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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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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?

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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 Fundamentals Of Outfield Play by 3 Time Olympian Leah O’Brien Amico http://fastpitch.tv/the-fundamentals-of-outfield-play-by-3-time-olympian-leah-obrien-amico http://fastpitch.tv/the-fundamentals-of-outfield-play-by-3-time-olympian-leah-obrien-amico#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:06:19 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=37374 Watch The Above Trailer Video On Demand – $9.95 for 72 Hour Rental CLICK TO WATCH THE FULL VIDEO The Fundamentals Of Outfield Play by Leah O’Brien Amico Duration 21 minutes / Beginner – Advanced Level Outfield play can be fun! This DVD will help you to learn the key fundamentals of outfiled play so […]

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The Fundamentals Of Outfield Play by Leah O’Brien Amico

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Outfield play can be fun! This DVD will help you to learn the key fundamentals of outfiled play so you can improve your game. Olympian Leah O’Brien-Amico takes you step by step through the skills that helped her become a 3 time Gold Medalist and a 3 time NCAA Champion.

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The Fundamentals Of Outfield Play by Leah O’Brien Amico

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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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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 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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The Pitches: Methods For Movement by Bill Hillhouse

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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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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 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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Tricks Of The Trade by Bill Hillhouse

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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

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 Bill Hillhouse

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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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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 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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The Road To The Rise by Bill Hillhouse

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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

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 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

Duration 24 minutes / Beginner – Advanced Level

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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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Power Producer : Maximize Power at the Plate by Charity Butler Disc 1

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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 : Maximize Power at the Plate by Charity Butler Disc 1

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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

Duration 8 minutes / Beginner – Advanced Level

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

Duration 10 minutes / Beginner – Advanced Level

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 Generate Exceptional Bat Speed by Charity Butler Disc 3

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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

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 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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Consistency Booster Develop Excellent Extension by Charity Butler Disc 4

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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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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 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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Perfect Swing Sequence and Timing by Charity Butler Disc 5

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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

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” 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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Discover The Sun Secret by Charity Butler Disc 6

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Florida Gators Seek To Repeat As National Softball Champs http://fastpitch.tv/florida-gators-seek-to-repeat-as-national-softball-champs http://fastpitch.tv/florida-gators-seek-to-repeat-as-national-softball-champs#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:28:05 +0000 Gary Leland http://fastpitch.tv/?p=36554 “Florida Gators Seek To Repeat As National Softball Champs” Written By Bill Plummer It’s been awhile since a team has repeated as NCAA national softball champion. In fact, the last team to repeat was the Arizona Wildcats, who won consecutive titles in 2006-2007. Now current national champion Florida will have a chance to become the […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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