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Fastpitch News & Notes

Helping Your Daughter Enjoy Her Season

  • Get Behind your daughter and let her know that you think it is great that she is not only participating but excelling -- in the sense of doing her best!
  • At the Varsity level not everyone gets to play.  Coaches evaluate three areas: Ability, Attitude, Work Ethic
  • When it comes to providing encouragement don't hold back.  We will experience many feelings and it is important that your daughter hears and feels your support.
  • Don't become over involved.  What may seem to you as well-meaning involvement may prevent your daughter from learning how to make decisions or handle problems competently.
  • A naturel desire is for parents to want to protect their kids from the pain and sometimes agony of sports.  Like any part of life, sports is often filled with both.  There is no way to shield your daughter from these feelings but you can help her cope with these things in sports and prepare her for what lies ahead in life.
  • Encourage your daughter to be supportive of all members of the team and the coaches.  This is something you can model.  When your daughter sees or hears you being negative about the team she will display the same attitude.
  • Help keep the John Marshall tradition going strong.  We have one of the best softball programs around and it is because of the great players and the great parents that have supported us!

Softball Helmets

We have a limited number of Schutt Air helmets, high-gloss scarlet red with black attached facemask and JM logo.  These helmets are OSFM (one-size fits most) which we have been using the last 5+ years. If you would like to purchase one of these helmets, contact Coach Breitbach.  First come, first serve based on availability.  Price with facemask and JM logo will be $50.00.  QUANTITIES ARE LIMITED, so please contact Coach Breitbach ASAP!!

We may have a very limited supply of used helmets that are available for $25 -- same look, just with a year or two in them.

RYFSA encourages players to have their helmet for summer ball.  We don't require players to purchase their own helmet for JM but it is more common.  As a parent and coach that has dealt with shared helmet issues in the past -- there are good reasons to have your own helmet.

Weight Lifting

Voluntary participation in a good strength program is a good way to develop good life habits that go beyond high school athletics.  The athletes in our program that make the effort to get stronger have generally been more successful in their development as a player.  We encourage everyone to make a commitment to better yourself, improve your health, your strength and put in time with your team mates.

Softball Hitting Clips

See the following link for some good examples of hitting.  The examples for fastpitch hitters can serve as a good reference on some of the things we have been discussing and working on.  Take a look and use them as a positve visual example of what we are trying to do as a team.

- Hitting Clips - Home Page
- Hitting Clips - Fastpitch Hitting
- Hitting Clips - UCLA vs Michigan