Aug 18, 2011 5:39 PM
10U Chattanooga Fast Pitch Softball is holding tryouts for their 10 and under Spring 2012 roster this Saturday August 20th at the Hixson Recreational Ball Fields off Gadd Road in Hixson, TN. Head coach Jimmy Hutchins, Assistant Coaches Nikki Waters and Emily Hutchins are looking for hardworking girls with determination and the desire to learn to play softball the fundamentally correct way. National level coaches and players with years of experience will lead select group of young ladies to new levels.
Interested young ladies need to registered and warmed up prior to 3pm on the 20th so the tryouts can begin. Registration forms will be available for email. Please request a form firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any questions can be directed to head coach Jimmy Hutchins at 423-619-0756.
Failure is not an option. However, this is a process that will take some time. Though I fully expect to be competitive the first year it will take a couple of years to become one of the premier teams in our area and possibly three years to become a force throughout the southeast. Be patient and we will make it happen. Our ultimate goal is to begin our peak at age 13 and reach our peak at age 16 and maintain thru age 18.
We will have a ‘WINNING DEFENSE’. We will accomplish this by doing numerous drills, daily routines and many repetitions of situations that we will be faced with during a game situation. Our number ‘1’ priority will be to become the best defensive team in the southeast and we will spend the time necessary to make this happen. We will focus on eliminating big innings and reducing the pressure put on our defense at all times thru positioning, proper pitch calls and correct management of game situations.
We will ‘RUN, RUN, AND RUN SOME MORE’. We will be very aggressive at the plate and do what is necessary to put pressure on the opposing defense as often as we can. We will move runners, steal bases and take advantage of every opportunity to score. Our hitting style will not be restricted to any particular style but flexible to the players’ strengths. In recent years I have consulted with the following coaches regarding hitting techniques. (Ralph Weekly – Tennessee, Pat Murphy – Alabama, Frank Reed – UTC, Donald Pickett – NE LA, Beth Keylon-Randolph – Chattanooga State, Ted Evans – Armstrong Atlantic)
We will be very aggressive in our pitching style. However, telling a pitcher to throw strikes is not acceptable on our team. A good hitter will hit a strike more often than not so we will work with the umpire to expand our zone each game. This will be a work in progress and will require our pitchers to practice both on their own and during our practice times. We will have a huge advantage over our competition on having Nikki on our staff as she is a proven winner who has dominated hitters across the country for the past several years. I am a hug proponent of pitchers who take from Beth Keylon-Randolph, Dennis Waters or Nikki.
We will have practices that are very productive for each player and meet the team’s needs as well. We will start on time and expect the girls to be prepared and ready to go at the start time. In order to maximize our potential missed practices will need to be held to a minimum and only in the case of sickness or prior approval from a coach. All practices will have an agenda of activities that will prepare us to improve week over week and year over year.
Coached from 1998 – 2007 and developed a team that started with three core players into one of the top teams in the country. Won numerous tournaments and qualified for National Tournaments in all age groups. Helped numerous players receive college scholarships (see attached list). Turned down offers from various organizations to coach since 2007.
Age 9 ASA Nationals – Chattanooga, TN
Age 10 NSA Nationals – Charlotte, NC
Age 11 NSA Nationals – Columbus, OH
Age 12 ASA Nationals, NSA Nationals – Chattanooga, TN
Age 13 ASA Nationals, NSA Nationals – Rock Hill, SC
Age 14 ASA Nationals, NSA Nationals – Atlanta, GA
Age 15 ASA Nationals – Bloomington, IN
Age 16 ASA Nationals (Qualified for 16’s and 18’s played in 18’s) – Columbus, GA
Age 17 ASA Nationals – Bowling Green, KY
Age 18 ASA Gold Nationals – Oklahoma City, OK
Played for teams listed above and posted a summer pitching record of 236 – 21 since 2000. Prior to focusing on pitching she was a standout shortstop and leadoff hitter. She helped lead Soddy Daisy High School to the state championship game four straight years while winning two championships. Signed a scholarship with Southern Illinois and went 28-11 before transferring to UTC. She helped lead UTC to two Southern Conference Championships while compiling a record of 24-7. Currently is the pitching coach for Bryan College in Dayton, TN.
Played for teams listed above and was a standout defensive player who played the following positions in game situations: LF, CF, RF, 2B, SS, 3B. Lead the team in fielding percentage multiple years as well as being a leader on the base path with speed and stellar base running. Batting average increased each year until peaking in the Gold Tournament. She helped lead Soddy Daisy High School team that played in state championship game four straight years while winning two championships. In addition, she was an All-District and Region basketball player for two years. Signed a softball scholarship with Carson Newman College and earned starting position in CF during her freshman year. Transferred to UTC to focus on academics. Currently employed @ Hixson Middle School as an 8th grade Math teacher.