All great coaches have one thing in common: a genuine love for their craft. You can easily tell when a coach truly loves passing expertise onto to his/her team. This passion and know-how is very clear when it comes to our newest Coach of the Week, Jenny Scarale. Jenny coaches the Majestix All-Stars fast-pitch softball team from Las Vegas, NV.
Jenny lives with her husband, Jason, and their three children: twins Elizabeth and Isabella, 12, and Nicholas, 6. She wanted her daughters to be part of the sport that she has loved as long as she can remember. Motherhood presented Jenny with the perfect opportunity to start her coaching career, and she dove right in. During the Spring 2011 season, she coached the Bomb Squad. This season she's coaching the All-Stars.
As a coach, Jenny's a great innovator. Last season, the Bomb Squad found themselves really struggling early on. They were very talented, but just couldn't seem to put it all together on the field. What did Coach Scarale do? She came up with a prayer to the softball gods! The team would recite it before each game, and they steadily started improving. It's outside the box thinking like this that really helps young athletes improve.
Jenny keeps herself quite busy when she’s not coaching. She's the player's advocate for her softball league, and an assistant coach for her son's baseball team in the Spring. If she's not on the field as a coach she's usually out playing for her local slow-pitch softball team. "I live and breathe softball... I want every girl in my league to have memories like I do from my childhood from softball.”
The All-Stars are doing well this year. They’re 16-5 and outscoring their opponents 219-93 with a team batting average of .500. She has a great group of girls and parents, they work hard and play hard. Good luck this year, and great job Coach!
JENNY SCARALE'S KEYS TO SUCCESS FOR OTHER COACHES
1: Don’t ever yell or correct your girls during a game. It's counterproductive. That's what practice is for!
2: Surround yourself with great coaches and assistant coaches. Make sure that they share your love of the game.
3:Take a season off! It gives you a chance to observe other coaches and recognize the type of coach you want to be.