- Updated 3/5/07
- The Edge Weighted Training
Gloves. I have a few of these that I never used, if interested
- Bill Hillhouse: House of
Pitching Softball Academy - pitching video available by an outstanding
national and international level pitcher
- Jimmy Moore: The Fastpitch
Fanatic -- -- Pitching Information and Tips from one of the very
best pitchers I ever faced!!
- The pitching videos by Michelle Smith and the new one by Cat Osterman
- Pitching instructor Rita Lynn Gilman has a great DVD for sale on her
Lots of cool drills and tools, along with great information.
- SUGGESTED READING - "Sports Slump Busting, 10 Steps to Mental
Toughness and Peak Performance", by Alan S. Goldberg, ISBN 0-88011-653-6.
- COACHING and PEAK PERFORMANCE TOOLS - Check out Jeff
- BATS -- in my opinion, the Easton Synergy and the Stealth, are the
best bats on the market. If I was still playing, I would probably
use the new Stealth. I also like the Anderson RocketTech, and
recently had a chance to hit an upper level Worth bat - felt great.
The Louisville Slugger Catalyst also has great pop, but the -8 model
is on the banned bat list. Before purchasing a bat, check softball
organizational websites for equipment certification status, especially
www.softball.org. I only wish that, during my playing days, I
could have come forward in a time machine, and brought any one of those
bats back with me. My first aluminum bat was a 34 in-38 oz club,
and I was facing some pitchers that threw in the 80+ mph range.
- GLOVES -- The only glove I ever wore, as a fastpitch player, is 12"
Rawlings, Heart of the Hide, Gold Glove series. Primarily, I played
middle infield, but used it for OF at the end of my playing career.
My honest opinion is that they are not as high quality as they
used to be. If I was playing today, I would give Akadema gloves
a try. However, when I recently worked at the Univ of Tennessee
softball clinic, I put on a Worth Liberty series glove, and fell in
love with it immediately!! Most girls buy gloves that are much
too big for their hands, and much too heavy. I recommend that
you never buy a glove bigger than 12.5 ". Go for a glove
that is light weight, with a big enough pocket for the softball to fit
in easily, rather than one with exceptionally long fingers. Louisville
Slugger has some nice gloves with smaller wrist openings and tighter
finger wells, specifically designed for females.