12-8-2013 SPY December 8 Update


Final Day of NFCA Convention Highlighted by Diverse Speakers & Coaching Staff of the Year Brunch
December 7, 2013  NFCA press release

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – On Saturday, December 7th, at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas, numerous coaching staffs covering each division of the sport of softball were honored with NFCA Regional and National Coaching Staff of the Year accolades as the 2013 NFCA National Convention came to a successful close.

In all 38 coaching staffs who were in attendance at the annual NFCA Coaching Staff of the Year brunch were honored in front of their peers for their impressive accomplishments during the 2013 softball campaign.

Following the brunch, the convention program switched its focus to breakout speaker sessions. Included were topics such as Sara Hayes’ “Building a Successful Softball Business,” Yvette Healy’s “Teach, Inspire & Connect To Your Players Through Books & Articles,” Amanda Lehotak’s “The Secret Life of a Staff” and Kirk Walker and Dr. Sue Rankin’s “Maximizing Success With Equity, Diversity& Inclusion.”

The annual “Drills, Drills, Drills” session, with discussion on pitching, hitting, defensive and base running drills, was hosted by Tufts head coach Cheryl Milligan, Nebraska assistant coach Diane Miller, Dartmouth head coach Rachel Hanson and Texas Glory head coach Kevin Shelton. The remainder of the afternoon was highlighted by presentations from mental training expert Aaron Weintraub (Empowering Culture-Defining Leaders in an Age of Entitlement), Texas assistant coach Corrie Hill (Creating Your Offense Through Mechanics, Mentality & Philosophy) and Washington assistant coach Lance Glasoe (Training Today’s Pitchers).

Overall, the 2013 NFCA National Convention was one of the most successful in the Association’s history with approximately 1,300 members in attendance at the four-day event.

SPY NOTE: Like beauty, success is in the eye of the beholder.  A number of coaches at all levels, as well as some sponsors, would qualify the degree of success achieved.




Rule 5, Section 10C (Code 310 P 03): In all Junior Olympic Pool Play Class A 12- Under, 14-Under, 16-Under, 18-Under, 16-Under Gold and 18-Under Gold pool play and elimination play in fast pitch, no new inning shall start after a 1 hour and 40 minutes time limit. If the game is still tied after the time limit has expired, the tie breaker shall be in effect at the start of the next inning. EXCEPTION: There shall be no time limit in elimination play beginning with the winner’s bracket final.

Comment: Adds a time limit to Junior Olympic Class A 12-Under, 14-Under, 16-Under, 18-Under, 16-Under Gold and 18-Under Gold elimination play except beginning with the winners bracket final.



Today’s Joke – Sun, 08 Dec 2013

A pregnant woman gets into a car accident and falls into a deep coma. Asleep for nearly six months, she wakes up and sees that she is no longer pregnant. Frantically, she asks the doctor about her baby. The doctor replies, “Ma’am, you had twins! A boy and a girl. The babies are fine. Your brother came in and named them.” The woman thinks to herself, “Oh no, not my brother – he’s an idiot!” Expecting the worst, she asks the doctor, “Well, what’s the girl’s name?” “Denise,” the doctor says. The new mother thinks, “Wow, that’s not a bad name! Guess I was wrong about my brother. I like Denise!” Then she asks the doctor, “What’s the boy’s name?” The doctor replies, “DeNephew.”


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