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In-season training with Combatís Scott Brown

 

By Scott Brown

 

Greetings Letís Play Softball readers, Scott Brown here coming to you from Combat Sports and Dan Smith/Team Combat. In each issue of Letís Play Softball, I will be covering ball in a wide range of topics from both a manufacturers and a playerís point of view.

This is our first article and I am truly excited about being able to share my experiences with LPS readers. Each article will be written from a dual vantage point, as a Major Softball Player, and as a regional Sales Manager for a leading bat manufacturer, Combat.

I will also be introducing some of the biggest names in softball to get other opinions. In this first article, the focus will be in-season training and getting ready for the weekend tournament.

Although the weather has not been cooperating, that does not mean you should be putting off working on your game. There are some great facilities here in the Midwest where you can work on all aspects of your game including, hitting, fielding and your arm.

All winter and into the spring I can usually be found at Extra Innings in Brooklyn Park working on my game. Even now when we are in season I never take a night off. If your league gets rained out, get yourself to an indoor facility and work on your game.†††††

In order for practice to be beneficial it has to be taken seriously. You play like you train and work on the little things.

The first step of any training session is to have a plan.I cringe every time I hear about people going out to practice and all they do is hit for the fences. Although there is no better feeling than hitting a bomb, the current home run restrictions at all levels of play, account for a small percentage of your game. Singles and doubles win games, so train to hit the gaps, work on your backswing and sorry pitchers but, shooting the middle (always with a screen), this will make you a more rounded hitter.

Youíve trained all week and now that weekend tournament is here, just like training you need a game plan. What are you going to do during your first at bat? What style of a pitcher are you facing? Watch him in warm-ups and when you are on deck, know what the defense is giving you. What are the oppositionsí defensive positioning?Softball is a 75 percent mental and 25 percent physical. Focus on the mental aspects of the game and the play will fall into place.

Good luck and untilthe next issue, I am out.