I am so excited to be pairing with my long-time friend and former teammate, Joanne Calvin for a 3 week Pitching/Catching Clinic! Click on the PDF below and check out this information. Please let us know if you have any questions – we look forward to working with you!
As a young player, I was so lucky to have coaches that taught me the game and who gave me the opportunities to be the best that I could be. It wasn’t until I was older that I started to reflect on who they were – school teachers, volunteers, parents – people who wanted to give the girls every chance that the boys had to excel in sports.
For the past 15 years, I have been teaching girls the fundamentals of softball, giving them the framework to be the best they can be and never letting them give up. Just recently, I have crossed over into that grey area – the zone where I am the volunteer coach AND mom. As parents, we have expectations for our children. As coaches, we have different expectations sometimes – that’s where the lines can get blurred, but I don’t think I would have it any other way. It is so important for my daughter, and her teammates, to see me, as a mom and female athlete, giving of my time and energy to help them get better. Am I sometimes harder on my daughter than others? Absolutely – but she knows that when the game is over and we are in the car on the way home, I’m just mom…with a few extra pointers on her drop ball!
Mom & Coach duty – warming up my pitcher!
My time in the dugout as a coach has given me a lot of perspective – I am so thankful for all of those coaches who gave of their time and energy when I was younger. I wish I could go back now and thank each one of them personally because I have such an appreciation for what they did. As parents, we need to set the example for our kids – treat coaches with respect and be thankful for these women and men who volunteer to coach youth sports. And to all the moms out there – don’t be afraid to step in the dugout or onto the court or field – no matter the sport, our daughters need to see us in different roles and it’s good for them to call us “coach.”
But what makes my heart full is when we’ve hauled the gear back to the car after a long day at a tournament, covered in dust and sunscreen, and I hear “thanks for coaching us mom” that the lines aren’t blurred anymore. They are exactly where they are supposed to be.
I want to wish everyone a wonderful 4th of July as the weekend approaches and good luck to all of the teams playing in tournaments across this great country! Safe travels and remember to enjoy the moments on the diamond you have with your teammates and coaches – it’s a special opportunity be able to play this awesome sport!
I remember like it was yesterday the first time one of my coaches asked me help “coach” at a summer softball clinic. I was in junior high and so excited to finally be one of the girls who were instructing the little ones, giving them pointers and tips on how to improve and be a better player. Ever since then, some of my best memories as a teacher of the game have come from summer camps and clinics, when it’s hot and sunny and there’s never enough shade, but the smiles of young players who are trying so hard keep you going and going and going…
This past week, I had over 40 girls ages 7-13 come to my camps through Blue Valley Recreation here in Overland Park. We didn’t battle the dust – we battled storm clouds and muggy temperatures! But it was a great four days of time spent doing what I really love to do – teaching young girls the fundamentals of the game. There never seems to be enough time to do all the drills and teach all of the things you want to teach at camps. My goal is always to be sure that they leave with more confidence in themselves and their game and to give them the tools to improve on their own. We only get better if we do more than what is expected – I know my campers last week left ready to become better softball players – with some fun along the way! I can’t wait to see those smiles again next summer!
It’s the time of year now when players, coaches and teams get into the softball groove and it’s all about league games, tournaments and long, hot days at the ballpark. But even when it seems like there isn’t enough time to practice, we cannot lose sight of working on the fundamentals of the game, especially pitchers. We have to be sure to keep the focus on form as much as possible and find just a few minutes during warm-ups, in-between games or on an off day to get back to pitching basics.
The three most important things in pitching are posture, balance and spin. What you’ll find below are 3 drills that focus on the first two – posture and balance. These drills can be done with or without a ball – spending just a few minutes can make a big difference in reinforcing proper form. Here are some video links to these three drills:
The Rope Drill – this drill forces pitchers to focus on driving through their power line and creating momentum through their wind-up with the correct posture. And it’s a great challenge drill as well – I love to see girls get over the rope!
The Flamingo Drill – any athletic move in any sport takes balance, including pitching. The flamingo drill is another challenge for all pitchers, especially the younger ones, to keep their weight back and stay balanced through the entire pitch.
The Noodle Drill – as pitchers work to stay balanced with the correct posture, inevitably they can come off the power line. This drill works on keeping the glove up, keeping it straight and bringing it down to create that power and momentum for the pitch. Grab an assistant coach, mom, dad, brother, sister or friend and go through a few reps with the noodle drill – it makes a big difference!
We’ll talk about simple spin drills in an upcoming post that can be done anywhere – in the dugout, in the car on the way to the games or just hanging out at home. No matter where we are, we always need to keep the focus on form.
Hello everyone! I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but as the calendar keeps turning each month, we get deeper and deeper into the softball season! High schools and colleges are gearing up for tournament play and the young players are hitting the diamonds for league games and tournaments…this is the best time of the year! But we all know, to be great, you cannot just work on your game during the season – it’s a commitment to getting better all year long. It’s never easy – but that’s why they call it work.
I am excited to share a wealth of information with you on my blog in the upcoming months – training tips, coaching tips and things that can inspire all of us to be great. Stay tuned and thanks for checking out Ambrosi Elite Fastpitch!
Welcome to Ambrosi Elite Fastpitch! This website has undergone a re-design and I hope you like it. Please stay tuned for more great information, blog posts and other updates going forward. Even though it is wintertime, it’s still time for softball! Can’t wait for spring!