Safety, Softball & Facemasks

We get lots of face-mask questions. Should my daughter wear a mask? Do outfielders really need a face-mask to play in the outfield? Do college coaches look down on those that wear face-masks? My daughter is not comfortable wearing a face-mask, but her coach thinks she should? My daughter is only 8 and the balls aren't hit very hard yet, does she really need a face-mask? We also have tons of people who say things like "That's what the glove is for, or my daughter learns proper technique therefore she doesn't need a face-mask." The face-mask issue is always one that causes a great divide … Continue Reading...

My Softball Player is BETTER than YOURS is!

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"I'll be honest. My softball playing beast of daughter is BETTER than yours is. She hits better, fields better, runs better, works harder, makes fewer errors and even has a better attitude than your daughter does.  She is better." How would you feel if a parent (or coach) just outright said that to you? Chances are you would be pretty peeved, and wouldn't think very much of the person who spewed the better speech. And even if it was all true, that the kid in question was better, the most natural human reaction would be to somehow feel angry, slighted and spiteful and you would remember … Continue Reading...

Need Fastpitch Softball Funding? Meet ‘WIll Work 4 Dirt’ by SIFG

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Softball fundraising is HUGE! Every year, as coaches and parents are getting their teams together or planning for a world series or showcase event, the tedious task of formulating team dues and costs becomes the focus of the team (and parents) And like most things, each year the costs go up, up, up! Teams vie for indoor facilities complete with heat or air conditioning, and the newest Boombah uniforms. Then of course, there are bats, and balls, line up cards, gloves and mitts, BATS (BATS BATS AND MORE BATS), tournament and sanction fees, traveling expenses, more uniform and cleat … Continue Reading...

When all that Matters is Fastpitch Softball

It's so very easy for many of us to take for granted this game that we love. For parents, players, coaches and fans of fastpitch softball - it seems as if our lives are taken over by the sport. In today's ultra competitive world of youth sports, so many kids lock and load on one sport and try to perfect the game at a young age in the hopes of gaining some sort of collegiate scholarship. Truth is, most of our girls just love to play this game that so perfectly blends individual skill and team talent with just the right amount of female camaraderie and socialization! We never stop and think what … Continue Reading...

Quitting the Softball Team!

So you want to quit your team? Things just aren't working out like you had hoped they would. Maybe you were made to think one thing, and another 'thing' happened. Maybe the coach turned out to be a real turd, or some of the parents are mean and cold-hearted, or there was too much drama, or not enough coaching, or you just don't feel like you (or your child) really fits in that well. After all, everyone as a niche, right? Or maybe you want to quit because you have stumbled across a once in a lifetime NEW opportunity that may benefit your young player, and you just don't want to pass it … Continue Reading...

Softball & God

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A few Sundays back, we posted a fan question on the our Facebook page about a family new to travel softball, struggling with the concept of playing on Sundays. Many fans weighed in with ideas and thoughts and different ways for this family (and many others) to incorporate their worship onto the field. Some tournament directors playing Sundays, schedule time out of the schedule for prayer, while some don't - (of course to be politically correct in a world that is extremely fearful of OMgosh offending anyone.) Some teams and coaches and parents quite simply just pray on their own. Some don't. To … Continue Reading...

My Daughter is a Pitcher

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My daughter is a pitcher, and I couldn't be more proud of her! I have watched the hours and hours that she has put in outside of practice. Out in the yard, hacking it out with a pitching rubber while her dad sat on a bucket. At lessons, being tweaked and challenged, and learning and re-learning weeks at a time. The daily workout that she does to make her legs and core stronger, in order to stay in shape and keep on improving. Pitching is not something you do well, on a whim. When other teammates get a day off, a pitcher is still pitching - trying to perfect and improve her game. I … Continue Reading...

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...

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