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"If you coach softball you should take advantage of the knowledge Cindy Bristow is offering through Softball Excellence. I have been involved in fast pitch softball for more than 35 years as a player and coach, and she is the most knowledgeable coach I have worked with. Cindy's basic approach to teaching sound fundamentals, without a bunch of gimmicks, will greatly assist in the preparation of your players to compete physically and mentally. The material she produces is direct, to the point, and easy to absorb."
- Ernie Yarbrough
Georgia High School Association
"There is a ton of information out there, but I couldn't really tell what was good and what was just selling. Someone recommended softball excellence as a sight for information. I checked it out and have done all the eclinics and bought several hard back books and drills. You are very good at explaining this wonderful sport. You put it all in common sense terms and use video and pictures very well. - Thanks again!"
- Dee Swartz
Fastpitch Softball mom/coach
"I just wanted to write and thank you for the outstanding clinic last weekend. Ive attended many coaching clinics with the likes of Bob Knight, Coach K., Rick Pitino, Doug Collins, Larry Brown, and I have to say that your thoughts and philosophies were every bit as insightful, valuable, and entertaining as were these coaching legends. Thank you also for all that you do and have done for the great game of fastpitch softball and our athletes."
- Mike Maguire
Lake County Liberty
5 Ways to Bring Out Their Best
By: Cindy Bristow
Ever wonder if there's more you could do to bring out the best in your players? Ever ask yourself if there's something you should be doing that you aren't? See if you know the 5 Ways to Bring Out the Best in Your Players.
The keys to helping your players bring out their best aren't necessarily hard, but they are important as our attitude determines so much about our success.
"The key to developing people is to catch them doing something right"
The holiday season is a time for giving and for hope. Whatever your religion, nationality or culture this time of year is universal for sharing with others. Your sharing doesn't have to come in the form of something you bought as many of us aren't able to buy all the presents we'd like to give. Often, the best type of sharing is a smile to a stranger in a crowded mall, or holding the door for the person whose arms are filled, or letting the other car take the parking spot and you finding another one. Real sharing is giving someone else something that you would rather have for yourself.
As we enter a brand new year it's a great time for us all to consider "giving" our players that one softball-thing we'd rather have for ourselves. Maybe that thing is more patience, or a better swing, or better fitness, a greater love of practice or even success. The saying that goes, "the more you give the more you get" really does apply. Too often we want our players to be more patient at the plate and select better pitches, and yet we yell at them for the littlest thing. Or we want our players to be in better shape so they hit the ball harder and can stay strong through the game, and yet we're at least 25 lbs overweight. If we would all approach our players with the same "holiday spirit" that we show total strangers we would no doubt receive so much more back. It's a simple message, isn't it? But one that isn't easy to do.
In fact, to help our players really improve this season here's a list of 5 simple things that will really make a big difference in how much they believe in themselves, and in their own ability to be successful:
For more information and some great exercises for increasing your player's confidence, competitiveness and teamwork check out A Coaches Guide to Creating Team Chemistry.
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