Softball- Girls Varsity
2014 Varsity Softball
Honors and Awards
2008 SPC Champions
2008 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Team Academic Award - 21st place nationally with a 3.68 GPA
11 players earned All American Scholar Athlete designation for GPA's above 3.5
Middle School softball will focus on teaching fundamental skill and basic strategy. Middle school softball should be thought of as The Minor League. We care about player-development and getting our kids prepared for The Major League. The skills we want to emphasize are hitting, bunting, fielding ground balls, fielding pop-flies, as well as where to throw the ball in different situations. Base-running strategies will also be taught.
When they leave eighth grade, they will know how to: make contact with the ball, catch a pop-fly, get a sacrifice bunt down, throw to the correct base. We aren’t worried about wins and losses, but rather the results in our players learning the game of softball.
The terminology will stay the same throughout the softball program, whether it’s middle school, or Varsity. For instance when we say we’d better “move the runner” everyone knows we need to put the ball on the ground (usually a bunt) and advance the runner to the next base.
The most important thing we would like for our student athletes to gain from playing softball in middle school is to have fun and build relationships while playing a team sport. It is also important to start talking about competing. For instance, it’s ok to set a goal that no team beats us twice. Or for a hitter to think, “I’m better than this pitcher and I will get a hit”. The emotional side of softball is huge and should be talked about starting in middle school.
Our Varsity softball team will be an advanced version of what is taught on our middle school team. The expectation will be higher, practices more intense, and there will be more of an emphasis on winning. Our goal is to win SPC.
We want to be the best offense in the SPC, which means scoring a lot of runs. Our goals are moving runners, timely hitting, and being very aggressive on the bases. We will go first to third on a bunt, and force the defense to make plays. Practices will consist of execution so we can perform in a game. For instance, I will give a sign to base-runners to be off when they see the hitter hit a ball on the ground. With a runner at third, this aggressive style of base-running will allow us to score more runs and puts pressure on the defense. Emphasis will still be on good hitting technique, as we will need the long-ball, as well.
We also need to play good, smart, consistent defense. Practice will consist of repetition of ground- balls, pop- flies and lots of different situations that may arise in a game. The most important skill is our ability to think quickly without hesitating. Practice will be fast-paced to allow our team to react quickly as they would in a game. Defense includes infield and outfield work, catchers throwing out runners and a few special plays.
When players leave our Varsity program, they will have an understanding of what it is like to play on a Varsity team and to be part of something bigger than yourself. Discipline, dedication, hard work, and most of importantly fun will be the main things that we hope our players will get out of being a part of Kinkaid Softball.