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WELCOME TOTHE SOFTBALL PROJECT

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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Just DROPPING onto your timeline to say it’s the off season and it’s time to come to TSP to get in some WORK! Off-season is my favorite season!

LETS GO.
@lhaeger17
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Here’s a snippet of a “feel” drill some of my hitters did last week. To optimize connection, we focus on keeping the upper body stretched as the hips commit. This keeps your hands with your back side and creates a feel of turning into the ball rather than your hands going to get it.

To start, open your front toe to simulate your front hip beginning to fire and glue your barrel onto the outside of your delt. You will then literally turn your backside to contact, only releasing the barrel as you approach impact. 60-70% will suffice.

Let me know what you think.
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Imagine if you can soft slap with one hand with GREAT BARREL control what you can do with TWO hands on! Makayla is here to show you! Things she’s doing great to remind you how this drill should be done.
• controlled footwork
• hands stay inside hitting top half
• stops immediately after contact
•barrel ends up!
• posture is squared to the plate long staying closed!

#softslap #slappers
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We got another one! @laylammanning14 will join her big sis to play ball at Gaston College & I couldn’t be more proud! I’ve had this one since she was literally a child & it’s been wonderful to see her grow. Proud of you Layla! ...

I can’t preach enough the importance of blocking. It is a skill that 100% gets over looked. Catching isn’t just about receiving and throwing people out, it’s about being an absolute WALL. That means your pitcher needs someone they can trust to stop a run from being scored when she makes a mistake or has to throw a risky pitch to get a swing and miss. Blocking is hard and definitely not everyone’s favorite. But in order to get better, we have to practice the stuff we don’t like to do or maybe think we aren’t as good at to get better. ...

TSP Winter Camp sign ups are here!
To register, find us on our Mindbody app, click the “classes” tab & choose the date that applies to you!
Hope to see y’all there!
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Unbelievably proud of our girl @annamcgowan13 for committing to NC St! Your number one school, wow. What a dream come true. You work so hard and are so deserving. Congrats, sis!! ...

Pumped to announce our latest commitment! Riley has been so dedicated over the years, she’s a versatile athlete and an absolute pleasure to work with. Cant wait to watch you shine at Mars Hill @rileyg0225, we’re so proud of you! ...

Ava working the one leg power slap!!

A lot of slappers have a hard time executing a power slap because your feet are either moving too fast or your posture is too forward and over the ball.

When power slapping our right foot is not completely down leaving majority of our weight on our left leg. This drill helps us find our balance and leg power to drive this ball with our left leg! #slapping #slappers #powerslap
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Need some help with proper foot work when fielding a ground ball? This is a super easy drill to work on moving to the ball with control and setting the feet for a throw. ...

BIG shoutout to one of our most consistent and hardest workers at TSP for hitting her first home run! We are so excited for you Rachel! KEEP WORKIN! The best is yet to come for this one!
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@rachel.lyons09
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Simple top wrist drill to help us gain barrel control in our wrist snaps when soft slapping.

When we are soft slapping we want to attack the inside top half of the ball by snapping our top wrist over the ball leaving our barrel above our hands. For a-lot of slappers they are natural righties and that top hand tends to be little weaker. Work this drill slowly + in control to strengthen that top hand & to make our soft slaps more sharp! #slapping #softslap
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Got SC state commit @ciara3.farrar in the house working the back knee drive drill to feel her weight transfer sync up w her barrel. Couple points of performance-
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1. Notice Ciara drives up against a front side that maintains tilt. She’s not driving OVER her front side, nor is she collapsing backwards.
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2. She’s taking the swing at about 70%, just trying to feel the relationship between weight & barrel. She’s then alternating a hard, full swing every other rep.
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Give this a try if you see a girl “sitting and spinning” through her swing, or one that transfers weight early & crashes on top of her front leg. Let me know what you think!
-Kelsey
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GO ALL OUT!!!

Trinity is 7yo and learning how to get over the fear of diving into a base and laying out for a softball. She’s crushing it!

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