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With group and individual lessons, strength & conditioning classes, various camp and workshop opportunities, The Softball Project offers an elite, comprehensive approach to training. Your daughter will be coached by former Professional and Division 1 athletes who provide a unique influence gained only by competing at the highest level.

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

Because it’s so much more than a game.
It’s an opportunity.
To cultivate a work ethic you can be proud of. To be led by women who have lived your dreams, and are eager for you to do the same.
It’s a life lesson.
A chance to find out what you’re really made of. To decide how bad you want it. To give everything you have in your body, and then push a little further.
It’s an environment.
A safe place to take that risk. To be able to taste defeat and let that fuel a fire so deep, giving up is not an option.
It’s a sisterhood.
You’ll build confidence and pursue excellence in character and performance, all while creating some of the best memories you’ll ever have

What WE EXPECT

Eye contact. Paired with the best effort & body language you have to give. That’s it. Show up every week, give us that, and we’ll make you better.

What they’re saying

From the first lesson with Kelsey we saw immediate results. Kelsey’s direction and guidance in breaking down and explaining the components of a quality swing in a way Gracie can easily understand is second to none. Kelsey has been an amazing role model for my daughter not only teaching her about the game but also about confidence, work ethic, and other important life skills. Kelsey’s knowledge and passion for the game has inspired my daughter to work hard and strive for excellence. She not only challenges Gracie but also encourages her to believe in herself. I highly recommend Kelsey to any softball player that is trying to take their game to the next level.

Crystal Kiker

Mom to Gracie of Team NC

Kelsey is one the the most understanding, encouraging, and dedicated people I have ever met. Every week I look forward to working with her because she not only makes me a better player, but also a better person. I admire her journey as an athlete and coach and I would not be where I am today without her.

Jenna Carter

College of Charleston commit

Kelsey Bruder is the premier softball batting instructor in the Charlotte area. Her accolades as an instructor and immensely successful collegiate and professional career led us to seek her out. My 11 year old daughter has been taking batting lessons with Kelsey for 2 years and the transformation has been incredible. Kelsey skillfully tailors her instruction to each batter, recognizing and correcting breakdowns in the swing and teaching proper mechanics. I’ve seen vast improvements in my daughters bat speed, power, pitch recognition, and consistency since attending lessons with Kelsey, which has directly translated to an increase in extra base hits and an improved batting average. Kelsey’s style of instruction is the perfect mix of positive reinforcement and encouragement while setting challenging expectations resulting in a dramatic boost to her confidence. On a personal note, my daughter has made a very special connection with Kelsey, viewing her as a mentor, role model, and someone she aspires to be like and make proud. Participating in lessons with Kelsey was the best decision we have made for our child’s softball career.

Jackie Miller

Mom to Madelyn of Lady Blues

There is a big difference in being able to hit and being able to teach the mechanics and mentality of hitting!!! Kelsey is the best I have seen at teaching the mechanics and the thought process of hitting, as well as being able to connect with and push her students to their maximum potential. She is also a great role model for any young athlete to have a relationship with. I have personally witnessed the success of multiple kids playing at the highest level of the game under her instruction. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! She is a GAME CHANGER!!!” –

Tracy Holmes

Former Team NC coach and dad to Darbi of North Greenville University softball

My daughter has been working with Kelsey for about 3 years and words alone cannot completely describe our experience with her. She has helped her develop and excel not only in softball but also in life. She is compassionate, caring, but doesn’t mind getting tough when needed. She is a true mentor and role model for our daughter. We are truly grateful to have the opportunity to work with her.

Tonya Hanson

Mom to Ciara of the Vienna Stars

Kelsey Bruder is an amazing instructor! Not only has she played the game at the highest level, but she is a positive teacher of the game. Kelsey is professional, dedicated and makes each player feel special. She helps her students reach their goals by developing their skills and their mental game She is a wonderful role model for young athletes. We LOVE her!!

Linda Mcgowan

Coach of Lady Lightning

What they’re saying

From the first lesson with Kelsey we saw immediate results. Kelsey’s direction and guidance in breaking down and explaining the components of a quality swing in a way Gracie can easily understand is second to none. Kelsey has been an amazing role model for my daughter not only teaching her about the game but also about confidence, work ethic, and other important life skills. Kelsey’s knowledge and passion for the game has inspired my daughter to work hard and strive for excellence. She not only challenges Gracie but also encourages her to believe in herself. I highly recommend Kelsey to any softball player that is trying to take their game to the next level.

Crystal Kiker

Mom to Gracie of Team NC

Kelsey is one the the most understanding, encouraging, and dedicated people I have ever met. Every week I look forward to working with her because she not only makes me a better player, but also a better person. I admire her journey as an athlete and coach and I would not be where I am today without her.

Jenna Carter

College of Charleston commit

Kelsey Bruder is the premier softball batting instructor in the Charlotte area. Her accolades as an instructor and immensely successful collegiate and professional career led us to seek her out. My 11 year old daughter has been taking batting lessons with Kelsey for 2 years and the transformation has been incredible. Kelsey skillfully tailors her instruction to each batter, recognizing and correcting breakdowns in the swing and teaching proper mechanics. I’ve seen vast improvements in my daughters bat speed, power, pitch recognition, and consistency since attending lessons with Kelsey, which has directly translated to an increase in extra base hits and an improved batting average. Kelsey’s style of instruction is the perfect mix of positive reinforcement and encouragement while setting challenging expectations resulting in a dramatic boost to her confidence. On a personal note, my daughter has made a very special connection with Kelsey, viewing her as a mentor, role model, and someone she aspires to be like and make proud. Participating in lessons with Kelsey was the best decision we have made for our child’s softball career.

Jackie Miller

Mom to Madelyn of Lady Blues

There is a big difference in being able to hit and being able to teach the mechanics and mentality of hitting!!! Kelsey is the best I have seen at teaching the mechanics and the thought process of hitting, as well as being able to connect with and push her students to their maximum potential. She is also a great role model for any young athlete to have a relationship with. I have personally witnessed the success of multiple kids playing at the highest level of the game under her instruction. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! She is a GAME CHANGER!!!” –

Tracy Holmes

Former Team NC coach and dad to Darbi of North Greenville University softball

My daughter has been working with Kelsey for about 3 years and words alone cannot completely describe our experience with her. She has helped her develop and excel not only in softball but also in life. She is compassionate, caring, but doesn’t mind getting tough when needed. She is a true mentor and role model for our daughter. We are truly grateful to have the opportunity to work with her.

Tonya Hanson

Mom to Ciara of the Vienna Stars

Kelsey Bruder is an amazing instructor! Not only has she played the game at the highest level, but she is a positive teacher of the game. Kelsey is professional, dedicated and makes each player feel special. She helps her students reach their goals by developing their skills and their mental game She is a wonderful role model for young athletes. We LOVE her!!

Linda Mcgowan

Coach of Lady Lightning

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We love a textbook soft slap!

•started her movement once the ball was released ✅
•let the ball travel deep ✅
• hit the inside & top half of the ball ✅
•early bounce ✅
•barrel ended up ✅

We love to see it 🤩

#softslap #slappers
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@lhaeger17 here just to remind you to be the pitcher you are supposed to be. Not the pitcher everyone else, Instagram, or others tell you to be!
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If you spin it, SPIN IT.
If you throw gas, THROW GAS.
If you have a sick change, THROW IT ALL THE TIME.
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Own who you are and it will bring out what makes YOU unique as a pitcher. Every school and program can only survive if they have a whole staff these days! Be a piece of a staff no one else has.
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🤙🏻🤙🏻🤙🏻🤙🏻🤙🏻
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Our goal here is to hit around or the target (the ball out in-front on the tee) with our hard slap angling down.

in between pitches I’ll ask Emma “what did you FEEL?” whether she misses her target or hits it. I ask that question often to hitters & slappers when working with them.

You have two types of athletes the one that knows right off the bat what FELT great and worked for them or what FELT bad and where they need to make their adjustments. Then you have other athletes that want instant success and never take the time to FEEL… it’s a rush for them and they aren’t in tune with their body.

One weekend I ran into Emma at the ball field after she played a game. I asked her how she did she was able to tell me her successes and failures at the plate AND WHY and what she FELT.

This game is about adjustments! It’s between YOU & YOU. Only YOU can feel your body. It’s what separates you from being the player that wants instant success. Instead you become a student of the game and your own coach when adjusting pitch to pitch.

Whether you are new to the game or been in the game. Be the athlete that can take the time to FEEL when you train, when you practice and when you play.

#softball #tiptuesday
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We are incredibly proud to announce @bwhitten_50’s commitment to further her academic & softball career at Longwood University! This is so deserved. She works hard every day and is an A+ kid. So so happy for you Berk! ...

Let’s go through this soft slap step by step in slo mo

1. Move your feet as the ball is released
2. Separate your hands once you start your first step
3. Cross over (keeping your hands back)
4. Let the ball travel deep to your left hip (creating that early bounce)
5. hit the inside & top half of the ball

✨Remember your approach to the ball is not soft, keep your bat speed to contact & stop right after contact✨

#slappingdrills #softslap
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Had a lot of strong performances from TSP girls out in Colorado last week. Here’s @graciehollingsworth.18 starting the game off with a no doubter ...

Here Paisley is working the walkthrough drill. Instead of stepping in front of her foot, she steps behind, helping her feel the internal rotation of the front hip. This subtle coiling leads to increased power. Give it a try, let us know what you think! ...

This lean back go forward drill forward our chop, let’s the athlete feel how her nose should be over her toes at contact. Posture is key!

Let’s not forget the other 🔑’s

🔑 contact point is deep (back hip)
🔑 posture up (so we can be on top driving the ball into the ground
🔑aiming inside top half + snap hard after contact
🔑 early bounce 6/12 spin

#slapping #chop
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With the World Series just wrapping up, I’ve heard countless girls say they’d give anything to play on that stage. Would you really, though? Does your work ethic prove that? Truthfully I’ve run into more athletes with excuses than with the drive it takes to be great.
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I know it’s hot. I know the umpires are terrible. I know you had to wake up early and play 6 games cuz you got in the losers bracket. Guess what though.. nobody cares.
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Its not entirely their fault. Society made people soft by giving everybody a trophy so no one gets their feelings hurt. But as you get older, you’re not GIVEN anything worth keeping. I only bring this up because most girls will get a “no” from their dream schools & be stunned by it.
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If you’re reading this I hope you’re not left wishing you had done more. Eat right. Condition to the point you think your lungs are bleeding & your muscles are exploding. Continuously seek discomfort in an effort to build grit. Refine your skills nearly every day. When you think you’ve practiced enough go out & do some more. THEN you’ll know you truly did give everything & regardless of where you end up, you’ll be successful. That type of “all in” discipline transcends the ball field & leads to an entire life of excellence.
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Sometimes saying “keep your hands inside, let them clear ur chest, let the ball deep, snap your wrist” just doesn’t click! And that’s okayyy! I’m a visual person as well!

Avery is here to help you all get a great look of how our hands should look when soft slapping. The first contact she makes with the inside ball is her, “keeping her hands inside the ball, letting her hands clear her chest”. The second contact she makes is her “letting the ball deep, and snapping her wrist”

Love using this drill for our soft slap warmup, training those hands to stay inside and create that early bounce.

Give it a try and see if you see the difference in a more sharper soft slap!

🔑‘s to remember when soft slapping
- let the ball travel deep
- hit the inside & top half of the ball
- your approach to the ball is not soft, keep your bat speed to contact & stop after
-barrel is up and facing the 5/6 hole

#slappingdrills #softslap
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ANOTHER Player of the Year! TSP athlete and @umichsoftball commit @janelleilacqua is an unbelievable ball player with an untouchable work ethic. So proud of you and thankful to be a small piece of the puzzle. ...

Simple drill to help athletes find the optimal stretch for their body. Have them stride to balance, pause, then fire. If the hands float with the step, they’ll feel very restricted. If the upper body creates space away from the front hip & is able to maintain that space as the lower half fires, they will feel strong even though they’re firing from a standstill.
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Hope this helps!
-Kelsey
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IT’S A GATOR GAME DAY IN OKC BABY LETS GOOOOOOO!!!!! FLORIDA OVER EVERYBODYYYY!!!!!! ...

We want to hear your predictions down below!!! ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️
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This WCWS will definitely be one to remember!
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SO MANY games from Thursday on and we want everyone to watch as many as they can! Pay attention to what these amazing athletes are doing it’s the best way to up your softball IQ!
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Another honor for one of our athletes. @graciehollingsworth.18 is an incredibly hard worker & an even better person. She wakes up at 5a to workout at @trainmatthews and is back after school training with @thesoftballproject. I’m so proud of you Gracie. ...

Catcher— a quick transfer is essential for a fast pop time!

In this drill we are working with the flat hand and then allowing the knee that drives to drop into place. This will help speed up your transfer and ensure you are getting your body into place to throw from your knees!

Start out slow and speed yourself up as you get familiar with the drill.

Then switch to your regular glove and progress to your normal catching position.

#catchingdrills #catcherdrills #softballcatcher #softballcatcherdrills #softballdrills #softball
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