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UCLA Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez Interview Produced By Gary Leland

Gary Leland: Kelly, thank you for taking the time out to talk with us. Now, first of all, before we do anything, I want to say congratulations on your year this year. I think in that final series, I saw the best softball game I’ve ever seen in my life.

Kelly Inouye-Perez: Oh. It was a magical moment but I think ultimately, my team was in a great place. We had prepared to be able to get to that moment. We were facing a great opponent and the energy, the excitement, the atmosphere, everything made for a wonderful finish. I’m very proud of our girls, very, very proud.

Gary Leland: Now, let me ask you a question about your team in general. Is there anything you did specifically that you can say that helped you get to that moment?

Kelly Inouye-Perez: You know, I really got to the point where I just trusted the players. I trusted my coaches and I trusted my players. That our culture was strong ultimately that every person in this program mattered in the Bruin family. We’re also really focused on being able to compete. Our competitive excellence was a little bit of John Wooden. There were some things that happened during that tournament. He went in the hospital and he was with us. There was a little Bruin magic on that day but our culture was strong. We competed and ultimately with that focus, we were able to get out there and just played great softball. I had a really good time doing it.

Gary Leland: You’re the third Head Coach of the Bruins I’ve interviewed and I can say one thing about you Bruins, you stick together. You are a family. It’s not just you guys play some ball. You guys work as a family. Is there anything special that started that or keeps it going or is it just part of the deal?

Kelly Inouye-Perez: Well, we have couple of things. Our Philosophy is Bruin family first. Family comes first, then school, and then softball. It’s a lifestyle that we practice. Every coach in the Bruin history has played in the uniform, has won a championship and has graduated from the university.

So for us, the history and tradition we take a great deal of pride because we helped create it and be on that like I said, the most important thing is it’s a lifestyle. It’s not a job for us so we love each other beyond just our wins and losses. It helps create a very strong culture within our program.

Gary Leland: A lot of our viewers are players or parents of players that want to go to school. They want to play ball and let’s say they want to play for you. What’s the best way for them to be seen by you? What would you say, “This is probably your best opportunity of me seeing you.”

Kelly Inouye-Perez: I think there’s a lot of opportunity. I travel all over the world. I think every university likes to keep a lot of their local talent home but for us, we’ve recruited players from different countries from Canada to Australia and from coast to coast. So we get out there and we recruit.

For the players, they’ve got to get to some of those showcases to be able to have an opportunity but I think the best opportunity for them to be seen is to create a video tape and then send it across, put their best clips together of what makes them special and send it to the top 20 schools in the country that they are interested in. They can directly get the information to the school and then hopefully get feedback on where they stand in the recruiting process.

Gary Leland: Okay, talking about these tapes since you brought it up and you’ve seen a lot of my bet.

Kelly Inouye-Perez: Yeah.

Gary Leland: I’ve bet you’ve seen as many as anybody. Is there something you see in a tape that you’d say, “I wish they put this in there, that all tapes should have.”

Kelly Inouye-Perez: I think it’s their opportunity to show what makes them great so there are personal information for us. First thing I look at is their GPA so for them to be able to get accepted in the UCLA is the number one thing. So for us, GPA, that’s should be the first thing. What year they graduate, their GPA, some of the accolades that they’ve accomplished but then the rest of it, the softball part is their opportunity to go out and show off what they do best. So show him your great hitting, show him your fielding, show him your throwing, show him your versatility. It have to be shorter.

We don’t want to see a 15-20 minute tape on an individual so anything within that 5-8 minute range showing their best qualities, I think it’s a great opportunity to get exposed because we don’t have control over. I can honestly say, I can’t be in every tournament across the country from year round. It’s not just going to happen. That’s part of recruiting. It’s a little bit of timing, a little bit of luck. Create your own luck.

Gary Leland: So you get a tape, you see it and this kid lives in South Dakota. I’m just using a state and this kid can’t come see you. So is there anything that works? Do you have a chance to see the kid?

Kelly Inouye-Perez: Absolutely! Like I was saying, I travel from coast to coast. So there are tournaments in Florida. There are tournaments in New Jersey. There are tournaments up in the northwest and there are also tournaments right there in Southern California. We go to Oklahoma. I mean yes, we travel all over.

Gary Leland: So the main thing is get in front of you is what you are saying.

Kelly Inouye-Perez: Well, the showcases, the tournaments and the tournaments that are bigger when there’s a lot more opportunity for us to be able to pick a tournament when there’s a lot more and that’s part of recruiting. You want to get on a team that can get to the point where they can get to the end of a tournament that just allows you to get more exposure, more games and ultimately to get to the bigger tournaments and those are identified from coast to coast.

There are tournaments every weekend they can play. A big part of that is you can get on the websites and find out what colleges are attending or you can pick up the phone or email the coaches to find out where they are going to be but ultimately, get out there. I think that’s a travel ball is about. There’s a great opportunity for you to get exposure year round.

Gary Leland: Let’s get to your team now. When you have the team every year, you get new players in, you develop them and make them fit into your system, get them in there. Is there anything that on a normal basis that you found something that players need more work on coming into college? You go, “Yeah, we keep running into this over and over.” Is there anything like that?

Kelly Inouye-Perez: Well, I think colleges is the opportunity to really take every part of their game to the next level but the biggest part of college is being able to manage your time, being able to figure out how to work out, do school, socially have fun, all of these things combined. It’s time management to be able to be graded everything and the big part of that is being able to keep their priority straight.

For us, we help define it for them in our Philosophy. Our family, how we support each other is the most important and then school is the next. That’s the next most important thing and them some falls the fun part. So I strongly suggest that time management, keeping your priority straight and then ultimately that’s what college is about. You’re going to continue to learn more, get better, stronger and then ultimately, the goals that you set and what you actually accomplished is going to determine on your ability to continue to learn and your work ethic, all those things combined add for success both on and off the field.

Gary Leland: During your team practices, is there anything that’s a specific drill or something just like your favorite thing to have those players do? “This is what we like to do and we do it.”

Kelly Inouye-Perez: I just love the sport. I think the basic fundamentals of the sport being able to execute the basic fundamentals of fielding, the basic fundamentals of throwing and the basic fundamentals of hitting, those aren’t fun but it’s the basic fundamentals that allow you to be successful on the big stage.
So ultimately for me, it’s really being able to pay attention to the little details of the game and then when the stage gets bigger then you just play it. So there’s a lot of things and that my job is to make creative and try to figure out new things. There’s all types of things but it’s really getting back to the basic fundamentals of the game so then it becomes really fun later.

Gary Leland:. What do you think of NFCA?

Kelly Inouye-Perez: Oh, we’re fortunate. I think it’s run by people that are invested in looking out for what’s best for the sport. We’re fortunate that we have a forum to be able to express what we believe can help the sport and things that we believe may be hurting the sport and be able to come together as an association throughout all the visions of the sport with one thing in mind – how can we continue to make this better for the future. So I think it’s a wonderful thing.

I’ve been a member for over 20 years and very proud of it, very proud to be a part. I love that there’s a voice in the forum but ultimately, it’s a great opportunity for all of us to get together away from the competitive field and kind of share thoughts and get refreshed and ultimately like I said it’s a lifestyle to be able to coach.

I joined when I started coaching. I started coaching over 22 years ago. So we’ve been able to attend and just be a part and ultimately hope that we can have a voice to be able to make sure that this sport continues to head in the right direction.

Gary Leland: And I ask one last question, How are we going to do this year?

Kelly Inouye-Perez: Well, the one thing that we learned is the most important part of success is being able to focus on today. Coach Wooden told me, the key to success is yesterday is as old as dirt and we have no control over tomorrow so we’ve got to focus on creating a masterpiece today so ultimately, right now my team is in a great place.

Gary Leland: That is some good advice there.

Kelly Inouye-Perez: Absolutely.

Gary Leland: As far as I know the best advice I’ve gotten in all of the interviews I have done. Thank you for taking the time to talk with us.

Kelly Inouye-Perez: Thank you.

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Going Viral Written By Mike Adams

How many of us have spent hours watching highlight clips on youTube (Not on business time, of course) It is a fun way to watch incredible catches and close call plays. What needs to be kept in mind is that great flying horizontal catch has more of a chance of failing than it does succeeding. I know players in this social sharing age, would love to see their catch go viral. What needs to be addressed is why that extreme maneuver needed to take place.

As usual, I shift this from softball to hockey. I watched an interview a few years ago with a NHL goalie. The interviewer was commenting on an incredible save the game the night before where the goalie almost did complete splits to save a shot. The goalie commented something like “Yeah Man, I am sorry about that”, to which the interviewer replied “Sorry? That was incredible!”. The goalie got a grim look on his face and pointed out that if he was really paying attention, he wouldn’t have had to stretch to make the save. That pretty much ended the interview, but it sank in deeply with me. He was dead on; a great player makes things look easy, not flamboyant. A great player reads the play well enough to be where they need to be.

Ask any coach, in a clutch play, would they rather see their player make a high jump snag, or a text book easy 2 handed catch that drops right into their glove. Some of the coaches may answer “I don’t care as long as they catch it”. Well, we all know they are fooling themselves. They do care. A lot. Coaches spend hours on batting line ups going through probabilities. Putting that into perspective, the probability of a nice knee-sliding catch is far less than an easy drop into the glove. When a pop-up is headed right for a fielder, the coaches breathe. When they hit towards a hole, they hold their breath. That is why we see these plays as special because the chances dictate a failure to the defense and no one wants to remember those.

I saw this take place at a tourney I was at last weekend. When the ball was hit to the outfield where you saw fielders running back, you heard gasps from the defensive team spectators, and hoots of joy from the offensive team spectators. When the ball was hit in front of the outfielders, you heard the opposite. There was one Center fielder, however, who seem to always have the ball directly in front of her. Was the batter sending the ball right to her? No, careful watching showed she moved a little left, a little right, front and back according to the hitter. The moment the ball was hit, she moved. And moved fast. She would try to position herself right to where the ball was going. Made for some real boring looking catches, but she made them. On the same team, there was another player who was constantly diving, missing most of the balls.

This is where it gets tricky as a player or a coach. Reality says you really can’t be in all places at once. Reality says as a 2nd baseman you really can’t move to be in front of a line drive unless it is almost in front of you to begin with. There are times where a dive is important and because of that, it needs to be practiced. Knowing how to jump up for a ball, to snag it before it goes over the fence is a learned skill. Knowing how to reach across either side of you to field a ball does come into play in a real game. Most important is knowing when to use it. A good player has a big box of skills in which they choose from. A great player knows when each of those tools should be used. An easy grounder to the player should always be centered on the body. It should never be planned on having to reach to the left or right. You learn how to catch when it is on your side in case it takes a bad bounce once centered. If you plan on the ball going to the left so you reach that way and it bounces even further, then the ball is gone. Probability says centering the ball is your best chance. Pulling a knee slide to catch a ball that could have been caught normally with just a little more drive is asking for it to go bouncing past. Yes, you may end up catching it. But, probability says you will miss that catch more often than if you set yourself to make an easy catch.

I know it doesn’t sound exciting, I know it won’t make ESPN’s play of the week, but plays that look simple, are more than simple. Executed simply and correctly gives the team an out. The team that plays for the simple out will end up with more wins.

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Mike AdamsMike Adams Mike has over 20 years coaching experience between Softball and Hockey. His passion is with coaching and seeing players grow. Creating drills to focus on specific skills is his forte and is often called upon from different coaches to create them. He is Highly ADD which makes for a different type of blog but the ADD keeps him more in touch with his child side. You can contact Mike through his email autox19@autox19.com

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NORMAN, OKLA — Even wonder what women’s college softball team has had the highest winning percentage since 2012? Alabama and Florida, recent winners of the Women’s College World Series, must be considered, but they rank third and fourth behind runner-up Louisiana-Lafayette. Heading the list is the University of Oklahoma.

Since 2012, the Sooners have won 162 games and lost 27 for a winning percentage of .857. Louisiana-Lafayette is at .826 with Florida while Alabama played softball at a winning percentage of .814. Five OU seniors (Lauren Chamberlain, Shelby Pendley, Callie Parsons, Georgia Casey and Jessica Vest) have contributed to the outstanding record since 2012 and they hope to conclude their final year with perhaps another national title. The Sooners have two so far, 2000 and 2013, and would like nothing better than to win a third in 2015. But defending champion Florida returns with a veteran team and has a chance at becoming the first team since Arizona 2006-2007 in repeating as national champions.

OU coach Patty Gasso has done an outstanding job during her time at OU and enters the 2015 season only 21 wins short of 1,000.(979-296-2, .767 winning percentage). Overall, Gasso has a 24-year record of 1,140 wins, 355 losses and two ties and a winning percentage of .762. And she is optimistic about the 2015 season, which opened Thursday in Hawaii.

“This team is really, really good. I’m really excited,” Gasso said. “There are no holes here. It’s a good mixture of all classes working together well. They’re all back, they’re all healthy and they’re all hungry because they didn’t finish the way they wanted to last season.” Gasso is referring to the 4-2 loss OU experienced in the 2014 WCWS to top-seeded Oregon (56-8-1). OU fell behind 3-0, but their rally fell short and finished the season 51-13 in their fourth consecutive appearance in the WCWS. OU is seeking its fifth consecutive trip to the WCWS. Last team to make five or more trips to the WCWS was Arizona, 2005-2010.

Bill Plummer Bill Plummer A graduate of Indiana University, Ind. Bill has been involved in softball for more than four decades. For 30years he was a fixture at the ASA National Office as a communications coordinator, manager of the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and historian. In addition, he also served as the editor of the ASA official newsletter, The Inside Pitch, and as the Trade Show Manager. He has written widely about the sport and has contributed to 14 books. In 2009, he authored “The Game America Plays.” In 2012, he co-authored “Best of the Best-Women’s Fastpitch.” In 2014, ” A Series of Their Own. The History of the Women’s College World Series.” He has been elected to five halls of fame, including the ASA National. In 1996, he served as the Information Manager for the debut of softball in the Olympics.

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The Toughest Pitch To Hit??? Written By Troy Olson

As I sit here in my house with the temperature hovering around -5 degrees, it is very obvious that softball season is a long way off. The funny thing is I have already heard people talking about the upcoming season, granted here in Wisconsin there isn’t much else to do other than ice fish and catch a basketball game or two. Well during one of these conversations I heard an interesting statement being made, someone said the hardest pitch to hit is a riseball that’s why my kid is learning to throw it. This got me to thinking, was the riseball the ultimate pitch in the game of Fastpitch Softball?

So I started with some of my own research, I surveyed a variety of people with an age of 20-71 years old. I talked with men and women, college players, local league guys, players who had won state tittles, players who are on Team USA, International players and retired old duffers from many years ago. I had preconceived ideas about what would come from this question, but the results and answers from these survey subjects were amazing.

The test was of many different kinds of players 55% of them had pitching experience, in our sport very few people only pitch unlike baseball. 25% of the subjects had some catching experience and 20% are utility players/out fielders. I wanted to get the biggest range of players possible, its tough with everybody jumping around from pitching or playing middle infield to catching in this sport we just have athletes that are able to play a lot of different positions on defense.

Well in my test I found that 5% of the people responded with curveball, this was a huge surprise to me as a curveball typically stays on the same plane but does move in or out. The average age of these people were 39 years old, and they caught and played infield.

The next pitch was the dropball with 19% of the vote, once again I didn’t expect this pitch to be even mentioned before I started this research. The interesting thing here was that the pitcher with the most International experience chose this pitch, he may also be the best hitter in the group as well. So I had to contact him ask why, his reason for this answer was that at his level of play this pitch is the hardest to hit out of the park. If I miss with the dropball it goes in the dirt, if I miss with a riseball and leave it thigh high its hit over the fence. I had often felt like this myself and had this discussion with some of my buddies, but it was an interesting take from someone at the highest level of our sport. Average age of the subjects for the dropball was 34 years of age.

The runner up pitch was the riseball with 33% of the vote, and an average age of 30 years old. I found this young age to be a very surprisingly low number. So this got me to thinking even more, were these younger guys that everyone knew had played baseball and they fed them a steady diet of riseballs? Or has our sport became madly in love with rise? It seems like every highschool girl claims to throw a riseball, which I think is the toughest pitch to master. Has our sport got to the point where we only throw hard pitches, have we fallen into a trap of watching Adam Folkakrd on youtube throwing 80+ MPH riseballs and we are all trying to duplicate this??? It just raises many questions to me…

Well first place goes to the changeup with 43% of the vote. Here the average age was 45 years old, and this group of players had the most experience of all the other groups. When I talked with these players it was stated that its easier to hit a pitch on location that is relatively the same speed, than it is to get your hands out front and be off balance. These players were not afraid of pitch location as much as they were scared of pitch speed. I find this to be true in my batting as well, once I get fooled with a good change up, I really feel out of sync in the box. Don’t get me wrong you have to have a good changeup or great hitters will see it coming, all great hitters are always trying to see what you are throwing.

So as you can see from this data if you want to pitch and be successful you better be able to switch speeds. I think a lot of times we spend too much time focusing on top speed of pitchers and not enough time coaching or teaching how to pitch. There is a huge difference between throwing and pitching, but we will leave that for another article……


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Sooners To Have 14 Games Televised In 2015 http://fastpitch.tv/sooners-14 http://fastpitch.tv/sooners-14#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 17:23:00 +0000 softballjunkie12 http://fastpitch.tv/?p=36799 “Sooners To Have 14 Softball Games Televised In 2015″ Written By Bill Plummer How times have changed and especially the televising of college softball games. Years ago, college softball was lucky to get television time. Even then it was usually tape-delay of the Women’s College World Series. That all changed, however, in 2001 when ESPN […]

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How times have changed and especially the televising of college softball games. Years ago, college softball was lucky to get television time. Even then it was usually tape-delay of the Women’s College World Series. That all changed, however, in 2001 when ESPN did all of the 11 games in the WCWS. Since then, ESPN has continued to televise all of the games in the WCWS live.

Regular season television coverage was rare, however. Not anymore. Teams, such as fourth-ranked and third-ranked Oklahoma, will have its share of television time. The Sooners will have 14 of their games televised during the 2015 season. Their first televised game will be March 14th when it hosts Wichita State on Sooner Sports TV in a 5:30 p.m. start.

The first time a nation-wide audience will be able to see the Sooners comes Friday, March 20, when OU takes on No. 19/18 LSU in Baton Rouge. That game will take place at 6 p.m. CT on ESPNU.

The Big 12 home opener against Iowa State on April 3 at 6:30 p.m. will be shown on Sooner Sports TV, as will the April 8 matchup against Arkansas at 5 p.m.

All three of Oklahoma’s games during the April 10-12 series at Texas will be shown on the Longhorn Network. Friday’s contest starts at 6 p.m. CT, while Saturday is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. CT start. Sunday’s finale will see a first pitch at 1:30 p.m. CT.

Fans won’t have to wait long to see the Sooners again as the very next series against No. 10/11 Baylor will have all three of its games televised.

It starts on Thursday, April 16, when OU hosts Baylor at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. Friday’s matchup will be shown by Sooner Sports TV at 6:30 p.m., while the series’ Saturday finale against the Bears will be shown on Fox Sports Regional Networks beginning at 12 p.m. CT.

Both games against Utah Valley, May 2-3, will be picked up by Sooner Sports TV. Those contests start at 6:30 and 2 p.m., respectively.

The final regular season national telecast features a Bedlam matchup in OU’s home finale. Oklahoma hosts Oklahoma State on May 9 in a 2 p.m. game that will air on ESPN2.

Specific networks for Sooner Sports TV games will be announced at a later date, as will ESPN3’s NCAA Division I softball schedule. Other Oklahoma home games not currently scheduled to be televised may be streamed online at SoonerSports.TV, but dates have yet to be determined.

Bill Plummer Bill Plummer A graduate of Indiana University, Ind. Bill has been involved in softball for more than four decades. For 30years he was a fixture at the ASA National Office as a communications coordinator, manager of the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and historian. In addition, he also served as the editor of the ASA official newsletter, The Inside Pitch, and as the Trade Show Manager. He has written widely about the sport and has contributed to 14 books. In 2009, he authored “The Game America Plays.” In 2012, he co-authored “Best of the Best-Women’s Fastpitch.” In 2014, ” A Series of Their Own. The History of the Women’s College World Series.” He has been elected to five halls of fame, including the ASA National. In 1996, he served as the Information Manager for the debut of softball in the Olympics.

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UCLA & Arizona Look To Return To WCWS In 2015 http://fastpitch.tv/ucla-arizona-look-return-wcws-2015-2 http://fastpitch.tv/ucla-arizona-look-return-wcws-2015-2#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:22:48 +0000 softballjunkie12 http://fastpitch.tv/?p=36747 “UCLA and Arizona look to return to WCWS in 2015″ Written By Bill Plummer Will this be the year for UCLA and Arizona? Could be and you can imagine both schools will give their all in trying to get back to the Women’s College World Series. Neither school has been back to the prestigious event […]

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“UCLA and Arizona look to return to WCWS in 2015″ Written By Bill Plummer

Will this be the year for UCLA and Arizona? Could be and you can imagine both schools will give their all in trying to get back to the Women’s College World Series. Neither school has been back to the prestigious event since 2010.

Years ago these two teams dominated the Women’s College World Series. Beginning with the first NCAA sponsored WCWS in 1982, UCLA won seven national titles between 1982-1992 while Arizona won eight titles. The Bruins overall have won 11 national titles with the last in 2010 while the Wildcats captured their last title in 2007. The Wildcats did, however, lose to the Bruins in the highest scoring finale, 15-9, in 2010. Since then the two schools to their frustration have been denied a trip back to a place that they were extremely familiar with.

But while the Wildcats and Bruins were trying to get back to Oklahoma City, numerous colleges and universities were getting better, with the SEC having won the last two World Series after the event had been dominated by the Pac-12 with 23 national titles. Last year was the first time that a Pac-12 team wasn’t entered in the event.

For elite softball programs like Arizona and UCLA, it’s not about rebuilding, it’s about reloading. These teams have the talent but also are deep and versatile. They have players who can played a variety of positions. They have athletes who can come off the bench or out of the bullpen and get the job done. And they have athletes who range from freshmen to seniors who are capable of stepping up and leaving their mark. Those qualities ensure that the best teams are at the top of the national spotlight each year.

Besides playing each other in the Pac-12, UCLA and Arizona traditionally schedule some of the best competition in the United States. Arizona will play five of the eight 2014 Women’s College World Series participants including defending champ Florida. In all, UA will play 24 games against NCAA tournament participants from a season ago. The Wildcats’ schedule features 19 nationally televised contests. Seventeen of UA’s 24 conference games will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks while the Cats also have two games on the ESPN family of networks.

UCLA, which was recently ranked No. 3 in the country, will be featured on TV 20 times this season, including 19 of 24 Pac-12 contests and 20 of the last 27 games of the regular season.

Following the first five tournaments of the year (SoCal Collegiate Classic, Feb. 5-8, Easton Stadium; Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic, Feb. 13-15, Las Vegas/Henderson, Nev.; Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, Feb. 19-22, Cathedral City, Calif.; Louisville Slugger Invitational, Feb. 27-March 1, Lakewood/Long Beach, Calif.; and Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament, March 6-8, Easton Stadium), the Bruins will host Baylor in a non-conference matchup, which will be televised on Pac-12 Networks, on Tuesday, March 10 at 5 p.m.

Only time will tell if UCLA and Arizona get back to a place that they are very familiar with. And you can bet not making that trip for the past four years has gotten to be frustrating and maybe 2015 will be the year that the Bruins and Wildcats get back to where they belong.

Bill Plummer Bill Plummer A graduate of Indiana University, Ind. Bill has been involved in softball for more than four decades. For 30years he was a fixture at the ASA National Office as a communications coordinator, manager of the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and historian. In addition, he also served as the editor of the ASA official newsletter, The Inside Pitch, and as the Trade Show Manager. He has written widely about the sport and has contributed to 14 books. In 2009, he authored “The Game America Plays.” In 2012, he co-authored “Best of the Best-Women’s Fastpitch.” In 2014, ” A Series of Their Own. The History of the Women’s College World Series.” He has been elected to five halls of fame, including the ASA National. In 1996, he served as the Information Manager for the debut of softball in the Olympics.

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Athlete Motivation http://fastpitch.tv/athlete-motivation http://fastpitch.tv/athlete-motivation#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:37:50 +0000 softballjunkie12 http://fastpitch.tv/?p=36750 “Athlete Motivation” Written By Shannon McDougall Highly motivated athletes are said to have a personality that reflects that motivation, much like an athlete that is not highly motivated. A softball player for example who enjoys the challenge of tough opponents and continually wants to improve on his/her skills is highly externally as well as intrinsically […]

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Highly motivated athletes are said to have a personality that reflects that motivation, much like an athlete that is not highly motivated. A softball player for example who enjoys the challenge of tough opponents and continually wants to improve on his/her skills is highly externally as well as intrinsically motivated. An external motivation might be a college scholarship, winning a championship or the approval of someone they look up to. Intrinsic motivation is the desire to simply improve and play well. Not relating specifically to anything outside of themselves but for themselves.

Players who are not intrinsically motivated may be susceptible to Social loafing, playing lesser opponents to ensure success and “not trying” so that if they lose, there is a valid reason.

The difference between quality of motivation and quantity is that the quantity of motivation is the amount of time spent on the activity and how the athlete is performing. The quality is directly related to what the athlete is getting out of the sport and how long they stay involved in a positive manner. Our hope is that all softball players remain in the sport well into their adulthood.

One of the motivating factors is Self-efficacy or perceived abilities. Self-efficacy is the self-judgment of an athlete’s ability to perform a task. This is generally related to past and recent performance, and can have an effect on the athletes perception of ability to sustain and control their mastery of the skill. If they feel good about their skills they are likely to be more motivated than a softball player who has low self confidence and feels unable to achieve the desired results during competition or at practices. If they feel that they have control of their abilities to improve they will be much more likely to be self directed in their participation,

The following are examples for each of the six antecedents of self-efficacy in a sport setting.

1. past performance – how did the athlete perform the task previously, this will have some influence on their perceived ability to perform it again.

2. vicarious experience – if she can do it, then I must be able to do it; watching someone else perform a task that looks relatively easy can give an immediate feeling of self-efficacy.

3. verbal persuasion – “I believe in you”, or “do it this way” says the coach; having someone who is knowledgeable say verbally that the athlete is capable will generally add confidence to the attempt.

4. physiological state – the athletes perception of their physiological condition will have a physical effect on their self-efficacy; “am I ready for this?”, “I am nervous”, “I have had lots of rest”

5. emotional state – ideally, a positive mood state is felt before and during competition, if however a negative mood state is felt, learning strategies such as negative thought stopping can be helpful. If an athlete is in a positive mood state, he/she will likely have a higher self-efficacy and if he/she has a negative mood state such as frustration, a lower mood state may result.

6. Imaginable experiences – this can be very useful in skill acquisition, or for example if an athlete is unsure about her/his ability to perform a skill or perform in the competition, they can use imagery as a sort of rehearsal to gain confidence.

Weiner’s attribution theory includes internal-external attributions in which the cause of the performance was a result of an internal attribute where pride and personal satisfaction may be felt, or external attribute may cause disappointment, frustration and anger. The unstable-stable attribution suggests that the performance was a result of an unstable attribution such as umpires or stable attributes such as skill level of the athlete. The uncontrollable-controllable attribution is an emotional response. If the athlete feels that they are in control of the performance, they will be more motivated and accountable for their development. If the athlete feels that the performance and their environment is uncontrollable, they may develop a form of learned helpless. They feel that they are simply not good and will not be good so it is no use.

A motivated athlete will typically attribute their good or bad performances to controllable, internal and unstable factors. An athlete who has motivational difficulties will generally attribute their performance to uncontrollable, stable and external factors.

Where does this leave you as a coach? Provide as much information for your softball athletes as you can. The more they know and the more they can control the more motivated they are likely to be. It is common for coaches to simply lay out the rules and the way the season will go and then say leave it to me. Just show up at practices, do what I plan and we will be good. This approach although may be easier for you to control, takes away from the ability of the athlete to self-direct. A self directed athlete is your best tool for success in your season weather it is at the beginning or during the final tournament. Give it a try and let me know how it goes :)

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Mens Fastpitch Softball, What Happened To It??? Written By Troy Olson

I find it very amusing that I tell people I have a softball game and they naturally assume I am playing slow pitch softball. Did you know that there is actually Mens Fastpitch Softball in America? I happen to live in Wisconsin and we have a lot of Fastpitch Teams in our state, the league I play in is in a small town called Cushing. Our league is consistently between 8-12 teams per year, just depending on who is around for the summer. Most tournaments will once again draw 8-12 teams with several traveling from Minnesota to participate.

At one time Mens Fastpitch was a huge sport in this country, in the 60’s and 70’s it was at its peak. There was all kinds of hugely talented teams and of course the most famous of them all “The King and His Court.” So what happened to this one time flourishing sport?

In my opinion its a combination of several things, first was the evolution of slowpitch softball. Most people aren’t happy going 1 for 3 at the plate, jumping to slowpitch would allow even poor hitters to put the ball in play all the time. It also seems with no practice one can still compete in slowpitch. Lets be honest if you are going to be successful at Fastpitch you have to put time and practice, you just don’t pick up a bat and hit riseballs out of the park.

The second part of the equation is lack of homegrown pitching, this has really hurt our sport. Pitching in fastpitch softball takes a lot of time and effort to be good. Most of the great pitchers right now in the Mens game are from foreign countries like New Zealand, Australia, and Mexico. Don’t get me wrong there are some real good pitchers from America but we just don’t seem to produce as many as other countries.

The third reason I feel our sport is declining is TIME. To play this game and be good, its going to take a little time. This game is different than baseball or slowpitch. It appears to me a lot of young guys aren’t patient enough to take the time to develop into great fastpitch players. Our society as a whole doesn’t seem to have a lot of free time, we are all busy with work, school, family, and dozens of other things.

One positive thing I have noticed is kind of a resurgence of interest in Mens Fastpitch Softball lately. It is starting to slowly turn around and I have even seen a few new teams sprouting up. I think some of this is the fact that there is an entire generation that has never seen Mens Fastpitch, with the raving success that the womens side has seen I think guys are starting to get the itch to try the sport. I hope that men can take a look at how the women have been able to promote their sport and with a little help maybe we can revive this wonderful game.


Troy OlsonTroy Olson has been playing mens fastpitch since he was 11. He grew up in a family of fastpitch players. His dad had 7 brothers and a cousin that made up their team in the 70’s and 80’s. This is his 30th year of playing this wonderful game. He helps coach a 16u team and is a member of their softball board. He has played in three National Tournaments over the years. His team the Siren Steel had his Dad playing 3rd, his cousin played SS, his brother played 2nd, his uncle pitched, and a couple cousins played outfield, and Troy played 1st. It was an awesome experience getting to play with his Dad.

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Win A 2015 Anderson Rocketech Bat http://fastpitch.tv/c15 http://fastpitch.tv/c15#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:14:37 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=36719 This month on The Win Some Softball Stuff Show you can win a 2015 Anderson Rocketech Fastpitch Softball Bat. Produced By Gary Leland This month you have the opportunity to win a 2015 Anderson Rocketech Fastpitch Bat. Watch the video to find out how to enter. Make sure and watch on the 25th of every […]

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This month you have the opportunity to win a 2015 Anderson Rocketech Fastpitch Bat. Watch the video to find out how to enter.

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The Anderson RockeTech FP, with its all-metal exterior multiwall design, has a barrel-weighted minus 9 swing weight and is designed to take advantage of a strong fastpitch hitter’s skill and ability. The RFP is as hot as it can be and still be legal. If you’re serious enough to put in the time at practice, you’re ready for the RFP and the results you deserve. However, you may need a bigger trophy case because the RFP is a souvenir maker.

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The all-metal RockeTech bat includes the PowerArch – exterior sleeve – multi-wall design that features two matched aluminum walls, an inner shell that wields the patented PowerArch contour and an exterior sleeve that wraps the inner shell with added elastic performance, durability and provides a feel that uniquely end-loaded. Together they create a highly responsive hitting surface that includes a generous effective hitting area and superior feel.

The TaperFlex contour is designed to optimize the flexural and vibrational response of the bat by distributing the mass of the taper in such a way that a harmonic flexural response is achieved. When combined, the result is a bat that has superior feel, superior performance and a truly unique hitting experience.

The Ultra-Thin Handle is designed to maximize batspeed by allowing the handle to fit nicely into the batter’s fingers rather than in the palms of their hands. It is designed thin to make it easily customizable for each hitter. You can make the handle bigger by adding a thicker grip, but you cannot make it smaller once it is formed.

The Thin Sport Grip provides a tacky feel and supports the thin handle design by making the handle as thin as possible. The Sport Grip allows those that want a thicker handle to be able to simply overwrap it with another grip or with tape to customize the fit of their Anderson bat.

The patented Weldless-Ergonomic Knob adds weight where it is transparent to the swing. It improves the balance of the bat and maximizes the MOI while adding the additional distance that only mass in the right place can give you. The construction is patented and the shape of the ergonomic knob was designed in cooperation with a team of orthopedic surgeons to provide a safer, more comfortable feel.

The TruFlex Toughened-Lightweight Cap adds to the performance and feel of the bat by providing the support in the end of the bat necessary to maximize the energy transfer of the barrel to the ball while maintaining just enough flex to control the amount of vibration created at contact. The reduced weight in the cap improves the bat’s MOI.

A reduced Moment of Inertia (the effort necessary to swing the bat) is the object of all of the weight manipulation included in the overall design and the design of every component used in an Anderson bat. This attention to the structural details makes it possible to swing a heavier bat with less effort. A quicker, more powerful swing makes it possible to provide each and every player with Game Improvement by Design.

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Jennifer McFalls Is The New Head Coach Of The Dallas Charge” By Gary Leland

The Dallas Charge are pleased to announce the signing of the team’s first head coach, Olympic gold medalist and current University of Texas assistant coach Jennifer McFalls. A native of Grand Prairie, Texas, McFalls went on to a Hall of Fame career at Texas A&M, an Olympic gold medal in the 2000 Games, and coaching stints in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area before spending the last five years with the Longhorns. McFalls brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and leadership to the professional level and Dallas Charge organization.

“The addition of coach McFalls cannot be understated. Her level of experience is difficult to come by. She is a quality person who understands our objectives and will amplify them on the field, in the dugout, and in the community. We are so pleased and proud to have her helping lead the organization,” said Charge General Manager Kevin Shelton.

McFalls is currently in her fifth season with the University of Texas. Under her guidance, the Longhorns had three players selected to the All-Big 12 Defensive Team in 2014. She helped lead Texas to the 2013 Women’s College World Series (WCWS), their first trip back to the WCWS since 2006. Further, she has helped the Longhorns to three consecutive NCAA Regional appearances from 2011-2013.

“I am thankful to have the support from the University of Texas and Coach Connie Clark to coach in the NPF this summer. Everyone is excited about Texas getting a professional team and continuing the growth of softball. Coach Clark and Corrie Hill have really helped me develop as a coach so I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the Dallas Charge,” said McFalls.

The Charge’s first head coach has strong roots in the Dallas area. McFalls grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas, a suburb southwest of Dallas, where the city has named a softball complex Jennifer McFalls Park in her honor. The idea of returning to Dallas to help grow the sport was very appealing.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to coach the first NPF team in Dallas. I had tremendous support growing up here playing the game, and now I am excited to continue helping the sport develop at the professional level. It’s been amazing to see the growth of fastpitch softball in Texas. I am excited for the fans to see the level of talent that these ladies will bring,” said McFalls.

Following a career at South Grand Prairie High School, McFalls was an NFCA All-American shortstop and led the Aggies in batting average, hits, total bases and slugging percentage in all four seasons of her career. McFalls was named A&M’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1994 and elected in the Texas A&M Hall of Fame in 2001. She graduated from A&M with a degree in kinesiology.

After college, McFalls was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1994-2000. She scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning in the US’s 2-1 victory over Japan in the gold medal game in 2000. She also spent 2001 playing in the Women’s Professional Softball League (WPSL) exhibition tour.

As a coach, McFalls began her career as an assistant at her alma mater, Texas A&M, from 1995-1997 and at the University of Oklahoma in 1998. She then spent seven years in the Dallas area as an Assistant Athletic Director and Head Softball coach at the Hockaday School from 2003-2005 and Midlothian High School from 2006-2010.

McFalls said she is also looking forward to working with Charge General Manage Kevin Shelton. “I am really looking forward to working with Kevin Shelton. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and his knowledge of the game. He has spent many years building the grassroots of our sport so I know he will make this a positive experience for the both the fans and the players.”

The Dallas Charge inaugural season kicks off at home on June 3, 2015 against the Pennsylvania Rebellion. For more information about the Dallas Charge, visit the team website www.dallascharge.com or call the front office at 724-CHARGE1 (724-242-7431).

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“Florida Gators Seek To Repeat As National Softball Champs” Written By Bill Plummer

It’s been awhile since a team has repeated as NCAA national softball champion. In fact, the last team to repeat was the Arizona Wildcats, who won consecutive titles in 2006-2007.

Now current national champion Florida will have a chance to become the first team since then to repeat. The Gators were impressive in winning the SEC’s second national softball championship and the first in school history. They jelled at the right time after finishing in a tie for third in the SEC with a 15-9 record, but were 10-1 in the NCAA Tournament. The Gators are 59-32 overall in NCAA Tournament play.Head coach Tim Walton begins his tenth season with an impressive record of 492-117 (.812 winning percentage) and is 615-178 overall for a winning percentage of .776.

The Gators have won 50 games or more six times under Walton’s leadership. Walton is 52-22 (.711) in the NCAA Tournament as head coach while the Florida program moved to 29-18 (.617) in Regional play, 13-3 (.813) in Super Regional play and 17-11 (.707) in WCWS play.

The Gators have won six SEC East titles and three SEC tourney titles since the university added softball to its program in 1997 and have compiled an overall record of 853 wins and 351 losses for a winning percentage of .708.

On paper the Gators look impressive with eight of nine starters returning and 14 letter-winners back. Six newcomers complete the roster for what could be another excellent season and bring another softball title to Gainesville. But what the Gators do on the field of play will determine what kind of year they will have.

On Jan. 31, the Gators held an open practice at Katie Seashold Pressly Stadium to give fans a chance to watch a scrimmage, receive autographs and participate in family-friendly activities. The practice was from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Posters and schedule cards were passed out along with 2015 rosters. Free pizza and drinks were provided to the first 150 fans. Six seniors are on the 20 person roster with the season opener February 6-8 in the UCF Tournament.

Gator Softball fans will have more chances than ever before to see their team on television during the 2015 season. Florida will make 12 appearances on national television and will have 15 games streamed on SEC Network+, as announced by the Southeastern Conference and ESPN. This marks a significant increase from 2014, when five regular-season Gator games were broadcast on national television.

But winning a national title helps in more ways than one and getting additional TV exposure is one of them.

Bill Plummer Bill Plummer A graduate of Indiana University, Ind. Bill has been involved in softball for more than four decades. For 30years he was a fixture at the ASA National Office as a communications coordinator, manager of the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and historian. In addition, he also served as the editor of the ASA official newsletter, The Inside Pitch, and as the Trade Show Manager. He has written widely about the sport and has contributed to 14 books. In 2009, he authored “The Game America Plays.” In 2012, he co-authored “Best of the Best-Women’s Fastpitch.” In 2014, ” A Series of Their Own. The History of the Women’s College World Series.” He has been elected to five halls of fame, including the ASA National. In 1996, he served as the Information Manager for the debut of softball in the Olympics.

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The number one question I get is about infielders and faceguards. People want to know if their daughter wearing a faceguards will hurt their chances of playing in college. Basically if college coaches will look at their daughter in a bad light simply because they are wearing a faceguard.

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“Raegan Rogers to play for OU in fall of 2015″ Written By Bill Plummer

NORMAN, OK –Head coach Patty Gasso announced Tuesday that Raegan Rogers has agreed to an enrollment commitment and will be joining the Oklahoma softball program beginning in the fall of 2015. She joins a class of seven student athletes that signed National Letters of Intent with the Sooners in November.

“Raegan is a very solid addition to the program,” Gasso said. “She joins a very strong group of incoming freshman and will challenge for playing time immediately. She is strong, she has speed and we expect her to make an impact on this team as a freshman.”

A native of Blanchard, Okla., Rogers is an outfielder who is finishing up her senior year at Bridge Creek High School under the tutelage of Ray Chidester. Rogers, who chose OU over Arkansas and Houston, earned four letters playing fastpitch and was named her team’s Offensive Player of the Year every season.

“Ever since I was a little girl it has been a dream of mine to play for Coach Gasso, her staff and the University of Oklahoma,” Rogers said. “The Lord has blessed me with a great opportunity, and I plan on competing to the best of my ability and impacting the program in a positive way. I look forward to obtaining a degree in the medical field and competing for a national championship.”

In her senior season, Rogers hit .620 with 53 runs scored, 38 runs batted in, six home runs and 36 stolen bases to be named to the Middle West All-State Team and All-Region First Team. She was also named Sooner Conference Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Conference Team.

As a junior, Rogers was selected to the Oklahoman Little All-City First Team and was an All-Conference honoree. In addition, she was a conference All-Star in her sophomore season.

Rogers has spent the past eight summers playing for GameTime Stars Gold out of Oklahoma City under Rusty Fisher. This past summer, she hit .422 with 65 runs scored, 35 RBI, six homers and 34 bases stolen. The past two seasons have seen her squads finish in a tie for 17th at the 16U Premier Girls Fastpitch National Championship, while in 2012 she helped lead her team to the 14U USSSA National Championship.

Off the field, Rogers is a member of the National Honor Society and has been selected to the Superintendent’s Honor Roll for four straight years.

Bill Plummer Bill Plummer A graduate of Indiana University, Ind. Bill has been involved in softball for more than four decades. For 30years he was a fixture at the ASA National Office as a communications coordinator, manager of the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and historian. In addition, he also served as the editor of the ASA official newsletter, The Inside Pitch, and as the Trade Show Manager. He has written widely about the sport and has contributed to 14 books. In 2009, he authored “The Game America Plays.” In 2012, he co-authored “Best of the Best-Women’s Fastpitch.” In 2014, ” A Series of Their Own. The History of the Women’s College World Series.” He has been elected to five halls of fame, including the ASA National. In 1996, he served as the Information Manager for the debut of softball in the Olympics.

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Olympic Gold medalist (2000)
Height: 5’7″
Position: 3B – R/R
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Mich.
School: UCLA
Graduation: 1995

Q. How old were you when you started playing softball?

A. I started playing softball when I was 8 years old.

Q.Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?

A. It would be a daunting task to list everyone who influenced me, but probably the most influential people in my softball development were my mom and dad who would go to the field or the batting cages with me almost daily, my coaches at UCLA, and my boss here at Michigan, Carol Hutchins.

Q.How did you get ready for a game?

A. In college, I would always get to the field early and hit off a tee by myself to get myself locked in and feeling good. When my teammates arrived, I would focus on just enjoying them and staying loose. Once I joined the national team, it was much more challenging to have the time on the tee by myself, so I replaced that with visualization.

Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?

A. When I’m not involved with softball, I enjoy playing ice hockey in the winter and stand up paddle boarding in the summer.

Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and you are today?

A. I think the biggest factor was hard work. I was taught from a young age to work hard for everything, whether it was athletics or school or music (I played an instrument up through my first 2 years of college). I am not naturally gifted at anything, but I was naturally very competitive and always wanted to be the best. To do that, I had to work very hard and that work ethic definitely came from my parents. One of the other main factors was the advent of Title IX and the opportunities to play and train that I had growing up that generations before me did not have. My generation was really the first generation to experience the benefits of Title IX.

Q. Do you have any routines are superstitions that you implement regularly?

A. I always had a routine as I got into the batters box and that is much better demonstrated than explained. It was just something to help me relax and get into a good mindset before each pitch. I am not superstitious at all.

Q. What is your favorite softball memory?

A. There are so many memories to choose from, but my 2 favorites would be winning the gold medal in Sydney as a player and winning the 2005 NCAA championship as an assistant coach at Michigan.

Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?

A. I think mental training is extremely valuable and often overlooked, especially in the youth levels of softball. In my opinion, mental toughness is what separates the great players from the very good players. Every player is responsible for her own confidence. It is not something a coach can give or take away. The elite players take ownership of their confidence and work on their mental toughness daily.

Q.What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?

A. I tore my ACL when I was an alternate on the 1996 Olympic team. The rehab to get back was intense and painful at times. That was definitely the biggest obstacle in my playing career. As I look back, there were always hurdles to get over, but at the time, I never saw them as obstacles. They were just part of the journey to be the best that I could be. It sounds corny, but it’s 100% true.

Q. If you could do anything else in the world as a profession, what would it be and why?

A. If I could do anything else in this world, I would want to be a lawyer. I wouldn’t want to be the one arguing in a courtroom, but I would totally enjoy the rest of it. I took several law classes in college and absolutely loved the way they made me think. I even enjoyed writing papers and taking exams in those classes.

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I am talking about the new National Pro Fastpitch Team, The Dallas Charge. I interview the new General Manager Kevin Shelton and National Pro Fastpitch League President Cheri Kempf about the new team coming to Dallas. – Produced By Gary Leland

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“The NPF Expands To Dallas. Texas” By Gary Leland

National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) announced today the addition of a fifth affiliate team to compete in league action beginning with the 2015 season. The new team will be based in the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX area and will be known as the Dallas Charge. The Charge joins the existing affiliate teams of the NPF–Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Pennsylvania Rebellion, and USSSA Florida Pride. The Charge become the first NPF franchise to be based in Texas since the Texas Thunder [located in Houston] left for Rockford, Illinois in the 2007 season.
 
“The League is thrilled with this announcement,” said NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf. “With increased attendance in all markets in 2014, along with the sheer volume of our television coverage, we realize expansion will naturally happen, but to be able to permeate into one of the nation’s hotbeds for fastpitch softball makes this addition really special.”
 
The DFW metroplex area is home to one of the largest and most active youth softball communities in the country. The Charge has designated two home locations to maximize attendance opportunities for a broad and diverse fan base in the DFW area: the Ballfields at Craig Ranch in McKinney and an additional facility, to be named later, in the Arlington area.

The Dallas Charge will rely on the experience of General Manager, Kevin Shelton as the team works on assembling a roster along with all other logistical details involved with the operation of a professional sports team. Shelton has vast experience in team and organizational operations through many years heading the Texas Glory youth program which was founded in May, 2000. In addition to that, Shelton was heavily involved with a former professional performance tour for several seasons.
 
“It’s an extremely exciting opportunity for women’s fastpitch and the entire DFW area,” commented Shelton. “The NPF is growing and we are pleased to be a part of that growth to provide these gifted women a chance to compete in the sport they love as professionals. North Texas has a vibrant fastpitch community. I am confident that our entire area will benefit from a professional women’s fastpitch team’s presence.”
 
Assisting Shelton on developing the new franchise is marketing consultant and NPF veteran Jami Lobpries. Lobpries will aid with business development and marketing strategy for the Charge. Lobpries was a four-year veteran of the NPF (2009-2012) after completing her eligibility at Texas A&M University in 2008. The Wharton, Texas native then went on to finish her Ph.D. at Texas A&M concentrating on sports marketing and branding in women’s sports.

“Adding a team in Texas is a huge step towards growth in professional softball and the sport in general,” said Lobpries. “As a former NPF player and someone passionate about our sport, it’s exciting to help build a new organization in my home state and be a part of growing the game.”

Beyond featuring some of the world’s best softball talent, it is the plan of the Charge to be committed to involvement in the DFW community. In a city that features some of the world’s most famous sport brands, the Charge will offer the community, especially young girls and women, an opportunity to watch female athletes compete at the highest level.
 
“The idea behind the name Charge was a commitment to being trailblazers in professional sports and women’s sports. Leading the charge means we want to lead the charge in growing the sport of softball as well as the NPF, and lead a charge in the community,” Lobpries said. “There will be a commitment from the entire organization to providing an entertaining environment at games and providing positive role models in the local community.”
 
The Dallas Charge will begin play as the NPF season opens in June of 2015. More information about the Charge including their home schedule, announcement of coaching staff and roster additions will be released in the coming months. Follow the Charge on the team’s website www.dallascharge.com.

I called Kevin this morning and we talked softball, which of course we both love. Kevin told me “I am excited to be part of the NPF growth here in Dallas. It is a great opportunity for the Dallas – Ft Worth Area, and the growth of women’s fastpitch. We look forward to being a part of the community and finding ways to give back.”

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“Keep your eye on the ball!” We have all heard this multiple times in our lives. Now we have a tool to make it easier to watch the ball. Ball Stickers are different colors and shapes and can stick onto any softball with ease. Have your players call out the shape and/or color before they hit it to ensure they are really keeping their eye on the ball.

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10 Key Softball Resolutions For 2015 http://fastpitch.tv/softball-resolutions http://fastpitch.tv/softball-resolutions#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 16:20:58 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=36161 “10 Key Softball Resolutions For 2015″ Written By John Michael Kelly It’s the end of yet another year and a great opportunity for athlete, coach or parent to do the mental work in both reviewing 2014 and planning for 2015.

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“10 Key Softball Resolutions For 2015″ Written By John Michael Kelly

It’s the end of yet another year and a great opportunity for athlete, coach or parent to do the mental work in both reviewing 2014 and planning for 2015.

Before we get on your softball resolutions for 2015

let’s review 2014 with some key points and questions to contemplate:

1 – It’s important as parent, coach or player to honestly assess the progress your athlete or team made in 2014. Write down areas that player/team excelled in (acknowledge progress), and those that still need improvement.

2 – Do a “SWOT” analysis, listing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; “opportunities” might mean areas of growth, a new team, a new position, a new physical or mental training routine. “Threats” might mean the downside of a weaknesses if not improved (loss of position, being cut or not playing, not being actively recruited), areas of an athlete’s or team’s mental game that continue to plague them (Remember, insanity is defined as doing the same things over and over yet expecting different results!). 

3 – Assess your athlete’s motivation during the year. Did she do all she could to improve? Did she show the commitment to justify your family’s time and money invested in her game? If not, have a conversation with her to gauge where her head is at.

4 – Have a discussion with player or team to get her/their perspective. How do they think they did? What areas of their game do they feel good about and what areas do they think need work? This will build “ownership” in their process of improving going forward.

5 – Assess your athlete’s current team. Has it been a good fit? Is she getting optimal development and/or college exposure opportunities? Is she getting reps? Is the team/parent chemistry supportive and a fun environment to be around? Are the coaches communicative and supportive, or harsh and overly demanding?

Looking forward to 2015 here are some key points and questions for you to consider:

1 – Set some measurable goals for the New Year. They could be performance goals; however I would suggest you focus on the “process” rather than the “results.” As such your/her goals might be the development of a definitive physical or mental training plan (which can be as simple of taking x number of swings per week, or pitches, or ground balls, or various strength and conditioning hours). Use a chart to track progress, as this can be a great visual motivator for athlete or team!

2 – Be honest about the weaknesses of your game, whether athlete or team and commit to putting in the focused time to turn those weaknesses into strengths!
Make every practice count, whether team or individual. Always practice with a purpose and practice with the same intensity, focus and energy as you would put forth during a game.

3 – Pitchers should develop a well-defined “bullpen” regimen, particularly if only able to work indoors the next few months. Mastery of six different pitches takes time, so why not focus on a single pitch each week and throw nothing but that pitch? 

4 – Work on shifting your mindset as athlete or team to what is possible, instead of what you know? In other words next year can be the same as last year if your mind isn’t open to the possibility of more. Get outside of limiting comfort zones and dream a little. How good do you want to be? Great…devise a plan to get there and GO FOR IT!

5 – In truth, 2015 can be the very best year your athlete or team ever has. But it will take a conscientious effort to get there. These 10 resolutions offer a great place to start! Thanks for reading and may 2015 be your best year yet! –John Michael Kelly, Softball Smarts

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John Michael Kelly: John Michael Kelly, America’s Sports Confidence Coach, is known for skyrocketing the self-confidence and game performance levels for thousands of youth athletes and teams from coast to coast by reducing the stress and increasing the joy for playing the game! John also coaches travel softball with the 18u and 18 Gold teams for The Next Level (“TNL”) organization in sunny San Diego. You can follow John at SoftballSmarts.com and Facebook.com/SoftballSmarts.

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On this episode I interview Jennie Finch from the 2014 NFCA Convention. – Produced By Gary Leland

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This month on The Win Some Softball Stuff Show you can win a 2015 Anderson Supernova Fastpitch Softball Bat. Produced By Gary Leland

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Amanda Freed Answers My Ten Questions http://fastpitch.tv/amanda-freed http://fastpitch.tv/amanda-freed#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 17:14:03 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=36105 Olympian Amanda Freed Answers My Ten Questions Written By Gary Leland Three-time Olympic Gold medalist (1996, 2000, 2004) Olympic Silver medalist (2008) Height: 5’8″ Position: Utility – R/R Hometown: Cypress, Calif. School: UCLA Graduation: 2002 Q. How old were you when you started playing softball? A. I started playing softball when I was 4 years […]

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amanda-headshotOlympian Amanda Freed Answers My Ten Questions Written By Gary Leland

Three-time Olympic Gold medalist (1996, 2000, 2004) Olympic Silver medalist (2008)
Height: 5’8″
Position: Utility – R/R
Hometown: Cypress, Calif.
School: UCLA
Graduation: 2002

Q. How old were you when you started playing softball?

A. I started playing softball when I was 4 years old. It was a little early at the time but I have an older sister who had begun playing, and my mom was the coach, so I was allowed to tag along

Q.Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?

A. There were many special people in my life who helped me become a great player. I am afraid to start to list them for fear I might forget some so I will just name a few.

1) My Mom, and my Dad of course, but my mom was the one who coached me from a very young age, caught me during pitching lessons and at home during my “developmental” years, and always encouraged me to play only because I enjoyed it.

2) The coaching staff on my 18u team, Gordon’s Panthers. The 3 years I played for this organization were the years I really matured in the sport. I became more versatile, drastically improved in every area on the field, and became more educated in terms of my approach to big competition and how I “thought” the game overall.

3) Ernie Parker was my pitching coach for most of my career and the one I continued to turn to over the years. I could talk forever on how much I love this man for what he did for me as a pitcher but more importantly as a person.

Q.How did you get ready for a game?

A. I’m not superstitious at all. I would purposely mix things up so I would not fall into a routine that could mess with my head. I was, however, routine with my pitching warm up in practice and in pre-game. That routine helped to calm my nerves before big games. Overall during pre-game I like to keep things light but focused.

Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?

A. I feel like I am always on the go so when I do manage to find some free time I love spending it with my family and friends. And now that I have a baby girl I cherish the days where we get to just hang out and play together. I have also taken an active interest in the Special Olympics and enjoy being involved with them whenever I have a chance.

Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and you are today?

A. I really feel fortunate to have met the people I met and played for the coaches I played for throughout my career. I absolutely worked hard on and off the field but without them I wouldn’t have stayed on the path I did to become the player I was and person I am today.

Q. Do you have any routines are superstitions that you implement regularly?

A. I had more routines than superstitions. I did use to “rake” the dirt quite a bit as part of my routine. Whether I was stepping into the box or on the mound I was always moving dirt around in between pitches. It was my time to think.

Q. What is your favorite softball memory?

A. If I didn’t say winning the Gold Medal in Athens you’d probably think I was crazy. So yes, the Olympics was definitely a favorite! Another favorite was winning the winning the National Championship my freshman year at UCLA. This was a favorite for very different reasons. I was young and ended up in the circle during that final game. I remember how intensely my heart was pounding with runners on in the bottom of the 7th inning and I remember the flood of relief after we made the final out.

Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?

A. I don’t believe mental training should be used to prepare you “in the event that you should need it” but a place you should live at every day in practice and in games. A major focus for me during my mental training was breathing, as simple as it sounds. I had to practice breathing on the mound and in the batters box. It slowed the game down for me. If I didn’t learn to breathe in practice when it didn’t “count” how in the world would I ever have been able to do it in championship play?! I am also a big fan of visualization. It’s a great way to prepare for games by spending a few concentrated minutes seeing yourself perform and succeed.

Q.What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?

A. I was always the pitcher who could hit and play the field, but my senior year of college I injured my pitching forearm and was forced to take some time off. I was never able to fully recover from that injury. I made the 2000 Olympic team as the pitching alternate but going into the tryout for the 2004 Olympic games I tried out as an outfielder/utility. I made the team and although it was a very different role, exciting yet difficult at times, I learned so much about myself.

Q. If you could do anything else in the world as a profession, what would it be and why?

A. I have always secretly wanted to be a ballerina. When I was young I would put my mom’s pointe shoes on and walk around the house on my toes. Maybe I wouldn’t want to do it as a full-time profession but would love to take it on as a serious hobby!

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Michelle Venturella Answers My Ten Questions - http://fastpitch.tv/michelle-venturella http://fastpitch.tv/michelle-venturella#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:30:49 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=36077 Olympian Michelle Venturella Answers My Ten Questions. Written By Gary Leland Olympic Gold Medalist (2000) Height: 5’10” Position: Catcher – L/L Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind. School: Indiana Graduation: 1995 Q. How old were you when you started playing softball? A. I was 8 when I started playing although I only played 16” slow pitch (Chicago) because […]

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Olympian Michelle Venturella Answers My Ten Questions. Written By Gary Leland

Olympic Gold Medalist (2000)
Height: 5’10”
Position: Catcher – L/L
Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
School: Indiana
Graduation: 1995

Q. How old were you when you started playing softball?

A. I was 8 when I started playing although I only played 16” slow pitch (Chicago) because there was no Fastpitch around. It wasn’t until my 8th grade summer that I was introduced to Fastpitch softball.

Q. Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?

A. I think a lot of people helped me become a great player. First, the support of my family to give me the opportunities to play and compete was invaluable. My high school coach, Gary Lagesse, was extremely impactful because he was such a visionary and instilled the values necessary to be successful in softball. We ended up winning the first ever state championship under his direction and then went on to become back-to-back state champs my senior year. My college coach, Diane Stephenson, taught me how to catch changing me from a first baseman to a catcher my sophomore year in college so prior to that I had never caught. And of course the tremendous teammates I had in high school, college and on the national team. They pushed me to be the best and were great teammates!

Q. How do you get ready for a game?

A. Game day was always special. I thought about it from the time I woke up until it was time to take the field. Everything I did that day revolved around the game. Depending on what time the game was I would adjust my schedule accordingly. If it was an earlier game I would get up and eat a good breakfast. I would think about the opponent and do my best to stay in a good mental state about the upcoming game. I didn’t like to be rushed so I was always ready to go in plenty of time. I liked listening to music on the way to the game and would think of good thoughts about what was going to happen. I also connected with my teammates in various ways. I truly enjoyed the time with them and did whatever I could to help them.

Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?

A. When I not involved with softball I love spending time with my family and playing the piano. I also love reading motivational books and going to the movies.

Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and you are today?

A. I think the values that my parents instilled in me and my coaches I had in high school were the main factors that helped me when I was a player. I have a competitive personality and was always interested in challenging myself to truly be the best I could be. I also think being a part of something successful (my HS team) and doing something that no one else did (win state) showed me that it was ok to be the “first” at something. That’s why it was so fitting to be a part of the first-ever Olympic team. Even though it was on a different scale, I knew our team could be the first team to win gold.

Q. Do you have any routines are superstitions that you implement regularly?

A. The only superstition I had was putting on my right shin guard first and then my left one when I started catching. I had to do it that way!

Q. What is your favorite softball memory?

A. I have two favorite memories. Winning the first state championship for my high school because of the amazing coaches and teammates I played had and second and something I’ll never forget was as we were doing our victory lap after winning the gold in Sydney in the 2000 games, I found my mom in the stands (10,000 people filled the stadium) and literally lost my breath. It seemed like all of the hard work that she put in and all of the work I put in came together in that moment and it was awesome!

Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?

A. I didn’t know that some of the things I was taught were “mental training” until later in my career. I think it is EXTREMELY important for the success of athletes, especially at a high level. As a coach, we spend time incorporating these concepts daily! My advice would be to be open to these teachings. They are invaluable and will help you reach your goals. The athletes that are successful over time are those who have consistently worked on having a strong mental game.

Q. What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?

A. The greatest obstacle when I was a player on the Olympic team is that my coach didn’t believe in left-handed catchers so it was challenging playing for someone who I knew didn’t believe in me. My biggest challenge in coaching is trying to balance my family life and coaching life. I believe strongly in family and do my best to take time for them. In the same sense I love coaching so I spend a lot of time working to be good at that too. As a leader, I want to always be the example to my staff and players as to making sure they know the value of family.

Q. If you could do anything else in the world as a profession, what would it be and why?

A. If I actually had the talent I would be in a band and be able to play not only the piano but the guitar and sing. Music touches so many people that I would love to be able to connect in that way with people.

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Jennie Finch Answers My Ten Questions http://fastpitch.tv/jennie-finc-questions http://fastpitch.tv/jennie-finc-questions#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:16:33 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=36072 Olympian Jennie Finch Answers My Ten Questions Written By Gary Leland 2004 Olympic Games – Gold medal 2008 Olympic Games – Silver medal Q. How old were you when you started playing softball? A. I was 5 years old. I have two older brothers who both played baseball and for me I wanted to be […]

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Olympian Jennie Finch Answers My Ten Questions Written By Gary Leland

2004 Olympic Games – Gold medal
2008 Olympic Games – Silver medal

Q. How old were you when you started playing softball?

A. I was 5 years old. I have two older brothers who both played baseball and for me I wanted to be like them, so when I turned 5 my parents signed me up for tee ball and it was softball at the time. Unlike a lot of others I started out with softball. I fell in love with it and have been playing ever since.

Q.Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?

A. I have to give credit to my dad. He was my backbone, he spent all of the time on the bucket catching me, and he developed the Finch Windmill, the shoulder exerciser I have been on since I was 12 years old, so I have to give him a lot of credit. He had a catchers mitt on one hand and a radar gun in the other and he pushed me all the way through. He believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself, he made me practice when I didn’t want to practice and I’m so grateful. As hard and tough as he was, it never crossed the line to the point where I wasn’t into the game or didn’t like the game because of it. It was that fine balance of pushing, motivating, and driving me, but never did it affect my love of the game. I’m so grateful for him knowing where that line was, even though when I was that age I didn’t think he knew where that line was. Looking back now, he knew how far to push and he knew there was more in me and he knew how to get it out of me.

Q.How did you get ready for a game?

A. I’m an athlete who likes to stick with her routines. Basically just be consistent, lay low, do the same thing I did every single day. For me the preparation happened the week, the months, the year prior to, so when I did get that uniform on, it’s done, it’s go time, it’s game time. That, as an athlete, is where the confidence comes from, is that preparation; the blood, the sweat, and the tears, the hard work that you put in prior to putting that uniform on. When you get that uniform on, you’re confident, you’re ready to compete and trust what you have done and go out there and put your best foot forward.

Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?

A. I have 3 amazing, crazy little kids and I adore every second I get to spend with them. We live on a ranch and we just got cattle, there is always something going on out in the country. We love to go fishing. I love being outside and being active, and really with them anything is good.

Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and you are today?

A. So many factors! Hard work, dedication, many, many sacrifices, and that was one of my biggest reasons for writing my book, “Throw Like A Girl”, was because everyone sees the trophies, the medals, they see all of the lime light stuff. They don’t see the blood, sweat, and tears, the heartache, the disappointments, the losses, the failure, that I had to experience and go through to help shape and build the athlete and the character that I was. Going through those hard times made me stronger.

Q. Do you have any routines are superstitions that you implement regularly?

A. Where do I begin, I’m a pitcher! Yeah, for me I like to recite Philippians 4:13 before every pitch, that started my junior year of college. I put my uniform on the same way. My roommate, Toni Mascarenas, and I would spray our uniforms with perfume before we left for the game. I had a spot for my bag, my glove, at Arizona it was the end of the dugout and that was my spot, and I wanted it to be in the same spot every time. You learn who has the superstitions, who has the routines and you kind of follow those. You ride them until you have to switch it up, then you have a new one.

Q. What is your favorite softball memory?

A. How do you pick one? So many, winning a National Championship with the University of Arizona. We had 8 seniors that year, and to send them out with a championship was such a thrill. Then playing for the national team, nothing greater than wearing USA across your chest competing for your country. At the top would be winning gold in Athens with Lisa Fernandez, Laura Berg, Lori Harrigan, Leah O’Brian-Amico, who I looked up to. I was in their autograph line 8 years prior to. To be able to play with the women I looked up to was such a thrill for me, and to do it in Athens, Greece, where it all started was great.

Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?

A. The mind is your most powerful tool. Young athletes think it’s their hands, their legs, all of these things, but it all starts with the mind. You have to believe. If you think you are going to fail, you are going to fail, so it’s a matter of fighting that negative voice within you. I played for 24 years and still to this day I still have this doubter, this negative voice within my head and you have to battle it, you have to knock it down as soon as it comes in. You have to trust your hard work, your preparation, and go for it. I think for me to be mentally tough, it took for me to work and train and build that preparation because that was my foundation. I knew that I was ready and I had prepared in every way that I possibly could, so when I had that uniform on, I was ready. Ultimately I could live with the outcome because I gave everything I had and I think that is where you want to be. It starts with the preparation and building off of that, then you become confident. There will be times where it’s like, “whose right arm is this”, but you just have to ride it. Like Coach Candrea says, don’t get too high and don’t get too low. This game will take you through the highs and lows if you let it, but it’s a game of consistency and average and it’s a matter of plugging away.

Q.What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?

A. I would say staying mentally tough. I think every single day we can give in with our bodies and our minds or we can fight against it and continually strive to be better. It’s a matter of every day turning that good to great. We can have a good day or have a great day and that’s our decision. Especially with three kids now there are some challenging days, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It’s about controlling what you can control and being the best you. That’s one of my favorite sayings. I just heard the other day “your greatest competition is in the mirror” and that’s so true. It’s how far are you willing to push, how far are you willing to go, and how good do you really want to be.

Q. If you could do anything else in the world as a profession, what would it be and why?

A. I would love to work at a zoo, I love animals so just to be around animals. But, you know I am so blessed I don’t think that I would trade it. This life has been more than I possibly could imagine and by the Grace of God, it’s been such a thrill so I’m blessed, extremely blessed. With my family now, I get to experience the same memories I share with my parents now with them. It’s a good life that’s for sure.

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Dani Tyler Answers My Ten Questions http://fastpitch.tv/dani-tyler http://fastpitch.tv/dani-tyler#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:57:49 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=36004 Olympian Dani Tyler answers my 10 questions. Written By Gary Leland 1996 Gold Medalist Height: 5’6″ Position: Infield – R/R Hometown: River Forest, Illinois School: Drake University Graduation: 1997 Q. How old were you when you started playing softball? A. I was very fortunate to grow up on a block with a lot of kids […]

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Dani TylerOlympian Dani Tyler answers my 10 questions. Written By Gary Leland

1996 Gold Medalist
Height: 5’6″
Position: Infield – R/R
Hometown: River Forest, Illinois
School: Drake University
Graduation: 1997

Q. How old were you when you started playing softball?

A. I was very fortunate to grow up on a block with a lot of kids (mainly boys) around my age. We started playing pickup baseball games in our front and back yards around Age 4.

Q. Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?

A. As with anything in life, I believe that success comes from surrounding yourself with a great support system of family and friends. I credit the kids on my block that I grew up with in starting my love for the game. I credit all of my teammates and coaches along the way from High School to Summer Ball to College to the Olympic/National Team for helping me grow and develop as a player. Most importantly, I credit my parents for instilling in me the values of how to be a good teammate, and more importantly a good person..for helping me learn that the game is just a “game” and that what really matters most is that you give 100% percent effort in practice and in games and that you always treat your coaches, teammates, opponents and the umpires with respect. In the end, what people really remember most about you and your career, is not your batting average or how many wins and losses you had, but how you treated them and others along the way.

Q. How do you get ready for a game?

A. I had 2 songs that I would always listen to on the bus ride to the field 1) Lionel Richie “Destiny” and 2) Sister Hazel “All For You”. I found that both of these songs had a great cadence and/or rhythm to them that could help me really visualize fielding ground balls. I could actually “feel” smoothly fielding a ground ball and making the throw when listening to these songs. I kept my playlist a “secret” for a few years (for obvious reasons), until one of my teammates on the Olympic/National Team (MV) listened to my CD Player when I wasn’t looking… (boy, that makes me feel “old” just saying that…CD player, not IPod).. Anyway..As you can imagine, I took a little “heat” for that. It is kind of embarrassing when your teammates are listening to Metallica and Jay-Z to pump up for a game while I am listening to Lionel Richie..but hey, whatever works, right?

Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?

A. When I changed careers in the year 2000 from my Olympic/National Team softball career to my next career in Public Accounting, I really developed a love for Golf and Running.

Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and you are today?

A. My parents have been the strongest influence in my life. As I have gotten older, it has developed into even more appreciation and respect. It wasn’t until later in my life that I truly realized the tremendous sacrifices and the amount of time that my parents put in to helping me grow as an athlete and as a person. I hope that I can eventually become half the person that both of my parents are. If I can ever accomplish that, I will know that I have truly accomplished something amazing in my life.

Q. Do you have any routines are superstitions that you implement regularly?

A. I had a few superstitions/routines when I played..in college, I would put a green M&M under my lip before I would go up to the plate to hit. I believe that routine started by mistake early in my career..I did it one time and I happened to hit a homerun during that at bat, so I continued doing that same routine throughout my college career. During my Olympic career, I always made sure I was chewing gum when I was on defense. I think it relaxed me and calmed me between pitches before it was time to zone in and refocus for the next pitch.

Q. What is your favorite softball memory?

A. My favorite softball memory was the gold medal ceremony in 1996 at the Atlanta Olympic games. Watching our American flag being raised, listening the National anthem play, and standing alongside some of the most incredible women/teammates that I have ever had the pleasure to play with was an amazing feeling that I will never forget. Even to this day, whenever I am at a sporting event or I hear the National anthem play and see our American flag being raised, my mind always go back to that special day in Atlanta.

Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?

A. I have always felt that so much of the game depends on your mental mindset when you walk onto the field. Getting this mindset starts way before the first pitch of the game. The BEST days are when you walk onto the field at game time and you know everything is clicking..a zone, if you will. When you run onto the field for defense, and you KNOW nothing is going to get past you today. When you step into that batters box you have a have the confidence that you are going to touch and drill any ball that comes at you today. When you have those feelings of confidence on game day, that’s when you know it is going to be one “exciting day at the ball park’. I have found that to obtain that type of zone or confidence, you need to KNOW that you have done the “work” in practice and on your own personal time. Confidence comes from hard work, practice, repetition, drills and a lot of sweat. When you have put in that kind of work, you should be able to step on to the field on game day, and you should not be thinking at all, you are just naturally reacting and playing the game with that feeling of confidence because you know that anything that comes at you today, you have already done a million times before.

Q. What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?

A. The greatest obstacle that I had to overcome was choosing to stop playing the game that I loved so much and move into a career outside of softball. I still love the game. I always will. It has given me so many memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. The game of softball teaches you so many things about yourself and about life. You learn that you can always work harder and push farther than you ever imagined was possible. You learn that by working together as a team, you can accomplish amazing things, way more than you could ever accomplish alone. The game makes you laugh and it makes you cry. It’s the best game in the world and the people who have touched my life along the way throughout my career are some of the most amazing people on earth. I am very thankful for all that the game has given to me.

Q. If you could do anything else in the world as a profession, what would it be and why?

A. I currently work at a Certified Public Accounting firm in Chicago (Bansley and Kiener, LLP). I have worked at Bansley and Kiener, LLP for over 15yrs. My fellow Partners and our amazing employees are my teammates now. I feel truly honored to work with such an incredible group of people. If I “had to” choose another career, I would either be a college history professor (that wealth of knowledge about history would make you a great conversationalist) or I would be a high school teacher and teach personal finance (as I strongly believe that high school students should receive more guidance about how credit cards work and loans and how important saving for retirement is at an early age, etc..).

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“Softball Could Return To Olympics in 2020″ Written By Bill Plummer

It appears that softball could possibly return to the Olympics following recent changes made by the IOC. The changes include removing the cap of 28 sports, which would mean an events-based program and allow for more new competitions while staying at around 10,500 athletes and 310 medal events.

Host cities will be allowed to propose the inclusion of one or more additional events, and 2020 host Japan is hoping to add baseball and softball. Softball was first contested in the Olympics in 1996 then again in 2000, and 2004 before being taken off the program following the 2008 Olympics. The USA won three gold medals before settling for a silver in the 2008 Olympics with Japan winning the gold.

Softball and baseball are extremely popular in Japan and, according to Reuters, the IOC will likely approve the addition, possibly at the IOC scheduled meeting in July.

The probable decision could come earlier. Yoshiro Mori, president of Tokyo2020, said he expects Tokyo2020 will present its plans for staging the Games in a report to the IOC in February. The Wall St Journal predicted that, in addition to softball and baseball, Tokyo2020 might include squash and karate.

Skateboarding and racketball have been supported for 2024.
“It is not sure for baseball and softball, because most other federations are against this,” Francesco Ricci Bitti, head of the Association of Summer International Sports Federations, told several Italian journalists.

The World Baseball Softball Federation reacted with predictable joy.
“Today, there is there is great hope that our athletes will now have a real opportunity — the pinnacle and highest honour in our sport — to play for their country, aiming to win an Olympic gold medal,” WBSF President Riccardo Fraccari said in a statement.

If softball does get back on the program, it behooves the ISF, the WBSF and the ASA to work together to ensure everything is in place if this becomes a reality. Players 13 and 14 now would be members of the softball team and possibly some younger members of the current USA National Team. Tryouts would have to be held, etc, plus the naming of a coaching staff and who knows what else to ensure a smooth transition back into the Olympics. Softball should never been taken off the program in the first place, but politics reared its ugly head and did an un-justice to a sport that didn’t deserve it in the first place.

If Toyko gets to have baseball and softball back on the Olympic program, you can be assured that the attendance at both disciplines will be excellent considering the popularity of the two sports in Japan, and especially since the Japan women’s team is the No. 1 team in the world currently. What better place to show off the No. 1 team in the world than in front of a hometown crowd. The 1996 USA Olympic Team can attest to that when Olympic softball made its debut at Golden Park in Columbus, GA, drawing crowds in excess of 8,700.

The debut of softball was as spectacular a debut as anyone could imagine for an Olympic sport and of course playing it in the USA guaranteed sellout crowds with eight teams competing. The USA won the first-ever gold medal, defeating China, 3-1, in the Gold medal game with each team getting four hits. The USA scored all its run in the third inning and USA shortstop Dr. Dot Richardson, now the head softball coach at Liberty University, went two-for-three with two RBI including a home run. Michele Granger and Lisa Fernandez combined to pitch the Gold medal game with Granger going five and two-thirds innings, striking out eight. Fernandez finished the game and fanned three batters, allowing no hits.

Bill Plummer Bill Plummer A graduate of Indiana University, Ind. Bill has been involved in softball for more than four decades. For 30years he was a fixture at the ASA National Office as a communications coordinator, manager of the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and historian. In addition, he also served as the editor of the ASA official newsletter, The Inside Pitch, and as the Trade Show Manager. He has written widely about the sport and has contributed to 14 books. In 2009, he authored “The Game America Plays.” In 2012, he co-authored “Best of the Best-Women’s Fastpitch.” In 2014, ” A Series of Their Own. The History of the Women’s College World Series.” He has been elected to five halls of fame, including the ASA National. In 1996, he served as the Information Manager for the debut of softball in the Olympics.

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Olympian Christa Williams answers my 10 questions. Written By Gary Leland

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist (1996, 2000)
Height: 5’7″
Position: Pitcher – R/R
Hometown: Houston, Texas
School: Texas
Graduation: 1999

Q. How old were you when you started playing softball?

A. I started playing ball when I was 8 years old. Things are much different now. We used the fall to perfect our mechanics so that we were ready to play at a high level. Also, tournaments almost all had winners and very few exposures.

Q. Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?

A. I would say my dad was my biggest influence on my success. He caught me every day and was my coach. He knew my flaws both on and off the field and always found a way to motivate me to practice when I didn’t want to.

Q. How do you get ready for a game?

A. I typically just relax listen to music and focus on the upcoming game and visualize the pitches that I needed to throw.

Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?

A. When I am not involved with softball I just enjoy watching other sports and spending time with my family. I have never been that person that has to be busy all the time to be happy.

Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and you are today?

A. I would say my dad was my biggest influence. I always hated to lose and still do. I loved to do what people told me I couldn’t do which can work for and against you at times. I love the competition the thrill of executing the perfect pitch against a great hitter in a tough situation.

Q. Do you have any routines are superstitions that you implement regularly?

A. I typically eat the same items and or go through the same warm up routine as far as throwing, throwing partners same music placing my bag in a certain place.

Q. What is your favorite softball memory?

A. My favorite softball memory is winning the gold medal in both the 96 and 00 Olympics. Obviously winning is nice, but I loved it because of all the hard work paying off and standing higher than everyone else with our national anthem playing and knowing that everything that we had gone through both as a team and individuals was worth all of the sacrifices.

Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?

A. Mental training is super important. I wish that while I was playing there was more emphasis on it. There was enough towards the end of my career for me to realize how critical it is to have your mind right in order to perform at the highest level possible.

Q. What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?

A. There are several obstacles that I faced as a player. When I made the US team at such a young age I didn’t know how to deal with the pressure or the emotions and I didn’t always handle things the correct way. The pressure to be perfect was always there and at times I rebelled because I got tired of that feeling. I finally met a coach that helped me deal with the internal pressures. As a coach my biggest challenge is getting my players to overcome their fears and put everything on the line every time. Along the same lines is that its about the TEAM first and you second.

Q. If you could do anything else in the world as a profession, what would it be and why?

A. I wish I could have been a professional baseball player so that I could have played the sport I loved and done this as a job. Seeing that it is not a possibility to do this I would say that I am doing what I love to do which is coaching kids and trying to help other young ladies reach their dreams.

A FEW ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist (1996, 2000)
Two-time ISF World Champion (1995, 1998)

EXPERIENCE

2000: Gold medalist at Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia
1999: Gold medalist at U.S. Olympic Cup
– Pitched a complete game shutout against Australia in Championship Game
1998: Gold medalist at ISF World Championships
– Went 1-0 with 0.00 ERA and 17 strikeouts
1996: Gold medalist at Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia
– Went 2-0 with 0.00 ERA and 15 strikeouts
1995: Gold medalist at ISF Junior Women’s World Championship
– Went 6-0 with tournament-high 86 strikeouts
1994: Gold medalist at Pan American Games Qualifier
– Threw perfect game and no-hitter
– Finished with 3-0 record, 0.00 ERA and 45 strikeouts

AT TEXAS

Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and NCAA Regional Tournament MVP (1998)
Two-time NCAA All-American
Helped lead Texas to 1998 NCAA WCWS
GETTING TO KNOW WILLIAMS

Recipient of the “Mary Lou Retton Rising Star Award” in 1995
Two-time ASA Women’s Major Fast Pitch National Champion (1996, 1997)
Born on February 8, 1978

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“How to Separate Sport and Family” Written By Keri Casas

This may not be something every parent thinks about, but it is completely necessary to understand why and how a separate relationship for sports and home life is important to every female athlete.
 
Why Separate Sport and Family?

As a parent, you want to be involved in your daughter’s life; be supportive, encouraging, and a mentor.  When your female athlete is young, they will listen to you, take your advice, and let you teach them the basic things about the game.  The issue with teaching, or coaching, your daughter is that they tend to grow independent with age.  When female athletes mature into their sport, they want to listen to their coaches or private instructors, those who have played the game.  And even if you played the sport when you were younger, techniques and styles have changed.  Remember that female athletes tend to be a little more defiant towards their mom or dad trying to teach them than a male athlete.  There is nothing wrong with helping your athlete reach their athletic goals, but it is important to take notice when to step down as their “coach”.

Female athletes strive to learn from others than their parents simply because you’re their parent.  If they have the opportunity to learn from a female coach or private instructor, they have a mentor to look up to; someone that they can work with that doesn’t tell them to clean their room or be home by six.  They have your structure and guidance at home, but let them explore other options when it comes to their sport.

I know it is difficult to let someone else coach your daughter, but it is necessary to divide sport and family.  I have seen countless exceptional athletes give up on their dreams of collegiate softball because their parent was too involved in their sport.  I have seen too many dads coach their daughter to a breaking point where the sport was just not fun anymore.  Aside from that, I have seen families torn apart and parents lose their relationships with their daughter because of constant interference with their sport.   As a parent, you don’t want to be the reason why your daughter gave up and quit something they love.  And most of all, you don’ want to lose your daughter.
 
How to Separate Sport and Family?
 
As I mentioned before, you want to be involved in your daughter’s life by being supportive and encouraging.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with doing that; your female athlete needs your support in her athletic endeavors.  So how do you stay supportive without interfering?  Don’t give your advice unless she asks for your advice.

After a game, let your athlete talk and share her thoughts about what happened.  This way, you can listen to your daughter’s feelings and ideas without your feelings and ideas conflicting.  Let your daughter know you are proud of her no matter what and have her back 100%.  Female athletes need a sense of security and they need to be able to feel that they can open up about a game or their team to someone.  This is a perfect role for you as the parent; you want your athlete to be able to talk to you and your athlete wants to be heard knowing you aren’t going to critique her.  A female athlete wants you to be their parent, not a coach.

It may be difficult to step aside as a “parent-coach” because you want the best for your daughter, but realizing that the best for your daughter is for you to watch her from the stands is essential in her athletic growth and your parent-daughter relationship.

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Keri CasasKeri Casas is the Director of Operations and Lead Instructor for All American Softball, Inc in Sacramento, CA. A former Division 1 student-athlete and graduate of Syracuse University, Keri is a coordinator for All American’s College Prep Program, helping athletes achieves collegiate softball scholarships. Keri is also the lead contributor and editor of CoachingaFemaleAthlete.com and co-author of the E-Book, “Bats, Gloves, and Glitter: 7 Must-Know Facts About Female Athletes”.

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Olympian Danielle Henderson Answers My Ten Questions Written By Gary Leland

Q. How old were you when you started playing softball?

A. I was in the 3rd grade when I started playing softball. I was 15yrs old when I first learned how to pitch

Q.Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?

A. I feel that everyone that has ever coached me has helped me get to where I am today. If my travel coach Kim Gwydir didn’t teach me how to pitch I never would have went to UMass. Playing with the Brakettes I had the opportunity to work with John Stratton who taught me how to move the ball

Q.How did you get ready for a game?

A. I try to treat everything like a normal day. I try to keep the routine the same for practice as I would for a game

Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?

A. I am obsessed with HGTV so when I have time off I am either doing some wood working or home renovations. I also enjoy going on long walks with my dog.

Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and you are today?

A. I feel like my failures have influenced me the most. Every time I have failed at something the journey of getting back has taught me so much. It teaches you how to fight thru things and never settle

Q. Do you have any routines are superstitions that you implement regularly?

A. never wanted any superstitions. Didn’t want to feel like some outside force had any impact on the result of my play

Q. What is your favorite softball memory?

A. There seems like so many to choose from but the one that sticks out the most is one of the first ones. It was the first time we went to the WCWS. We were in the losers bracket and because of rain the day before we would have to win 3 games in 1 day to go. I pitched all 3 games and the energy from the crowd is what kept me going.
Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?

A. It is such an important part of the game, it will determine whether or not you succeed. There are a ton of great books out there to help improve on this area. You need to use it every day so it becomes part of your routine. Like anything else you do you have to practice it to get better at it

Q.What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?

A. Not doing as well as I would have liked after college. I lost all confidence and was feeling pretty bad about myself. It took years to get back to were I was mentally which affected me physically. I learned a lot during that time period and now it helps me to be a better coach. Being thru the highs and lows helps you relate to more athletes and help the ones before they reach that same point.
Q. If you could do anything else in the world as a profession, what would it be and why?

A. Have my own show on HGTV or DIY network.

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tightspin1. Spintech Tightspin Trainer

In fastpitch pitching, spin is everything. The tighter the spin, the more violent the break and the more movement it has. Every pitcher should use this pitching aid! The Spintech Tightspin Trainer allows pitchers to practice spins with resistance, making her wrist stronger and her movement even better!

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strikezonemat2. Strike Zone Mat

A truly portable home plate! The Strike Zone Mat is a home plate with three colored zones. The green areas are the ideal places to throw, the yellow areas are not the best place to throw a pitch, and the red is an area you NEVER want to hit. Add this mat into your pitching routine and you will see the plate differently.

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SPINNER_YELLOW3. Spin Right Spinner

Not sure if the ball has the correct rotation when you pitch? The Spin Right Softball Spinner is exactly what you are looking for. If you are not spinning the ball correctly, this disk will wobble and tumble instead of rotating and breaking. It comes with instructions that show how to hold the Spinner to get maximum results.

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windmill trainer4. Windmill Trainer aka Perfect Circle

Are you new to pitching and are not sure when to release the ball? The Perfect Circle is the training aid for you! It comes with a DVD explaining exactly how to use this aid properly. After a few sessions with the Perfect Circle, you will be building positive muscle memory and consistency in your motion.

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Ambrosa Ball5. Christie Ambrosia Ball

Have you ever wanted to pitch like an Olympian? Now you can at least learn the grips from one! The Christie Ambrosia Ball is an 11” softball with finger prints that show where the pitcher should hold the ball for certain pitches. It comes with a booklet explaining each color and has both left and right handed fingerprints.

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Tairia Flowers Answers My Ten Questions http://fastpitch.tv/tairia-flowers http://fastpitch.tv/tairia-flowers#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:54:46 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=35953 Olympian Tairia Flowers answers my 10 questions. Written By Gary Leland Q. How old were you when you started playing softball? A. I was probably about 9 or 10 when I started playing softball. Q.Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player? A. I would say multiple people. Neither […]

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Tairia Flowers Olympian Tairia Flowers answers my 10 questions. Written By Gary Leland

Q. How old were you when you started playing softball?

A. I was probably about 9 or 10 when I started playing softball.

Q.Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?

A. I would say multiple people. Neither one of my parents really knew softball so they pushed me to go all out if I was going to play. My dad was the work ethic. My mom was the “are you having fun, make sure you enjoy it, you did great (whether I did or not)” person for me. I also had several great coaches throughout my career.

Q.How did you get ready for a game?

A. I don’t think I was super specific in a routine. I just want to get my reps in before game time

Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?

A. Now I spend a lot of time with my kids and I kind of like being lazy. I spent a lot of time travelling and playing games so now it’s nice just staying around the house with my family and watching movies.

Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and you are today?

A. I was never the most gifted so I was always taught to work. For me and softball and coaching, I always talk about doing extra, give 100% all of the time. Even if you are sick and only have 80% to give, give 100% of that 80%

Q. Do you have any routines are superstitions that you implement regularly?

A. I would write my jersey number in the ground and I would shake and stretch before stepping in the box, but otherwise didn’t have any superstitions.

Q. What is your favorite softball memory?

A. Being a part of Team USA in both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and winning the Gold medal in 2004.

Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?

A. I think it’s huge. If you can’t figure out mentally where you want to be or what you want to accomplish, you’re lost out there.

Q.What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?

A. As a player, not being as naturally talented so I had to work longer and harder than everyone else to end up where I did. As a coach, I have been my entire career at mid-majors so you’re not always working with the most talented athletes.

Q. If you could do anything else in the world as a profession, what would it be and why?

A. I’m doing what I love in both aspects, in coaching and being a mom.

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Dr. Dot Richardson Answers My Ten Questions Olympian Dot Richardson answers my 10 questions. Written By Gary Leland

Q. How old were you when you started playing softball?

A. I was 10 years old when I started playing softball because I was playing catch with my brother one day and a little league coach saw me throw, came over and asked me to play on his team. He said I would have to disguise myself as a boy and call me “Bob”. As much as I wanted it, I said, “Sir, thank you but no thank you if I have to hide who I am then I don’t want to play”. I walked over to another field and was playing catch with a friend of mine when a fastpitch softball coach came over. She brought me onto the field and gave me a few ground balls, then asked if I wanted to play for her team, the Union Park Jets. The average age of that team was 22 and I was only 10, but my parents said yes, so that’s when my fastpitch softball career started.

Q. Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?

A. There is always someone special in my life, first and foremost is my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I could see Him working in my life from a young age, feeling the Holy Spirit and the joy of life. Through my mom and my dad I saw what it was like to serve others. I felt that God had given me a gift in athletics because it always felt so natural and I felt so alive doing it, whether it was bouncing, kicking, hitting, or diving for a ball, just feeling alive in what you do. When you feel that passion, you know it’s a God given gift and be ready to seize those opportunities. The influence I have had from Him and my parents is something that I always take with me in everything I do.

Q. How do you get ready for a game?

A. I get ready for a game first mentally. Mentally be able to visualize it and to feel it within my body to become one with the ball. Visualize moving faster than I did the last time, being able to see the ball off the barrel of my bat and feel what that feels like. Then in preparation on the field, as soon as I put my cleats on I am in a whole other world; nothing else exists except for being one with that ball.

Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?

A. When I am not involved with softball, I like to influence the lives of others as much as I can in positive ways. If I have a chance to speak to others to give motivation, hopefully inspiration but obviously as a physician to impact the lives of those in the health care field, to be able to be the executive director of a national training center to open opportunities, to have a not for profit with FPX athletics, to impact young girls and women in sport, to serve under Former President George Bush as vice chair in the president’s council of physical fitness and sport, to be able to live life to the fullest and let everyone know how special they are because they are an amazing gift to the world.

Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and you are today?

A. Without a doubt my belief in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Realizing that we are on Earth for a short time in this eternity and what we need to do is to show Him in all that we say and do. I take that with me and try to use it in learning the life lessons He has meant for me to learn.

Q. Do you have any routines are superstitions that you implement regularly?

A. More routines than superstitions. I always put my left shoe on first, maybe just because it felt more natural. I would double tie the bow in my shoelace because I tripped on it when I was really young. There were times when I played in tournaments and ate peanut butter cookies before the game and felt awesome on the field so I kept that routine around. Really I just feel that since being a young girl denied me the chance to play sport drove me to seize the moment and any chance I have to play to the fullest and be all in.

Q. What is your favorite softball memory?

A. I have several favorite softball memories. First and foremost was after winning the 1996 Olympic Gold Medal. In celebration we were all on the field and there were security guards preventing anyone from getting on the field. I remember looking up and reaching out to the fans and I saw a boy and a girl standing together trying to reach over the railings to share in the Olympic gold medal moment. It hit me that these Olympic Games in ’96 was a moment that I felt that the world started recognizing the gifts that God had given each and every athlete no matter what gender they are. That boys and girls and men and women alike can enjoy athletic talent no matter whether it is participated by a girl or a woman or a boy or a man.

Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?

A. I place an extreme amount of value on the mental part of the game. People throw that around to say “mental toughness” but the reality is can you mentally put yourself in a state where you can visualize it to the point where when you execute it, you can feel like you are living the dream, that you have been there before, almost like a déjà vu. It’s a talent to do that. When I talk to young players and ask them if they can visualize it, they can’t and you need to. For all of those reading, you need to be able to visualize in your life where you see yourself going, what you want to experience, how you want to see that plan of action be, and trust that God is going to have you in your life prosper, then you will feel like you are living the dream . I actually wrote a book called “Living the Dream”, and it was really about that, to be able to visualize it and to dream about it and believe it to the point where you achieve it.

Q. What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?

A. The greatest obstacle in my life, without a doubt, is that girls were denied the opportunity to play sport when I was a young girl, just dreaming about the opportunity to be able to express what God has given me on the field. Looking out and seeing boys being allowed to play and girls were not. The boys had no problem with me, in fact they picked me first for their pick up teams after school. Society made it a rule that girls could not play. When Title IX came into effect in 1972, it was an amendment to the constitution giving us all the opportunity regardless of race or gender, that anyone could have the opportunity to express their gifts. There was a huge change in girls and women in sport from then all the way to today and it has been spectacular. I have been very blessed to be a part of that evolution.

Q. If you could do anything else in the world as a profession, what would it be and why?

A. I have been very blessed in my life to have a number of careers. Everything from being one of the elite athletes in the world achieving the Olympic gold moments, to the NCAA Player of the Decade for the 1980’s and a NCAA champion in sport, to becoming a physician (I’m an orthopedic surgeon), to be able to experience the fun of playing golf as an athlete, and to be able to now be a head coach, to be on boards like the FPX athletic board, to impact the girls and women in sport, to be on the board of the Fellowship of Christian Athlete softball ministry. I just think that as much as we can do to make a difference it the world for the time that we are here, we need to do it and love every minute of it.

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Louisville Slugger EBS714-SP Series 7 Stick Pack1. Louisville Slugger Series 7 Stickpack

If color is what you’re looking for, look no further. The Louisville Slugger Series 7 Stickpack comes in 9 bright colors. It holds up to 4 bats, has a vented outer compartment for a batting helmet, features a hard outer pocket for any valuables, and can hook to any fence with ease.

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Easton Walk-Off II Bat Pack 2. Easton Walk-Off II Batpack

Perfect for players and coaches alike, the Easton Walk-Off II has plenty of room everything they will need. This bag comes in 6 colors, can hold up to 2 bats, has a vented outer pocket for a batting helmet, and a large center compartment. It also has a small zippered pocket to hold valuables and a padded laptop sleeve.

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DeMarini VooDoo Paradox Backpack3. DeMarini Voodoo Paradox

Dirty and smelly cleats finally have a place of their own in the DeMarini Voodoo Paradox! This bat pack has a vented cleat compartment on the bottom of the bag so all of the mess stays away from the rest of your player’s equipment. It features two bat sleeves. The Voodoo Paradox comes in 8 popular team colors and has a generous center compartment.

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Mizuno Organizer G3 Batpack4. Mizuno Organizer G3

This Mizuno bat pack has a pocket and compartment for everything you need for a big tournament. It features a shoe compartment, large center pocket, two outer pockets, fence hooks, and comes in 8 vibrant colors. The Organizer G3 can hold up to 2 bats, which are secured in a mesh pocket with a drawstring closure.

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Louisville Slugger EBS914-SP Series 9 Stick Pack 5. Louisville Slugger Series 9 Stickpack

This bag is massive! Louisville Slugger took everything that was great about the Series 7 stickpack and made it even better. The Series 9 batpack not only has a huge center compartment, but also holds 4 bats in zippered sleeves and an expandable bottom compartment for a glove, cleats, or whatever you want to keep separate from the rest of your equipment.

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Photos From The 2014 NFCA Convention http://fastpitch.tv/2014-nfca http://fastpitch.tv/2014-nfca#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:35:30 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=35905 Photos From The 2014 NFCA Convention In Las Vegas – Photos By Gary Leland To keep up with all the photos I shoot, from all the softball events I visit just go to SoftballShots.com. Please become a BACKER of The Fastpitch TV Network (CLICK HERE) Have A Question or Some Feedback? Click and send me […]

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