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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So You Didn’t Make the Team

The spring and summer season has just ended, and tryouts for the next fall/spring and summer season are a hot topic of conversation. In fact, if you check out our Facebook Wall, you will see that there are numerous (and we mean numerous!!!!) flyers and post for teams and players looking for players and teams.…

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Let IT Happen – Girls Softball

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…

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The Beauty of One Bad Inning

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…

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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…

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How’s Your Softball Team KARMA?

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…

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The Heart and Soul of Fastpitch Softball

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…

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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…

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Fundraising for Softball – Part 1

It’s that time again. The onset of a new season is upon us. This means two things. Teams and parents are looking for money to support their daughters passion AND parents are frantically clinging to their pocketbooks. Softball is an expensive sport, there is no doubt. With so  many softball fundraising options, it can be…

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What Happened to My Softball Player?

Just last week, we received a fan question on our “Ask the Coach,” forum. And it was a good one. One, that each of us as parents of athletes have asked ourselves from time to time. For years, (or months) our daughter was amazing, and then suddenly – one day, she seems more like a…

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Softball Break-Ups

Breaking up is hard to do. It is. Especially in girls fastpitch softball. Often times, when one player – or one team decides to move on for whatever reason, the wounds in the background are being metaphorically licked by the young girls left behind. Say what you want about ‘letting your daughter decide,” or “letting…

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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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It’s Softball, It’s NOT Personal

Today, fast-pitch travel softball has reached far and wide. Millions of girls play, there are millions of teams, coaches, parents, fans, umpires, organizations and venues that cater to this sport we all know and love. It has become very competitive, which is a GOOD thing for our daughters. With better competition – they are enabled…

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The Human Side of Girls Softball

A few days ago, we had a coach write in to us, torn about the fact that one of his players failed a drug test at her school and was removed from the softball team. Should he do the same thing, and remove this girl – one who had been playing with him for three…

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Words In Fastpitch!

On our Facebook page, we do a twice weekly ONE WORD post.  In these posts, fans are encouraged to describe their teams, their teammates, coaches, their offense, their coaches, their catchers or pitchers etc. using just ONE WORD.  Believe it or not, we at SIFG read every single one of these posts, and we are thoroughly…

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