Coaches Teaching Course

This series will teach our coaches how to think, act and execute the game in the same successful way that has made Firecracker softball successful over the past three decades. We will cover mindset, behavior and then finish with team drills and strategies that are guaranteed to set you apart from the "untrained" coach.
  The Overall Mindset of a Coach

It's very important that our coaches envision how it is that they will be conducting themselves. Our behavior should create the perception that our families are in good hands.
  Thinking Like A Professional Coach

Are you being treated professionally on the field? If so, it's because you conduct yourself professionally. It all starts in the mind.

  Mindset Relating to Players

Here is some important information on how to view your relationship with your players. Creating a framework ahead of time is more important now than ever before.
  Mindset Relating to Parents

This is a common problem area for many coaches. Learn how to best approach the confrontational parent and maintain a calm demeanor.
  Mindset Relating to Opposing Coaches

Tired of not being respected as a coach? How you relate to other coaches is a key factor in reassuring your families that they are in the right hands. Here coach Tony explains a mindset that will enable a behavior that commands respect when your team needs it the most.

  Mindset Relating with Umpires

Here's some important advice on how to properly build relationships with umpires. This has a definite impact on your team.
  The Firecrackers Building Blocks Of Success: Think/Act/Perform Professionally

Coach Tony lays out the progression for success for our coaches and players. The "trained" professional doesn't fall into the trap of ignoring the mind and behavior. Master the "system" and the results will follow.

  Firecracker Formula For On-Field Success

Coaches, how will you build your team this year? Coach Tony walks though some basic defensive and offensive principles that well help you prepare your team to for success on the field.

  Post-Performance (Debrief) Mindset

Coach Tony gives some tips on how to make the post game talk a productive one.
  Mindset of Winning the Big Game

What's the best way to approach the big game? Learn how to avoid the trap that waits for the inexperienced coach when the pressure is the greatest to win the big game.
  Mindset Towards Championship Play

Take the field with the best state of mind possible, and give your team their best chance to win the big game.
  Handling Success and Failure

Here is how we maintain balance and peace of mind through the normal successes and failures of softball.
  Talking to College Coaches About Recruiting

Here is some valuable insight as to how to go about the recruiting process. Behavior is everything when it cones to talking with college coaches.
  Finding The Right Staff

FC VP Sean Brashear and coach Tony discuss how adding the right type of coaches can be the difference maker in your team's success.
  Making Good Great

Coach Tony and Sean Brashear talk about how get a team to play above what others might have projected.
  Tryouts and Recruiting

Tony and Sean discuss how to run an efficient tryout , and the ethics of recruiting players to your team.
  Dealing With Today's Players

Coach Tony talks about today's players and how to be prepared for what is the current trend in thinking.
  Building Successful Pitchers

Tired of the lack of production from your pitchers? Coach Tony shares some insight on how the Firecrackers created success in the circle by re-routing the way we mentally approach pitching.

  Mindset - Working With Your Hitters

Coach Tony talks about your mindset as a hitting coach, and how it can hinder or help the function of the hitter.
  Center Adjust/ 2-2-2 / 1-1-1 with Kylee Lahners

Listen to coach Tony break down our *Game Changer* batting cage routine: These are the most effective cage routines for our players to use to help prepare them for how they are being pitched to by opposing coaches. Leave the cage knowing that you can hit the ball from the left field line to the right field line and that you are ready for any pitch called against you.
  The Rhythm Ball

No more picking up balls. This is one of the most simple ways to get a lot of reps with your swing. The Rhythm ball can be hung up in a cage, garage or patio, and it can made for under five dollars!
  Hitting - Extension Drill

The most beautiful part of the swing-the extension. Here's a simple five-minute drill that will help develop extension into the swing. See if you can re-create it perfectly/
  Drop Ball/Rise Ball with Kylee Lahners

* Game Changer* Do you want to hit the toughest pitches from the toughest pitchers out there? Listen and watch as coach Tony and former Washington All-American Kylee Lahners discuss and demonstrate how to hit the rise ball and the drop ball. These are not mechanical approaches, but instead we focus on timing and contact points.
  Chalk Talk (5) Bunt Situations - Rounding Second Base

Coach TJ Houshmandzadeh join Tony for a white board talk about baserunning. Specifically, rounding second base when moving station to station. Gain insight to an offensive and defensive perspective that will better prepare you for these situations.

  Chalk Talk (6) Leading off Third Base

Coach Tony and coach TJ discuss strategies and techniques when leading off third base.

Team Practice Drills
  How To Properly Time Slappers

Are you timing your slapper correctly? Coach Tony explains the proper way to use a stopwatch to get an accurate time from home to first.

  Introduction to Team Downward Trajectory Catch

This drill is for coaches to see how we implement "downward trajectory" in a small group or team format. Creating successful repetition is key when running a practice.

  Team Secondary Lead Drills

This is a simple practice or pre-game drill to work on the fundamentals of secondary leads. Learn how to use their center of gravity more efficiently when getting back or exploding to the next base.

  Indoor Infield Drills - Tennis Ball Drill

Here's a fun, simple drill to develop hand eye coordination for fielders. Reading hops is an essential skill for all fielders.

  Rolling Ground Balls-2 Posts

Here is step one in developing infield skills. Simple successful repetition built on the principles of playing catch and communicating. There is no over-thinking or over-analyzing. Appropriate for all age groups.

  Hitting Ground Balls-2 Posts

In step two of developing our team infield skills, we process to hitting easy ground balls. Not hitting too hard and concentrating again on successful repetition while playing catch and communicating.

  Overhand Diamond Catch

This drill develops playing catch while communicating, which are the keys to successful defense. It also concentrates on "rhythm" and "downward trajectory", which are traits that stand out on the field at camps and combines.

  Shotgun Drill

A quick release, quick feet, and good communication are key when defending the short game. Use the "Shotgun" drill to prepare your team when facing speedy opponents.

  The Pitch Back Drill

Here's a great 5 minute conditioning/coordination drill that can be adapted to be done at home.

  Episode (8) Big Bear Coach Special

Recommended for all FC head coaches. Coach Donnie Hagberg, Jason Steiner, Sean Brashear and Mark Thornburg join coach Tony as they talk about their experiences with budgeting and fundraising.