What Is Higher Ground?

HIGHER GROUND is a softball instruction organization, founded in 1989, that provides top-quality services and products for coaches, players, and parents. Our mission is to do everything possible toward Helping YOU Get Better Every Day.

To achieve our goal of helping you to improve and enjoy the game more, we conduct softball camps and clinics and provide the best of softball souvenirs and incentives.

We have produced forty softball videos and softball DVD’s, with instruction provided by many of the best coaches in the world. We only use people that know how to explain skills and drills so that you can easily understand and apply the principles being taught. Among our video instructors are:

Sue Enquist Former UCLA & USA National Team Staff
Kathy Van Wyk Broderick Award Winner & San Diego State Univ. Coach
Jay Miller Mississippi State Univ. & USA National Team Staff
Stacy Winsberg Late Conditioning & Speed Coach for USA Olympic Team
Diane Schumacher ISF Hall of Fame & USA National Team Staff
Bobby Simpson Founder of Higher Ground & International Coach & Clinician
Jack Stallings (BB) Hall of Fame NCAA Division I Coach (Retired)
Greg Riddoch Former Manager of San Diego Padres; elite softball instructor
Carie Dever-Boaz Veteran Pro & College Coach; 3-Time NCAA All-American
Tommy Cottle 6-Time ASA National Champion Coach
Mike Yessis USA Olympic Consultant & Soviet Sports Expert
Alison Wittwer Cal State Fullerton Strength Coach

In recent years, we have sponsored or provided instruction at softball clinics in many parts of the United States, Canada, Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and South America. We are involved in major softball clinics sponsored by other organizations, sponsor Higher Ground softball clinics, and regularly schedule customized clinics for teams, leagues, associations, or other groups that contract with us to provide instruction. In 2001, we were chosen to assist the ISF and the Hellenic Softball Federation in the selection and training of the inaugural Greek National Team, the first step in developing the host team for the 2004 Olympics. Founder Bobby Simpson also served as Head Coach of the British National Team (2001-2004), in addition to being an assistant for the Dutch and Greek National Teams.

Our summer softball camps have been conducted in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Ohio, and South Carolina. The formats may involve day camps or overnight camps for individuals or teams, covering overall skills or specialty items such as hitting, pitching/catching, or defensive positions. The annual SUPER & SELECT Camp for Advanced and Elite Skills has attracted players and staff from over 30 states, plus Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Italy, New Zealand, and Zambia. Our 1996 camp in Albany, Georgia, allowed 300 players and staff from 15 states, Canada, Holland, and Australia a chance to see Olympic softball as part of the camp schedule.

Instructors for our softball camps include many top professional, college, high school, and amateur team coaches from across the United States. In addition, we often use some of the best from top foreign softball countries, including national team and/or champion coaches. Our camps are designed to teach the serious softball player how to get better by maximizing mental, visual and physical resources to improve daily. We use the top people in the game, plus leading instructors from outside fields such as business, music, nutrition, vision, or military training. We utilize the traditional methods, but add innovative and interesting concepts and content for teaching so that learning is easier, more fun, and more effectively used in games.

As a part of our efforts to provide first class instruction for girls softball, we are able to provide top of the line softball training equipment such as pitching machines, batting cages, toss machines, tees, screens, bats and balls, and elite visual training from Vizual Edge. We represent industry leaders and constantly search for new products that really work and are reasonably priced.

Service from Higher Ground is geared to getting you what you need, when you need it, and getting it to you at a fair price. We do our very best to customize our products and services to be just right for YOU. Our softball videos and DVD’s cover a very broad list of topics, our softball clinics and softball camps are custom designed rather than a package item, and the products we sell are designed to meet individual needs. We make every effort to be flexible and see each customer encounter as unique and special.

It is our goal to follow the principles of the hymn, Higher Ground, from which we derived our business name. Written in 1892 by Johnson Oatman, Jr. it reflects our purpose:

I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”
Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on heaven’s tableland,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

As you seek to press upward every day, seeking new heights as a coach, player, parent, or person, we hope you will allow us to be part of that journey.

~Bobby Simpson
Founder/President