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What College Coaches look for

Posted by Kenny Sheehy on February 16, 2012 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

College coaches are charged with putting together winning and consistent softball teams. In order to do this, they look for talented players who are motivated to succeed. Superstar players who have the ability to dominate games are rare finds. As a result, coaches strive to find players who can fill roles and perform their best in clutch situations.

Versatility Coaches want players who are versatile and can play more than one position. If your primary position is third base and your team has a top-level third baseman who has been starting, your coach will want you to play another position so she can put both of you in the lineup. If you are willing to move to another position, your coach will be thrilled to have you on her team. "Work hard to show coaches how flexible and versatile you are by playing multiple positions, or being open to instruction, or doing anything you can to show you can fit into a place on their team," said Cindy Bristow, the former head coach of New Mexico State and Wichita State. Sponsored Links Hitting Skills Every coach wants a power hitter who can hit the ball over the fence on a regular basis. However, there are only a limited number of these type of hitters available. Coaches are looking for smart hitters who will scan the defense and see where the fielders are playing as they develop a plan of attack. When batters see outside pitches they will hit them to the opposite field. Smart hitters know you can drive an outside pitch for power and you don't have to try to pull it. Coaches treasure hitters who rise to the occasion and show they are at their best in crucial situations. "College coaches can find good players anywhere, they're looking for those special qualities that separate good from special," said Bristow.

Baserunning Skills This is one of the most overlooked aspects of the game. Being a good base runner is not dependent on speed. It's about getting a quick takeoff, knowing the situation your team is in, being able to judge opposing outfielders' arms and knowing how to avoid the tag when you slide. More than any one single factor, excellent base runners are alert and know when they should be aggressive and when to be conservative.

Consistency on the Mound Naturally, coaches want to have pitchers who can dominate with an overpowering fastball and strike out a lot of batters. These truly great pitchers are rare. In order to build winning teams, coaches want pitchers who have command and control.They want pitchers who have a variety of pitches and who don't get anxious when the game is on the line. The pitcher also must be a dependable defensive player who can make plays on bunts, start double plays on grounders back to the mound and cover first on ground balls to the first baseman. Former U.S. Olympian Jennie Finch says one of the differences between good pitchers and greats ones is effort in practice. "The great players are always improving their game," Finch notes. "They are trying for perfection. They are all around players and people. The great players are still practicing while the good ones are headed home."

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Recruiting Mistakes Every Parent Makes

Posted by Kenny Sheehy on December 27, 2011 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Recruiting Mistakes Every Parent Makes

November 14, 2011 by Judy Miramontes


Some parents believe their child is the star athlete of the team and will have no problem being scouted by college coaches across the nation. Even if this is true, it is this frame of mind that will eventually hurt the student-athlete and potentially place them way behind in their recruitment process. There may be many chances out there for your child to play college athletics, especially if they are talented and prepared to work hard to find those opportunities. As a parent, it is imperative that you are there to help your son or daughter find the right university options that will best fit their educational needs.


Remember that deciding what college to attend is your child’s decision. Make sure you are acting as a resource and not a hindrance in the sports recruiting process. Be sure to let your child–not you–take the initiative in their recruitment. Talk with them about the benefits and difficulties they may encounter when participating in collegiate sports, including scheduling, grades and finances. Make sure they are aware of the expectations of being a student athlete at a university.


It is understandable that you would want to be there with your child in the recruiting process. It is quite another thing if you are completing the entire recruitment process on your own with no input from your child. College coaches want to deal directly with student-athletes, not with their parents. Coaches want to see what type of character your child has and how they will contribute to their team. A coach does not want to deal with pushy parents who ask questions for their kids instead of letting the student-athlete speak for themselves.


Help your student-athlete make the big decisions–how much the family can afford to spend on college, what it will be like living away from home, what to major in and what will be a marketable career upon graduation. The list can go on from here depending on the family and the student’s needs. It is essential that you are there to help your child, but not to tell them what to do or where they should go to school. That choice is up to them.


If your son or daughter wants to continue playing in college research schools and teams early in their high school years. Help your child build a resume and make a highlight video they can send to coaches.

Help them to be organized and help them keep in contact with coaches they hear back from. This is a great way to build lasting skills that will benefit your athlete throughout his life.


Your kid’s high school or club coach may be helpful during the recruiting process. But don’t count on it. Remember that coaches have many athletes and have very little time to seek out college coaches across the nation in hopes of promoting a single athlete from their team. Sure they want the best for your student-athlete. They may even say they are helping in the recruiting process. In reality it is your student-athlete’s job to take the lead in this process. Ultimately, they will be the one making the final decision on where they want to go to college and who they want to play for.


Encourage your child to keep up with academic eligibility standards for the schools they are interested in. Stay on top of SAT and ACT testing dates and what your student-athlete will need to score in order to be eligible for collegiate play.

Help your son or daughter stay organized. Contacting coaches and keeping track of emails and letters can be confusing. Make sure to create a system that will help you and your child in keeping track of all college contacts. Together–with your child–check up on college requirements to see where he or she stands. The NCAA has a sliding scale, including GPA and the SAT or ACT scores, while the NAIA has minimum requirements. Lastly, remember that you are there to assist your child in their recruiting process, to help when they have questions, and to guide them when they lack direction.

NCAA Clearing house info

Posted by Kenny Sheehy on December 27, 2011 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)


You must be a Jr in HS before you can register with the NCAA clearing house, but go ahead and get your daughter signed up for Schools to research and scout. This is the reason I spend so much time on our team website, so if a scout is looking for info on a S71AS player it will be easy to access.

Click on the link below and follow the directions, this is a great prep website

Kenny Sheehy

New Team Member

Posted by Kenny Sheehy on December 22, 2011 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Please help us welcome Halie Schaefer to our roster, she comes to us from Archie HS where she stared at the catchers position being named 2nd Team All Region!! Halie will occupy our 13th and final roster spot and share catching responsibilities with Leeann.

Welcome to the team Halie!

The 4 D's

Posted by Kenny Sheehy on December 22, 2011 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The 4 D’s


Desire:  To be the best hitter possible, to learnmore everyday about hitting! Good hitters deal positively with failure, and arealways searching for more information to improve. WATCH FILM!!!!!!

Dedication: A hitter’s daily commitment to theprinciples and practices that make her successful!

                 “The mentally tough competitor recognizes that her own high expectationsrequire and justify a high investment of SELF!”


Stuart Walker


Determination:  Is the will to achieve successwithout concern over time and effort. Requires self-motivation and willingnessto achieve success!

1.    Set Goals

2.    Establish a plan for SUCCESS

3.    Follow through until all goals are met. Practicephysical skills and support them with a strong mental game


Discipline:  Requires ACTION!

  It is practicing learning and giving effort even when you don’t feellike it

Discipline is staying in control when under pressure, release negativethoughts by using positive imagery

Homework: Develop and write down a 15 minute routine that you will usebefore everyone else gets to the field and perform this routine every practice.


“First on the floor, last out the door”

Practices of a great hitter


The process of getting yourself in a positive mental frame of mind beforeyou hit


Positive Self-talk: Pick a phrase and say it out loud 3 times before you getin the box, like….

   “See the ball, Hit the ball”

  “Head down, fast hands”

  “Stay balanced, power through the ball”

Positive Mental Picture: What you see taking place in your mind right beforeyou take the swing will most likely be the outcome. Visualize before steppinginto the batter’s box.

Teammate’s unconditional support: No matter the outcome from an at bat or afielding chance, the teammates must always support her mate!

Mental Hitting Homework

5 minutes a night visualize you in a positive hitting situation(s).


“Always visualize success”



“See the ball, hit the ball”

-Pete Rose-

Charlie Hustle



2012 World Series Date and location announced

Posted by Kenny Sheehy on November 27, 2011 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

2012 16B World Series

16U "B" Independence, MO July 23 - 28, 2012 Adair Park

Congrats go out to Payton Jones

Posted by Kenny Sheehy on November 17, 2011 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to Payton Jones for being named MVP for the Archie Whirlwinds 2011 Varsity Softball season, she finished the year with an amazing 628 avg!!!

Way to go Pay!!


Posted by Kenny Sheehy on November 10, 2011 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

What is fear at the plate?





You will strikeout!! You will Ground out, you will walk, youwill be hit by the pitch about 60-70% of the time, and the remainder aresuccessful at bats! The sooner you learn and accept that this is hitting, thebetter that successful percentage will be!! Get FEAR and NEGATIVE thoughts fromyour mind, this is what I call “STINKIN THINKIN”, instead think positivethoughts and envision a successful at bat. When you do fail whether it is atbat or in the field “flush the stool” ladies!!! The sooner you learn how todeal with failure and negative thoughts the sooner you will be a successfulball player!!

Develop a hitting ritual and make ityour every at bat routine! Ladies this is VITAL!! Envision a hard hit ball tothe left/center gap or a single up the middle that scores those runners on inscoring position!

“Positive calming thoughts will make you a relaxed, balanced andconfident player and you will be FEARED by your opponents”!! 




The Definition of CHAMPION

Posted by Kenny Sheehy on November 10, 2011 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

What defines a Champion?


A person or team that has theinternal fortitude to preserver in the face of adversity!!

A person or Team that instead ofdropping their heads in the face of adversity, bow’s their head and leans intothe adversity and fights to beat it, never giving up!

People that love God, theirfamily, their Nation and life and will fight with all they have to their lastounce of strength to defend these things!!


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The Creed of a Champion

Posted by Kenny Sheehy on October 17, 2011 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by the number of times I succeed, and the number of times I succeeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep on trying.