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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Travel Ball Advice Book Compiled By Gary Leland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NORMAN, Ok. — Erin Miller hit a two-run walk-off homer over the right field fence in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Oklahoma Sooners a come-from-behind 7-5 win over Texas A&M Saturday, sending the Sooners into Sunday’s Regional final. It was Miller’s eighth homer of the season and certainly one to remember.

Who the Sooners will play in the Regional final will be determined later today with Lehigh facing Central Arkansas following this game and Texas A&M facing that winner this evening at 6, the winner facing Oklahoma Sunday.

For while it looked the Sooners would be the team in the loser’s bracket. The Sooners fell behind 1-0,then took the lead 2-1 before A&M scored three times in the second inning and once in the third to take a 5-2 lead. OU cut the deficit to two on Lauren Chamberlain’s solo homer in the third inning over right center. It was her 20th homer of the season and the 92nd of her outstanding career. It was the 15th homer she has hit to right center in her career.

Now trailing, 5-3, OU cut the deficit to one as Georgia Casey hit a solo homer over left field with one out.It was Casey’s third homer of the season and came off A&M starter Rachel Fox, who hurled six innings, allowing six hits. She was replaced by Katie Marks, (13-3),who hurled the seventh inning and had a 5-4 lead entering the seventh.

But OU had the hitters up in the seventh they wanted with Nicole Pendley, Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley. Nicole walked to open the inning before Marks got Chamberlain to fly out to right field. Shelby then hit a single to center with the center fielder Erica Russell coming up with the ball.She threw to third in an attempt to get Nicole. But the ball bounced off third baseman’s Tori Vidales’ glove and into the OU dugout, allowing Nicole to score easily on the dead ball.

OU winning pitcher Paige Parker fanned for the second out, setting the stage for Miller, who hit the ball just inside the right field foul ball to give OU its 12th consecutive win in Regional competition. The loss even A&M’s record at 1-1 in the regional and 39-19 overall after finishing eighth in the SEC.

Parker, who allowed a career-high five earned runs, started off the game off on the wrong foot when Vidales hit the first pitch of the game over the fence for her 19th homer of the season for an early 1-0 A&M lead. The ball she hit was a curve up in the strike zone and went over the left field fence.

Vidales, only a freshman, was impressive as she hit a two-run double in a Texas A&M second inning. The other run in the inning came on Kristen Cuyos’ one-out homer over the center field fence. It was her 10th homer of the season. The Aggies scored their fifth and final run in the third inning on a solo homer by first baseman Brenna Dozier to right center field, her eighth of the season. Vildales also had single in her third at-bat and finished day three-for-four to lead the losers. Parker settled down the remainder of the game and didn’t allow any hits or runs and only one walk in getting her 26th win of the season and second in the regional.

This is the third consecutive year OU and A&M have met in postseason action. Last year OU beat the Aggies twice to win the regional title including winning a come-from-behind win in the first game with three runs in the seventh and two years ago swept the Aggies to capture the Super Regional. The Sooners are 5-0 in the postseason the last three years against A&M.

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“Florida State Seminoles defeat UCF 2-1″ Written By Mitch Alexander

The Florida State Seminoles played the University of Central Florida UCF Knights in the Winner’s Bracket of the Tallahassee Regional Tournament. The expectation was that this was going to be a pitcher’s duel and a low scoring game. Expectation became reality in this exciting matchup.

The starting lineup for FSU was: Jessica Burroughs (17-5) in the circle, Macey Cheatham behind the plate, Alex Kossoff in Left Field, Morgan Klaevemann in Center Field, Bailey Schinella in Right Field, Jessica Warren covering third, Maddie O’Brien at short, Ellie Cooper at second, Alex Powers at first, and Victoria Daddis as the designated player.

Burroughs had three up and three down in the top of the first inning with her first strikeout of the day. Shelby Turnier (25-6) was in the circle for the Knights and started the inning by striking out Klaevemann. Maddie O’Brien, the walk leader in the NCAA, drew her 69th walk of the season. Warren was also walked. Powers the cleanup hitter hit a line drive to second resulting in a double play ending the inning.

Burroughs induced a popup to the catcher for the first out but walked the next batter for her 14th walk of the season. Using her curve ball, Burroughs earned her second strikeout immediately followed by her third. In the bottom of the inning, Cooper took a full count fly ball to center field for the first out. Schinella also went to a full count and was awarded first base on catcher interference. Kosoff was punched out for Turnier’s second K of the game. Daddis chopped a ball to third which resulted in the third out.

In the top of the third, it was three up and three down with two weak hits to the left side infield and one popup to Left Field. Cheatham bunted in the bottom of the inning but didn’t beat the throw to first for the first out. Klaevemann grounded out for the second out. O’Brien drew her 70th walk of the season followed by another walk to Warren, duplicating the first inning. With two runners on, Powers struck out looking to end the inning.

The first batter popped up to O’Brien, but Burroughs gives up a solo homerun by missing with the backdoor curve to put the Knights on the scoreboard. The next batter took Burrough’s pitch back to the warning track, but the ball was cleanly fielded by Kossoff in Left Field. Warren snagged a popout to third for the final out of the top of the fourth inning. Cooper drove the first pitch to Left Field for a single. Schinella moved Cooper over to second with a sacrifice bunt. Kossoff the lefty slapper with 10 RBI’s on the season drew a walk. Daddis the designated player, was struck out swinging for Turnier’s fourth strikeout of the game. FSU made a substitution putting Harvey in the lineup. Harvey missed the inside pitch for Turnier’s fifth K of the game.

In the fifth inning, Burroughs bobbled a ball resulting in a runner on first, but she quickly regrouped and earned her fourth strikeout of the game. Cheatham threw down to O’Brien covering second and got the put out at second. Burroughs got her fifth strikeout to end the inning. In the bottom half of the inning, Klaevemann hit a grounder to the 5-6 gap and just beat out the throw. O’Brien grounded out to first and Klaevemann just beat out the double play at second. Warren was intentionally walked for her third walk of the game. Powers popped up to the third baseman covering the gap. With two runners on, Cooper grounded out to the second baseman, ending the inning.

A flyout to deep Left Field, grounder back to Burroughs started the sixth inning. A gap hit to shallow Left Field put a runner on base who was able to steal second. A wild pitch by Burroughs put the runner on third. However, the sixth strikeout ends the top of the sixth and strands the insurance run. In the bottom half, Schinella grounded out to second for the first out. Kossoff grounded out to Turnier with a full count. Daddis the designated hitter with a full count earned the walk on the 10th pitch of the at bat. The Seminoles put a pinch runner in for Daddis and also puts Victoria East in as a sub, disqualifying Cheatham, the catcher from returning to the game. East, on a full count, also earned a walk. With two outs and runners on first and second, the Seminoles hit the top of their lineup. Turnier looked visibly upset in the circle and fighting for emotional control as well as strikes. Klaevemann went down with a strike out, stranding two and ending the inning.

Daddis, was brought in behind the plate and Burroughs was relieved by Rosario. A single to Right Field followed by a throwing error put the runner on second in scoring position. On a passed ball, the runner stole third base. Rosario walked the next batter. Rosario was sent to Right Field, and Schinella was brought into the circle with runners on first and third. Schinella got the strikeout on a changeup. Next Coach Alameda loaded the bases with an intentional walk. The infield and outfield were brought in shallow. A grounder to second was thrown home getting the second out. A ground out to second ended the inning. O’Brien started the bottom of the seventh inning, with her 13th homerun over the Left Field fence and tied up the game 1-1. Warren as in her previous at bats, was walked. Powers hit a shot down the first base line into Right Field, scoring Warren to win the game!

Next up for FSU is UCF again in the Tallahassee Regional Championship at 12pm ET. The Seminoles are one win away from Super Regionals, presumably in Knoxville.

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Seminoles Opened The NCAA Tallahassee Regional http://fastpitch.tv/seminoles-opened http://fastpitch.tv/seminoles-opened#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 19:43:54 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=37983 “Seminoles Opened The NCAA Tallahassee Regional” Written By Mitch Alexander The Florida State Seminoles opened the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Tournament by defeating the Dartmouth Big Green 5-1. The game featured a 3 hour 42 minute rain delay in the third inning. FSU is currently ranked as 9th in the nation and Dartmouth is ranked as […]

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“Seminoles Opened The NCAA Tallahassee Regional” Written By Mitch Alexander

The Florida State Seminoles opened the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Tournament by defeating the Dartmouth Big Green 5-1. The game featured a 3 hour 42 minute rain delay in the third inning. FSU is currently ranked as 9th in the nation and Dartmouth is ranked as the top Ivy League team in the nation.

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

FSU, as the home team kept the Big Green off the board in the top half of the first inning and then came back in the bottom half to open the scoring. Klaevemann got off a clean bunt and made it to first for a single. Warren got on via a walk. Cooper, who was the star of the game singled to Left Field, driving in two runs.

However, things got dicey for the Noles in the second inning when Waldrop gave up a base hit and two walks with only one out. However, Cooper saved the day with an unassisted double play at second. She caught a line drive and then stepped on the bag forcing a second out, the third of the inning.

In the top half of the third inning, Waldrop walked two more batters and another got on due to an overthrow. Waldrop helped herself and forced a grounder back to the circle ending the inning.

After an extended rain delay, the game resumed at a bit past 5:30pm ET. In the top of the fourth inning, Waldrop allowed another pair of walks (6 for the day) and was relieved by Burroughs. With two outs and two runners on, Burroughs gave up a single to the first batter she faced. A runner scored on the hit putting the Big Green on the scoreboard, 2-1. Cooper cleanly fielded a grounder to end the top of the fourth inning. In the bottom half of the inning, Kossoff bunted and made it to first. Klaevemann slammed a beauty for an RBI double improving their score to 3-1.

No excitement in the 5th inning, was quickly followed by some FSU thrills in the sixth. Burroughs retired three in a row. In the bottom half of the inning, Klaevemann got on base with a single and the star shortstop, Maddie O’Brien drove the ball out of the park for a two-run homer. This brought the score up to 5-1.

In the seventh inning, it was three up and three down for the Big Green. Burroughs earned the win improving to 17-5 this season. Rumley took the loss for Dartmouth. Klaevemann was named player of the game.

Next up, FSU advances to face UCF Saturday morning at 10am. The winner of that game advances to the championship which will be played Sunday.

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Fastpitch Softball Magazine Issue 33 http://fastpitch.tv/issue-33 http://fastpitch.tv/issue-33#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 14:49:34 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=37945 Issue 33 of The Fastpitch Magazine Published By Gary Leland I am happy to bring you this month’s issue of the Fastpitch Softball Magazine, which is now available for you Apple devices, and available for Android devices too. Welcome to issue 33 of the Fastpitch Magazine. The Fastpitch magazine has been bringing you more fastpitch […]

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Issue 33 of The Fastpitch Magazine Published By Gary Leland

I am happy to bring you this month’s issue of the Fastpitch Softball Magazine, which is now available for you Apple devices, and available for Android devices too.

Welcome to issue 33 of the Fastpitch Magazine. The Fastpitch magazine has been bringing you more fastpitch softball than anyone on the planet for two full years.

This month Mitch Alexander writes about “NCAA Divisions”

Bill Plummer says “May Is Make Or Break For Division One”.

Charity Butler writes “Become An Expert On The One Swing That Matters Most”.

Arron Weintraub’s article is “Consistency”.

Jen Cronebeger writes “The Air They Breathe”.

The Exclusive video this month is “Teaching Mental Skills For Ages 9 to 19″ from Rob Crews.

Michelle Diltz is back with “Preparing For Battle Part 2″.

Keri Casas is here with her article “Surviving The Teenage Years”.

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Changes In Fastpitch Softball Pitching Motion by Bill Hillhouse Produced By Gary Leland

In this episode of the Fastpitch Softball Chat Show, Bill Hillhouse covers the change in what you see in pitching motions of pitcher’s on TV at the collegiate level in fast pitch softball, and why? Bill highlights one of the biggest changes pitcher’s have made today is turning or twisting their body to hide the ball from the opposing pitching coach. He also breaks down the motion and concept behind his fastpitch pitching technique.

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  • How this motion negatively impacts balance
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Chamberlain Hits Number 91 To Spark Sooners http://fastpitch.tv/chamberlain-hits-91 http://fastpitch.tv/chamberlain-hits-91#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 13:04:25 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=37900 “Chamberlain Hits Number 91 To Spark Sooners” Written By Bill Plummer DENTON, Texas–Just as she had done so many times in her career, Oklahoma senior Lauren Chamberlain came to the plate in a critical spot in the game Thursday night at North Texas. And just like she had done before, Chamberlain came through when it […]

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“Chamberlain Hits Number 91 To Spark Sooners” Written By Bill Plummer

DENTON, Texas–Just as she had done so many times in her career, Oklahoma senior Lauren Chamberlain came to the plate in a critical spot in the game Thursday night at North Texas. And just like she had done before, Chamberlain came through when it mattered most for her team.
The only difference Thursday night was that, with one swing of the bat, Chamberlain cemented herself as the greatest home run hitter in the history of college softball as No. 5/4 Oklahoma (43-7) defeated North Texas (16-30), 6-2, in front of 691 fans at Lovelace Stadium.

For 13 years, UCLA’s Stacey Nuveman was the gold standard with 90 career homers. The record books now have a new name at the top as Chamberlain blasted No. 91 when the Sooners needed their emotional leader most.

Trailing 2-0 through three innings, junior Whitney Ellis got the comeback started with a one-out walk. Senior Georgia Casey followed with a walk of her own, and two batters later, freshman Kelsey Arnold also walked to fill the bases.

Chamberlain was 0-2 entering the at-bat in the fourth inning, striking out looking to lead off the game and grounding out softly to the pitcher with one out and one on in the third. But with the bases loaded and just one out, Chamberlain would get her best chance at history.

After looking at a strike from North Texas starter Kenzie Grimes, Chamberlain took a pitch to even the count at 1-1. In the third pitch of the at-bat, Chamberlain crushed the offering to straight-away center field, easily clearing the fences as her teammates gathered at home plate to greet her.

It was the sixth grand slam of Chamberlain’s career, her 19th of the season and the 20th time as a Sooner that a home run from the Trabuco Canyon, Calif., native gave the Sooners a lead they would not relinquish.

The home run came in her 212th career game and 584th at-bat. For comparison, Nuveman hit her 90 home runs in 264 games and 691 at-bats.

“I feel really, really ecstatic and I feel like I’m finally able to finally fully enjoy the moment,” Chamberlain said after the game. “I think the pressure of it along the way and the highs and lows, especially the lows, have made this moment so much sweeter. I think I’m able to celebrate now and kind of breathe a little bit and just relax and play softball.”

Knowing that she had hit more home runs than any player in college softball history had not yet sunk in for Chamberlain.

“I don’t think it’s going to set in for a while, but I think when I take the jersey off for the last time and think back on those moments I’ll realize what just happened,” she said. “Right now it’s so easy and nice to focus on my team and focus on celebrating with them.

“They’ve been making me feel so good throughout this whole process, and they’ve been there for me. They’ve hyped it down just a little bit to keep me level, which is outstanding and I appreciate them so much for that because I don’t think I would’ve been able to do it without them.”

Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso said that she’s proud of the way that Chamberlain has represented the program.

“To be able to connect history to our program, and to Lauren, is always going to be something special to us,” Gasso said. “She’s left more than a legacy on our program. That’s a very tough record to break, it really is, especially in this day and age with some great pitchers out there.

“Lauren’s just been so clutch and has had some key home runs in important at-bats. I think we sometimes just take it for granted that we get to see it every day. She’s pretty remarkable, and it’s a moment we’ll always remember.”

Oklahoma added another run in the fifth.

Junior Erin Miller tripled to lead off, but was still there after a pair of groundouts to short. Casey stepped in next and lifted a fly ball to right field, but Jennifer Beardsley couldn’t make the routine catch and it fell in to give OU the 5-2 lead.

The Sooners then picked up an insurance run in the sixth.

Arnold led off with a single to left field before moving to third as Chamberlain laced a double to right center. With two in scoring position, senior Shelby Pendley sent a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Arnold and give the Sooners a 6-2 advantage.

While the home run from Chamberlain was the main story, the pitching performance of junior Kelsey Stevens was also notable for OU.

Stevens pitched the first 5.0 innings and gave up just two runs on four hits while striking out four and walking three to improve to 8-1 on the year. It was her longest effort and her first win since allowing one hit in five shutout innings against Missouri State on March 8.

Freshman Paige Parker threw the game’s final two innings. She struck out four and walked just one while holding the Mean Green hitless and scoreless.

After five straight games away from home, the Sooners return to Marita Hynes Field on Saturday to face Utah Valley in the first of a two-game series. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

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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This month on The Win Some Softball Stuff Show you can win a 2016 Mizuno Nighthawk fastpitch softball bat. Produced By Gary Leland

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The Nighthawk has a NEW Patented 2-piece LINK Construction Composite barrel and composite handle connected by vibration eliminating elastomer. This significantly reduced vibrations to the hands to give the feel of a great hit every time

The stiffer Carbon Fiber Carbon handle with increased resistance to bending, decreases the amount of energy that is lost with impact to the ball to create higher ball speeds.

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How To Use The Double Ball http://fastpitch.tv/how-to-use-the-double-ball http://fastpitch.tv/how-to-use-the-double-ball#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:49:38 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=37881 How To Use The Double Ball To Teach The Rise Ball In Fastpitch Softball by Bill Hillhouse Produced By Gary Leland In this episode of the Fastpitch Softball Chat Show, Bill Hillhouse covers the use of one of his products called the Double Ball. Bill highlights the biggest advantage pitcher’s can gain from using the […]

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How To Use The Double Ball To Teach The Rise Ball In Fastpitch Softball by Bill Hillhouse Produced By Gary Leland

In this episode of the Fastpitch Softball Chat Show, Bill Hillhouse covers the use of one of his products called the Double Ball. Bill highlights the biggest advantage pitcher’s can gain from using the Double Ball to learn to throw the rise ball pitch, faster. He also breaks down the proper way to use the Double Ball and the pitching motion behind getting the backspin.

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  • The proper spin for the rise ball pitch
  • Correct ways to grip the softball
  • Twisting your fingers not bending at the wrist

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I Know I Made a Mistake http://fastpitch.tv/made-a-mistake http://fastpitch.tv/made-a-mistake#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:44:25 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=37872 “I Know I Made a Mistake” Written By Bill Boles, Jr I was coaching third during a heated tournament against a team that has become our rival over the past few years. We had a runner on second base and our girl hit a short fly ball into no-mans-land between the second baseman and the […]

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“I Know I Made a Mistake” Written By Bill Boles, Jr

I was coaching third during a heated tournament against a team that has become our rival over the past few years. We had a runner on second base and our girl hit a short fly ball into no-mans-land between the second baseman and the shortstop. Both girls drop-stepped and ran full speed converging on one another and sure enough, there was that spark-emitting collision that quieted the crowd as the second baseman caught the ball for the out.

As both girls were laid out in the dirt moaning, dirt mixing with tears I held up both my hands and told my girl on second base to stay on the base. The coach behind me stormed out of the dug-out yelling at the top of his lungs as though the world were ending, “GET THE BALL OUT, GET THE BALL OUT, THE PLAY ISN’T DEAD, WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU??!!! I looked at that red-faced coach and then at his girls rolling in the dirt and I just could not believe that he would put one potential run over the health of his kids.

I watched how that every single member of that sisterhood wearing the same blue uniforms with their names on the back and matching bows were dejected seeing their sisters hurt and at the lack of priority established by their leader. After the dust settled, tears were wiped away, and the injured second baseman was subbed out, their errors multiplied, and we ended up winning by a large margin. It was interesting to reflect after that game that we didn’t beat his team, the opposing coach was the one who beat his team for us; all we had to do was put the ball in play.

I remember a time when I first decided to call myself a coach, I had organizational skills, I had determination, I had a degree in management, I had experience playing the sport at a pretty high level, and just because I was raising a daughter, I thought I knew what coaching girls was all about. Well, I was so wrong and when I think about it I am so embarrassed at the memory of the mistakes I made, but I am also honored at the opportunity I had to learn at the feet of some of the greatest coaching mentors, most good, some bad, and a few who were ugly.

One of the greatest lessons I learned was that you don’t have to yell across the 200 feet of softball field at a young lady who just made an error to let her know she made a mistake! Part of this lesson includes helping these young ladies to understand who it is they are playing for. They don’t work through blood, sweat, tears, lace marks on their body, they do not compete; they do not play to please their coaches, their parents, or even their own teammates. They must understand they play the game to meet the standard they set for themselves. It is my responsibility as a coach to help them to set that standard, to make it achievable to avoid self-oppression and self-doubt, to make it measurable so they can celebrate when they achieve it, and to ride them out on my shoulders as they achieve and exceed their own standards. This is how a coach becomes a mentor.

My beloved left fielder who has been with me for 4 years had a can of corn hit to her in a pivotal game, and I saw the white of her eyes look at the runner right before the ball ticked off the edge of her glove. I knew she was looking at me afterward to see how I would respond. So I tapped my chest to let her know, I love you kid, I know you made a mistake, but I also know that you know that you made a mistake. On the next play, reach the bar you have set for yourself kiddo and don’t worry about me.

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bill boles jr Bill Boles has an MBA with specialty in Strategic Management and has been a player, manager, and coach for the past 25 years. His first love is teaching girls how the game played on dirt with batted balls, running bases, and throwing at light speed can be done with a purpose, with a sense urgency and a strategy. He currently coaches in Colorado with the Colorado Diamonds Organization and coaches the greatest group of 14U players on the planet. He can be contacted at wjbolesjr@hotmail.com

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Time For College Softball Teams To Focus http://fastpitch.tv/teams-to-focus http://fastpitch.tv/teams-to-focus#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:37:15 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=37866 “Time for college softball teams to focus as season winds down; Auburn Tigers on track for best season in school history” Written By Bill Plummer As the college softball season winds down, it is more important than ever for teams to have their focus as conference and at-large berths will be on the line in […]

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“Time for college softball teams to focus as season winds down; Auburn Tigers on track for best season in school history” Written By Bill Plummer

As the college softball season winds down, it is more important than ever for teams to have their focus as conference and at-large berths will be on the line in the next couple of months. Ultimately eight teams will become the Elite Eight for 2015 and earn a berth in the prestigious Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, which will be celebrating its Silver Anniversary.

It will behoove all the Division One teams seeking a berth to keep focused and disciplined as the season winds down. Perhaps this is the year your college or university earns a berth in the WCWS. UCLA and Arizona, which between them have won 19 World Series, will hope to end their four year drought of not qualifying for the World Series,

If UCLA and Arizona want to end their drought they must first earn a berth in one of the Regionals, scheduled May 15-17, with the Super Regionals the following weekend. The Super Regionals is a best-of-three format with eight teams earning a trip to OKC for the WCWS.

So if your team has already had a good season, then earning a trip to Oklahoma City for the WCWS will make it even better. Some schools try to make an annual trip to OKC. That is easier said than done as many have found out since the NCAA took over the sponsorship of Division One softball in 1982 with a then 143 teams.

Today, more than 280 colleges and universities have Division One softball teams and nothing would be better to cap a season than a trip in OKC for the prestigious Women’s College World Series. In past years, the eight team field in the WCWS was not balanced. There would one or two teams that were better than the remaining six with four others close together and two bringing up the rear. That day is gone because now any of the eight teams competing in OKC have a chance at winning it all. The overall parity of the eight-team field is a plus and that is because the overall parity level of Division One softball has gotten better in the last decade or so. This year alone the SEC has a competitive field of teams and the weekly rankings reflect that with no less than nine SEC teams ranked in the top 25 including defending champion Florida. The Gators, LSU and Oregon have gone back and forth with the No. 1 ranking depending on how each team did in a particular week. For now, or at least this week, Oregon is No. 1

If there is a surprise team in the rankings it could be Auburn. It’s only a surprise if you don’t know Clint Myers and his outstanding record. He won two NCAA World Series at ASU before taking the Auburn job June 14, 2013 and has turned the Auburn program into a top-ten team in less than three years. That is not surprising to those who know Myers. He turned around the ASU program and he is working on doing the same at Auburn. Auburn has competed in the NCAA tournament in the past (2002-2004-05-06-08-09-0-10-11-12-14), but has never qualified for the Elite Eight in Oklahoma City. Auburn has lost only six times this year after compiling a 42-19-1 record a year ago and advancing to the NCAA Regionals before losing in the finale. The 42 wins a year ago was the second most since the softball program was started in 1997, but this year could be the best year in the history of the program and you can bet the Tigers won’t settle for anything less than a berth in the WCWS this year.

In 20 months Myers has turned the Auburn program into a contender and the Tigers are leading the SEC ahead of Florida and LSU. When he took the job, he said.”We will win a national championship at Auburn.”

Myers has Auburn fans believing in what he says because the Tigers have become the hottest ticket in town. Myers is not overconfident but he and others only have to look at his career and realize he wins.

“We’ve won every place we’ve ever been and there’s a reason for that,” said Myers.”We are teachers of the game. We have a track record . We believe in ourselves as teachers. We believe we teach the game right, we teach the game to be played with commitment and discipline. When you do things the right way, good things happen. We also believe greatness is a way of life. That’s how we live our lives and how we teach every aspect. When you have that same mentality passed down to the players, they buy in.” Obviously, the Tigers have bought in to Myers and his winning philosophy and maybe only the best is yet to come for the Auburn softball program.

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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Studying Chemistry in Softball http://fastpitch.tv/chemistry http://fastpitch.tv/chemistry#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:15:27 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=37858 Studying Chemistry in Softball Written By Shannon Murray Chemistry? In softball? Who knew?! Some of you didn’t think that we could study chemistry outside of the classroom. For our sport chemistry isn’t about numbers and equations. In softball we study the periodic table of success. What elements combined formulate the best team chemistry? Finding the […]

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Studying Chemistry in Softball Written By Shannon Murray

Chemistry? In softball? Who knew?! Some of you didn’t think that we could study chemistry outside of the classroom. For our sport chemistry isn’t about numbers and equations. In softball we study the periodic table of success. What elements combined formulate the best team chemistry? Finding the right chemistry on a softball team can be a challenging task. Some teams get lucky and it happens a little more naturally. But what does good chemistry on a team entail? The right chemistry of any softball team is what brings the players together to win and be successful. With that said, there is no one-size fits all manual for finding chemistry on the field. As a player you will encounter so many personalities over the years on different teams. You need to keep in mind that no one is alike and accept diversity, even celebrate it. Not everyone on your team will be your best friend but they are your sister in softball. Find what bonds you on the field and how you all connect through the sport you love to play. You should discover ways that connect you to all the girls on your team because no one should be left in the dark. Branch out and avoid cliques. Cliques can cause tension and isolation. As teammates you are one unit with one goal which is to win and have fun doing it. Softball should be enjoyed by any girl that has interest and shouldn’t be discouraged from playing because she feels like she doesn’t fit in. Sometimes taking a leadership role with this benefits the team. If you as a player feel that your team might be a little disconnected bring the separation together. It is a good opportunity for your team to see that you not only care about having fun but what is also best for the team. By bringing the girls on your team together when it counts is bringing a positive athletic environment for your team to thrive. You don’t have to be best friends but you do need to be best teammates in order to thrive on the field.

On the other side of team chemistry is having too much of it and as a result becoming a distraction to success. No matter what you always want to have a good time at softball practice or enjoy the comradery of a sport that allows you to have it in a game. However, there has to be a balance of comradery and contest. Make sure that social life isn’t getting in the way of performing at your best. If everyone in the dugout is talking about Johnny Studmuffin while there are bases loaded and a tied game, the batter won’t exactly feel the support she needs from her teammates to get the job done. Being visible, verbally and in performance, to support your teammates will increase chemistry appropriately and keep everyone focused in the game.

Okay here’s your chemistry quiz. Write the answer to this equation: 1 goal + 1 heart + 1 mind – negativity = ? The answer? Team chemistry and success.

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Shannon Murray Originally from Lawrenceville, Georgia, Shannon graduated in June 2013 from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. She played four years as a starting Pitcher and Utility player for the Vikings. She is now an Assistant Coach at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL. Going on 9 years of coaching experience, this is her first position at the collegiate level. She plans on coaching for many years to come and give back to the sport that gave so much to her.

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Sherry WernerDr. Sherry Werner Ph’D shared this with me, so I thought I would share it with you – Gary Leland.

From the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana

Sherry L. Werner,* PhD, John A. Guido, MHS, PT, SCS, ATC, CSCS, Ryan P. McNeice, Jasper L. Richardson, MEd, ATC, CSCS, Neil A. Delude, MS, PA-C, ATC, and Gregory W. Stewart, MD

Background: Limited research attention has been paid to the potentially harmful windmill softball pitch. No information is avail- able regarding lower extremity kinetics in softball pitching.

Hypothesis: The stresses on the throwing arm of youth windmill pitchers are clinically significant and similar to those found for college softball pitchers.
Study Design: Descriptive laboratory study.

Methods: Three-dimensional, high-speed (240-Hz) video and stride foot force plate (1200 Hz) data were collected on fastballs from 53 youth softball pitchers. Kinematic parameters related to pitching mechanics and resultant kinetics on the throwing-arm elbow and shoulder joints were calculated. Kinetic parameters were compared to those reported for baseball pitchers.

Results: Elbow and shoulder joint loads were similar to those found for baseball pitchers and college softball pitchers. Shoulder distraction stress averaged 94% body weight for the youth pitchers. Stride foot ground reaction force patterns were not similar to those reported for baseball pitchers. Vertical and braking force components under the stride foot were in excess of body weight.

Conclusions: Excessive distraction stress and joint torques at the throwing-arm elbow and shoulder are similar to those found in baseball pitchers, which suggests that windmill softball pitchers are at risk for overuse injuries. Normative information regard- ing upper and lower extremity kinematics and kinetics for 12- to 19-year-old softball pitchers has been established.

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The game of softball originated in 1887. In 1995, fast-pitch softball was the largest team sport in the United States, with more than 35 million participants, and an estimated 41 million people playing worldwide. Fast-pitch softball is one of the fastest growing sports for women at the high school and college levels. The Amateur Softball Association (ASA), the national governing body that selects athletes to compete on the US Olympic team, reports that 83 000 youth girls’ fast-pitch teams, composed of more than 1.2 million athletes, were registered with them in 2003. Currently, including the ASA, there are 5 major governing bodies of softball in the United States. A compilation of registration numbers from all 5 governing bodies indicates that more than 2 million female adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 competed in fast-pitch softball in 2003. Despite its popularity, however, little bio- mechanics and/or sports medicine research has been carried out in this sport.

The fast-pitch game is essentially a scaled-down version of baseball. The playing field is smaller, with the bases 60 ft apart as compared to 90 ft in baseball. The fundamental difference between the 2 sports is pitching. Instead of an elevated mound, a softball pitcher throws from a flat pitch- ing circle with an 8-ft radius from the pitching rubber. The distance from the pitching rubber to home plate also differs; it is 40 ft for youth softball as compared to 60 ft and 6 in for baseball. In terms of the reaction time of a batter, the game of fast pitch is directly comparable to that of baseball. A regulation softball has a circumference of 31 cm (12 in) and a higher mass (200 g) than does a regulation baseball, which has a circumference of 23 cm (9 in) and a mass of 146 g. Figure 1 depicts the windmill delivery style used in fast-pitch softball.

Powell and Barber-Foss reported a significantly higher injury rate for girls involved in softball when compared to that of boys participating in baseball.

Figure 1. Side-view sequence of windmill softball-pitching delivery. TOB, top of the backswing; SFC, stride foot contact; REL, ball release.

Figure 1. Side-view sequence of windmill softball-pitching delivery. TOB, top of the backswing; SFC, stride foot contact; REL, ball release.

The only quantitative pitching injury prevalence study in the literature indicated that approximately 50% of the pitchers at the 1989 College World Series had a time-loss injury during that season. Results from this work suggested that more than 80% of the injuries occurred to the upper extremity. Loosli et al recommended that injury prevention strategies be investigated in softball pitching because of this high incidence of injury. Stress fractures of the ulna and fifth metacarpal have also been documented in softball pitching, as have cases of radial neuropathy.

In the only published study on softball-pitching biomechanics, Barrentine et al3 concluded that high forces and torques occurred at the elbow and shoulder joints of 8 collegiate pitchers. These authors reported distraction stresses of 70% to 98% body weight (%BW) at the shoulder and elbow joints and concluded that the biceps labrum complex is at risk for overuse injury in windmill softball pitching. Similar stresses have been observed in baseball pitching. It is the repeated application of these high loads that eventually results in the development of the classic overuse injuries commonly observed in baseball pitchers. Unlike in the sport of baseball, a softball pitcher may pitch as many as six 7-inning games during a weekend tournament. Traditionally, the best pitcher on a high school or college team pitches most, if not all, of the games each sea- son. As a result, approximately 1200 to 1500 pitches can be thrown in a 3-day period for a windmill pitcher, as com- pared to 100 to 150 for a baseball pitcher. Thus, it seems reasonable to assume that the chance of overuse injury from softball pitching is high.

To the authors’ knowledge, no published report exists regarding lower extremity kinetics in softball pitching. Even for baseball pitching, which has been well studied for the upper extremity, minimal data are available on ground reaction force characteristics. Ground reaction forces are important in pitching because the muscles of the lower extremity and trunk are larger than are those in the upper extremity, and the only external contact a pitcher has is between the feet and the ground. In softball, pitchers throw from a flat pitching surface, without the aid of gravity (ie, from a raised mound in baseball pitching). Therefore, knowledge of the magnitudes and timing sequences of ground reaction forces in softball pitching may be important for clinicians working with these athletes.

As a result of preliminary study and comparison to the literature available regarding baseball pitching, it appears that the loads on the shoulder and elbow joints are clinically significant in softball pitching and that the prevalence of upper extremity injury is high. Because of the lack of research in this area, additional data are necessary to draw conclusions about upper and lower extremity kinetic parameters (ie, ground reaction forces, joint loads, etc) and kinematic parameters (ie, range of motion, speeds of movement, etc), particularly at the youth level. Therefore, the purposes of this study were to provide a large biomechanical database on youth windmill pitchers, to compare youth pitchers to the data in the literature on collegiate pitchers, and to offer the first lower extremity kinetic data for these athletes.

MATERIALS AND METHODS Subjects

Fifty-three healthy female windmill pitchers, ranging in age from 11 to 19 years, participated in the study. Fifty- one of the athletes were right-hand dominant and 2 were left-hand dominant. Mean age, height, and mass were 14 ± 2 years, 165 ± 8 cm, and 59 ± 9 kg, respectively. The pitchers were recruited from local recreation, travel, and high school softball teams. The mean years of pitching experience was 5 ± 2 years (range, 1-10 years). The average pitcher in the study started to pitch at age 9 ± 1 years.

Data Collection

After obtaining written consent (approved by the Institutional Review Board of the Tulane University Health Sciences Center) from each participant and her parent/guardian, height, weight, radius length, humerus length, and elbow and shoulder range of motion measurements were taken. Bilateral elbow extension and carrying angle were measured by a physical therapist with the athlete standing, and shoulder internal rotation was measured functionally (reaching as high as possible behind the back). The positions of the tips of the thumbs for the throwing and nonthrowing hands were noted as the athlete internally rotated the shoulders (one at a time) behind the back, and the distance between the thumbs was considered a measure of functional internal rotation. Negative functional internal rotation indicated less range of motion for the throwing side as compared to the non- throwing side. Passive shoulder external rotation was measured with the athlete lying supine on an examination table. Internal rotation was also measured in a supine position for 23 of the athletes.

Twenty-five spherical reflective markers (Motion Analysis Corp, Santa Rosa, Calif) were then placed bilaterally at the lateral tip of the acromion, lateral epicondyle of the humerus, anterior and posterior hip, medial and lat- eral epicondyle of the femur, and medial and lateral malleolus; between the second and third metatarsal heads; and on the heel. Markers were also placed on the throwing-arm radial and ulnar styloids, throwing hand at the third knuckle and on the right side, left side and top of the head (attached to a hat worn by the pitcher). The pitcher then per- formed her normal warm-up routine including throwing, pitching drills, and stretching of the upper and lower extremities.

Subsequently, each athlete was allowed to acclimate to an indoor pitching mound in the Human Performance Laboratory, Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine. The mound was positioned so that the stride foot of the pitcher would land on top of a 60 × 120-cm Bertec force plate (Bertec Corp, Columbus, Ohio), which was anchored and recessed in the ground underneath the pitching mound. The laboratory setup for data collection is depicted in Figure 2. The pitchers were able to throw the regulation 12.2-m (40-ft) distance to a catcher. Six electronically synchronized high-speed Falcon video cameras (Motion Analysis Corp) surrounded the pitching mound and were attached to the walls of the laboratory via a sliding track positioned approximately 2.5 m above the ground. The camera positions were chosen to maximize the number of cameras able to see each reflective marker in each frame of the video. The root mean square error in calculating the 3-dimensional (3D) location of a marker in the calibrated pitching area was 0.50 cm.

Once the athlete was adequately warmed up and acclimated to the indoor mound, fastball trials were recorded at 240 Hz by all cameras. Data collection continued until the athlete was satisfied that 10 representative fastball trials had been gathered. Wild pitches and those pitches excluded by the athlete were not part of the subsequent data reduction. Force plate data were sampled at 1200 Hz and synchronized in time with the video data using the Motion Analysis Expert Vision (EVa) HiRes integrated hardware/software system. All pitches were charted for location from behind the athlete, and a radar gun was used to assess ball velocity for each pitch.

Figure 2. Top view of data collection setup.

Figure 2. Top view of data collection setup.


Data Reduction

The 3 fastball trials, thrown for strikes, with the highest ball speeds were chosen for each athlete.3,10,11 The EVa 6.0 software was used to track the locations of the 26 body landmarks for these trials. The time interval from 50 milliseconds before the instant the ball left the glove until 50 milliseconds after ball release was studied. The direct linear transformation method was used to obtain 3D coordinate data for each landmark.1,22 Joint centers were calculated as virtual markers with the EVa 6.0 software for the throwing wrist and bilaterally for the ankles, knees, and hips. The ankle joint centers were defined as the midpoints between the medial and lateral malleoli, the knee joint centers were defined as the midpoints between the medial and lateral epicondyles of the femurs, the hip joint centers were defined as the midpoints between the anterior and posterior hip markers, and the throwing-wrist joint center was defined as the midpoint between the radial and ulnar styloids.

The locations of the dominant and nondominant shoulder and elbow joint centers were estimated as described by Fleisig et al.11 To define the long axis of the trunk, mid- shoulder and midhip points were calculated as the mid- point of the throwing- and nonthrowing-shoulder joint centers and the midpoint of the stride and nonstride hip joint centers, respectively. Coordinate data were then conditioned with a Butterworth fourth-order, zero-lag digital fil- ter (cutoff, 10 Hz).
Data Analysis

The duration of the windup phase of the windmill pitch (from the instant the ball left the glove until the top of the backswing) varied between pitchers. The interval from the top of the backswing until the instant of ball release was identified as the delivery phase. Motion of the throwing arm during the delivery phase was termed downswing. The delivery phase was further divided into 2 temporal phases, defined from the top of the backswing until the instant of stride foot contact and from stride foot contact until ball release (Figure 1). The follow-through phase was defined from ball release until 50 milliseconds after ball release.

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Linear velocity and acceleration for each landmark were calculated using EVa utilities. Stride length was calculated as the distance from the ankle of the nonstride foot to the ankle of the stride foot in the forward direction. To enable comparison between subjects, this distance was also computed as a percentage of body height (%HGT). Stride foot orientation was defined as the angle, in the horizontal plane, between a vector from the stride foot heel to the stride foot toe in the forward direction. A stride foot orientation angle of 0° indicated that the stride foot pointed toward home plate. Throwing-arm elbow, stride foot knee, and hip angles were calculated using standard 3D calculations. For both elbow angle and knee angle, 0° indicated full extension.

Shoulder flexion and abduction angles were calculated via methods described by Feltner.8 Shoulder (upper trunk) rotation was defined by a vector from the nonthrowing shoulder to the throwing shoulder. Hip (lower trunk) rotation was defined by a vector from the stride hip to the non- stride hip throughout the pitch. Hip rotation was considered fully open at 90° when both hips were in line with home plate and second base and was considered fully closed at 0° when the hips were square (facing) to home plate. Shoulder angle conventions are illustrated in Figure 3. All angular velocities were calculated as the first derivative of the time-dependent relative angular displacements.

The forces and torques at the shoulder and elbow joints of the throwing arm were calculated according to methods described by Feltner and Dapena. To normalize data between subjects, forces were expressed as %BW and torques as %BW.HGT.10

Anatomically relevant reference frames were defined at the throwing elbow and shoulder joints to make clinical application of the joint kinetics. The elbow-based reference frame, Re, is represented in Figure 4a. Resultant joint forces at the elbow were transformed to the elbow-based reference frame and defined in 3 directions: medial (+)/lateral (–), superior (+)/inferior (–), and distraction (+)/compression (–).

The transformed elbow joint torques were defined in 2 directions and indicated extension (+)/flexion (–) and varus (+)/valgus (–). The third torque direction, supination (+)/pronation (–), was not meaningful with the current reference frame.

The reference frame at the throwing shoulder, Rs, is depicted in Figure 4b. Resultant shoulder joint forces were transformed to this reference frame and defined in 3 directions: posterior (+)/anterior (–), lateral (+)/medial (–), and distraction (+)/compression (–). Resultant joint torques transformed to the shoulder-based reference frame were defined in 3 directions: abduction (+)/adduction (–), external (+)/internal (–) rotation, and flexion (+)/extension (–).

A trunk-based reference frame, Rt, was defined to calculate shoulder angular displacements. Figure 4c displays Rt. Peak vertical, braking, propulsive, and medially and laterally directed stride foot ground reaction forces were identified. Times from stride foot contact to peak ground reaction force components were calculated, as were areas under the force curves.

Statistics
A standard statistical software package (SYSTAT, SYS- TAT Inc, Evanston, Ill) was used to further reduce the range-of-motion, kinematic, and kinetic data. Bonferroni- adjusted paired t tests were used to compare passive throwing- and nonthrowing-arm ranges of motion measured by the physical therapist (P ≤ .05). For each pitcher, data from the 3 fastball trials chosen for analysis were averaged and used for the subsequent evaluation. Descriptive statistics were obtained for the 53 pitchers and compared to those reported by Barrentine et al.

RESULTS Range of Motion

Throwing and nonthrowing shoulder and elbow ranges of motion are exhibited in Table 1. Shoulder external rotation range of motion was statistically significantly (P ≤ .05) greater for the dominant arm (129°) as compared to the nondominant arm (123°). Shoulder internal rotation, measured functionally, had a mean of –2.5 ± 2.5 cm for the 53 athletes, indicating less internal rotation range for the throwing shoulder as compared to the nonthrowing shoulder. For the 23 pitchers whose internal rotation was also assessed in a supine position, mean values of 57° ± 13° and 61° ± 11° were found for the throwing and nonthrowing shoulders, respectively. This side-to-side difference was statistically significant (P ≤ .05). Carrying angle had a mean of 12° ± 4° for the throwing arm and 11° ± 4° for the nonthrowing arm. Similar ranges of elbow hyperextension, 2° ± 7° and 3° ± 7°, were found for the throwing arm and nonthrowing arm, respectively. Side-to-side differences for carrying angle and elbow hyperextension were not statistically significant (Table 1).

Figure 4. Right-handed orthogonal reference frames: (a) Re, at the elbow joint; (b) Rs, at the shoulder joint; and (c) Rt, at the trunk.

Figure 4. Right-handed orthogonal reference frames: (a) Re, at the elbow joint; (b) Rs, at the shoulder joint; and (c) Rt, at the trunk.

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Kinematics

The mean ball velocity at release for the 159 fastballs (53 pitchers × 3 pitches) was 25 ± 1 m/s (55 ± 3 mph). The time interval from the top of the backswing to stride foot contact was 45 ± 19 milliseconds for the youth pitchers. The interval from stride foot contact to ball release was 117 ± 17 milliseconds.

As the stride foot contacted the ground, the knee angle was approximately 30° shy of full extension, with a mean value of 33° ± 8°. Stride length had a mean of 103 ± 10 cm for the 53 subjects and was 62%HGT ± 5%HGT. The stride foot tended to be oriented toward a closed position, with a mean stride foot orientation of 35° ± 20°. The position of the pitching shoulder at stride foot contact was relatively consistent for the youth pitchers. Mean shoulder abduction and shoulder flexion were 109° ± 19° and 217° ± 45°, respectively.

Angular velocities of trunk rotation were high during the delivery phase. Upper trunk rotation velocity reached a peak magnitude of 901°/s ± 162°/s, whereas the lower trunk reached a maximum rotational speed of 544°/s ± 139°/s. Rotational speeds of the throwing arm were also high. Peak elbow flexion angular velocity was 716°/s ± 201°/s, and the maximum speed of the arm as it circled through the windmill motion was 1250°/s ± 111°/s.

The throwing-arm elbow remained fairly straight throughout the pitching motion, but it began to bend dur- ing the late delivery phase. At ball release, the elbow was flexed 20° ± 9°. The throwing arm remained close to the body in the frontal plane throughout the pitch. At ball release, mean shoulder abduction was 3° ± 7°. The release point occurred close to the hip in the sagittal plane as well, with a mean shoulder flexion value of –5° ± 7° at ball release. From an open position of approximately 90° near the top of the backswing, the hips moved toward a more closed position of 43° ± 19° at ball release.

Kinetics

Upper Extremity. Joint distraction occurs at the elbow and shoulder joints in any throwing activity when the arm tends to follow the ball as it is released. A maximum elbow compression force, acting to resist elbow distraction, had a mean of 46%BW ± 7%BW (272 ± 60 N) for the 53 youth pitchers. This distraction load was aligned along the long axis of the forearm pointing toward the wrist. A similar distraction stress, aligned along the long axis of the upper arm pointing toward the elbow, had a mean of 94%BW ± 16%BW (555 ± 129 N) at the shoulder joint near the instant of ball release, as indicated by a compression force.

Mean peak elbow extension torque was 9 ± 5%BW.HGT (84 ± 45 N.m) for the 53 pitchers. A valgus load on the elbow, resisted by a varus torque, increased throughout the latter part of the delivery phase and peaked just before ball release. Maximum varus torque had a mean of 7 ± 4%BW.HGT (65 ± 42 N.m) for the youth windmill pitchers. Maximum internal rotation torque at the shoulder had a mean of 3 ± 2%BW.HGT (31 ± 15 N.m). Shoulder abduction torque increased throughout the delivery phase and reached a maximum with a mean of 6 ± 4%BW.HGT (60 ± 40 N.m) just before ball release. Shoulder extension was the highest torque at the shoulder joint and reached its peak just before ball release. This torque increased from zero at stride foot contact to a maximum magnitude of 13 ± 5%BW.HGT (125 ± 51 N.m).

Lower Extremity. Braking/propulsive, medial/lateral, and vertical ground reaction force components for the stride leg are shown in Figure 5 for a representative pitcher. The braking force peaked quickly after stride foot contact to a mean magnitude of 115%BW ± 46%BW and then reversed its direction. This anterior/posterior component of the ground reaction force reached zero at ball release and continued to move toward a peak propulsive force of 24%BW ± 11%BW just after ball release.

The medially directed component of the ground reaction force also increased rapidly after stride foot contact and reached a peak in the medial direction of 42%BW ± 27%BW. The maximum vertical ground reaction force had a mean of 139%BW ± 43%BW approximately 300 milliseconds after stride foot contact. The area under the vertical ground reaction force curve had a mean of 24 N.seconds and 411 N.seconds from stride foot contact to its peak magnitude and from stride foot contact to ball release, respectively. Mean times to peak force and magnitudes of the ground reaction force components are exhibited in Table 2.

DISCUSSION

Excessive external rotation and limited internal rotation ranges of motion have been well documented in base- ball.4,5,12,17 Similar results were found for the 53 youth softball pitchers in the current study. Throwing-shoulder external rotation range of motion was, on average, 6° greater than that for the nonthrowing shoulder, and internal rotation was 4° less for the throwing arm. Further research needs to be carried out to determine the extent to which these findings are due to the underarm pitching motion or to the many repetitions of overhand throwing also required of softball pitchers.

In 1994, the Council on Child and Adolescent Health’s Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness investigated the risk of injury from baseball and softball in children 5

Figure 5. Representative (A) braking/propulsive, (B) medi- al/lateral, and (C) vertical ground reaction force curves. %BW, percentage body weight; SFC, stride foot contact; REL, ball release.

Figure 5. Representative (A) braking/propulsive, (B) medi- al/lateral, and (C) vertical ground reaction force curves. %BW, percentage body weight; SFC, stride foot contact; REL, ball release.

to 14 years of age.6 They concluded that injury risks were similar between the 2 sports but that softball players were less likely to sustain overuse injuries of the pitching arm. In 1992, Loosli et al14 reported that the “traditional view of softball” was that the underhand motion put minimal stress on the throwing arm and, thus, that softball pitchers were less likely to have overuse injuries from pitching. These authors’ own data countered this traditional view when they concluded that a significant number of time- loss injuries had occurred to collegiate windmill pitchers studied at the 1989 National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament championship. The results of the current study also contradict the “traditional view of soft- ball” and support previous work by Barrentine et al,3 who concluded that the windmill pitch creates significant stress on the elbow and shoulder.

Table 3 provides a comparison of the results of this study and those for the 8 collegiate pitchers from the study of Barrentine et al.3 Ball speed was almost identical for the 2 groups of pitchers, indicating that the youth pitchers were highly skilled given their level of play. Peak angular velocities and joint loads were similar between the 2 stud- ies. Peak elbow compression force, the only parameter that appears to be significantly different between the 2 populations, was lower for the youth pitchers as compared to the collegiate throwers. Thus, this study supports the contention of Barrentine et al that the stresses that occur during softball pitching are comparable to those reported for baseball pitching and that given the excessive number of games/pitches thrown in softball, the windmill pitch is a potentially harmful throwing motion. In particular, the high magnitude of shoulder distraction stress (94%BW) near ball release indicates the potential for posterior rota- tor cuff injury. The biceps labrum complex also appears to be at risk because of a combination of the high magnitudes of shoulder distraction stress and elbow extension torque just before ball release.

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The high magnitudes of shoulder distraction stress found in both the current study and that of Barrentine et al3 contradict one of the conclusions made by Maffet et al16 in their study of shoulder muscle activity during windmill pitching. These authors indicated that the stress on the posterior rotator cuff muscles was less in softball as com- pared to baseball pitching because of the dissipation of arm acceleration forces through contact of the throwing arm against the lateral thigh. In 2000, Meister17 further concluded that the results of Maffet et al pointed to an incidence of injury due to shoulder distraction during the deceleration phase of softball pitching which should be considerably less as compared to that due to overhand throwing.

The disagreement appears to be caused by the pitching technique used by the 10 college pitchers tested by Maffet et al.16 These authors reported that the throwing arms of their athletes, almost simultaneous to release of the ball, contacted their lateral thighs, thus stopping forward progress of the humerus. This release strategy would explain the lack of posterior rotator cuff activity found during the follow-through phase and would indicate little arm distraction during this phase. However, none of the 53 pitchers in the current study employed this strategy. On average, the youth pitchers’ shoulders were abducted 3° and flexed –5° at ball release. At the same time, the hips were moving toward a closed position (43°), and the elbow was flexed 20°. Figure 6 depicts 1 of the 53 pitchers in the current study at ball release. Therefore, the results of the study by Maffet et al16 should not be generalized to all windmill pitchers.

Screen Shot 2015-04-04 at 3.21.43 PM Peak vertical and braking components of the stride foot ground reaction force were greater than was body weight and were created quickly after stride foot touchdown for the 53 windmill pitchers. The medially directed force com- ponent had a low magnitude but also peaked quickly after stride foot contact. In general, these stride foot ground reaction force patterns appear to be different from those found in baseball pitching. A comparison of stride foot kinetics for the 2 types of pitching is presented in Table 4.

The magnitude of the peak vertical force found for the softball pitchers was similar to that reported for the stride foot in baseball pitching15; however, the rate of force development was different for the 2 pitching styles. MacWilliams et al15 reported a gradual increase in vertical ground reaction force for their high school and collegiate baseball pitchers, with a peak magnitude being reached just before ball release. The difference in the vertical force loading rate is most likely a result of the difference between the elevated pitching mound used in baseball and the flat pitching circle used in softball. The softball pitch- ers appeared to create vertical and braking force components quickly in an effort to “post” on the stride leg as the nonstride foot pushed the hips toward a closed position at ball release. Baseball pitchers, on the other hand, need to absorb the vertically directed force on the stride leg as they control the forward fall of their bodies from the raised mound. Differences in magnitudes and rates of force development for braking and medially directed force components are also evident between softball and baseball pitching for similar reasons.

Figure 6. Front view of ball release for representative subject.

Figure 6. Front view of ball release for representative subject.

Knowledge of the magnitudes and loading rates of the forces produced/absorbed by the stride foot provides a scientific basis for preventive and rehabilitative programs for clinicians working with windmill pitchers. Overuse injuries to the knee have been reported for windmill pitchers. Physical therapists and athletic trainers rehabilitating lower extremity injuries for a softball pitcher now have quantitative information regarding the demands placed on the stride leg. In addition, it seems prudent for strength and conditioning specialists to begin to incorporate exercises that replicate the impulsive loading conditions endured by the shoulder, elbow, and stride leg for these athletes. Continued study into the forces and torques on the individual joints of the stride leg need to be carried out, as does an investigation of the forces produced by the nonstride leg.

CONCLUSION

Normative ranges for kinematic and kinetic parameters have been established for a youth population of windmill pitchers. Passive ranges of motion for shoulder internal and external rotation were similar to those found for over- head throwers. High rates of angular velocity are generated by windmill softball pitchers as they move from stride foot contact to ball release in less than 0.120 seconds. The magnitudes of vertical and braking ground reaction forces under the stride foot are in excess of body weight and peak quickly after stride foot contact.

Information regarding passive and dynamic joint ranges of motion, speeds of movement, stride foot kinetics, and joint forces and torques on the throwing arm provides a scientific basis for improved preventive and rehabilitative protocols for youth softball pitchers. Joint loads at the shoulder are similar to those reported for baseball pitch- ing, which suggests that these athletes are at risk for over- use injuries. The increasing number of competitors and high stresses endured by the throwing arm suggest that limiting the number of pitches should be considered for windmill pitchers just as is done to protect baseball pitchers

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The authors thank David Klein for his assistance with the artwork and Russell Giveans for assistance with data collection.

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The 2015 NPF Draft In Nashville Written By Gary Leland

Another flight home from another softball event. This time it was the NPF Draft. In case you have been living under a rock, NPF stand for National Pro Fastpitch.

I have been involved with the NPF since the beginning. During the first two years of the leagues existence my company (SoftballJunk.com) was the original cap and visor provider. Back then the league was pretty much unknown.

Now the NPF is looking much better. With only one team remaining from the original year (The Racers) they have a strong base. They have added two new teams in the last two years, and the newest team is the Dallas Charge. Since I live outside of Dallas I am partnering with The Charge in every way I can think of. I think their GM, Kevin Shelton is a smart guy, I expect big things from them soon.

I have never been to any of the previous drafts, so I can not compare this years to previous years. I do have to say The 2015 Draft was pretty nice. CBS Sports covered the draft for the first time, and that was a really positive step for the NPF.

The league president Cheri Kempf appears to run a tight ship, and is making sure The NPF continues on an upward growth curve. I really think a lot of her, and her team.

The draft was very well done, and I would recommend that anyone who loves softball should go next year. Held in the Country Music Hall Of Fame Theatre was wonderful. It was the perfect setting for the event. The entire event was smooth, and went off without any issues. I assume this event will be even better next year.

If you live in Tennessee you really need to go. I know you will find it a great way to spend an evening, and can we really get too much softball?

Next year come up, introduce yourself, and say hello.

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“Oregon Slides Into No. 1 Spot in USA Today/NFCA NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll”

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In a wild and competitive week that witnessed only four top-25 programs go undefeated, Oregon becomes the third squad to claim the No. 1 ranking this season in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll, announced Tuesday by the Association.

The Ducks (29-4) are coming off a 5-1 week and received 18 out of a possible 32 first-place votes and 781 total points. Oregon closed out with a Pac-12 series win over then-No. 19 Washington taking the bookend games over the weekend. Behind Cheridan Hawkins’ perfect game, they triumphed in game one, 8-0 and after a 10-2 defeat in game two, the Ducks clinched the series with a 15-6 win. Oregon returns to No. 1, a spot it held for the final six weeks of the 2014 regular season.

Following a 2-2 week, LSU fell out of the top spot and comes in at No. 2 after receiving 12 first-place votes and 767 points. The Tigers (32-3) opened with an 8-0 victory over then No. 24 South Alabama, but suffered a pair of defeats in a SEC road series at then-No. 16 Kentucky (1-3 / 2-5) before salvaging the final game in Lexington (2-0).

Florida (32-4), Michigan (31-5), Alabama (25-7) and Oklahoma (28-5) held steady at three through six. The Gators and Crimson Tide wrapped up their series on Monday, splitting their twinbill in Tuscaloosa with UF taking game two (4-1) and Alabama avoiding the series sweep with a 5-1, game-three triumph. The Gators, who received a first-place vote, stayed on the road, taking two-of-three at RV Mississippi State (3-2 / 16-2 / 3-5).

The Wolverines put together a 3-1 week with a victory over in-state foe Western Michigan (8-2) and taking a Big 10 series from Iowa (6-0 / 7-4 / 4-6). After their series versus the Gators, the Tide trumped Georgia Tech (11-0) and won its league series against No. 23 Texas A&M (13-0 / 8-5 / 5-11).

Undefeated last week, the Sooners received one first-place vote and inched closer to the top five after scoring 43 runs in a three-game Big 12 road sweep of Texas Tech (9-1 / 13-5 / 21-6).

Joining Oklahoma as the other top-25 teams to go undefeated last week were No. 11 Tennessee (25-7), No. 16 UCF (34-5) and No. 24 James Madison (27-6). No. 25 Texas, which was receiving votes a week ago, moved back into the top-25 following a 5-0 week.

No. 7 Auburn (35-4) moved up a spot after going 3-2 on the road against then-No. 11 Florida State (7-10 / 10-4) and then-No. 20 Missouri (14-6 / 4-5 in 8 inn. / 10-8). The Seminoles (30-8) made their way back into the top 10 at No. 8. After FSU split with the Tigers, it shut out Pitt (8-0 / 7-0 / 3-0) in a home ACC series.

Rounding out the top-10 is Georgia (30-6), falling two spots to No. 9, and UCLA (30-6), which remained 10th for the second straight week.

As stated earlier, No. 25 Texas (23-9) enjoyed a 5-0 week with walk-off wins over UTSA (2-1 / 3-2) and three Big 12 victories at then-No. 22 Kansas (6-0 / 11-5 / 7-5) to slide into the top-25 for the first time since the second regular season poll. The Jayhawks fell out of the top Top-25 for the first time since entering on March 3.

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. Current 2015 records are shown and first-place votes are in parentheses.

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“Gasso earns 1,000 win as OU wins easily” Written By Bill Plummer

NORMAN, Okla.– The picture wasn’t worth a 1,000 words, but wins, well, that’s a different story. Sunday afternoon (March 15th) the OU women’s softball team took a picture with head coach Patty Gasso. The picture was appropriate because the team had just given Gasso her 1,000 victory in her j20 plus year career at OU. Below the picture were the words, fight, faith and finish. Words that the OU softball team lives by.

The Sooners hit a program-record eight homers as it routed East Carolina (8-19) 23-1 in five innings at Marita Hynes Field to improve to 21-3.

Needing just 1,300 games, Gasso became the second-fastest coach in NCAA Division 1 history to reach 1,000 wins. Only Arizona’s Mike Candrea did it quicker, doing so in 1,191 games. Gasso is the 28th coach in NCAA softball history to reach that figure and the 17th to do it at the D-1 level. She is also one of 10 coaches to get 1,000 wins at one Division 1 school. Gasso overall has 1,162 wins and 358 losses in 25 years.

The eight home runs tied for the fourth most in a game in NCAA Division I history, and it was the 10th time a program reached that total. Five of the eight home runs came in the third inning alone, tying a DI mark done eight times previously.

Among the highlights in the game were two home runs each for senior Shelby Pendley and junior Kady Self. In addition, senior Lauren Chamberlain tallied the 86th home run of her career, breaking a tie for third place with two other hitters. She is now just four homers away from tying the all-time mark of 90.

The third inning alone produced a record-tying 17 runs for the Sooners. That ties a record set last year against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Feb. 28 and goes down as a tie for the second-most in an inning in NCAA history.

Surprisingly, the Sooners actually trailed in the game. Ali Ramirez’s one-out, solo home run put the Pirates on the board 1-0 and marked the first time since a 6-5 loss to No. 8/7 Georgia on Feb. 20 that OU trailed, a span of 56 innings. The lead would not last long, though.

Two batters into the bottom of the second, junior Kady Self drove the first pitch she saw over the fences in center field just to the right of the batter’s eye. Her second home run of the year tied the game at 1-1.

The flood gates then opened with a five-homer, 17-run third inning.

Junior Erin Miller, freshman Paige Parker and senior Jessica Vest all hit run-scoring single to give the Sooners a 4-1 lead. A bases loaded hit by pitch recorded by Chamberlain made it 5-1. With the bases full, Pendley drilled the fourth grand slam of her career to the bleachers in left center, putting OU on top 9-1.

Two batters later, sophomore Macey Hatfield got in on the act with two-run shot to center field for her third homer of the year. Up 11-1, junior Leslie Miller pinch hit and brought home the 12th run of the game with a double. Fellow pinch hitting junior Paris Townsend followed with her first homer of the year, a towering three-run shot, to push the advantage to 15-1. The Sooners ended up going back-to-back as junior transfer Tori Nirschl hit her first home run as a Sooner with a solo blast to left center.

A walk to Chamberlain kept the inning going and Pendley capped the inning with her second homer of the frame. That brought her career total to 69, tying her for 14th place on the all-time home run list.

Leading 18-1 in the fourth, Oklahoma tacked on five more runs to tie a season high and tie for the third-most runs in a game in program history.

Self led off the inning with a solo home run to right on the first pitch of the frame. It was her career-high fourth hit of the game as she finished 4-4 with three runs scored and two solo home runs. Up next was freshman Destinie Lookout, who recorded her first career hit with a triple to the corner in right field. She came home when senior Jessica Vest doubled to right center. After an RBI double by Nirschl, Chamberlain connected on her two-run homer to close out the scoring for OU.

After the eight homers against East Carolina, OU continued its home run binge with four more in the second game Sunday in an 8-2 win over Iowa.
The Sooners hit four more home runs, including two by freshman Paige Parker, as No. 6 Oklahoma (22-3) extended its winning streak to 12 games with the win over Iowa (8-18) Sunday at Marita Hynes Field.

The four home runs continued a remarkable power streak for the Sooners. They’ve now hit at least four home runs in each of their last six games, including 21 over the weekend in four games against Iowa and East Carolina.

The win, which was the first in nine games to not come via run-rule, extended OU’s season-best win streak to 12 games. It’s the team’s longest such streak since winning 16 straight from April 19 – May 23 last season. OU has outscored the opposition 139-9 during the win streak.

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 Pitches: Methods For Movement by Fastpitch Softball Pitching Coach Bill Hillhouse http://fastpitch.tv/the-pitches-methods-for-movement-by-fastpitch-softball-pitching-coach-bill-hillhouse http://fastpitch.tv/the-pitches-methods-for-movement-by-fastpitch-softball-pitching-coach-bill-hillhouse#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:04:44 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=37362 Watch The Above Trailer Video On Demand – $9.95 for 72 Hour Rental CLICK TO WATCH THE FULL VIDEO The Pitches: Methods For Movement by Bill Hillhouse Duration 53 minutes Every pitcher needs the three “foundation pitches” in order to reach the World Class level: Riseball, Dropball and Change up. In this DVD, Bill Hillhouse […]

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Every pitcher needs the three “foundation pitches” in order to reach the World Class level: Riseball, Dropball and Change up. In this DVD, Bill Hillhouse explains how to achieve the proper pitching mechanics, grip of the ball, and release for rotation to make the ball explode out of the pitcher’s hand to attain sharp movement. Whether you are just learning how to make the ball move or if you are ready for that next level, “The Pitches” DVD will help you get the most out of your delivery. Bill Hillhouse has spent a lifetime learning how to make the ball miss the bat and shares those techniques with you, along with troubleshooting advice to fix the common problems and mistakes along the way. Learning how to make the ball move from one of the game’s top pitchers and pitching coaches gives you a decided advantage over the competition.

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Tricks Of The Trade By Fastpitch Softball Pitching Coach Bill Hillhouse http://fastpitch.tv/tricks-of-the-trade-by-fastpitch-softball-pitching-coach-bill-hillhouse http://fastpitch.tv/tricks-of-the-trade-by-fastpitch-softball-pitching-coach-bill-hillhouse#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:03:35 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=37365 Watch The Above Trailer Video On Demand – $9.95 for 72 Hour Rental CLICK TO WATCH THE FULL VIDEO Tricks of The Trade by Bill Hillhouse Duration 59 minutes / Beginner – Advanced Level Trouble Shooting and Tips To Fine Tune Your Pitching Motion As we all know, little things can make big differences, both […]

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Trouble Shooting and Tips To Fine Tune Your Pitching Motion

As we all know, little things can make big differences, both good and bad. This “Tricks of the Trade” video is designed to help everyone form the most novice pitcher or coach to the front line “ace of the staff.” Here you will learn how to identify and fix the most common pitching issues and ways to work on the more complex problems too. You will also learn little hints and strategies to help pitchers prepare for games and how to get the best results by anticipating and knowing how to deal with the issues that many pitchers face. This “Tricks of the Trade” video is a collection of the practices that Bill Hillhouse uses in his pitching lessons, what he does as a pitcher on his National Championship team, and in World Championship competition.

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Building The House By Fastpitch Softball Pitching Coach Bill Hillhouse http://fastpitch.tv/building-the-house-by-fastpitch-softball-pitching-coach-bill-hillhouse http://fastpitch.tv/building-the-house-by-fastpitch-softball-pitching-coach-bill-hillhouse#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:01:54 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=37367 Watch The Above Trailer Video On Demand – $9.95 for 72 Hour Rental CLICK TO WATCH THE FULL VIDEO Building The House by Bill Hillhouse Duration 50 minutes / Beginner – Advanced Level Trouble Shooting and Tips To Fine Tune Your Pitching Motion As we all know, little things can make big differences, both good […]

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Building The House by Bill Hillhouse

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Trouble Shooting and Tips To Fine Tune Your Pitching Motion

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The Riseball By Fastpitch Softball Pitching Coach Bill Hillhouse http://fastpitch.tv/the-riseball-by-fastpitch-softball-pitching-coach-bill-hillhouse http://fastpitch.tv/the-riseball-by-fastpitch-softball-pitching-coach-bill-hillhouse#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:59:50 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=37370 Watch The Above Trailer Video On Demand – $9.95 for 72 Hour Rental CLICK TO WATCH THE FULL VIDEO The Road To The Rise by Bill Hillhouse Duration 21 minutes / Advanced Level: Proper Mechanics Recommended Olympic Festival Gold Medalist Bill Hillhouse will share his secrets to achieve an explosive rise ball. He will demonstrate […]

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Olympic Festival Gold Medalist Bill Hillhouse will share his secrets to achieve an explosive rise ball. He will demonstrate various grips, proper spin, release point, follow through and situational pitching for the high and low rise. He will also cover common problems found in pitchers learning the rise and demonstrate a sequence of exercises to develop the pitch. Included are special sections on the rise-curve and an in-depth conversation on the rise ball with Bill Hillhouse. Many analyzation aids are included like split screen, slow motion video at every angle, drawings, 3D animation, and keypoints.

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Sliding by Fastpitch Softball Coach Dalton Ruer http://fastpitch.tv/sliding-by-fastpitch-softball-coach-dalton-ruer http://fastpitch.tv/sliding-by-fastpitch-softball-coach-dalton-ruer#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:30:26 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=37414 Watch The Above Trailer Video On Demand – $9.95 for 72 Hour Rental CLICK TO WATCH THE FULL VIDEO Sliding by Dalton Ruer Duration 24 minutes / Beginner – Advanced Level In this information packed video you will learn why most injuries occur and the mechanics that help girls avoid them. You’ll also learn the […]

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Sliding by Dalton Ruer

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In this information packed video you will learn why most injuries occur and the mechanics that help girls avoid them. You’ll also learn the science behind phenomenal game winning slides without the “strawberries.”

This isn’t just theory everything is demonstrated multiple times in a way that demonstrates the progression you should hope to see. The video is packed with well explained step by step drills that help any team/girl start sliding almost immediately and provides suggestions on how to practice individually.

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Sliding by Dalton Ruer

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Power Producer Maximize Power at the Plate by Fastpitch Softball Player And Coach Charity Butler Disc 1 http://fastpitch.tv/power-producer-maximize-power-at-the-plate-by-fastpitch-softball-player-and-coach-charity-butler-disc-1 http://fastpitch.tv/power-producer-maximize-power-at-the-plate-by-fastpitch-softball-player-and-coach-charity-butler-disc-1#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:27:58 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=37410 Watch The Above Trailer Video On Demand – $9.95 for 72 Hour Rental CLICK TO WATCH THE FULL VIDEO Power Producer : Maximize Power at the Plate by Charity Butler Disc 1 Duration 13 minutes / Beginner – Advanced Level Too often, hitters develop habits of under-rotating or over-rotating the back side. Even when the […]

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Too often, hitters develop habits of under-rotating or over-rotating the back side. Even when the swing and rotation appear perfect , it’s easy to waste some natural power.

Find out how a playground, a boxing ring and a hot yellow car can help you understand the necessary fundamentals of the back-side drive. Charity will help you evaluate your own power and give you mental tips to overcome common mistakes. This fun tool points you to the perfect back-side drills to help you feel it, so you can fix it!

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Power Producer Channel Newfound Strength by Fastpitch Softball Player And Coach Charity Butler Disc 2 http://fastpitch.tv/power-producer-channel-newfound-strength-by-fastpitch-softball-player-and-coach-charity-butler-disc-2 http://fastpitch.tv/power-producer-channel-newfound-strength-by-fastpitch-softball-player-and-coach-charity-butler-disc-2#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:25:36 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=37406 Watch The Above Trailer Video On Demand – $9.95 for 72 Hour Rental CLICK TO WATCH THE FULL VIDEO Power Producer Channel Newfound Strength by Charity Butler Disc 2 Duration 8 minutes / Beginner – Advanced Level Even when hitters expend a great deal of energy, all power may not necessarily be utilized. Generating maximum […]

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Power Producer Channel Newfound Strength by Charity Butler Disc 2

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Even when hitters expend a great deal of energy, all power may not necessarily be utilized. Generating maximum drive is only effective when that strength is channeled in the right direction.

What do a waterfall and soup cans have to do with establishing an efficient swing? Building on Disc and the focus of the back side, Charity explains and demonstrates the importance of a firm front side. She provides more mental tips and lower half drills that will allow you to make adjustments and to feel common front-side mistakes so you can fix them!

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Power Producer Channel Newfound Strength by Charity Butler Disc 2

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Consistency Booster Generate Exceptional Bat Speed by Fastpitch Softball Player And Coach Charity Butler Disc 3 http://fastpitch.tv/consistency-booster-generate-exceptional-bat-speed-by-fastpitch-softball-player-and-coach-charity-butler-disc-3 http://fastpitch.tv/consistency-booster-generate-exceptional-bat-speed-by-fastpitch-softball-player-and-coach-charity-butler-disc-3#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:22:39 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=37399 Watch The Above Trailer Video On Demand – $9.95 for 72 Hour Rental CLICK TO WATCH THE FULL VIDEO Consistency Booster Generate Exceptional Bat Speed by Charity Butler Disc 3 Duration 10 minutes / Beginner – Advanced Level After gaining a solid foundation in the lower half on Discs 1 & 2, it is important […]

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Consistency Booster Generate Exceptional Bat Speed by Charity Butler Disc 3

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After gaining a solid foundation in the lower half on Discs 1 & 2, it is important to understand the value of quick hands and a compact swing. Most hitters struggle to keep a short, quick, compact bath-path to the ball.

Tag along with Charity as she visits a job site and conducts a brick wall experiment to help you feel and understand the “short to it” concept. She introduces you to effective drills while providing mental tips and ways to avoid common mistakes. Let’s learn to feel it, so we can fix it!

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Consistency Booster Develop Excellent Extension by Fastpitch Softball Player And Coach Charity Butler Disc 4 http://fastpitch.tv/consistency-booster-develop-excellent-extension-by-fastpitch-softball-player-and-coach-charity-butler-disc-4 http://fastpitch.tv/consistency-booster-develop-excellent-extension-by-fastpitch-softball-player-and-coach-charity-butler-disc-4#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:18:14 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=37389 Watch The Above Trailer Video On Demand – $9.95 for 72 Hour Rental CLICK TO WATCH THE FULL VIDEO Consistency Booster Develop Excellent Extension by Charity Butler Disc 4 Duration 9 minutes / Beginner – Advanced Level Many hitters shortchange themselves at the plate by restricting their follow-through. The longer the bat stays in the […]

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Consistency Booster Develop Excellent Extension by Charity Butler Disc 4

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Many hitters shortchange themselves at the plate by restricting their follow-through. The longer the bat stays in the hitting zone, the more likely hitters are to hit the ball and hit it well.

Not only should we be “short to it”, but we should also work to stay “long through it”. Increase your chances in the box by lengthening your extension. Visit a Karate studio and an airport to discover the great benefits of a long finish. Use Charity’s mental tips, drills, common mistake warnings and adjustment secrets to feel it, so you can fix it!

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Power of the + Perfect Swing Sequence and Timing by Fastpitch Softball Player And Coach Charity Butler Disc 5 http://fastpitch.tv/power-of-the-perfect-swing-sequence-and-timing-by-fastpitch-softball-player-and-coach-charity-butler-disc-5 http://fastpitch.tv/power-of-the-perfect-swing-sequence-and-timing-by-fastpitch-softball-player-and-coach-charity-butler-disc-5#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:15:12 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=37386 Watch The Above Trailer Video On Demand – $9.95 for 72 Hour Rental CLICK TO WATCH THE FULL VIDEO Perfect Swing Sequence and Timing by Charity Butler Disc 5 Duration 10 minutes / Beginner – Advanced Level Once the swing mechanics are well established using Discs 1-4, it is then time to master the tricky […]

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Perfect Swing Sequence and Timing by Charity Butler Disc 5

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Once the swing mechanics are well established using Discs 1-4, it is then time to master the tricky task of timing. A beautiful swing is virtually useless, without a functional load or trigger.

From the backwoods to the downtown public park, follow Charity and learn the value of “separation” and “activation”. While providing load and trigger drills, Charity makes mastery of timing as easy as 1-2-3… literally. She also shares more mental tips that will equip you to feel common timing mistakes and fix them!

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Power of the + Discover the Sum Secret by Fastpitch Softball Player And Coach Charity Butler Disc 6 http://fastpitch.tv/power-of-the-discover-the-sum-secret-by-fastpitch-softball-player-and-coach-charity-butler-disc-6 http://fastpitch.tv/power-of-the-discover-the-sum-secret-by-fastpitch-softball-player-and-coach-charity-butler-disc-6#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:11:27 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=37382 Watch The Above Trailer Video On Demand – $9.95 for 72 Hour Rental CLICK TO WATCH THE FULL VIDEO Discover The Sun Secret by Charity Butler Disc 6 Duration 10 minutes / Beginner – Advanced Level The Sum Secret, the key to increasing power and consistency simultaneously, is now yours! Join Charity “between the lines” […]

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Discover The Sun Secret by Charity Butler Disc 6

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The Sum Secret, the key to increasing power and consistency simultaneously, is now yours!
Join Charity “between the lines” as she combines concepts from Discs 1-5 (Watch the first 5 discs before attempting Disc 6, to experience the full benefit of Fi™).

Finally the Exclusive P + C Approach is revealed. Learn to separate the drive of your lower half and whip of your hands, while teaching your body to work as one graceful unit. Uncover the most challenging, and beneficial, aspect of Feel it and Fix it™!

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Win A Pair Of Swivel Vision Goggles http://fastpitch.tv/c17 http://fastpitch.tv/c17#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:22:21 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=37284 This month on The Win Some Softball Stuff Show you can win a pair of Swivel Vision Goggles. Produced By Gary Leland Watch the video to find out how to enter, and make sure to watch on the 25th of every month for our newest contest. Swivel Vision is constructed from the finest American made […]

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This month on The Win Some Softball Stuff Show you can win a pair of Swivel Vision Goggles. Produced By Gary Leland

Watch the video to find out how to enter, and make sure to watch on the 25th of every month for our newest contest.

Swivel Vision is constructed from the finest American made rubber, premium elastic and high quality foam, with a total overall weight under 4 ounces to provide ultimate comfort while training.

HOW THEY WORK FOR ATHLETES
Swivel Vision allows athletes to utilize their optimal field of vision in order to achieve maximum focus and better hand-eye coordination. Swivel Vision will help athletes train to increase reaction times and develop superior mechanics. With repetitive use, Swivel Vision seeks to strengthen the core muscle memory of the eyes and the mind to help athletes become more successful.

FIELDING
Swivel Vision trains fielding mechanics by blocking the lower vision to force the head down and eyes on the ball, while keeping the glove out in front and body squared up to make a play. Pitchers train with Swivel Vision for mental and visual focus with every release.

HITTING
Swivel Vision trains athletes to focus and use their optimal field of vision to track a ball from initial release through point of contact without pulling their heads. Athletes will learn to use both eyes (binocular vision) to become more successful hitters.

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The 2015 Spring Games http://fastpitch.tv/spring-games-post http://fastpitch.tv/spring-games-post#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 03:04:29 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=37274 “The 2015 Spring Games” written by Gary Leland. I am in Clermont, Florida sitting on the runway waiting for my flight to take me back to Dallas, Texas. I have spent the last week at The Spring Games hosted by PFX Athletics, and I thought I would share my thoughts about the event. The Spring […]

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“The 2015 Spring Games” written by Gary Leland.

I am in Clermont, Florida sitting on the runway waiting for my flight to take me back to Dallas, Texas.

I have spent the last week at The Spring Games hosted by PFX Athletics, and I thought I would share my thoughts about the event.

The Spring Games are a great event. Spread out over three weeks with over 300 teams, this is the largest and probably the best college softball event in the world.

You are probably thinking how does anyone handle a three week college tournament with over three hundred teams? Well I never said it was a tournament. The Spring Games are more like spring training. D2, and D3 teams get an opportunity to play and get prepared for the season. It is a ton of softball for sure.

The majority of the teams in this event are from the northern part of the country. They leave their softball fields that are covered with ice, and snow to come to Florida where it is in the mid 80s everyday.

If you ask any player what they like best about the Spring Games they will say “the fields are clear of snow”, Ask the coaches what they like, and you will hear the same thing. Yes just being able to play outside is good enough for many of these teams.

Thanks to Alison Strange and all of the PFX Staff this is a great event. I would actually have to say this is one of the best softball events I have ever been to, and I have been to a lot of them.

Alison and her staff not only run a great event, but they work with local businesses in Clermont to make your stay exciting 24-7.

The even helped Sarah Jones, a local performer put together a play about softball.This was probably the first theatre performance about softball ever written. It even had a song written by two time Olympian Dot Richardson. I loved the show, and would recommend seeing it to everyone.

With so many teams playing so many game you would expect to have problems. During my week visit I never saw any problems at all.

One thing I was impressed with was the way the City of Clermont supports the Spring Games. I interviewed the Mayor, the City Manager and other city officials. They all agreed that the Spring Games bring so much impact to the City Of Clermont that it deserves their backing.

I would recommend every college softball program contact Alison Strange today, and put the Spring Games on your list of events for next spring.

For more information on this great event go to http://www.pfxathletics.com, and maybe I will see you there next year.

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“Chamberlain Continues Assault On HR Record While Sooners Run Win Streak To Eight” Written By Bill Plummer

NORMAN, Okla –The numbers are 83 and seven. One is important individually while the other is important collectively.

Together they meant alot to the surging University of Oklahoma women’s softball team.

Seven represents the number of shutouts the Sooners have in a row while 83 is the number of career home runs OU slugger Lauren Chamberlain has after hitting a pair over the weekend in a 14-0 five-inning win over Samford Sunday afternoon at the Courtyard by Marriott Tournament.

Chamberlain is now tied for fifth on the all-time list after going 2-for-2 with three runs scored, three RBI and two walks. She hit a two-run homer in the third and a solo homer in the fourth inning.It was the Chamberlain’s 16th career multi-homer game and her second this season.

The Sooners (18-3) have now won eight games in a row with seven of the shutout variety after beating Missouri State (9-10) 11-0 in five innings to conclude a perfect weekend.
In going 4-0 at the tournament, OU outscored its opponents 44-0, outhit them .457 to .139 and had more home runs (13) than the other teams had hits (10).

With its seventh straight shutout, OU has tied a school record, which had been done three times previously. Most recently, OU accomplished the feat from March 9-17 in 2013. In their current streak, OU has outscored its opponents 67-0. The team’s 39-inning scoreless run dates back to the final inning against Kentucky on Feb. 21.

Sunday’s star was pitcher Kelsey Stevens, whose only hit allowed was a two-out single in the first inning. She walked one while striking out eight to improve her record to 7-0. She has gone 18 straight innings without giving up a run. She had a dominant weekend, striking out 20 while walking just two in running her record to 7-0. Opponents hit .179 off her in 11.o innings of work.
Erin Miller capped a remarkable weekend with her fourth homer of the season. She went 8-10 (.800) with six runs scored, 12 runs batted in, three home runs, two triples, one double, three walks and two stolen bases. She slugged 2.200 and got on base at a .857 clip.

Miller’s output was nearly matched by Chamberlain, who went 7-10 (.700) with six runs scored, 11 RBI, four home runs, one double and three walks.
The Sooners return to action this weekend with East Carolina and Iowa visit for the OU Tournament. First pitch is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. Saturday against Iowa.

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“5 Crucial Decisions For Softball Success” Written By John Michael Kelly

As the spring softball season approaches, whether high school, travel or recreational I’d like you to pause for a moment and consider all the decisions your athlete has to make during the course of a game, and how little time she really has to make those decisions and react to ball, pitch or play. A typical batter has less than 1/2 second to determine pitch velocity, movement of the ball and ultimate spot to place the barrel of the bat each swing. No small feat! The same crazy quick time pressured decisions are true for fielding and base running.



Ultimately your athlete’s or team’s level of on the field success is dictated by the decisions she/they make. And these decisions are a product of many factors, most all of which are found within her head.

Behind every action is an emotion; behind every emotion is a thought. So how can you insure that your athlete or team thinks and feels optimally so that she/they make good decisions on the field?

1. Decide to play in the MOMENT. – Dwelling on past mistakes or worrying about future ones makes focusing on the task at hand impossible. “Be Here Now,” and watch decision making improve immediately.

2. Decide to NOT make any one mistake/at bat or play more important than it needs to be. – The athlete decides in her head how much power she gives any one “event” on the field. The more power she gives it the bigger it gets in her head; the less power she gives it the sooner the mistake fades away.

3. Decide to always practice with a clearly defined PURPOSE in mind. – Building confidence and making good decisions is the result of proper preparation, for competence breeds confidence.

4. Decide to focus on the PROCESS of getting better instead of your batting average, ERA, fielding % or wins and losses. – Learning to focus on EFFORT and refraining from self-judgment is always the best recipe for a quick bounce back after a mistake on the field.

5. Decide to take RESPONSIBILITY for your thinking and emotional state on the field. – Success happens by design, not by accident so come into a game with a plan, ready to face those adversity demons head on!

In truth so many poor decisions on the field are due to doubt and hesitation, a fear of making a mistake. If your athlete or team can implement these five decisions and you as parent or coach support them you will soon see infinitely better game decision making, better performance levels and a greater joy for playing the game!



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Kelly Inouye-Perez Interviewed By Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/kelly-inouye-perez http://fastpitch.tv/kelly-inouye-perez#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:27:26 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=36971 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 […]

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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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