" Inside every player, is the best player they can be. My job as your coach is to find that player and bring them out. Your job as a player, is to want to find that player as much as I do. "
Softball Coach & Sports Psychologist
Welcome to Coach Ricky's Website, I hope you enjoy your visit. Here you will find information about myself, my coaching clinics and also some of my favourite coaching drills and training tips.
I was born in Guernsey in the Channel Islands, Guernsey has the longest record of Softball playing in the world, outside of the USA. I started Softball as a player in 1973. From 1977 onwards I played domestic games and European Tournaments untill my playing retirement in 2000.
I started coaching alongside my playing in 1984 and have continued untill the present day.
I had enormous pleasure of playing and competing regularly throughout the eighties and early nineties with the U.S.A.F Teams based in the UK, also guesting for U.S.A.F. Teams in European Tournaments under the guidance of the late great Mr Earl Hicks (known at the time in Europe as Mr Softball)
I have lived in Europe for the past 14 yrs mainly in Portugal and more recently in Spain.
During my early years in Portugal I was Technical Adviser & Coach to the Softball & Baseball Federation and was involved in the introduction of Womens Softball to Portugal. I held clinics for athletes in schools and helped with the formation at local level. During that time I also held clinics for coaches (adults Level 1) wanting to start their own teams in their areas.
My training clinic in Lisbon held in conjunction with White Sharks Softball Team was filmed to be used as a basis for training School P.E. teachers in Softball Coaching Techniques.
In recent years I have dedicated as much time to my Softball coaching as possible and have been lucky enough to travel all over Europe coaching and promoting the Sport I love and helping a variety of teams and their coaches raise their game to higher levels . I have spent some time in Germany, again providing training clinics for teams, including specialist Pitching & Batting Clinics, one on one coaching and team coaching. I have spent time with Tempo Praha Czech Republic ( Men's ExtraLiga) I had a great time and met some excellent Softball players, we were doing pre-season training and preparation , plus coaching for their first tournament of the year. It was a great success with the team reaching the final and only losing to the league champions.
The last few seasons we have been coaching widely throughout Europe, including France, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Croatia. We have had an excellent time at Pessac Pantheres in France, we were also invited to spend a few weeks in Slovenia. We had a warm welcome at Team Golovec and carried out some very successful Clinics. The aim was to promote Fastpitch Softball and Softball in general throughout Slovenia. I also spent some time with the National Squad and at the other end of the scale some time promoting Softball in schools in Ljubljana. Most recently I have traveled to Poland, where I carried out specialist Pitching Clinics for Warsaw Diamonds and girls from the Polish National team.
After a 2015 season coaching in Spain, I am licensed in France and currently available for clinics across Europe.
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