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Effective: Summer 2014
ATHL 31INTERCOLLEGIATE SOFTBALL I (WOMEN)3 Unit(s)

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
May be taken six times for credit.
FHGE: Lifelong Learning Transferable: CSU/UC
9 hours laboratory. (108 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Upon completion students should be able to execute game strategies appropriate to the sport, demonstrating and understanding of the strategies.
  • Upon completion students should demonstrate skills at a level which could qualify a student athlete for NCAA and NAIA competition.
  • Upon completion students should demonstrate skills at a level which could qualify a student athlete for NCAA or NAIA competition.
Description -
Competitive intercollegiate softball emphasizing early season conditioning, development of skills and strategy, and team building through pre-conference and conference competition. Intended for participants of the women's softball team with previous high school, club or collegiate softball playing experience.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Perform softball skills related to each athlete's position and team objectives
  2. Compete in a highly organized team sport at a collegiate performance level of competition.
  3. Apply and practice skills and demonstrate skills specific to softball competitive play.
  4. Analyze opposing team play and strategies
  5. Demonstrate through performance the development of physical fitness levels in strength, endurance and over-all fitness.
  6. Identify and understand the official NCAA rules and their interpretations in game play.
  7. Display proper sports play and attitude both on and off the field.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Softball mitt, cleats and work-out attire.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Softball Performance skills
    1. Catching
    2. Throwing
    3. Base running
    4. Hitting
    5. Bunting
    6. Slapping
  2. Strategies for softball
    1. Pitchers
      1. Low net throws
      2. Rise balls
      3. Off speed fundamentals
      4. Footwork
      5. fielding
      6. pop-ups and communication
    2. Catchers
      1. Setting up and receiving balls
      2. Blocking pitches
      3. Pop-ups
      4. Force outs
      5. tag plays
      6. cut-offs
      7. pitchouts
      8. passed balls
    3. Outfielders
      1. grounders
      2. down and block
      3. fly balls
      4. sun balls
      5. line drives
      6. playing the fence
      7. back up responsibilities
    4. Infielders
      1. footwork
      2. checking the runner
      3. grounders
      4. diving
      5. first and third situations
      6. fielding bunts
  3. Offensive Strategies
    1. Seeing the pitch
    2. Hitting for power
    3. Hit and run
    4. Scoring a runner
    5. Creating the lineup
  4. Defensive strategies
    1. Bunt defense
    2. Back up position on throws and batted balls
    3. Defense against double steals and stolen bases
  5. Physical Fitness
    1. Core strength
    2. Weight training
    3. Power
    4. Flexibility training
  6. Rules and interpretations
    1. Scoring
    2. Defensive positioning
    3. Blocking the plate
    4. Infield fly
  7. Sports play
    1. Respect
    2. Positive attitude
    3. Hustle
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Video analysis of fielding, hitting, batting
  2. Direct observation of physical skill improvement and situational decision-making
  3. Participation in athletic competitions and practice
Representative Text(s) -
Current NCAA Rulebook

Disciplines -
Coaching or Physical Education
 
Method of Instruction -
Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Laboratory, Demonstration.
 
Lab Content -
  1. Softball Performance skills
    1. Catching
    2. Throwing
    3. Base running
    4. Hitting
    5. Bunting
    6. Slapping
  2. Strategies for softball
    1. Pitchers
      1. Low net throws
      2. Rise balls
      3. Off speed fundamentals
      4. Footwork
      5. fielding
      6. pop-ups and communication
    2. Catchers
      1. Setting up and receiving balls
      2. Blocking pitches
      3. Pop-ups
      4. Force outs
      5. tag plays
      6. cut-offs
      7. pitchouts
      8. passed balls
    3. Outfielders
      1. grounders
      2. down and block
      3. fly balls
      4. sun balls
      5. line drives
      6. playing the fence
      7. back up responsibilities
    4. Infielders
      1. footwork
      2. checking the runner
      3. grounders
      4. diving
      5. first and third situations
      6. fielding bunts
  3. Offensive Strategies
    1. Seeing the pitch
    2. Hitting for power
    3. Hit and run
    4. Scoring a runner
    5. Creating the lineup
  4. Defensive strategies
    1. Bunt defense
    2. Back up position on throws and batted balls
    3. Defense against double steals and stolen bases
  5. Physical Fitness
    1. Core strength
    2. Weight training
    3. Power
    4. Flexibility training
  6. Rules and interpretations
    1. Scoring
    2. Defensive positioning
    3. Blocking the plate
    4. Infield fly
  7. Sports play
    1. Respect
    2. Positive attitude
    3. Hustle
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Optional reading and writing assignments as recommended by instructor.