To the Girls Without a Softball Dad…

You, sis – are not alone in your sad thoughts and longing for a dad of your own to toss the ball with. But remember to count your blessings and appreciate the love of the softball dads who graciously step in, without being asked, to show you the love, dedication and involvement you DESERVE. May you never settle for LESS.

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Cry me a River, Build a Bridge – Get Over it!

You ever have one of those days, where you almost wished you saved your gas and money and gate fee and just stayed home doing laundry instead of going to watch your daughters team play? Yea. Well. That was me last night, watching my daughters high school team play. We got DRILLED. And when I…

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An Open Letter From the Coaches Wife….

I am the coaches wife, and have been for many years. We have seen so many players come and go,and cross through out paths – and each one of them, from those way back in 6U have had something to teach me and my husband. I have also seen and met all sorts of parents.…

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Mistakes Even GOOD Coaches make | Softball is For Girls

Coaching is hard. There are a zillion things that go on after practice, and on the hours and days when the team is not meeting at the field or playing a game or in a tourney. Seriously. Until you have done it, been responsible for orchestrating the menagerie of managing 11 different family schedules, personalities…

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Traits of a Great Softball Coach | Softball is For Girls

The fastpitch softball community has been blessed with an immense amount of empowering, passionate softball coaches that give a large amount of their time to help the hundreds of thousands of girls out there who play ball, take their game to the next level. Sure, there are a few ‘rotten apples’ out there but largely…

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Season Opener Parent Meeting | Fastpitch Softball

It’s that time of year again. Even before the first ripe sprigs of grass pop out, softball season is upon us. (Hallelujah) The chilly days and mounds of snow for some of you will give way shortly to perhaps, the most beautiful sports season known to wo-man! 🙂  With the onset of softball season, comes…

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Tips for Coaching YOUNG Softball TEAMS

It won’t be long, and the cool chilly mornings will give way to lovely, breezy afternoons. As Rec departments and travel leagues across the country look forward to the upcoming thaw, there are tons of NEW coaches, and NEW players looking to tackle the brick-dust for the first time. Most often, a coach is born…

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SIFG and ALLTEAMZ – Helping Players and Teams Connect

Every Sunday, we do a Sunday shuffle post, offering players looking for teams and teams looking for players and opportunity to connect with one another. One of the most common questions we get via private message and email asks us for help to connect players and teams.  It is a firm belief of ours that…

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One Coach, Two Coach, Three Coach Four

In recent weeks, we have had several fan questions in regard to coaching. Many players, especially as they get into middle and high schools have one, two or even three different coaches. They play for a travel team for most of the year and then are merged together on a school, or even an elite…

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My Daughter Plays Outfield

You or your daughter is an outfielder. Congratulations to you! That means that your daughter is likely extremely athletic, quick, has an amazing glove, and has proven herself to be quite the hustler. After all, how many other positions on the field are required to cover such a vast amount of green space. There’s like 5…

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Coaching Girls Softball – Not as Easy as You Might Think

It always starts out the same way.  Your daughter starts playing Rec league softball and realizes that she loves the dirt on the diamond more than the sparkle in dance class.  Dad (And Moms too) are thrilled.  Then, same said daughter starts showing some talent, starts making some friends her age – and mom or…

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Girls Need to Feel Good to Play Good

During one of the last fall tournaments, the team had a pretty bad showing.  There were a lot of emotionally turbulent things going on within the team and among the members.  You can only imagine how this affected 10 normally competitive and adept softball players.  (It wasnt pretty!) When it comes to coaching girls teams…

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Silly boys….Softball IS for Girls

As a parent of four girls, it is often frustrating to see how much emphasis is placed on baseball, while fastpitch players seem to get thrown in the background.  The girls work just as hard, sweat just as much, spend as much time at the field as the boys, yet never seem to get the…

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