Schedule

Friday, April 1   
  5:00pm - 6:30pm REGISTRATION  
  6:30pm - 6:40pm WELCOME/OPENING REMARKS  
  6:40pm - 8:00pm Session #1 - Developing Mental Toughness - Dr. David Scott
This presentation will focus on how different strategies can be used to develop mental toughness in your players. The importance of thinking style, the development of good habits, methods for dealing with adversity, and strategies for enhancing performance will be examined.
Fredericton Inn
  8:00pm - 8:10pm BREAK  
  8:10pm - 9:30pm Session #2 - Developing a Team Winning Culture/Creating a Culture of Excellence - Dr. David Scott
This presentation will focus on how different strategies can be used to develop a team winning culture. The importance of setting a vision, clarifying roles for all players, developing partnerships, and nurturing and promoting leadership will be examined.
Fredericton Inn
  9:30pm - 12:00am COACHES SOCIAL EVENT
Softball New Brunswick will host a get together with your fellow symposium participants on Friday evening after the last presentation (starting at about 9:30 pm). A cash bar and free finger food will be available. Plan to attend and meet your fellow coaches and the presenters!!
Fredericton Inn
Saturday, April 2      
  7:00am - 8:00am REGISTRATION  
  8:00am - 9:00am Session #4 - - Marc Dagenais
Description - To be confirmed.
Fredericton Inn
  9:00am - 10:15am Session #5 - Building a Hitter from the Ground Up - Jeff Ellsworth
This presentation will help coaches understand an efficient and effective swing that will produce more contact with more power for better results. Jeff will start with the stance and work up to contact with the ball. Jeff will describe common hitting errors and ways to correct hitting flaws in your athletes. Hitting flaws are like a chain reaction. Once they start they are almost impossible to stop and you will see the inevitable appearance of more mistakes. Examples of current top hitters will be used to explain hitting mechanics.
Fredericton Inn
  10:15am - 10:30am BREAK  
  10:30am - 11:30am Session #6 - Catching Mechanics - Cindy Bristow
Description - To be confirmed.
Fredericton Inn
  11:30am - 12:30pm Session #7 - Performance Training for Softball – Marc Dagenais
In this workshop, you will learn what performance factors matter most in softball, the best exercises to train those factors and how to easily integrate these factors into your practices. You’ll also learn the key elements of a high-performance softball-specific warm-up and how to develop a winning warm-up routine.
Fredericton Inn
  12:30pm - 2:00pm LUNCH & BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Pick up your lunch and head to your table. A Facilitator at your table will lead discussions with coaches at your table about a variety of topics as you have your lunch.
Fredericton Inn
  2:00pm - 2:30pm TRANSPORT TO DOME  
  2:30pm - 5:30pm Onfield Practical Session #1
Three stations will be set up with different instructors/topics. Coaches will be divided into groups and assigned to a starting station. Each station will be 1 hour. Then coaches will move to next station.
Station #1 - Pitching & Catching Practice - Cindy Bristow
In this practical gym session, Cindy will discuss the key teaching points of the skills needed by advanced pitchers and catchers. She will show coaches various pitching and catching drills to improve your player's performance.
Station #2 - Hitting - Jeff Ellsworth
In this practical gym session, Jeff will follow up on his earlier discussion on hitting mechanics to not only show coaches various hitting drills to improve their hitter’s performance but also model how to talk to players to enhance their learning of this hard to master skill.
Station #3 - Breakthrough Speed and Agility for Softball – Marc Dagenais
In this practical gym session, Marc will show you how to get a step ahead of the competition and discover the best techniques and drills to make your players faster, quicker and more agile on the softball field.
 UNB BMO Field (Dome)
  5:30pm - 7:15pm DINNER (ON YOUR OWN)  
  7:15pm - 10:00pm Onfield Practical Session #2
Three stations will be set up with different instructors/topics. Coaches will be divided into groups and assigned to a starting station. Each station will be 45 minutes Then coaches will move to next station.
Station #1 - Skills & Drills to Develop Solid Infielders – Cindy Bristow
In this practical gym session, Cindy will not only cover the key teaching points for the skills needed by all infielders but will demonstrate the various drills to improve your infielder’s defensive performance.
Station #2 - Outfielders - Jeff Ellsworth
Description - To be confirmed.
Station #3 - Topic TBD - Marc Dagenais
Description - To be confirmed.
UNB BMO Field (Dome)
  10:00pm - 12:00am HOSPITALITY ROOM Fredericton Inn
Sunday, April 3      
  8:00am - 8:30am REGISTRATION  
  8:30am - 9:30am Session #8 - Keys to Successfully Manage the Skill Ranges on Your Team – Cindy Bristow
It’s one thing to coach your team. It’s a whole different ballgame to make sure your star players are challenged while giving your lesser-skilled players enough reps to improve. Learn how to challenge your top players, manage your average players and give special attention to those that need it within the time, space and coaching staff you have for practice.
Fredericton Inn
  9:30am - 10:45am Session #9 - Drills, Drills, Drills – Cindy Bristow, Marc Dagenais and Jeff Ellsworth
This presentation is packed with drills ranging from Throwing to Defensive to Hitting to Pitching. You’ll see video of drills in action and hear a detailed explanation of each drill. Improve your practices by learning more game-like drills. Join Cindy Jeff and Marc as they share their favourite drills that can make practice fun and help athletes improve individual skills and tactics.
Fredericton Inn
  10:45am - 11:00am BREAK  
  11:00am - 12:00pm Session #10 - Putting the game into your practices – Cindy Bristow
Ever wonder why your players are great in practice but can't perform in a game. In this session you will learn how to design drills and practices to teach your players how to overcome common performance obstacles so they can have success in games.
Fredericton Inn 
  12:00pm - 1:00 pm Session #11 - Communication Between Umpires and Coaches and Players - Building relationships and the importance of it - NB Umpire Association
Description - To be confirmed.
Fredericton Inn
  1:00 pm - 1:15 pm CLOSING REMARKS