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The Softball Pitching Edge Paperback – March 21, 2002

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"Cheri has captured cutting-edge information on fastpitch softball and has provided the instruction protocols to improve skills at all levels of competition." Dr. Tom HouseFounder of Bio-Kinetics "Cheri Kempf has spent more time seeking all available resources and applying them to her already excellent foundation of knowledge and experience than any other pitching coach I have met. Her students reap the benefits of her personal diligence and dedication to providing them with information that is nothing short of cutting-edge. Cheri now shares the results of that knowledge, experience, and research with you through "The Softball Pitching Edge," I hope you enjoy it and appreciate its content as much as I did." Teresa WilsonHead softball coachUniversity of Washington "Written by Cheri Kempf, the best pitching instructor in the country, this book will educate you and equip you. You will find yourself referring to this book over and over again. A must-buy for any serious softball coach and player." Yvette GirouardHead softball coachLouisiana State University

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”Cheri has captured cutting-edge information on fastpitch softball and has provided the instruction protocols to improve skills at all levels of competition.”

Dr. Tom House
Founder of Bio-Kinetics

”Cheri Kempf has spent more time seeking all available resources and applying them to her already excellent foundation of knowledge and experience than any other pitching coach I have met. Her students reap the benefits of her personal diligence and dedication to providing them with information that is nothing short of cutting-edge. Cheri now shares the results of that knowledge, experience, and research with you through The Softball Pitching Edge. I hope you enjoy it and appreciate its content as much as I did.”

Teresa Wilson
Head softball coach
University of Washington

”Written by Cheri Kempf, the best pitching instructor in the country, this book will educate you and equip you. You will find yourself referring to this book over and over again. A must-buy for any serious softball coach and player.”

Yvette Girouard
Head softball coach
Louisiana State University

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics (March 21, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736038256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736038256
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Marvin L. Medcalf on December 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
Without a doubt, the finest book I have ever read dealing with the accurate approach for the fastpitch female pitcher. By follwing the detailed analysis that Cheri brings from her many years of experience, one can see the kinetic breakdown of the pitching motion in step by step form. I have picked up many ideas and pointers to use with my daughter, and I would highly recommend this book to anyone serious about the proper mechanics of fastpitch softball pitching.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lady on the Left on October 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
Cheri Kempf has written a fine book for the established female pitcher. She also makes a few attempts to relate her wisdom to the coaching of the beginner, but that is where I find this book most lacking. My daughter just began pitching this year, and I'm really searching for something that gives instruction from day one. Kempf gives numerous drills that are wonderful for correcting mistakes in the established pitcher's form, but I just felt that it lacked the beginning steps that I was looking for.

While the book did correct a number of things that my daughter had been taught--like worrying about "opening the gate and closing the gate" with the hips, which Kempf says is worthless and can lead to knee injuries--I wanted more for the beginner. However, if you, your daughter or a girl you coach IS an established pitcher who is looking to correct bad habits, learn new pitches, learn how to mentally prepare for games and the like, I doubt there is a better book out there. It just didn't fill all of my needs.

One thing in an earlier review that I must comment on: why on Earth would someone criticize this book because there is a picture of Amanda Freed on the cover? There are also pictures of Michelle Smith and Lisa Fernandez within the book which are put there to give the reader an idea of correct form. Do I know what Kempf's connection is to any of these women? No, but I do know that those photos could not have been used without permission from each woman. The women concerned obviously don't have a problem with their likenesses being used in the book, so how could anyone else complain about it?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Don Mckay on September 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
"The Softball Pitching Edge" is simply the best Fastpitch softball pitching book, ever. The first four chapters ("Pre-Motion Presentation", "Feet and Legs", "Arms and Posture", and "Timing of the Motion") set the beginning pitcher (and her parents) on her way by detailing and developing sound mechanics. The rest of the book is a fantastic resource for the intermediate or advanced pitcher and any fastpitch softball coach, teaching the mechanics, grips and body position required for pitching the drop, the change-up, the rise, the curve, and the screwball. It concludes with a section titled "Five more Factors for Excellent Pitching" which cover the importance of the catcher, practice routines and game preparation, mental makeup, physical conditioning, and communication. In short, it covers anything that could possibly be required to instruct a Fastpitch softball pitcher.

There is so much that this book offers that it is difficult to narrow down exactly the one thing it does best. The chapters on mechanics go through every single part of the motion of a straight fastball pitch. Not only does it offer detailed explanations on the "why", but it also dispels common misconceptions about pitching. One example is why the adage "open the door, close the door" is the wrong approach for pitchers. I have heard "open the door, close the door" since I started coaching, but I am now convinced that the author is correct, and will incorporate this knowledge into my own teaching.

Each chapter has multiple drills that reinforce the correct mechanics discussed. Even more helpful are the "Catching Common Errors" sub-chapters, which help a coach diagnose problems and identify which drills will help correct those problems.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Christensen on April 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
We love this book. We borrowed it from the library twice before finally purchasing. Its the best step by step coaching book we've found. What impressed me the most is that Kempf stresses proper mechanics long before the pitcher ever hits the mound. It gives drills and corrections to help insure good mechanics and safety first. We highly recommend this book to any aspiring pitcher!
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I purchased this and two other pitching books last summer when my 10U daughter decided she wanted to start pitching. This book is, without question, the most useful of the 3 books. I have very little baseball experience and no pitching experience (either baseball or softball). My daughter and I attended a league provided intro to pitching class but I was still left wondering how to proceed. Most parents in my situation (i.e., don't know squat about pitching) opt for a pitching coach, but I wanted to see how far I could take her myself first.

Cheri does an excellent job explaining the fundamental mechanics and also the approach to take when making adjustments. I've relied almost solely on her advice and my daughter has made tremendous progress in the last 7 months, with us practicing on average about 1.5 hours 1-2 times per week.

I can't comment on the quality of the chapters that cover the more advanced pitches as my daughter isn't ready for them yet, but the chapters on the fastball and fundamentals are excellent.
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