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Interesting Facts That Set Softball Apart

Many people, me included, do not hesitate to point out how softball has striking resemblance to baseball. It is very true that for spectators, the two games are almost similar. What most of us do not know is that the two games are actually different in various ways. Nobody can be blamed for this kind of ignorance because most of us were exposed to the other kinds of sports that are more popular as we grew up: I am talking about games like basketball and football that almost everyone knows a lot about. This article highlights facts about softball that set it apart from other games and totally differentiates it from baseball. After reading this, you will never, even for a second be tempted to view the two games from the same perspective.

The game acquired its current name in 1926.The name ‘Softball’ was coined by Walter Hakanson. From its invention by George Hancock in 1887 as an indoor sport, it has had several names; mush ball, kitten ball and even indoor baseball.

This game is mainly for female players and is often referred to as a sport for ladies. It has even been argued by many, that the invention of the game was so that Baseball would remain to be played by men only. The game is played by 9 players.

There are two known types of the game; there is fast pitch softball and soft pitch softball. In soft pitch, when the ball is pitched, it must arch in the air. Fast pitch on the other hand, pitching of the ball is faster and stealing and bunting are permitted. It is important to note that stealing and bunting are not allowed in soft pitch. In any softball game, the ball has to be strictly pitched underhand.

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Amazing Benefits Of Playing Softball

There are many reasons why someone would be playing softball. Some do it because they really like the game, others love the competitions and some do it for fun as a pass-time activity. Whatever your reason for playing the game, you probably at some point, have found yourself down and wondering whether the game is really worth it. Perhaps you are scouting around to find a sport for yourself or your child and you want to know whether softball should really be on your list. Here are reasons that may make you make an appropriate decision concerning playing softball.

Playing softball has many benefits. Here are the top 10;

  • It is good at providing total conditioning of the body

Unlike many other games, softball requires a number of skills. Fielding, running, swinging and throwing are activities that require a well-coordinated effort by many muscles throughout your body.

  • It has significant anaerobic benefits

All the actions performed in the course of playing the game are very explosive .All the throwing ,lateral movements that are usually very quick, jumping off bases and hitting, are very explosive actions. The game requires overall strength of the entire body; the players learn to develop acceleration and throwing power. All these serve as a great foundation for building muscular power.

  • It is a great practice for development of the upper body

While throwing and swinging, shoulder and arm muscles participate significantly. The forearm, biceps, triceps and other major parts of the upper body are developed in the process.

  • It increases overall flexibility

An important aspect of a good softball player is overall flexibility. Players have to constantly stretch and do exercises in order to stay flexible to avoid unnecessary injuries in the course of a game.

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College Softball & Beyond

College Softball & Beyond: The Making of a Professional Softball Player.

Kristyne Sandberg graduated as a professional in Health & Physical education back in December 2012 from the University of Georgia. A few months later, Kristyne was back to school together with most of her other softball friends; not as students, but as player and some as coaches! She wasn’t peculiar; many others are keenly following that path.

But have you ever wondered why ladies do to strive to join softball teams in college? Why some drop their scholarly careers to become professional softball players? In this edition I will examine the main reasons why many people should be encouraged to exploit their as a means of living. In so doing I will seek to try to answer a few popular questions like:

  1. What’s so special about playing softball? Why do people love people love it even?
  2. How can I be a professional softball player?

What is so special about softball?

It is best suited for ladies: Among the easiest games for any lady to learn and get hooked to is softball. Though it isn’t the simplest game, it surely doesn’t necessarily require a lengthy training and vigorous practice to learn. It only requires passion and a willing ness to advance every day. The divas often have a tongue in cheek statement that “…a girl’s place is at home…” when referring to softball catchers. Wow! Why can’t you too join them at “home”?

You can learn it even as a grown up: In softball, one must not necessarily begin learning it when young (though it is highly recommended), but can develop passion and lean it eventually.

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Who is Stealing All Our Good Softball Pitchers Away?

Who is Stealing All Our Good Softball Pitchers Away?

There is a drought in this world today that it is widening daily even here in America. It is not the drought of food; rather the drought of softball pitchers. A few years ago, several ladies desired to be pitchers. Pitching in High Schools, colleges and club teams was a highly competed position and many ladies yearned for it. But a series of practices have been shaping a different turn of events whose result is the shortage we now experience. Today, teams are regularly advertising for pitchers left, right and center (unlike 10 years ago). The adverts we regularly read proof either a decline in passion for pitching, insufficiency of pitchers or both of the two. This has triggered me to ask this question: where are the days when softball pitching used to be fun for divas? Which dracula just ate all our ambitious pitchers away?

After a keen observation on the current trend of practices, I was able to find out a few reasons why this has been so and proposed a few ways we can employ to avert this impending “drought”.

Why did the rain stop raining?

Disasters do not just happen; they have to be triggered by a series of events. In order to address this issue, it became very necessary for me to recognize major changes that may have fostered the overall shortage of pitchers. Here are a few of the select issues I could pinpoint as leading to this.

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Top Health Benefits of Playing Softball

Softball is generally known as a sport played by only women, and currently, it is one of the most popular type of sports for youth girls. Apart from the little league competition, many leisure leagues provide the chance of co-ed softball teams to get to play. Also, this sport is a very popular and common summer time sport for many. Softball is a fun and simple game that you can learn and start playing immediately, but it still has its mean health and fitness benefits. If you are a common softball player, you are probably in good shape due to the various benefits offered by the game. We are going to look at the top health benefits that you will have once you start playing this awesome game.

Total Body Conditioning

When you compare softball and other types of sports, you will find that softball is way more involving and needs the players to have a variety of skills, thus ensuring that the body gets the perfect total body conditioning that they need. Fielding, throwing, running and swinging all need a coordinated effort by the body muscles, which means you entire body gets the necessary workout that it needs.

Anaerobic Benefits and Strength

If you have watched a softball game, you will quickly notice that every single action that is involved in the game is a vigorous action. Throwing, hitting, running, quick lateral movements and jumping, are some of the explosive actions that you will see in a softball game. Apart from these, the players will also need throwing and acceleration power. All these activities that take place during the game serve as an ideal foundation to build the muscle power of the body.

Upper Body Development

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Excellent Sport with Many Health Benefits

With over 300 calories burned up during a softball game every hour, the game is an ideal platform for those who want to stay lean and also bulk up. This will mainly depend on the frequency that you play the game. One will be able to stay healthy and maintain a sharp and agile mental capacity. Research has proved that those who play softball have a better chance to perform better in their studies. In the end, playing softball has long-term health merits, plus you have a reduced chance of getting osteoporosis, plus reduce the chance of getting cancer. If you want to play softball, there are certain skills that you need as a player, which is speed, strength, power, agility, among other types of abilities.

Role of Nutrition in Softball Training

With the right kind of nutrition together with the adequate softball game exposure, you will be able to increase you overall health level as an individual. If you are a softball player, it is vital that you have the proper balance of carbohydrates, fat, and proteins in your diet. Carbohydrates will provide you with the essential energy that you muscles need during the game. However, softball does not demand much aerobically (compared to other types of sports), so one does not need to consume high quantities of carbohydrates. Protein is another great source of energy, but it is not recommended that you use it as your primary source of energy. As a player, you can rely on lean meat and other sources such as eggs, fish, and chicken, as an efficient source of protein. This is ideal since the body will be able to maintain and repair the muscles. Fats also play an important role in the health of the player. It is ideal for hormone production, protection of internal organs and so much more. The best sources of fat out there are seed and nuts, together with olive oil and canola oil. As a softball player, it is essential that you have the right kind of diet so that you reap the health benefits of playing softball.

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5 Softball Facts You Didn’t Know

Softball Facts: Here are 5 Softball facts you didn’t know.

The softball world is an incredibly awesome world. Perhaps you have been playing softball for centuries now yet you know very little about the game. This edition is out of the normal “…do this”, “…avoid that” business. In this edition we will examine the very rare facts that history records that will keep you smiling this festive season. Are you ready for the Softball Fun Facts?

Get ready and we begin in 5, 4, 3 …2 …1 ……0 there we go!

Fact #1:  Can you guess the world’s youngest softball divas?

Up to the year 1975, softball was exclusively reserved for “big girls”. Do you know what I mean? Back then, your age was as important as your skills. But in 1975, Dorothy Richardson who was popularly known as “Dot Richardson” became the youngest ever player to be recruited in Orlando Rebels as an amateur (Amateur Softball Association of America) [1, 2]. Dot Richardson was only 13 years old when she was recruited to join Orland Rebels. I admit she was not so young, was she? But we owe it to her that nowadays kids can play softball.  Since her time, great improvements have been made and currently we read of names like Jennie Finch who joined at an age of 9 [3, 7] and many others who have tried it at 8 year. Do you have anyone younger than that enrolled in a team? Please take her back to her mum; she must pretty young. Mummy needs her.

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The Health Benefits Of Playing Softball

Although you will rarely find this in major publications –softball has several great health benefits. This article will highlight some of the benefits associated with playing soft balls, so all fitness fanatics get ready for scoop. In essence, softball is a game predominantly played by women. As such it provides a great platform for youth girls to exercise in the little league. The game offers great summer fun time which also doubles as a perfect time for exercising. The following are some of the health benefits of playing softball.

For entire body conditioning; unlike most sports softball or baseball requires players to have multiple skills because of the different aspects of the sport during play time. The players have a load of activities they participate in during the game such as swinging, running, throwing and fielding. These numerous activities mean that the player will condition the entire body as they play on.

Anaerobic benefits and strength; the player on the softball pitch is burning so much calories through the various activities they are involved in. Nearly all the activities on the softball pitch are vigorous in nature which means that the player has anaerobic benefits. As we know more vigorous activities on the pitch mean that there is development of muscular strength which is vital in the body. Ultimately, throwing, pitching, swinging running up and down isn’t just all play; it is also health work for your body.

The development of the upper body; during game time the upper body plays a crucial role such as swinging or pitching. Therefore the key parts of the body relevant for the game include arms and shoulder. Their development can be directly linked to the game of softball where the triceps, biceps, forearms are well toned during play time.

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Softball: How It All Began

In unlikely circumstances, softball begun at a football game. The game of softball borrows from a number of games such as boxing, boating and football at least as far as the history is concerned. The first game was played on Thanksgiving Day in 1887 at a Yale versus Harvard game. Over time, the initial elements used at the first game such as the size of the bat and ball has considerably changed. The story behind the creation of softball goes something like this –alumni from both universities sat in a Farrugut boat club nervously waiting for the football game outcome between the two university teams. Eventually, Yale won the game which prompted a Yale student to playfully throw a boxing glove at a Harvard student. And the game of Softball was born.

At the time, the bat was a broom stick and the ball was the boxing glove. The initial playful game caught the interest of the rest including a reporter for the Chicago Board of trade known as George Hancock. And it is George Hancock who encouraged the continuation of the game after the Harvard student had swung at the glove. He remarked “play ball!” The location edged in history as the birthplace of softball is Farrugut boat club, Chicago, Illinois. It is the same place where the first sets of rules were drafted and eventually adopted. Later on the game was leaked to outsider around the area and further on to the Midwestern region.

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Softball Beginner Drills: How to increase the softball Bat Speed

One of the fundamental skills of a hitter is that of handling a bat. Usually, hitters are trained to hold a bat and hit in an almost similar way that result to the same bat speed (40 – 45 mph). This is a very good practice when beginning your tuition as a hitter. Nonetheless, there is always a notable distinction between pro hitters and novice hitters by examining just the agility of hitting (bats peed). Often, expert hitters always win by hitting easier, faster and accurately whereas learners don’t.

A study that was carried out by Ralph and Karen (Human Kinetics, 2012) to examine the relationship between the bat speed and the performance of a team’s has affirmed this popular hypothesis [1]. According to their publication on the research, a faster bat speed is likely to boost the chances of a team’s win by almost a half. Thus, this edition seeks to enlighten you on a few proven tips and drills that will help you or your team to increase your chances of winning through increasing the bat speed.

Points to remember …

Hitting is an art. It isn’t majorly a talent as many would love to put it. It is therefore important for any hitter to remember the following before reading further:

  • That all hitters can become perfectionists, as long as they practice regularly
  • The tips and drills below are only effective if practiced not if read.
  • Most of the drills and tips are greatly effective if shared and practiced by a partner/friend. So, don’t be solo, share this.

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