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HenryLouisAaron

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This is the second part of an interview program with Patty Gasso (I posted the first part a few days a go). In this interview with Becky Burleigh - Patty talks about the importance of structure and discipline in coaching young athletes; and how she hopes to use her platform to better softball and women's athletics in general. The interview is about 8 minutes in length.

https://whatdriveswinning.com/conference-videos/patty-gasso-part-2/ 


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Ok does one thing better than anyone else. They recruit what they like, polish them up and turn them loose. Its not some magical system or methodology like many people think.
They do not break them down and screw with them for a year or two like many college coaches like to do. By the way, coaching is very overrated.  Over coaching is a bigger problem. 
They bring in all the top recruits when they are very young and watch them closely. When they are sure they fit their program, they offer.  Once they offer they manage the kids club career and start setting expectations right away. 

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Ok does one thing better than anyone else. They recruit what they like, polish them up and turn them loose. Its not some magical system or methodology like many people think.
They do not break them down and screw with them for a year or two like many college coaches like to do. By the way, coaching is very overrated.  Over coaching is a bigger problem. 
They bring in all the top recruits when they are very young and watch them closely. When they are sure they fit their program, they offer.  Once they offer they manage the kids club career and start setting expectations right away. 


They also do a pretty good job of winning Nattys and keeping their noses clean in the process.
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Ok does one thing better than anyone else. They recruit what they like, polish them up and turn them loose. Its not some magical system or methodology like many people think.
They do not break them down and screw with them for a year or two like many college coaches like to do. By the way, coaching is very overrated.  Over coaching is a bigger problem. 
They bring in all the top recruits when they are very young and watch them closely. When they are sure they fit their program, they offer.  Once they offer they manage the kids club career and start setting expectations right away. 


I happened to speak to Paige Lowary's dad at one of the fall games.  He said that Paige thrived in 2017 for a number of reasons.  First, Oklahoma provided an atmosphere where Paige felt safe.  Evidently the coaches at Missouri are horses' patoots and didn't care about getting Paige the right rehab after she was hit in the face from a batted ball.  Moreover, they didn't' give her the psychological boost to get her refocused on the game.

Second, he said that Paige had never received the quality of technical training on her mechanics that she received from Melyssa Lombardi.  She learned how to approach each pitch, how to mentally shake off a call that went against her, how to focus on what she needed to do to defeat the batters that inning.  I think Lombardi is a "pitcher whisperer" that builds a verbal platform for the pitchers to work with. 

Paige learned the strategy of pitching in a different way.  Each opponent is thoroughly analyzed to the point that Lombardi calls a pitch due to the current situation.  I conjured up this example as an illustration: a batter has a 2-2 count with runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 out trailing by 2 runs.  The meta data analyzed indicates that the batter will swing 75% of the time.  It also shows that this batter swings 90% of the time at a rise ball.  The pitch called for is a rise ball which results in an end of inning strikeout leaving a runner at 3rd in scoring position.

Many teams work at this analytical level.  Oklahoma, voted the best softball staff in 2017, has the organization and framework that gives their players confidence in what they are doing.  This is the further extension to Doc's posting.  The recruits that sign are pre-qualified to ascertain if the recruit's temperament, personality and work ethic fits into the team.  It's how the player presents those qualities in their attitude that will allow them to grow. 

The team came together in 2017 with the battle cry of "I got your back" that signaled that if a player failed at hitting, fielding or running, that the other players would fill in to plug the gap.  No judgment or snide remarks.  Just, let's get onto the next play and do our jobs. 

Coach Gasso lives by "Championship Mindset" and distributed bracelets for the players to wear.  However, they didn't get them until April when the team demonstrated that they were ready to receive them by fearless play and working as a team at all times.  OU isn't finished.  The women are primarily juniors and they are taking a workmanlike game to game approach to get back to OKC.  

From this seat in the grandstand, the WCWS Championship is theirs to lose.  So, as the blind man said, "we'll see."

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Beautiful insight 


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Yep... winning is the great deodorant
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Yep... winning is the great deodorant



Are you trying to say there is something that smells at OU?

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No... just that no one's s*** stinks when you win that last game. To the victors go those spoils
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<< Ok does one thing better than anyone else. They recruit what they like, polish them up and turn them loose. Its not some magical system or methodology like many people think. 
They do not break them down and screw with them for a year or two like many college coaches like to do. By the way, coaching is very overrated.  Over coaching is a bigger problem. 
They bring in all the top recruits when they are very young and watch them closely. When they are sure they fit their program, they offer.  Once they offer they manage the kids club career and start setting expectations right away. 
 >> (Doctor)


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I agree with much of what you had to say above. They do recruit very well - and they do make great effort to get the recruits they believe will best fit their program. 

But... all of the top ten or twenty teams in the country get excellent recruits... pretty much every year.

Oklahoma excels in what they do with those players - once they get them. They turn them from excellent freshman recruits - into excellent freshmen players... probably better than any other team. And that very much has to do with the coaching staff at Oklahoma. They are great coaches. What they have accomplished (winning the national title in three of the last five seasons - and very nearly four of the last six) is incredibly hard to do. 

Winning the title once is very, very hard to do. Just look at all the many excellent teams that have not been able to get the job done. What Patty Gasso (along with the rest of her staff) has done at Oklahoma is really quite phenomenal. And it didn't happen just because of their recruiting.

Yes... it is not a "magical" system or methodology.... 
but it is an almost unbelievably great one.

And... I do not think it is possible - to overrate the coaching staff at Oklahoma.
They actually are that good.

That's how I see it.
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It's almost as if people forget the 2001-2011 stretch.
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It's almost as if people forget the 2001-2011 stretch.


I checked. From 2001 to 2011 they played in 11 of 11 Regionals, 5 of 7 Supers, and 5 of 11 World Series. They compiled a record of 514 and 168, a winning percentage of 75.37% and an average of 47 wins per year.

I guess you can draw your own conclusion as to the level of success that defines.
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2001,02,03,04 and 11 they still made the WCWS so I don’t quite understand your remark Jayrot, although they are considerably better here lately it’s not like they were the softball doormats in the years you mentioned.
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<< It's almost as if people forget the 2001-2011 stretch. >> (jayrot)

The accomplishments of Patty Gasso and her staff were pretty excellent even before the 2012 season began... 

But, in my view... she learned from all her experiences - and got better over time. In the last six seasons (2012-2017) Oklahoma has reached a whole different level of excellence. One that very few teams ever achieve.
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<< What they have accomplished (winning the national title in three of the last five seasons - and very nearly four of the last six) is incredibly hard to do. 

Winning the title once is very, very hard to do. Just look at all the many excellent teams that have not been able to get the job done. >> (me from my earlier post #9)

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I just wanted to expand upon what I wrote above... 
Since the NCAA WCWS began in 1982 - there have been 36 titles.
Only a dozen teams have managed to win the national title.
UCLA, Arizona, Oklahoma, Arizona State, Florida, Texas A&M, Alabama, Washington, Michigan, California, Fresno State and Cal State Fullerton.

Only six teams have won the title more than once.
UCLA, Arizona, Oklahoma, Arizona State, Florida and Texas A&M.

And only three teams have won it more than twice.
UCLA, Arizona and Oklahoma.

Only eight teams have made it to the NCAA WCWS finals more than twice.
UCLA, Arizona, Oklahoma, Florida, Texas A&M, Fresno State, Washington and California.

Guess which of those teams has the best percentage of winning the title after reaching the finals.
Oklahoma 4-1 (80%)
UCLA *12-7 (63%)
Arizona 8-5 (62%)
Florida 2-3 (40%)
Texas A&M 2-3 (40%)
California 1-2 (33%)
Washington 1-2 (33%)
Fresno State 1-4 (20%)

Only three of those teams have managed to win the finals more often than they lost.
Oklahoma (4-1), UCLA (*12-7) and Arizona (8-5).

*UCLA is 11-7 (61%) when we drop their 1995 title (which was vacated because of scholarship violations).
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