SOFTBALL Instructors

The Fieldhouse offers one-on-one and small group lessons.  
Check out our awesome instructors.


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Katelyn Heinrich

Softball Instruction

Hi my name is Katelyn Heinrich or "Kat". I played 4 years of collegiate softball as a pitcher, hitter and 1st baseman. I was an assistant coach at the college level as well, coaching at the NAIA and NCAA levels. I have attended many skills camps and trained with many college coaches. I specialize in pitching and hitting but also train catchers and infielders. My goal is to work with each athlete on an individual and group level to become the best player they can be.

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Softball Instruction
Phone: 925-567-4346

Hi! My name is Octavia Bond, and I played 3.5 years of softball at Cal as an outfielder and slap hitter. I also coached for the NorCal Bears organization for 3 years for ages 13U, 14U, and 16U. During my time at Cal I coordinated multiple softball camps from ages 7-18, and loved working with each girl on their own personal strengths and weaknesses. While I was an outfielder and slap hitter in college, I played shortstop and was a power hitter as well growing up, being able to provide versatility to the field. I specialize in teaching outfield, slap hitting, and middle infield. While those may be what I specialize in, I am dedicated to help each and every girl become the best athlete they can possibly be regardless of their position on the field. In addition to this, I am a firm believer in helping my girls create success for the future off the field as well through the concept of life lessons taught by the game of softball (and baseball).

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Fastpitch Softball Instructor
Phone: 650.438.2312
Abigail is a Bay Area native and former Division I pitcher at UC Santa Barbara.  Since 2002, Abigail has been giving private pitching lessons and clinics to softball players around the Bay Area, with several of her pitchers going on to play at the collegiate level.  Abigail specializes in pitching and works with girls of all ages and skill levels, from developing and perfecting fundamental pitch mechanics to advanced pitch count strategies and game management.  

Abigail has a thorough knowledge of the game and is passionate about girls participating in sports.  With over 15 years’ experience as a communications executive, Abigail knows firsthand the life lessons learned from training and working hard to perfect a skill.   

Recognitions while at UCSB:

·         Known as UCSB’s “ace.”

·         Led UCSB in most pitching categories, including earning a “top ten” spot on UCSB softball’s most wins in a season list.

·         Big West Pitcher of the Week.

·         Santa Barbara News-Press Athlete of the Week.


kiko garcia

Phone: 925-207-0215


Softball Hitting Instruction

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Kiko Garcia offers private instruction at The Fieldhouse indoor facility located in Concord, CA.

With over 15 years of experience playing professional and 20+ years of coaching background, Kiko has developed into an elite instructor. Kiko does not just give tips, but teaches techniques that turn into habits, so that habits turn into natural reaction. His knowledge, skills and approach help students maximize their potential and perform at their best.

Areas of instruction include:

  • Hitting

  • Fielding

  • Throwing

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Fastpitch Softball Instructor
Phone: (707) 688-2721

Rich Balswick is a credentialed teacher who taught at Los Altos High School for 10 years. During his playing career he was a National Open Division MVP award winner and a 3 time All-American fastpitch pitcher. Rich also participated in 3 Olympic sports festivals, and was a member on 3 National Championship teams.

For the past 21 years, Rich has been a full-time fastpitch pitching instructor. Over the course of that time he has produced well over 100 college pitchers, a national Gatorade player of the year, two state Gatorade players of the year as well as dozens of regional and all-state pitchers. Annually he generally has between 3 to 5 of the top 20 high school pitchers in ERA and strikeouts in the state of California and does so by consistently developing many of the region’s top pitchers.

A Unique Approach

By studying the world’s best pitchers, having been mentored by the game’s best minds, Rich has developed a unique approach to the dynamics of fastpitch pitching. His approach is to teach a “whip” action rather than the common “forced” action.

“When we see distortion in delivery and inconsistency in ball placement, much of it is attributed to an inefficient effort being made to power the ball.”
– Rich Balswick

For more information,
contact Don Gieseke at or
call 925-446-6568 / 925-708-6427