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A Language of the Game: 50+ Awesome Softball Slogans

 

Awesome Softball Slogans

Drills are the backbone of training softball. Yet, drills are not the only thing to go after when you need to boost the ability of a softball team. A player/coach must be aware of the appropriate words to use and those to avoid. Both while training and while engaging the real game, slogans play a great role at individual or team motivational level. This week, we will take a look at a compilation of the most charming softball slogans of all times.

 

The 7 Most Popular Softball Sayings/Slogans:

  1. Love it, Live it; Pitch it.
  2. Run Hard, Turn Left, Strike Accurately.
  3. A Girl’s Place is At Home.
  4. Seek and Destroy
  5. Throw Hit, Catch, Smile, and Repeat.
  6. Four Bases, Three Strikes, Two Teams; but One Winner.
  7. To Win Means to Refuse to Lose.

The 15 Most Hilarious Softball Slogans

  1. We Play will Softball, But We Aren’t Going Soft on You.
  2. Your Mom Called. You Left Your Game At Home.
  3. I Am So Good That your Mom Cheers For Me.
  4. If You Are Dating a Softball Player Raise your Hands. If Not, Raise Your Standards.
  5. Call Us Butter, Coz We’re On a Roll.
  6. Good Girls Steal in Softball.
  7. Hail The Chicks With Sticks!
  8. I Hope You Love Animals, Cause I’m a Beast.
  9. It’s Only the Ball That Is Soft.
  10. No Glove, No Love.
  11. If Softball Were Easy, They’d call it Baseball.
  12. Softball Is My Life. The Rest, Are My Details.
  13. Never Wish Your Girlfriend Could Play Like Me.
  14. To Pitch against Me, You need Guts. To Pitch against My Team, You got To Be Nuts.
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Should Softball Players Take Naps?

I had a question from a player today asking about taking naps whether in between games, everyday, or are taking naps generally a good thing.  Most people think they are and actually, the short answer is, yes.  However, there are a few things to keep in mind.

So, how long should your naps be?  To start with, naps are a good thing.  A full sleep cycle is about 90-120 minutes.  Every night you go through 4-5 sleep cycles.  That’s 4-5 blocks of 90-120 minutes.  In total, that gives you 6-8 hours of sleep.  Now a sleep cycle has two basic stages.  You have light sleep and deep sleep.  When you start a sleep cycle in the first 45 minutes or so, you’re into the lighter stages of sleep.  The second half of the sleep cycle is the deep stages of sleep.  In a 90-minute sleep cycle, at the beginning you’re in light sleep and later you’re in deep sleep.  For example, when you wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom or drink some water then go back right to bed and you don’t remember any of it, that’s usually when you transition from one cycle to the next.

So coming back to our naps, if you are going to nap traditional recommendation is to keep it short.  Like if you just want to rest your eyes for 10-15 minutes that’s enough to give you a little boost.  If you need a bit more rest 20-30 minutes will do, as long as you keep it under 45 minutes.  The reason is if you go into longer naps that lasts anywhere between 45 minutes to about 1 1/2 hours, if you wake up an hour into your nap then you’re going to feel worse.  You will feel lethargic and have less energy.  That’s what happens when you wake up right in the middle of a deep sleep.  Like when you wake up in the middle of the night and it takes a few minutes to know who you are, you feel druggy, it takes you a few seconds to realize that you need to wake up, that’s when you wake up in the middle of a deep sleep.

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How Soft Is Softball?

How soft is Softball? Ordinary Softball Injuries and their Prevention

Softball is feminine. As such, one may not easily encounter hard instant injuries as it is in football or in rugby. Nonetheless, softball too has a class of “soft injuries” that are very common among its players. Usually, it only takes a good game momentum due to a stiff competition before the first aid kit finds its job in softball. A later research on the softball injuries by the Stop Sport Injuries organization has reported that softball injuries are likely to be the most dangerous when neglected. This edition intends to explore the main softball injuries and some of the ways to prevent them.

The Commonly Affected Body Parts

The North Central Surgical Center (NCSC) classified the common softball injuries into two categories: the injuries due to overuse and injuries due to an instantaneous force on a body part. The injuries that are due to overuse occur as a result of neglect and stress on a body part whereas the acute injuries are due to poor playing practice. Here is a list of the most commonly affected body parts:

 

  1. Shoulders injuries

For most pitchers, the danger of a shoulder injury will always lurk. The NCSC noted that tendon inflammation is the leading shoulder injury. When it persists, a player may easily lose his/her shoulder stability. In such a case, one may also lose a talent together with the shoulder. On extremes, it may lead to a frozen shoulder which leads to shoulder separation.

 

  1. Back injuries

These injuries are mainly experienced by softball catchers. This owes to their prolonged squatting posture while wearing the heavy protective clothing. The research indicated that prolonged engagements without proper rest may result to back pains and in some cases severe back injuries or shaking of the spine.

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Softball Throwing Drills Tips

Softball Throwing Drills Series

Of all the several skills in softball, I consider the art of throwing one of the most pivotal. Often, throwing is a highly emphasized and a greatly important skill in softball. Sadly, when one’s hitting practice is to daily run across the field as a warm-up. Then stand before a catcher and make over 50 daily swings holding a ball with each single throw trying to make it look perfect, it obviously becomes boring. As a result, such a throwing drill may not achieve its goals as intended. That could be the reason I opted to put across some simple drills that can ensure one becomes an expert hitter with ease.

Drill #1: The Arm-Flipping Drill:

This is the simplest and easiest drill. The aim of this drill is to strengthen the wrist muscles and teach on making the correct throwing spins. As such, it is highly recommended for beginners or as an exercise just after the warm-up.

Equipment:
– 4-5 balls.

Procedure:

  • First Pair the players and let them take a knee at a distance of about 8ft from each other.
  • The option of the knee to be on the ground should be with regard to the throwing arm. That is, the “lefties” opt for the left knee as the “righties” chose the right.
  • Then with the correct hand grip on the ball and the throwing arm maintaining a 90 degrees elbow-bend, let the ones having the ball throw it to their partners.
  • This drill should not exceed 5 minutes when training.

Note:
i. Ensure that all players have learnt on the correct hand gripping.
ii. Also ensure the correct throwing spin as it is the main aim of the drill.

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Book On Mental Training For Softball

Today I would like to show you one of my favorite books. You all know that skills work is very important. You need to have good defense, good offense, run the bases well, be able to slide, bunt, and throw the ball.

Therefore, these are the priorities in softball. These are the most important factors. How good your skills are is going to contribute a lot to how well you perform on the field.

Next are tactics. These are collective play, team defense, team offense, that sort of stuff. These are also important.

Then many people also understand how important it is do strength conditioning to be stronger, fitter, more powerful, and more explosive.

However, while we all agree and so does everybody else, the mental part of the game is one of the most important aspects of the game. Especially when everybody is good, you get through some level of play.

The difference between the good and the greats is not in terms of technical skills or strength conditioning but the biggest difference comes from the mental side of things.

They are mentally tougher, more confident, more focused, and many people know that.

However, because sports psychology in general is not black and white, it is a whole bunch of shades of gray. Coaches and athletes do not spend as much time on the mental game as they should.

They know it is important but they do not really know how to address it. If you are a coach, this is also good for parents and athletes but especially if you are a coach. This book is called Focused Fast Pitch, 80 Drills to Play and Stay Sharp by Gloria Solomon and Andrea Becker.

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Suspension Training For Softball

Today, I would like to talk to you about a great way to keep you in shape during the season or to work your upper back. Whether you are out on the field, in gymnasiums where you are practicing, or in facilities where you do not have access to a workroom or some weights.

Now you see, during offseason most athletes would do some sort of conditioning. It might be in a fitness facility, at home or in gym and they do a decent amount of work.

Once the season starts most conditioning goes through the window because you do not have time to play with practice since there’s so many techniques and skills to train and strength conditioning is far from our priorities.

Now you want to try to maintain your fitness level throughout the season but it is hard because you do not have access to any equipment. Coaches will do whatever they can; like do push-ups, sit-ups, crunches, planks, lunges, wall sits, and the likes. These exercises will take care of the basics. Mostly pushing exercises for the triceps, upper shoulders, and chest. Some leg exercises as much as they can and just to extend the abs a little more.

However, the one key muscle group that’s missing in any of the outdoor stuff they would do or any of the conditioning you do outside the fitness facility, is the Upper Back. Yet, the upper back is one of the most crucial body part in softball because it involves a lot of throwing.

Any time there is an overhead throwing movement, it could be in racket sports or volleyball. Anytime you do over-head movement the upper back plays a crucial role because all of the decelerator of the arms, the one that slows down your arm or all of your upper back.

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The Making of a Softball Defending Culture

You can run, hit, throw or even coach; but, if you haven’t studied to the secret of defending, you may never make it in the softball-world beyond just your passion. Learning the defensive softball tips is a golden requirement for killer softball teams. Good defending however is a combination of daily learnt tricks and practices that all players and even the coaches have to learn and make them a part of softball culture. This edition was mainly drawn from Jacque Joseph’s “Defensive Softball Drills” Guide Book. It gives a summary of values to inculcate into the killer softball defending squad.

Philosophy 1: Big innings must be a No-No…

According to Jacque Joseph, big innings are the deadliest demoralizer to a team. They happen when a team allows an opponent team to make three to four runs in a single inning. John Kelly describes the causes of big innings as the trigger events that turns a player’s “I can…” to “I can’t…” In other words, big innings are cold waters to a blazing softball team. As a coach, one should train pitchers to be of high speed in running as well as gain an unstoppable stability and equilibrium when pitching. It is also important for pitchers to learn some 3-Fs (Fearless, fatigueless and focused) in all games. Nevertheless, all coaches ought not to force any tired player back to the game as it could be fatal to the performance.

Philosophy 2: Catching well is mandatory

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The Incredible Softball History

 

Fact #1: Softball was not invented by divas and the first softball game didn’t use a ball!

For many years football had been the norm and the talk in town. Nations within and without America had always cherished participating in football. The old folks organized and executed the football games at different venues. I mean, even today, football is almost as essential to boys as food is. In one such football event back in the year 1887 a game called softball was invented. This happened during a Harvard –Yale football game in Chicago. According to The Facts Net, while waiting for the results of the football match, a Yale fan had angrily thrown a boxing glove at a Harvard supporter who kicked it back using a stick.  A journalist for the Chicago board of trade by the name George Hancock yelled back happily with a “…play ball!” George Hancock later designed the game in a week’s time. First the game was only an indoor game but it later advanced to become an outdoor match and eventually was put as one of the Olympic support in 1996. So, sorry if you have always thought that softball begun like hide-and-seek. Our fun fact-file states that:

In a nutshell:

1 .a Softball was invented by a man (George Hancock) and not a lady.

1 .b the first softball game was played using a glove and a stick!

1 .c Softball was initially designed to be an indoor game. Does that ring a bell about the softball field design?

Fact #2: Okla, a in Oklahoma, has held the highest number of Women’s College World Series

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Why Softball?

 Importance/Benefits of Playing Softball

When the whistle is blown, a little jiggle is seen in the field and some mumble will often be heard. Then, the softball fans draw closer and the game yelling begins. To most people, there is never greater importance to softball than just that fun. But a little more examination of its importance makes it the “King of The Teenage Ladies Games”. Softball is not just enjoyable, but also healthy. Let us examine the scholastic findings.

#1. It improves one’s moods

Have you ever watched a live softball game when stressed? Did you feel some relaxation and joy at the end of it? In a softball game, both the players and the fans always have a degree of interactivity. The players will craft the moves as the fans will instill the player’s morale by some funny talks. The Mayo Clinic found out that such interactivity and active participation boosts the production of chemicals and hormones that encourage happiness to the players and a relaxation to its fans. This will ultimately enable one to cope with the feminine moody feelings. In addition, it fosters socializing and such like activities that are essential in getting a long-term solution to a lady who is often temperamental.

#2. Softball is great in Body Development

According to the Health Fitness Revolution, ladies who play softball are likely to have a better developed upper body than those who do not participate. That fact is pretty straight and verifiable anywhere softball has taken root. Softball players are often likely to have better hand muscles and better shoulders than most ladies. The triceps, biceps, and forearms are best developed for a lady softball player than any other lady.

#3. It Helps to Sharpen one’s Focus

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Safety Tips in Softball

The softball game has been around for a relatively shorter period than most games. As a result, little research has been carried out to address the shortcomings of the game. Most of its rules are drawn from those of baseball which at times do not suit perfectly into softball. According to Keith J. Cronin (2012), over-training and excessive playing (pitching) is likely to transform into an epidemic outbreak of injuries and shoulder problem to the young players if it goes unrestricted. This edition is therefore a researched article that will enable a player/coach to keep the trouble at an arm’s length.

What are some of the practices that have been identified as harmful in softball?

  1. Poor landing/exerting pressure in one leg: pitchers will always seek the easiest and fastest means to throw. Thus, when landing, the landing leg is likely to be stretched further and falls with agility. The tip works and the pitcher will be much stable. However, this causes “wear and tear” upon the hip and the knee that is likely to result into arthritis. It is thus a free advice for one to learn of switching legs when landing.
  2. Overstretching & over-rotating: when rotating or throwing, gravity is likely to boost the player’s ability. However, as one tires up, the gravity will work to overstretch the arm of a player when the arm is inclined towards the ground. This practice has been linked to arm soreness and permanent damaging of the arm ligaments. Thus, overstretching is likely to result into permanent arm instability. The Stack Online Magazine suggested at least a three day break for any softball player with arm sores.
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