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…

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My Softball Player is BETTER than YOURS is!

“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…

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Softball & God

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…

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My Daughter is a Pitcher

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…

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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…

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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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Softball Fundraising – Part II

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…

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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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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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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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“WE” versus “HER” – Softball Parenting

We got perhaps the BEST fan question ever last week. A fan question, that each of us as adults, and parents HAS to at least ask ourselves from time to time. When it comes to softball, and softball parents and players – most of us identify the it as a “WE” relationship.  But is it REALLY…

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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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Softball is For Girls is THANKFUL

Today is Thanksgiving – and most of us are setting aside our bats and balls, bat bags and cleats to spend some time with family, friends and loved ones.  As the weather gets colder (for many of us), we will soon be suffering from fastpitch withdrawals – eager for the sun to warm the frost…

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Tips for Fastpitch Catchers

There is a very unique set of girls that play fastpitch who are willing (and excited) to sit at the receiving end of a softball being hurled at them at impressive speeds while wearing 10 pounds of extra gear and squatting in what looks like THE most uncomfortable position. Fastpitch catchers are special indeed. Today, we pay homage! The…

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