Schutt Sports, the NFCA’s Official Training and Field Equipment sponsor, has renewed its agreement with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association for three more years. The new contract extends sponsorship through the 2005-06 academic year. 

“We’re very pleased that Schutt Sports has renewed its sponsorship,” said NFCA Executive Director Lacy Lee Baker. “Schutt Sports has sponsored the NFCA since 1997, and during that time, their support has enabled the NFCA to provide many needed services to our members.” 

Based in Litchfield, Ill., Schutt is one of the last family-owned sporting goods companies in the United States. After an early focus on basketball goals and football faceguards, the company has expanded to add field/court equipment for softball, baseball, football and basketball, as well as authentic collectible products. 

Today’s lineup of training and field equipment includes: 

• Tees — Schutt offers several tees, including a ultra lightweight travel tee and heavy-duty, rubber t-ball batting tee. Both have adjustable heights. A new product just released in 2004 is the tee-topper, which turns your import tee into a long-lasting tee (endorsed by Tony Gwynn). 

• Swing Rite —Oscar Miller’s Swing Rite isolates and corrects hitting problems. The dual stem construction helps hitting both inside and outside pitches, as well as helping to eliminate the uppercut/golf type of swing. 

• Striker-II — This equipment can be used as a warm-up device or highly effective swing trainer. 

• Slide-Rite — Developed by Tom Tresh, the Slide-Rite teaches sliding and diving skills. The sliding pad is made from durable cordura with an open-cell foam cushion inside the mat. 

Schutt Sports also features a stride guide, Dirx Warm-Up bat and non-electric Slo•toss pitching machine. To find out more about Schutt Sports equipment and where you can purchase it, go to 

The NFCA is the professional growth association for fastpitch softball coaches from all competitive levels of play. Based in Starkville, Miss., the NFCA administers numerous awards, and is committed to coaching education. For more information on the NFCA, visit

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