Let IT Happen – Girls Softball

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We are always on the lookout for new inspiration. As a thinker and writer - any trip to the ball field is filled with plenty of stimulation, some good some bad.  So its not surprise that today's post is courtesy of  three simple words said by a proud softball mama while her daughter was at the plate!  " You got this girl, LET IT HAPPEN," mom said. Let. It. Happen. Three simple words. Three simple words that sparked quite a lot of thinking, many questions and finally, an epiphany of sorts when it comes to competitive sports and raising our daughters in general. Why IS it so difficult … Continue Reading...

The Beauty of One Bad Inning

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Lets just face it. We all have sat on the sidelines and watched a team we love, one our daughter plays on -fall miserably apart. Here you are at a tournament eating nachos, and happily amused with game day activities,  hoping earnestly to watch a stellar game, only to end up feeling like you have stepped onto the filming set of a Bad News Bears movie. Only unlike the movie, you personally KNOW the coach, and you KNOW the kids on the team. You start saying things from the sidelines like, "Catch the ball," or "Wake up Girls," or "OMG, what is going on," (none said in your happy … Continue Reading...

Softball Parents & Anger

Spend enough Saturdays at the ballpark, and you are sure to experience the raw gamut of emotions that come from watching your children play ball. Between the parents on the sidelines, the coaches, the officials, the girls in the dugouts, spectators and moms chasing their sticky toddlers around, the ball-field offers a full-sized smorgasbord of human feelings. From elation and glee filled with giddy laughter and tears, to disgust and frustration. From the highest highs imaginable, to something that feels like the lowest of lows. You see people at their very best - and people at their VERY … Continue Reading...

Why Fix What’s NOT Broken?

For many people across the country, school ball is in full swing. The vast majority of high schools and middle schools with softball teams play 'school ball' during the spring. And now the SIFG 'Ask the Coach" and Facebook questions tend to be from parents concerned about everything from the school ball coaches to whether playing school ball is really worth it. One of the MOST popular questions seems to be centered around concerns or worries that the school ball coaches will somehow damage players - especially when they give conflicting advice to players who spend most of their time on … Continue Reading...

Perks to Being a Pick Up Player

Each year, as softball seasons winds down and back up again, girls and parents are scrambling and hunting for the perfect team to call their own, or settling back into comfortable routines with the team they have been playing on for years now. As your daughter gets older, one thing that you may want to consider is a season of NOT committing to a particular team. (YES you heard that right!) Not only does this open up tons of time for taking those much-needed vacations, and perhaps having a Saturday where you can sleep in or mow grass, but also opens up the world of pick-up play for your … Continue Reading...

How’s Your Softball Team KARMA?

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In the softball world, a lot of bad things happen to good folks. From where we sit, we often hear from the parents who have been mistreated, or who feel their daughter has been treated unfairly. Of course, we also realize that many of us feel like we were done wrong for one reason or another because when our kids are involved we tend to take EVERYTHING personally. We remember vividly a year or so ago, when a very competitive team in our area won a USSSA berth after working extremely hard all season, and then was quickly bought by one of the Elite teams in our area (for the berth) who … Continue Reading...

The Heart and Soul of Fastpitch Softball

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If you are a fan of our facebook page, it is obvious that fastpitch softball reaches a ton of girls from all over the country, who play at all levels of the game. On any given Saturday, a fan of ours is playing anything from a 7 game guarantee select ball tournament 2 states away from home, to a one time afternoon game at their local Recreation department with ballet classes afterwards. We have girls/parents that anticipate collegiate scholarships from a young age, and those that play for a few months out of the year for no other reason than to have fun and be with their friends. And guess … Continue Reading...

9 Tips for Choosing a Great Softball Private Instructor

Guest post by Ken Krause, Life in the Fastpitch Lane So, you’ve decided your softball player could use a little extra help to reach her goals, and have decided to bring her to a private instructor. That’s the good news. Now comes the hard part – choosing the right one. You’re about to make a significant investment of time and money. You want to make sure that it’s time and money well-spent, which means you want her to learn the best way to do things for the long term rather than techniques that may work for a while rather than ending up in a dead end. But how do you know what’s best, … Continue Reading...

Softball Fundraising – Part II

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Last week, we started Money Mondays - in the hopes of sharing fundraising ideas with other softball families. No doubt, softball is an expensive sport and with so many of us searching for sponsorships and scrambling to raise money (and with BASEBALL to compete with) - girls softball teams often get left with the bread crumbs. If you missed Softball Fundraising Part I, here is the link. Remember, one of the simplest ways to raise money is to ask for it straight up. Even $25 donations from individual families, extended families and local businesses can add up. One of the more … Continue Reading...

One GREAT SOFTBALL Idea! SCORE-STIX

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Traveling around to softball tournaments, you learn the ropes pretty quickly. By your second tournament you realize that packing extra toilet paper is a GREAT idea, that having a shade tent makes passing the hours at the field during the summer heat more enjoyable, and that a rolling wagon is well worth the $65. Still, there are some other 'issues' at tournaments that present themselves and are seemingly un-fixable. You just deal with them, realizing that your complaints to tourney directors most likely fall on deaf ears. For instance, disgusting bathrooms, and too few women's restrooms … Continue Reading...

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