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Softball Chalk Talk with Coach Bielema

Bielema (4)_WEB.jpgIn this week's blog entry, head coach Yvette Healy writes about what it means to be surrounded by successful coaches at Wisconsin and the experience of having head football coach Bret Bielema speak to the team. Check back to UWBadgers.com for regular updates throughout the season.

What a fun week for football it was in Wisconsin. There were cheeseheads everywhere with the Packers winning the Super Bowl. We even finished our Sunday practice early that day so the team could get together for the big game.

The highlight was definitely having our head football coach, Bret Bielema, speak to our Badger Softball team on Thursday. Bret has created an amazing formula for success. After winning the Big Ten this year, and playing in the Rose Bowl, Coach B shared a few thoughts on success.

Coaching Philosophy

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In this week's blog entry, assistant coach Randy Schneider writes about his coaching philosophy and what coaching at Wisconsin means to him. Check back to UWBadgers.com for regular updates throughout the season.

Coach Healy has given me the opportunity to talk about my philosophy of coaching, so here goes:

Firstly, thank you Coach Healy for the opportunity to work at such a prestigious university and I have truly enjoyed working for such a fine family person/coach since my arrival in August.

What an incredible year to move your family to Wisconsin. The people here are passionate about their Badgers and Packers and to experience the Rose Bowl, "Granddaddy of Them All", along with the Super Bowl was truly a cool experience. To have the opportunity to discuss athletics with prestigious administrators/coaches and passionate people is much appreciated and something I will always be thankful for. The athletic family at the University of Wisconsin is truly amazing: very caring, understanding, loyal and hard working. Those characteristics are in direct correlation to the success people see on the field here.

Addressing the mental approach

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In this week's blog entry, softball head coach Yvette Healy writes about what the Badgers are doing to change their mental approach. Check back to UWBadgers.com for regular updates throughout the season.

Now that we have the first few weeks of practice with the Badger Softball team completed, we're focusing in on opening week.

We've spent a lot of time on our swings this winter, incorporating vision training, hand and wrist strengthening drills, and video analysis. We've challenged our hitters to be students of the game, understanding the forces that create whip and generate power. Beyond creating a strong fundamental base to our swings and being efficient, our staff has spent a lot of time addressing our mental approach in and out of the box.

Focus and confidence

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In the team's first blog entry of the season, softball head coach Yvette Healy writes about what the Badgers are doing to make themselves better on and off the field. Check back to UWBadgers.com for regular updates throughout the season.

Happy New Year! The Wisconsin Women's softball team is working hard, practicing for our 2011 season. The Badgers came back from break happy, healthy, strong and motivated.

Many of our coaches and student-athletes made the trek to Pasadena, Calif., cheering the Badger football team on in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. Seeing so many of our athletic teams make history right in front of our eyes is always inspiring. Football, basketball and hockey have all posted huge wins over nationally-ranked teams this season, and softball can't wait to carry on the winning tradition.

ON WISCONSIN