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If you have been coaching for any length of time, you are well aware of the challenges. Motivating a team to play at their best can be fun, frustrating, exhilarating, and exhausting all wrapped into one. You can go from feeling awesome one day to wondering what the heck happened the next.
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October 16, 2016
S: Fastpitch softball pitchers participating in Courtney Hudson’s Pitcher Development Program (PDP) based out of Hunstville, AL have a level of expectation set by Courtney’s reputation. PDP for 2016 began August 1, 2016 and concludes January 27, 2017. Parents can trust main objective is injury prevention. This is accomplished with attention to detail of the pitching mechanics along with physical assessments and strength training programs. Commitment to weekly lessons from both student and instructor is crucial to the development of the fast pitch softball pitchers. The long term goal is to help each athlete develop injury free “college body” that will impress college coaches, strength coaches and athletic training staff. Second priority is to teach students about muscles, movement patterns, and why each motion is necessary to reach their speed and movement goals. This will arm them with the knowledge to make smart decisions and adjustments outside of pitching instruction. Long term goal is to develop smart athletes. Third priority is to use the off season to set repeatable mechanics and muscle memory. Once spring games begin, pitchers can focus on game management strategies, pitch sequence and staying 1 pitch ahead of the batters. The physical part of pitching will be autopilot allowing pitchers to completely focus on strategy.
All students were given the option to participate in sports performance evaluations with Mark Noble at University of Alabama in Huntsville Human Performance Lab. Mark assess athletes on range of motion, muscle kinetic output, and power output of lower extremities. Athletes receive custom stretching and exercise programs based on test results.