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Solid team defense & strategy

Course Info:

Date: September 15-16


Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Doubletree by Hilton Collinsville
1000 East Port Plaza Dr. 
Collinsville, IL 62234 | View Map

Hotel Rate:

$95.00 + tax. When making reservations, please ask for "National Fastpitch/SIUE" room block.
Fulginiti Indoor
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
3345 Stadium Dr. 
Edwardsville, IL 62026 | View Map

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Course Cost: $199

* If you are re-taking this course please call the NFCA at 502-409-4600 for adjustable rate.


Carol Bruggeman
NFCA Executive Director

  • Over 700 wins as Division I Coach (Michigan, Purdue, Louisville)
  • National Clinician/Speaker/Author
  • ESPN/SEC Network/Big Ten Network Color Analyst
Deanna Gumpf
Head Coach, University of Notre Dame

  • 16 consecutive trips to NCAA Regionals
  • .711 winning percentage in 16 seasons
Larissa Anderson
Head Coach, Hofstra University

  • A member of eight NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year award-winners. 
  • Hofstra is 569-253-2 and without a losing season during Anderson's tenure on staff. 

Strategy meets skill in this in-depth look at creating a strong defensive team. In this course, you will learn how to put your individual players together to build a successful defense. In addition, you will:

  • Study various defensive sets and discuss how to select the appropriate set for various game situations;
  • Identify and understand skills required to execute pickoffs and rundowns;
  • Learn how to handle special situations (wild pitch-passed balls, dropped third strikes, intentional walks);
  • Respond to steals, extra-base hits, bunts and slaps;
  • Increase your understanding of angles, principles of jurisdiction; communication systems and primary-secondary back-up charts;
  • Learn to interpret statistics and position your players with a purpose in mind;
  • Use the DP-FLEX rule to your advantage;
  • Discuss pitch calling, pitching strategy and defensive game plans;
  • Accumulate drills for the practice of defensive team skills and strategies.
Course Schedule
Friday Onsite Registration (SIUE): 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.