I always encourage girls to compare their softball pitch speed only to their previous speed. It's important to encourage girls to continuously improve. Never want to put more pressure on pitchers than the position already carries.
I posted a cute picture of "softball nails" on my Pitch Like a Girl Facebook page and had a lot of likes and comments. We are softball players but we are also girls and how our nails look is very important to us! Here are a few tips and tricks I did when I pitched to protect my nails, hands, and other beauty tips.
As a Sports Nutrition Specialist, I have sat down with many coaches to discuss how to improve their athletes diet. This is something I just put together for some of my players a few years ago. I made this with 14 year old female athletes in mind so this is not going to work for everyone. This is a good basic outline of how to structure your athletes diet. I am not a doctor so use caution before starting any new athletes diet and always consult a doctor before starting new health programs.
Throwing a baseball or softball at a high velocity places an incredible strain on the arm and shoulder. It's one of the most violent motions in sports. Increasingly, players are using kettlebell training to prevent injury while working their whole bodies.
Here are some kettlebell exercises our staff uses to train baseball and softball players. Maintain good posture throughout each exercise with a balanced stance and an appropriate musculoskeletal alignment.
To prescribing a fastpitch practice schedule, first you must identify game days and off days. The example below has games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with Sunday planned as the off day. The remaining practice days are classified as Long Practice, Short Practice, Medium Practice (not shown), and Recovery.