Behind the Plate Softball spoke with Be The Momentum co-founder Emily Allard about how the NCAA's recent rule change to the batter's box could potentially affect the slapping game.
Be The Momentum's Emily Allard and Kristin Scharkey are excited to announce the launch of their Instructional Video Series, all-inclusive online training courses for slappers (or coaches) looking to take their game to the next level. Led by two of the game's top slapping instructors, each course offers in-depth insight into fundamental mechanics, soft slapping versus hard slapping, mental decision-making and more.
Emily Allard and Kristin Scharkey started Be the Momentum in 2014 as a weekend hobby in addition to their full-time jobs. Their passion for the game of softball is evident but those who have seen or been a part of a Be the Momentum clinic may argue that their passion for teaching runs even deeper. Learn more in this Q&A with Allard and Scharkey at Fastpitch News below:
This past weekend, we headed out to Encinitas, CA for our first clinic in southern California! It was a beautiful weekend for some softball, even with the downpour of rain that soaked our intermediate/advanced slapping session. Good thing we were taught that weather is a NON-FACTOR when it comes to being a ball player!
On March 21-22, Be The Momentum traveled to West Allis, Wisconsin for TWO FULL DAYS of speed, slapping and fielding at the Greenfield Ignitor's Practice Warehouse. On Saturday, athletes from all over Wisconsin developed their speed and baserunning IQ, as well as their slapping skill set. On Sunday, our campers got in a full morning of defensive work at our infield and outfield sessions.
On March 28, Be The Momentum traveled to Northbrook, Illinois for a packed day of speed, slapping and fielding at Play Ball USA Northbrook. On Saturday, athletes from all over Illinois developed their speed and baserunning IQ, as well as their slapping skill set. The campers then got a full afternoon of defensive work at our infield and outfield sessions. For an inside look at the clinic, check out our gallery.
Earlier this month, we published our first article in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's (NFCA) newsletter! The piece, entitled "Slappers: Take Matters Into Your Own Feet", discusses the importance of a slapper's crossover step landing in the top left corner of the batter's box. This is a technique we preach at our slapping clinics! Why? Because a slapper's crossover step can determine whether or not she is out or safe at first base. Thanks again to the NFCA for giving us this platform!
Be The Momentum's own Emily Allard wrote a short article in this month's issue of Softball Spirit Magazine with five tips for successful base stealers. We are HUGE fans of the passion and spunk behind Rylee Lee's publication, and Allard was delighted to add her knowledge of the game to Lee's phenomenal resource for young athletes. What are YOUR secrets to successful base stealing?
Be The Momentum's own Emily Allard is slated as a special guest at this year's National Pro Fastpitch's College Draft. The 2014 All NPF Team selection will attend the April 1st event at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville, TN to mingle with fans during the live selection process. Those interested in buying tickets are encouraged to head over to profastpitch.com for more information!
Earlier this month, Be The Momentum kicked off our spring season with our first-ever TWO-DAY clinic at Prodigy Training in Fairfield, New Jersey. On Saturday, slappers and speedsters of all ages developed their skill sets at our slapping and speed sessions. On Sunday, we worked with infielders and outfielders on honing defensive fundamentals.