NCAA DI Softball Catcher with Extensive Youth Coaching Experience Seeking Team Overseas
Name: Olivia Huffman
Weight: 155 lbs
DOB: January 21, 1997
Date Available: October 15, 2019
Positions (alt): 1B, OF, RF, CF, LF
College: Ball State University
I have many strengths in the game of softball and have as many mental assets as I do physical, if not more. I see the ball very well; I use this to my advantage and get on base a lot. I am also able to steal bases, often making a lead-off walk as good as a double. My on-base percentage combined with my ability to hit for power makes me a very productive hitter and a threat at any spot in the lineup. I am a threat on the bases, as well, because I steal bases and am a smart baserunner who gets great jumps and reads.
I am an excellent receiver and I am able to get a big strike zone behind the plate. I’m also great at stopping the ball, whether with my glove or my body, to keep runs from scoring or runners from advancing. I have a great arm and a quick transfer; my pop time gets as low as 1.78 and in-game I generally live 1.85-1.90. I also bring knowledge and experience in pitch-calling and am able to work to my pitchers’ strengths. I work well with a diverse pitching staff and am proficient in managing different skill sets, personalities, and playing styles. I also have strong leadership ability and was a team captain for my Junior and Senior years.
In addition to playing, I have extensive youth coaching experience, both on teams and in lesson/clinic settings. I am passionate about coaching and teaching young people about this great game, and I would be an asset to any program looking to stimulate a love for softball in young players.
Abilities summary: Strong defensive catcher with superior blocking, receiving, and throwing skills.
Pop time: 1.85.
Strong pitch calling ability, high-level game knowledge, leadership skills.
High OBP with good speed, hits for power.
|2014-16||Softball Clinic Instructor||S&C Sports Services||Academy||Coached groups (10-30) young girls ages 5-16 in throwing, base-running, outfield, and catching. Altered the level of instruction to that of the players|
|2015-18||Assistant Coach||10U/12U Hudson Boosters||MN Fastpitch Softball||helped coach young girls on a specific team in fielding, hitting, and base-running during their summer seasons|
|2016-19||Softball Clinic Instructor||Ball State University||NCAA D1||Collaborated with other instructors to create a cohesive, thorough learning environment and equipped 15-60 players per clinic with a complete understanding of each softball drill|
|2018-19||Hitting/Catching Instructor||5 Tool Academy||Academy||Designs and hosts individual lessons, small group classes (3-5 athletes) and team practices (10-12 athletes), ages 7-13, with programs to help improve athletes hitting, catching, and mental skills in the context of softball|
|2016||Assistant Softball coach - 16U||Midwest Speed||Summer Club Softball - PGF||Helped design and run practices for athletes ages 14-17, also coached first base and assisted with administrative details for team.|
|2019 (in progress)||Ball State||42||59||14||5||1||0||2||7||21||22||6||0||.085||.357||.203|