This is one of those books that are supposed to be the basic of each softball coach. It's a great advice for not only coaches. With its illustrations it gives each pitcher the idea of her best windmill pitching delivery. Concentrating on the essential of each issue those illustrations work even better than photos. I can't wait to see progress of pitchers I teach in Germany. Especially for beginners (coaches and players) it's an must. The chapters about psychology and attitude are good for each pitcher to accomplish a game strategy that does not only focus on pitching strikes in a single game. I make use of this book in !!! every !!! pitcher-catcher-practice
This book is a "must have" for all fathers who want to be involved in helping their daughters to become successful pitchers in fastpitch softball. (I also think it would be an excellent resource for most softball coaches to have in their library.) While I own 8-10 different video training tapes on pitching, Barry Sammons book is my most often used reference. It was originally recommended to me by one of the top pitching coaches in the Pacific Northwest. The book does an excellent job of covering pitching mechanics and how to teach them. It also describes how to correct problems, and offers several excellent drills. Other topics include: excellent descriptions and diagrams on throwing the various pitches; sections on strategy and the mental aspects of pitching; fitness training; and how to coach the pitcher. If I could only have one book or video to use in working with my daughter, this book would be it. Even though my daughter also has a pitching coach, Barry Sammons book has allowed me to be more helpful as an "assistant pitching coach".
Mr. Sammons uses his practical knowledge of pitching to educate the coach and player about the mechanics of pitching and most importantly the mental aspects of pitching in an easy to read format. He personally illustrated the book to show the proper grips and forms to assist the reader. I rate it a classic. By the way, at the age of "50 something" Mr. Sammons pitched a perfect game in the competitive Milwaukee WI mens fastpitch league. So much for them that can't play.........teach........he does both.
Barry's book is a wonderful source of fundamental windmill fastpitch information. It is valuable to the beginning pitcher or coach. For the more experienced it is an excellent reference work. I return to it again and again, and always find something useful and new.
Barry Sammons book is a must have for anyone who is serious about fastpitch softball.Pitching is the heart of the game,and this reference demonstrates the basics better than any other.Prior to this,windmill pitching was a mystery to all but the most experienced players and coaches,especially those trying to crossover from baseball.The reason for this was the confusion of two very different styles of windmill pitching which look similar to the untutored eye.Mr. Sammons is very experienced as a pitcher and coach of both styles - the "leap and drag" and the "stepping" style.With the aid of line drawings reduced from actual video,he is able to demonstrate the detailed fundamental mechanics of both styles.Once the player or coach understands this,they are able to analyze mechanics,correct flaws and communicate about what is happening.
Barry Sammons breaks down the windmill pitching motion in a manner that is easy to understand, yet completely thorough. The structure of the book helps you learn the entire motion, or go directly to a specific area of concern. The discussions, drills, and diagrams give you a level of detail you don't get from most videos. I highly recommend this book for anyone serious about fastpitch.
I had a chance to review a draft copy of this book for Barry. It is the clearest description of fastpitch softball pitching mechanics I've ever seen. The chapters on Psychology and the Mental Game are worth the price of the book by themselves! Could use some photos instead of all line drawings, but I guess that would greatly raise the price.
This book is very useful in showing how to pitch different pitches. It also gives a very clear understanding of Fastpitch Softball for anyone new to the game. The book also has a section that tells you how to go about Fitness Training during the season and during the off season. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in pitching fastpitch.
This is a must book for parents that want to learn and follow the windmill pitcher. The book is written in simple terms with good graphics to explain essential windmill methods. My only criticism, is that when the book has been read, you want just one more chapter. Great Job, Mr Sammons !! How about a sequel?
As I said below, I reviewed a draft copy of Barry's book before it was published. Now that it's been available for a few years, it's become the most-referenced book on the Fastpitch Forum...the top website for girls' fastpitch softball. If you coach, or if your favorite player is a pitcher, you NEED this book.