EDWARDSVILLE – SIUE softball's Cougar Field will be the host site for a coach's clinic Sept. 11-12.
The course, which is part of the National Fastpitch Coaches College, is titled "Solid Team Defense & Strategy." The featured instructors are National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Executive Director Carol Bruggeman, Notre Dame head coach Deanna Gumpf and Nebraska head coach Rhonda Revelle.
The clinic will help coaches learn how to put individual players together to build a solid defensive team. In addition, coaches will:
• Study various defensive sets and discuss how to select the appropriate set for various game situations;
• Identify and understand skills required to execute pickoffs and rundowns;
• Learn how to handle special situations (wild pitch-passed balls, dropped third strikes, intentional walks);
• Respond to steals, extra-base hits, bunts and slaps;
• Increase understanding of angles, principles of jurisdiction; communication systems and primary-secondary back-up charts;
• Learn to interpret statistics and position players with a purpose in mind;
• Use the DP-FLEX rule to your advantage;
• Discuss pitch calling, pitching strategy and defensive game plans;
• Accumulate drills for the practice of defensive team skills and strategies.
For more information, visit nfca.org and click on "Coaches College" or call 502-409-4600.