About Howard

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“Howard Kobata” – America’s Coach for softball tips and softball drills for

Fastpitch Softball Defense

Howard Kobata has been in fastpitch softball for over 30 years as a player and as an expert defensive coach.  He invented the “KobataStyle” which focuses on softball tips and softball drills for fastpitch softball defense.

“You’re too slow” is Howard’s signature phrase because he knows each and every player has the potential to be faster and quicker using his proven and successful “Kobata Style” methods.

Howard started coaching travel ball in 1987 and was also the Infield Coach at prestigious Mater Dei High School in Orange County, CA where Doug Meyers was the head coach.

Many of the softball players Howard has coached over the years have even played on the Jr. Olympic and Olympic teams.  Nina Lindenberg played for Howard for 5 years and was named to the Women’s Pro League and All Star team.   His own daughters were athletic scholars to Notre Dame and Stanford University.

Upon retiring from coaching, Howard was in high demand to teach at camps and clinics.  Howard feels that his ability to break down the different defensive techniques and the logical explanations has led to the growing demand of his camps and what has made him a standout expert and coach in the defensive area of the game.

Howard travels across the country to coach so that as many players as possible can experience his infamous “KobataStyle” defensive training. using softball tips and softball drills for fastpitch softball defense.

His list of accomplishments are impressive:

softball tips and softball drills for fastpitch softball defense

  • 2 Southern California State Championships
  • 1 ASA National Championship.
  • A Top 10 finish, 3 out of 3 times at Nationals.
  • 1 – 16 & Under ASA Southern California Championship 1992
  • 1 – 16 & Under ASA Nationals 9th Place 1992
  • 1 – 14 & Under ASA Southern California Championship 1995
  • 1 – 14 & Under ASA National Championship 1995
  • 1 – 16 & Under ASA Nationals 3rd Place 1996