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Olympic Softball Update 2020

Olympic Update

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Breaking from the tradition of awarding the Olympics only to a single host city, the IOC is opening the door to possible wider bids — including bids from an entire country, joint bids from more than one city and even the possibility of events held in more than one country.

The possibility of new types of bids was among the 40 recommendations released Tuesday as part of International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach’s reform agenda, his drive to make the bidding process and the games themselves more attractive and less costly.

“We want to create more diversity in the candidatures,” Bach told a small group of reporters at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. “There is no one-size-fits-all solution.”

Bach’s proposals also include scrapping the current limit of 28 sports for the Summer Games to allow for new events to come in while maintaining a limit of 10,500 athletes and 310 medal events. For the Winter Games, the limit is 2,900 athletes and 100 medal events.

The proposals would allow host cities to propose the inclusion of one or more events for their games — a move which would clear the way for baseball and softball to be included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Both sports were dropped from the Olympics after the 2008 Beijing Games, but are highly popular in Japan.

The package also includes measures for revamping the bid process to make it more of a partnership with candidates, creating an Olympic television channel, and including language on non-discrimination on sexual orientation in the Olympic Charter and host city contract.

The proposals also call for the appointment of an IOC “compliance officer” on ethics matters and a slight tweak to the 70-year age limit for IOC members. A member’s term could be extended to the age of 74 if approved by the IOC, with no more than five cases at a time.

The reforms, called “Olympic Agenda 2020,” will be put to a vote by the full IOC at a special session in Monaco on Dec. 8-9. Barring any surprise, most or all the recommendations are expected to be passed.

“These 40 recommendations are like a jigsaw puzzle,” Bach said at the Olympic Museum. “The full picture is an IOC that safeguards the uniqueness of the Olympic Games and strengthens sport in society.”

Under the proposals, the IOC will allow “the organization of entire sports and disciplines outside the host city or, in exceptional cases, outside the host country notably for reasons of geography and sustainability.”

That would be a first for the Summer Games. The IOC rules already allow for events to be held in a bordering country for the Winter Games.

“For Winter Games, if two countries are sharing a mountain, why not share a bid?” Bach said. “If you also have a city or region that can provide 95 percent of the facilities and 5 percent is missing, why not to open the door for them?”

In the Summer Olympics, some events — such as sailing and many of the preliminary-round football matches — are already held outside host cities. But Bach said the IOC is now ready to open the chance for country-wide and joint bids.

“In the Summer Games, it’s more about small or neighboring countries where you have distances which are manageable and feasible,” he said. “It also could be in one country. We want to have more diversity, to give smaller countries the opportunity to organize games.”

There has been a precedent for holding events outside the host country. Because of quarantine laws in Australia, the equestrian competition for the 1952 Melbourne Olympics was held in Stockholm.

Bach stressed, however, that the principle remains that there should be a “main organizing city” with an athletes village that serves as the center of the Olympic experience.

“We want to preserve the Olympic spirit,” he said. “To have the central Olympic Village and to have the athletes together, this is the core to our philosophy. We do not want to see this destroyed. We want the games with the unity of time, place and action which is part of the uniqueness of the Olympic Games.”

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The SKLZ Power Handle provides swing resistance, which helps build arm and upper body strength and core rotational speed–keys to increasing your swing speed and power.

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The SKLZ Power Handle provides swing resistance, which helps build arm and upper body strength and core rotational speed–keys to increasing your swing speed and power. Develop core momentum behind your swing while magnifying the force behind your connection with the ball.

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The Diamond Is No Place For Drama

The Diamond Is No Place For Drama

“The Diamond Is No Place For Drama” Written By Stacie Mahoe

I once attended a a non-softball event which vividly reminded of the whole concept of “keeping the drama off the field.” This event lasted all day event and there was a little bit of trouble in the beginning, but things stayed under control. Until the end. When the event ended and everyone started packing up to go home, a fist fight broke out. This was not a fight among kids, or crazy fans, but amongst people who participated in these kinds of events.

Of course, the fight made the local newspaper. Only one line of the article spoke of the other more positive aspects of that event. Let’s face it, media loves drama. This fist fight made EVERYONE look bad, not just those who threw punches. Instead of keeping personal issues personal, these people brought their drama out into the public for everyone to see. All members of their community paid for the lack of maturity displayed by those few.

When you’re out in public representing your community, your “tribe, or your team, you represent the whole. You’re not viewed as individual parts. No matter what personal issues you have with your teammates, your best chance of success involves you putting aside personal differences. Softball is a TEAM sport. The best players know how to do what it takes (including dropping personal drama) so everyone performs at their best in competition.

Sports provides a great way to practice putting personal issues aside and making positive contributions to a team striving toward a common goal. It also provides opportunities for resolving conflict effectively. In competitive environments, opponents are out to take you down. People say and do whatever they can to take you off your game. If you want to be the best you can, you must learn HOW TO DEAL with all of that in a positive way.

If you’re still a competitive athlete, please use your opportunities to work on this through sports. I don’t want to see you on the news years from now as a 30-something-year-old looking silly because you don’t know how to handle the BS that gets thrown in your way or the conflict that arises in your life. Practice dealing with adversity through this game because, in real life, there’s so much more at stake than an error in the books, runs allowed, or a game lost.

Remember, any time you are part of a team, the team’s accomplishments or defeats often gets “attached” to you as a player. Others see you as part of a “losing team” or a “winning team.” But the opposite is also true. Your individual actions and words reflect on, and represent, your team as a whole. One of two can taint the reputation of the entire team. You best chance at softball success requires respect for the game, your team, and yourself. It requires that you conduct yourself well regardless of personal feelings or conflicts. Whenever you represent your team, there’s no room for personal drama. Put it aside. Better yet, work toward resolving it so you can play freely and successfully!

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A Great Affordable Coaches Gift From The Team By Gary Leland

Players sign the home plate with a sharpie

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Now Thats A Big 20 Inch Softball

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Now that is one big softball By Gary Leland

It measures in with a 20″ circumference

It is a great novelty item for autographs and displays

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Venezuela Wins Pan American Softball Qualifier

Venezuela wins men's softball qualifier for 2015 Pan American Games


“Venezuela wins Pan American softball Qualifier” Written By Bill Plummer

Canada and the USA dominated since softball made its Pan American Games debut in in 1979.
Canada won seven gold medals with the USA finishing runner-up each time for seven silver medals. The USA men compiled a record of 61-16 for a winning percentage of .792 with 15 of those losses to Canada. Men’s fast pitch was contested in the Pan American games from 1979-2003, then dropped from the program.

Men’s fast pitch, however, has been put back on the program for 2015 when the Games are held July 12-26 in Toronto, Canada. The qualifying tournament for Toronto was recently held in Parana, Argentina, which hosted the 1995 Pan American Games softball with the USA women and the Canadian men taking home gold medals. This time, however, Venezuela surprised host Argentina, 2-0, to win the qualifier with Canada third and the USA fourth.

The USA lost to Argentina, 3-1 to finish with an overall 4-4 record, but did qualify for the 2015 Pan American Games and the XIV Men’s World Championship, June 26- July 5th in Saskatoon, Sk. Men’s softball will join women’s softball at the 17th Pan American Games after a brief absence. Host Canada will be joined by the top five men’s countries – Venezuela, Argentina, USA, Dominican Republic, and Mexico – in the quadrennial multi-sport celebration for the Americas region in July 2015.

The 14th ISF Men’s World Championship also saw five more teams qualify and will join Czech Republic, Denmark, Great Britain, and host Canada in the line-up. The 2015 world championship is the final championship requiring teams to qualify following the 2009 decision to change to an open system.

“Tonight (Friday, November 1) was a tough loss for the team, but we also saw the resilience of our guys,” said USA Head Coach Denny Bruckert (Gillespie, Ill.). “These guys had their backs against the wall so many times throughout this tournament and proved that they will fight until the last pitch. We saw a lot of great things from the team, and are looking forward to continuing to grow as a team and program.”

Except for one game, losing 6-1 to the Dominican Republic, the USA men’s team held its own against the rest of the teams and were competitive with their other losses by two runs or less. The USA scored 14 runs while the opposition tallied 18 runs. The USA collected 35 hits while the opposition had 38 hits. The USA made six errors to the opponents’ six miscues. The USA lost to Argentina 3-1 in the fourth place game after beating Argentina 1-0 earlier in the competition. The USA also lost to Mexico, 2-1 (11 innings), and Canada 4-3, while beating Cuba 4-2, Guatemala, 1-0, and Venezuela 2-1 (nine innings).

As a team, the U.S. finished the tournament with a .175 batting average and were led by Pat Sagdal, who ended with a .250 (5-for-20) batting average and three RBI. From the circle, Tony Mancha finished the tournament with a 1-3 record, 55 strikeouts and a 1.60 ERA in 35 innings pitched.

Eight countries competed in the qualifier in round robin competition with the top four teams qualifying for the Page playoffs. Canada went 6-1 in the round robin with Venezuela and Argentina each 5-2 and the USA 4-3. Behind the top four were the Dominican Republic (3-4), Mexico (3-4) Guatemala (1-6) and Cuba (1-6). Cuba had a bronze medal in the 2003 Pan American Games

Venezuela, behind the pitching of Ramon Jones, shutout Argentina, 2-0, in the Grand Final. Jones allowed three hits and struck out 10 batters.
In the third inning, Venezuela scored the only two runs of the game. Jorge Lima led off with a double. Franklin Gonzalez then hit a two out inside-the-park home run scoring both himself and Lima.

At the bottom of the fourth inning, Argentina threatened. Francisco Sabaté led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third following two consecutive pass balls. The next batter, Bruno Motroni, walked (putting runners on the corners with no outs) and advanced to second on a Manuel Godoy ground out. Mariano Montero was later able load the bases after being hit by a pitch. But Jones was able to settle down, striking out both Ladislao Malarczuk and Juan Zara to end the inning unscathed.

How To Create Your Team Lineup With The Starting Line Up Board

How To Create Your Team Lineup With The Starting Line Up Board

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How To Create Your Team Lineup With The Starting Line Up Board By Gary Leland

It comes with field diagrams for both softball, and baseball.

The front side holds lineup and player positions.

The board comes with a dry erase marker.

Name cards slide in and out and are easy to rearranged.

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The 14 Inch Softball Pitching Training Aid

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A training aid for fastpitch softball pitchers.

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The 14 Inch Softball Pitching Training Aid By Gary Leland

The 14 inch softball is a great training aid for fastpitch softball pitchers.

Many of the nations top pitching coaches use these oversized balls for various pitching drills.

These oversized softballs can be used as grip enhancers for spin training.

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Pitchers Build Muscle Memory With The Xelerator

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Pitchers Build Muscle Memory With The Xelerator By Gary Leland

The Xelerator was designed to increase pitching speed and accuracy by perfecting the pitching plane.

The Xelerator develops a pitching plane that promotes both a long arm and a perfected line of force that translates into the maximum velocity possible while staying within the pitching plane and power line.

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Pitching Coaches Love The Dual Pitch Counter

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The Dual Pitch Counter

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A great tool for counting pitches from both teams pitchers.

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Track pitches for both team with the same pitch counter.

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Pitching Coaches Love The Dual Pitch Counter By Gary Leland

Allows coaches to track two pitchers at once

Sleek design fits ergonomically in hand

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Strenghten Your Pitches With The Tightspin Trainer

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The Tightspin Trainer

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Strengthen those wrist muscles

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A great training aid for building wrist strenght in pitchers.

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Strengthen Your Pitches With The Tightspin Trainer By Gary Leland

The TightSpin Trainer fastpitch pitching aid is a motion specific resistance exercise machine.

It is used by over 300 college softball programs including almost all of the top ranked programs in the nation!

Instructional DVD included.

Quality components, does not wear out.

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The Anywhere Ball Is Great For Indoors

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The Anywhere Ball

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Better than wiffle balls, and great for hitting indoors.

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The Anywhere Ball Is Great For Anywhere By Gary Leland

The soft baseball and softball training ball that provides instant feedback.

When hit correctly the Anywhere Ball will fly straight and round, When miss hit, the ball will pop up or down in an egg shape.

The hit ANYWHERE training ball is safe to hit against a wall, window or even a mirror, Ideal for hitting in a confined space.

Won’t crack like plastic balls and lasts multiple seasons.

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Tee Stackers Are Great For Batting Tee Work

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Tee Stackers Are Great For Tee Work

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Players get instant feedback using Tee Stackers

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Tee Stackers Are Great For Batting Tee Work By Gary Leland

The Tee Stackers unique design allows you to “stack” two or three balls on a hitting tee at the same time.

If you swing cleanly on plane through the top ball, the Stacker slides off and the next ball is ready to hit.

If you swing off plane by topping the ball, casting, uppercutting, etc, the Stacker is disturbed and the remaining balls will fall.

Using Tee Stackers gives you instant feedback on every swing.

Tee Stacker drills improve focus and makes hitting from a tee more challenging for all ages and skill levels.

Use different sizes and colors of balls while changing hitting planes on each swing.

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