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Fastpitch Softball Magazine Issue 50

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Issue 50 of The Fastpitch Magazine Published By Gary Leland

This month’s featured video is an interview with Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez. I have also included one of my great softball drills, another featured chapter from The Fastpitch Book, and all your helpful articles from our amazing writers.

Welcome to the October 2016 Issue of the Fastpitch Magazine. The Fastpitch magazine has been bringing you more fastpitch softball articles and videos than anyone on the planet for over two full years.

Mitch Alexander brings us “Collegiate View: Playing in Division 2″ from his column Softball Academy.

Robby Wilson is writing in, Recruiting in the Fastpitch Lane, his article “Can I Balance Playing College Sports & My Academics”.

Aaron Weintraub’s column, Bridging The Gap, has his article “Mental Toughness”.

This months featured video of the month is an interview with Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez.

Jen Croneberger writes in her section, These Five Words Are Mine with her article “The Beauty of the Imperfect″.

Rob Crews is back with Swag 101, in his article “What Part of the Ball Should I Hit?”.

Michelle Diltz joins us again with her article on School of Strength, “Lesson 20: Motion is Life”.

I also feature my interview of the month with Michelle Granger.

All this and more in this months issue.

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History Of Softball Part 13 with Dr. Dot Richardson

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History Of Softball Part 13 with Dr. Dot Richardson

Welcome to part 13 in my series on the History of Softball with Dr. Dot Richardson. On this episode Dot talks with UCLA head softball coach Kelly Inouye-Perez. Kelly and Dot discuss Kelly growing up playing fastpitch softball, and her strong history with the UCLA Bruins Softball team.

A special thanks to Alison Strange for all her help and advice on this project. And The National Softball Hall Of Fame in Oklahoma City, OK. – Produced By Gary Leland

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What Is The Pitching Distance? – Dr. Sherry Werner – 127

What distance does a softball pitcher, pitch from? Dr. Sherry Werner

– Produced By Gary Leland

In this episode of the Fastpitch Softball Chat Show, Dr. Sherry Werner breaks down the distance standards per age group for fastpitch softball pitchers. Dr. Werner has trained thousands of young athletes and works hard every day to teach the new pitcher the basics and fundamentals of windmill pitching.

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Sherry Werner Sherry Werner, PhD is currently a biomechanics consultant with Ben Hogan Sports Medicine, TMI Sports Medicine, and Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, and a pitching instructor at the Sherry Werner Fastpitch Academy. She has held research positions at the United States Olympic Training Center. She received a MS degree in Biomechanics from Indiana University in 1989 and a PhD in Biomechanics from The Pennsylvania State University in 1995. Past projects include data collection and analysis of elite softball pitchers during the 1996 Olympic Games.

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View From The Stands

Written by Cat Osterman


View From The Stands

This year was the first time I have gone to the World Series as a spectator with vested interest. Even though I was only at one game supporting my beloved Longhorns, it was the most fun I have ever had in the stands. I left Hall of Fame stadium that night, emotionally exhausted from cheering, yelling, and just enjoying what has become an awesome experience.

The Women’s College World Series has become just that. It’s no longer just a tournament or a few games. It is an experience, and one so many athletes can dream to be a part of thanks to ESPN broadcasting the entire tournament. Athletes watch teams compete, and think, “I want to be there.” Growing up, we were lucky to see the Championship game on ESPN. That left us only watching two teams, and if you had not adamantly followed, you didn’t know what other 6 teams were in OKC.

It’s been fun to watch the event grow. It was fun to be immersed in a sea of fans that traveled up to watch their team. It’s awesome to meet people who come from far and wide because they are fans of softball. Meeting couples that have been sitting in the stadium seats for years before I played is an awesome feeling. Our sport is still popular. It’s still growing, and the World Series has become far more than what it was when I played.

To have a reflection like this was amazing. To see how much it’s grown, to experience it from a different side, it was a true pleasure. College softball will continue to grow, and parity will make this experience better. Thankfully more girls have the opportunity to dream to be a part of it.

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Speed Kills!

Written By Natasha Watley

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Speed kills!!! I know this firsthand being a Shortstop and having to throw out someone who gets down the line in less than 2.9 seconds. Now throw into the mix someone who is technically getting a head start in the batters box to get down the line and they may hit it hard, soft, or even may bunt. Yes, I’m talking about slappers! Lucky me, I get to partake in this activity offensively, so I’m not too mad. There is no better feeling than putting a ball in play, putting some pressure on the defense and beating it out. This truly is my rush and it never gets old. Slapping has been a part of my game for about 18 years, and truly is an aspect that continues to keep me in love with the game.

Slapping has definitely evolved over the years . Whereas before you could pretty much get away with solely being a slapperlbunter, in other words just a short gamer with no power so to speak. Nowadays with better pitching, defense and game all around, to survive, it’s required to be a triple threat. Being able to use different types of slaps (hard, soft, chop), swinging away, bunting as reliable tools in your arsenal is the best recipe for a successful triple threat.

Slapping is definitely a skill that has taken years for me to piece together (I’m still learning!). Slapping has been my bread and butter so to speak and has been my forte throughout the majority of my career. Before attending UCLA, I was primarily just a soft slapper that put the ball on the ground and occasionally mixed in some bunts. I didn’t even have a power/hard slap!

By, the end of my career, it was necessary to not only reinvent myself but necessary to open up my game by adding a power game. By the end of my career in college, I was standing in and swinging away for power regularly. In my senior year I had 10 home runs vs. 1 home run as a freshman! Even then, I didn’t really do anything with power off my slap. By the time I reached the National team, that’s when I started developing a hard slap. Now, in Japan, because of their quickness & strengths defensively I swing away at a higher percentage vs. slapping. I have definitely reached a point in my career where now I’m comfortable hitting, slapping or bunting, in any given situation . I can say this now at the young ripe age of 31 ! (Sarcasm) So point being, it has taken time to develop all my tools, to effectiveness & comfort ability.

I will devote the majority of my columns to slapping/short game/triple threat. In this article I will be listing my top 10 tips of slapping/being a triple threat, which are always evolving. So please keep in mind, that the order they are written in, aren’t set in stone in order of importance nor are some of the aspects of slapping that are not listed not viewed as unimportant. Just my top tips if you asked me today. So, over the next couple of months, I will use these tips in my up coming articles.

10 tips for Slapping/Triple Threat

10. Reading the defense/defenders

9. Using field conditions to your advantage

8. Know what your doing before the pitch is thrown (i.e. slapping vs. hitting away or bunting)

7. Keep batting stance consistent

6. Utilize your strengths (if good bunter, find ways to set that up in At Bats)

5. Stay closed

4. Perfect one tool at a time (when learning/starting out)

3. Maximize batters box

2. K.I.S.S (Keep it stupid simple) Ball in play .. .ON THE GROUND

1. Timing is everything

I encourage all young slappers to be patient in their rate of perfecting every aspect there is to being a successful triple threat. It takes time to develop, so perfecting a single skill at a time is highly recommended. Happy Slapping & Good Luck!

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