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How To Prevent Pitching Injuries


How To Prevent Pitching Injury by Bill Hillhouse Produced By Gary Leland

In this episode of the Fastpitch Softball Chat Show, Bill Hillhouse talks about how to prevent common pitching injuries and their causes. Pitchers have a violent movement when pitching the softball because of the explosive movement towards the catcher. Bill covers 4 of the most recognized injuries softball pitchers complain about and the preventative steps to recognizing what you are doing incorrectly.

Four Common Injuries:
1. Shoulder soreness in the front – Most common reason, the elbow is locked as they throw the ball.
2. Shoulder soreness in the back – Most common reason is the ball/arm is to far from the head when the arm makes the circle for the pitch.

Things to look at, Is her arm stiff and locked in the rotation, is her arm to far away from her head during pitch. Straighten the arm during the pitch don’t lock

3. Lower Back Pain – Caused by the pounding when “landing” during pitch release.
4. Tendonitis in the knee – Caused from landing on hard surface as those who practice indoors.

Things to work on, strength training and conditioning in her core, and around the knees.

Bill Recommends:
The Mckenzie method of back treatment – series of stretches and preventative maintenance. http://www.mckenzieinstituteusa.org/method-patients.cfm

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OU-Alabama Super Regional A Must See

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“OU-Alabama Super Regional A Must See” Written By Bill Plummer

NORMAN, Okla.– The eight NCAA Softball Super Regionals scheduled this weekend will have the interest of the most avid softball fan, especially the fans in Oklahoma and Alabama.

The matchup of No. 5 Alabama and No. 11 Oklahoma is as good as it gets for Division One softball and fans should get their money’s worth in Tuscaloosa when the best-of-three series starts Friday night.

These two top-ten teams have met in the past and Alabama holds a 7-3 edge on the Sooners. The most recent national championship meeting between these two outstanding softball teams was in in 2012 when Alabama defeated the Sooners 5-4 in the NCAA championship series in a final marked by rain and Sooner ace Keilani Ricketts having control problems.

The Sooners never forget what happened in that Series and showed it where it counts the most– on the field, winning their second NCAA national title in convincing fashion in 2013 and establishing itself as one of the greatest teams in Division One softball history.

Ricketts graduated, but the Sooners’ program continues to flourish and again qualified for the College World Series in 2014, while the Crimson Tide was defeated in the 2013 Super Regionals and missed an opportunity for another title.The Tide did, however, beat OU in their opening game of the 2014 World Series. The Tide was the first team from the SEC to win it all in 2012, and the Tide have another outstanding team looking for a berth in the 2015 World Series.

Oklahoma equally has another outstanding team and it’s too bad both of these fine teams have to meet in the Super Regional. Each is good enough to be among the Elite Eight in Oklahoma City, which has become the melting pot of Division One softball.

This is the senior year for OU’s Lauren Chamberlain, Shelby Pendley and Georgia Casey, who were members of the 2013 national titlists, and there is no doubt they would love to again advance to the Women’s College World Series. OU is seeking its fifth straight and 10th overall berth in the World Series while the Tide is also seeking its 10th berth in the WCWS after qualifying seven times in a nine-year span.

OU (48-7) enters the game on an eight-game game win streak while the Tide (45-12) has won its last three games in a row. As expected and hoped by the respective coaches, Patty Gasso and Pat Murphy, the teams are peaking at the right time and there isn’t any doubt these two fine coaches will have their teams primed for a Super Regional that will be as good as it gets for Division One softball.

The Crimson Tide was impressive in its three wins in the Regional at home and dominated the three other teams, collecting 34 hits and 10 walks and run-ruling Washington twice,28-1. The Tide pitching was so good that the opposition didn’t get a runner to third until the fourth inning of the Regional Championship game.

OU, meanwhile, won the Norman Regional at home and won three games including twice beating the SEC’s Texas A&M, 7-5 and 2-0. OU had to rally to advance to the championship game on Sunday, but this an OU team that is mentally tough and handles pressure well when the Sooners are trailing. Freshman pitcher Paige Parker was as different as night and day against the Aggies. She allowed a career high five earned runs Saturday before coming back on Sunday to hurl a three-hitter for her ninth shutout of the season.

Parker (27-5) has been the ace of the OU pitching staff this year and again will be expected to lead the Sooners from the circle while Shelby Pendley will handle shortstop and has also played well from the circle when called upon. She and NCAA career homer leader Chamberlain form the most potent tandem in NCAA softball, with 44 homers between them. Pendley deserves to be named Player of the Year after excelling on offense, defense and in the circle. She’s a complete player and will go down in OU history as an all-time great after starting her career at Arizona. Chamberlain likewise will go down in OU history as all-time great and hit well in the Regional last weekend ( five-for-11, one homer, two RBIs). She’s batting .403 entering the Super Regional with 20 homers and 60 RBI. Pendley has 24 homers and 65 RBI with a team-leading .434 batting average.

While Parker will be counted on to lead the Sooners from the mound, the Tide has three pitchers who’ve had excellent seasons. SEC Freshman of the Year Alexis Osorio is 26-9 along with Leslie Jury 18-9 and Syndey Littlejohn 13-5. Osorio and Littlejohn have earned run averages less than two runs per game while Jury has a 2.47 ERA. Giving up less than two runs a game is outstanding in an era of college softball where offense leads the way more often than not. Alabama’s team ERA of 1.80 ranks ninth among Division One teams.

Parker has an ERA 1.49 of entering the weekend and how she handles the pressure of playing in her first Super Regional with an overflow crowd of Tide fans expected to attend. The Tide has some of the most enthusiast fans in college softball and the results are event. Alabama is 22-7 at home this year and there is no need to worry about Tide fans not attending. In those 29 games, Alabama has averaged 2,727 people per game. This weekend the attendance should be over 3,000 every game.

Each team has power with OU among the nation’s leaders in runs per game,(8.71 per game, first in nation), batting average (.371,second in nation) and home runs (103, second in nation) while the Tide has an advantage in the speed department with 89 stolen bases in 106 attempts. Leadoff hitter and outfielder Haylie McCleney has been impressive to say the least and leads the Tide with 31 steals on 33 attempts plus an impressive .461 batting average. She even showed power in the Regional, hitting a pair of homers in the Regional final to increase her season total to seven to go with 46 RBIs. She will be counted on to spark the Tide offense and put it in motion and had a .444 batting average with four homers in the Regional.

While McCleney will be counted on to lead the Tide, OU has had different players step up when needed, although Pendley and Chamberlain have been the ring leaders of offense.You never know who is going to step up and get a key hit or make an outstanding defensive play for the Sooners who have a fielding percentage of .979 compared to Alabama’s .974. Erin Miller’s two-run homer was the difference in the 7-5 win over Texas A&M Saturday as the Aggies battled the Sooners right to the end. But the mental resolve of the Sooners is evident and that is a credit to the OU coaching staff headed by Gasso, who has developed a top five program during her 20 plus years on the Norman campus.

Something will have to give Friday when OU and Alabama play. How well will the Alabama pitching handle one of the nation’s top power teams? Will the freshmen pitchers handle the pressure of playing in their first Super Regional? Who will get a key hit or make an outstanding defensive play to decide a game? These questions and more will be answered when OU and Alabama clash in a Super Regional that will decide a berth to Oklahoma City.

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Florida State Seminoles Defeat UCF 5-0 to Advance to the Super Regionals

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“Florida State Seminoles Defeat UCF 5-0 to Advance to the Super Regionals” Written By Mitch Alexander

The Florida State Seminoles played the University of Central Florida UCF Knights in the championship round of the Tallahassee Regional Tournament. The two played each other in the winner’s bracket in a tight game that had UCF leading through the seventh inning, only to lose by 2-1 with a walk off single the day before. Another close game was expected.

The starting lineup for FSU was: Jessica Burroughs (18-5) in the circle, Macey Cheatham behind the plate, Alex Kossoff in Left Field, Morgan Klaevemann in Center Field, Bailey Schinella in Right Field, Jessica Warren covering third, Maddie O’Brien at short, Ellie Cooper at second, Alex Powers at first, and Victoria Daddis as the designated player.

Klaevemann reached first base with a bunt and a missed throw to the second baseman covering first. Klaevemann stole second as O’Brien struck out. Warren popped out to Left Field. Powers who got the clutch hit in the winner’s bracket game walked putting runners on first and second with two outs. Cooper, the lefty, popped out to Left Center Field, ending the top of the first inning. Burroughs had three up and three down and earned her first strikeout of the game.

In the second inning, Schinella took Turnier deep to the wall in Right Center Field for a double. Kossoff grounded out to third. Daddis, the designated player popped out to the second baseman and then Schinella who didn’t get back to the bag quickly enough was doubled off, ending the top of the second inning. Burroughs gave up a single to shallow Left Field. The next batter laid down a sacrifice bunt moving the runner over to second base. Burroughs got her second strikeout of the game on a curve ball. Kossoff cleanly fielded a popup to shallow Left Field, ending the second inning.

Cheatham popped up a bunt back between the first baseman and the circle and earned a single. Klaevemann earned a double by driving the ball to the Left Center Field wall, which moved Cheatham over to third with no outs. O’Brien, a lefty took the count full and earned a walk, loading the bases with no outs. Turnier got the hook at this point in favor of Audas with a 0.97 ERA. Warren roped one to Left Field, which was caught. Cheatham tagged up and then cleanly scored as the umpire called obstruction on the catcher. Klaevemann advanced to third while O’Brien stayed on first. Powers got hit by a wild change-up on a full count, loading the bases for the second time in the third inning. Cooper who hit back to the pitcher while Klaevemann got tagged out at the plate got a lucky break and was called back due to the ball hitting her foot while still in the box. Cooper popped out to Center Field. Klaevemann tagged up and scored the second run of the inning. Schinella popped out, ending the top of the third inning. Burroughs earned her third strikeout of the game on the first batter of the inning. A ground out to Cooper got the second out. Burroughs earned her fourth strikeout of the game, ending the third inning.

Kossoff went down looking, giving Audus her first strikeout of the day on a changeup. Daddis went down swinging on another changeup, giving Audus her second strikeout of the day, once again on a changeup. Cheatham earned a walk on a full count with two outs. Cheatham then stole second while no one was covering the bag. Klaevemann hit a grounder to third base, who threw the ball away at first. Cheatham scored while Klaevemann took second on the overthrow. Klaevemann stole third on a passed ball. UCF had a conference in the circle with a called timeout. O’Brien earned another walk, putting runners on first and third. Warren then drove the ball to the Left Field wall, which allowed Klaevemann and O’Brien to score, and Warren earned a double, bringing the score to 5-0. Powers popped out with a foul ball to the right side, ending the top of the fourth inning. The first UCF batter grounded out to Warren for the first out. Powers caught a foul ball down the first base line for the second out. Burroughs earned her fifth strikeout on a well-placed curve ball.

Cooper lined to third base for the first out. Schinella popped out to Right Field on a changeup for the second out. Kossoff grounded out to second giving Audus a one, two, three inning. Burroughs induced a popup to Cooper for the first out of the bottom fifth inning. Harris who was subbed into Right Field caught a foul for the second out. Kossoff caught a pop up to Left Field to end the fifth inning.

East pinch hit for Daddis and popped out to Left Field for the first out. Cheatham struck out swinging on a full count, giving Audus her third strikeout of the game. Klaevemann grounds out to short for the final out of the top sixth inning. Klaevemann caught a pop fly to Center Field for the first out. East was subbed in for Powers, who was moved to the designated player position. The second batter grounded out to Cooper for the second out. Cooper fielded another grounder for the third out of the top sixth inning. O’Brien popped out to Center Field. Warren earned a walk. Powers hit a grounder to short, but Warren was forced out at second for the second out. D’Errico was brought in as a pinch runner for Powers, who stole second on the next pitch. Cooper popped out a foul ball on the shallow left side, ending the top of the seventh inning. A ball hit between first and second put a runner on first. UCF advanced to second base on a passed ball. Harris caught a pop fly to Right Field for the first out. Burroughs earned her sixth strikeout of the game while UCF stole third base. East caught a foul ball on the right side ending the game and sending FSU to the Super Regionals.

Next up for FSU is the Super Regionals in Knoxville vs. Tennessee.

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The Travel Ball Advice Book

The Travel Ball Advice Book

The Travel Ball Advice Book Compiled By Gary Leland

I realize many people are thinking about moving from recreational ball to travel ball (select), and they have lots of questions. I thought it would be great if they had a resource that would give them information to help them in their decision making process.

I decided to go straight to the Fastpitch TV Facebook Family located at Facebook.com/FastpitchTV.

The Fastpitch TV’s Facebook Family consists of over 95,000 members. The majority of these are Travel Ball coaches, and parents. In this book Gary asked the community to provide you advice from their experiences. Gary does not state any of the advice is right or wrong, but they do give you many different coaches and parents thoughts on the subject.

Over 100 people responded with Travel Ball Advice. I took these pieces of advice and wrapped them up in an ebook for you.

Brought to you by Gary Leland publisher of the Fastpitch Softball TV Network. Gary’s teams won the 14 and under, and the 15 and under Texas USSSA State championships back to back. His teams came in fourth and fifth in the USSSA National Championships for 14 under, and 15 under. Now he spends his time creating fastpitch softball blogs, books, videos, and podcasts. Fastpitch Softball is not only Gary’s passion, it is is full time job.

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Sooners on the road for Super Regional

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“Sooners on the road for Super Regional” Written By Bill Plummer

NORMAN, Okla.– After winning the Regional softball title Sunday, beating Texas A&M 2-0, the Sooners will be on the road for a change when they compete in the Super Regional and a shot at advancing to the WCWS.

The Sooners will be competing in their sixth straight Super Regional and it will be against a familiar opponent–the Alabama Crimson Tide, which was impressive in winning its Regional. Alabama will be competing in its 11th consecutive Super Regional and enter the event 45-12.
The Tide also owns a 7-3 all-time record against Oklahoma, and beat the Sooners in the 2012 Women’s College World Series championship series.

The Sooners won’t host a Super Regional for the first time since 2011.

“What I like about this Alabama trip is the fact that we are looked at as the underdog,” said OU coach Patty Gasso. “Everywhere we’ve been all year has been everybody after us, so now, we can go in and see what we’re really made of.

“Sometimes the toughest place to play is at home because the expectations are enormous.”
This will be Oklahoma’s ninth appearance in the Super Regionals since the format was introduced in 2005, posting a 10-9 record. The Sooners have reached the Super Regional round in each of the last six years, tying Oregon for the second-longest streak behind only Alabama (11).

Oklahoma is 3-7 all-time against the Crimson Tide with all 10 matchups occurring at neutral sites. Friday’s contest will mark the first time the schools have met on one another’s campus.

This will be the third time in the last four postseasons that the teams will have met. Alabama edged out Oklahoma in three games to win the 2012 National Championship, and last season the Crimson Tide won 6-2 in the teams’ opening game of the Women’s College World Series.

Following Sunday’s 2-0 win over Texas A&M, OU’s three seniors–Lauren Chamberlain, Georgia Casey and Shelby Pendley–were honored in a ceremony on Marita Hynes Field. Each player singled in their final home at-bats.
OU’s senior class reached the Women’s College World Series championship series as freshmen and sophomores, winning the title in 2013.

“Everything that they’ve done has been memorable, and just besides great athletes, they’re just great kids,” Gasso said. “They’re great young women, and I’m so proud of them.”

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