – so you play in every showcase, hunt for the best travel team, and generally stress out about it. But I have one question you MUST think about: Will your scholarship make you happy?

How a Bucket Will Help Your Roll-Over Drop

by Cindy Bristow on December 09, 2014 at 5:12am

The roll-over drop can be a tricky pitch to throw, never mind to teach. But learn how an everyday bucket can be the answer you’ve been looking for to teach the feel and the release of the roll-over drop.

Coaches Corner
7 Coaching Lessons from Toddlers

by Cindy Bristow on November 25, 2014 at 6:11am

Learning to walk is arguably one of the most important skills we ever learn. Without it, we’d spend our adult lives crawling – not a pleasant thought. And yet our involvement in that process has valuable insight into our coaching.

Player’s Page
Have You Switched on Your Hitting Eyes

by Cindy Bristow on November 25, 2014 at 5:11am

You use your eyes all day long – just not in the same way you use them when you hit. While you know how to “see”, it’s really important that you know how to switch into your hitting eyes when you get to practice or games.


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