Meet Softball's Yoda: Coach - Philosopher Teaches how to hit National Champ works out of Huntington Beach Warehouse, Shaping Pupils into Players.
By MARCIA C. SMITH
The Orange County Register
HUNTINGTON BEACH – Inside an unmarked, 4,000-square-foot corner of an Enterprise Lane industrial office complex, a skinny, tanned man with a Softball Connection ballcap, eyeglasses and the beginnings of a handlebar mustache is talking above the sizzle of 60 mph pitches and the aluminum clang of bat on softball.
Tony Rico is speaking about good players being "the hunters" rather than "the hunted." He's calling pitches "chances," swings "decisions" and softball "life" sliced up in scoreboard innings.
Fluorescent yellow softballs spit from pitching machines inside three batting cages that run the width of the room. Teen-age girls take heavy-armed swings at bullet after bullet, their eyes narrow beneath their hard-plastic helmets, their attention lasting as long as one pitch. READ MORE...