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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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Softball Tips – Is the Long Term Commitment Dead?

By Ken Krause, Life in the Fastpitch Lane blog

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Something I’ve noticed over the past couple of years is the increase in players changing teams. When I first got into coaching (in the ’90s), most teams tended to keep the same players from year to year.

Sure, every now and then a player would jump teams or decide not to play anymore, but for the most part you’d see the same players on teams year after year.

Not anymore. It seems like these days players are constantly shifting from one team or program to another.

Now, not all of that is voluntary. I know several players (and parents) who wish they could find a team or program and just stay with it. They don’t like all the uncertainty of going from tryout to tryout each year. They get to know the coaches, other players and parents and want to stay together. But circumstances dictate they have to make a change.

Sometimes it’s due to a few core players leaving, which means they don’t have enough to continue. Sometimes the bulk of the team moves up but a few get left behind. Sometimes there’s a coaching change and there’s a certain lack of compatibility.

Whatever the reason, it seems like it’s happening more and more each year. And that’s a shame in many ways.

Over the course of a summer, teams become close. It may be a cliche to say they’re like family but they really are — right down to the little petty squabbles families can have. But as human beings we seek a certain comfort level in our surroundings, and that familiarity can give us a lot of comfort.

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Softball Tips – Finding the Right Team

By Ken Krause, Life in the Fastpitch Lane blog

choosing a softball teamYes, it’s that time of the year again. The fastpitch softball summer is season is coming to a close, and with it players (and their parents) are starting to look at next year.

For some, the decision will be easy. They like their team, they like their coaches, they want to stay right where they are. For others, it’s not quite as clear-cut.

If you’re in the former group, congratulations. Glad to hear it, although this article probably won’t be of much interest to you. If you’re in the other group, though, you have a lot to think about in the next few weeks (or days).

Where you go likely will depend on your situation and what you want out of the game. If you’re a starter but just unhappy with the coaching, or with some of your teammates, or some other general aspect of the team, you may just be looking for a change of scenery. But if you feel like you haven’t been getting a fair opportunity, you may have to make some tough decisions.

One of the toughest is to leave a team that consistently has a winning record. Winning is fun, no question about it. As Nuke Laloosh would say, it’s more fun than losing. There’s a chance, especially if you move to a team that is just forming, that you will suffer more losses than you’re used to.

So at that point you have to make a decision — would I rather play and maybe lose, or sit and win? It sounds like a no-brainer but it’s really not. Our society is very win-oriented, and losing more than you’re used to can get to you after a while. You have to be strong to accept the idea that playing is better than not playing, no matter what the outcome.

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Softball Performance Tips – Control Your Attitude

By Dalton Ruer

If you’ve read any of my former posts you probably realize by now that my writing is meant to encourage athletes, coaches and parents alike. I try to string together words that perhaps you have read before, in a way that makes them sound fresh. Recently one of my batting students made me realize how cliché some of our sayings can be at times and yet how critically vital they are to continue to repeat.

One of the things as a coach and an instructor that I realized a long time ago is that anyone can look good when everything is going there way. But how you react when you are in the batter’s box and the umpire made that strike call even though the ball bounced is what really separates the average players from the great players. What I’ve found is that average players allow the “happenings” around them to determine their “happiness.” While the players with the ability to win long term, and throughout life, are able to maintain control of the 6” between their ears despite the circumstances around them going against them.

That’s so profound right. Just follow that advice and all the weeds in your life will turn to roses. Well on paper everything sounds profound, but when you are a 14 year old girl like my student Jessie how does that work when you are in a big tournament and the coach benches you 2 games in a row for no fault of your own, 2 tournaments in a row. How do you control that 6” between your ears then? That’s kind of where the “rubber hits the road” as they say.

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Softball Tips – A Level for Everyone

By Ken Krause, Life in the Fastpitch Lane blog

youthsoftballWhen you participate in a community such as the Discuss Fastpitch Forum, one of the things you’ll find is people are often quite fanatical about the sport. Those who post frequently are particularly into it, so it’s not surprising that they tend to focus on the highest levels of the game.

Unfortunately, one of the byproducts of that can be other members wondering what is wrong with their daughters/players because they don’t have that desire to play 18U Gold as 14 year old, or to go to UCLA on a full ride scholarship. It can seem like if you’re not shooting for the top you’re just wasting your time.

Yet nothing could be further from the truth. One of the great things about fastpitch softball is that everyone can participate, regardless of size, ability or even dedication. There really is a level for everyone.

Let’s look at size first. In basketball and volleyball, it really helps to be tall. Sure, there are shorter kids who can play a role, but they’re unlikely to be the stars. The same with a heavy-set kid. But in softball you don’t have to be big to have a good batting average or outstanding fielding percentage. You just have to make the plays.

If you’re fast and small, you can be a slapper or a baserunner. If you’re big and slow, you can be a power hitter. There’s a place for everyone; in fact, the only ones who really have a tough time are the kids who can’t grasp the complexities, because there’s a lot to know and it’s all situational.

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