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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (April 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736060707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736060707
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""This book's outstanding drills will take your practice sessions to the next level. I wish I'd had this resource when I started my coaching career. It has great explanations and illustrations!"" Mike CandreaHead Softball CoachUniversity of ArizonaUSA National Team ""A drill book like no other! This inside look at what the best college programs do every day will help any player or team improve."" Lisa Fernandez, Pitcher, USA SoftballGold Medalist at 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympic Games

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"This book's outstanding drills will take your practice sessions to the next level. I wish I'd had this resource when I started my coaching career. It has great explanations and illustrations!"

Mike Candrea
Head Softball Coach
University of Arizona
USA National Team

"A drill book like no other! This inside look at what the best college programs do every day will help any player or team improve."

Lisa Fernandez, Pitcher, USA Softball
Gold Medalist at 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympic Games

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Miran Brinovec on September 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is a good guide for almost all drills you want to use on practice with one or more players. Recomend to all coaches at the beginning of their carrier.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Don Mckay on July 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
Kirk Walker has assembled over 175 drills organized into fourteen chapters covering training, fundamental skills, position-specific skills, and tactical drills. Each drill page states the drill's purpose, how to organize and execute it, variations of the drill, and miscellaneous coaching points. Additionally, each chapter has an introduction that provides general guidance for the topic at hand. Though there is a lot of information presented, I feel that this book does not quite live up to its promise.

One problem may be that each chapter is written by a different D1 coach, and since each D1 program has its own philosophies and points of emphasis, there seems to be a lack of continuity from chapter to chapter. Given that Kirk Walker is the Head Coach at Oregon State University, his book may have been better served focusing on Oregon State's drills, approach, values and beliefs.

Like most drill books, this one has a drill finder which tries to help the reader zero in on a drill of interest, but there is not enough granularity in the drill finder table to differentiate from one drill to the next. For example, Chapter 11, Pitching Drills, has 11 different drills yet all of them have the same exact characteristics in the drill finder matrix. As a result, the reader still has to read through each drill to determine which one best suits his/her needs. I would add an additional column in the drill finder that highlights a drill's main "Coaching Point" (as listed on each drill page).

There *are* drills that I've incorporated into my practices and there *is* plenty of good information here, but actually teasing it out and finding it can be a chore. I am glad I have this book, but it is not usually the first book to which I turn when I am stumped and need to find a solution to a practice or player problem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Dyche on March 26, 2010
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Using some of these drills for our 9 year old granddaughter's softball team, will put more in as the girls get used to the ones we're doing and they get a better feel of the game. I wished I'd had a book like this back when their aunt played at this same level.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hollie Lyn on January 7, 2014
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Great resource for all levels. Enjoyed the diversity and options this book gives you. Great ideas and easy to understand instructions. Ideas for indoors or out, 10u on up.
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By John F. on February 7, 2014
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For coaching youth softball, this is a great resource for adding variety to your drills. If you are a drill junkie like me, you need this.
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By Melissa Kimmel on October 8, 2013
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This is a great product. I really enjoyed reading and looking through this book. I will be using some of these tips and ideas in my on practices.
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By Darlenea Hildreth on August 5, 2013
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My husband and I plan to coach a young girls softball team next year. These drills will nice and will give them a not-so-boring practice
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