Back to regular weekly newsletters. Took a break during the holidays, but with the Spring season starting, it's time to get the newsletters going again.
Here's are the articles from the Softball site at BellaOnline.com that have been posted since the last newsletter sent at on 11 December.
12U Softball Base Running and Throwing times
A report on the average, standard deviation and best times for 12U Rec Players running from 1st to 3rd, and for throwing from Shortstop to 1st.
Teaching Time on the Softball Field
Speed is the name of the Fast Pitch Softball game, and a key to victory is getting players to do what they do a quick as possible. An important part of the process of making Softball players is teaching an understanding of time and distance as it relates to the Softball field. Here's how I do it.http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art65349.asp
Report from 2010 SoCal ASA Annual Meeting
Here's a report from the 2010 Annual SoCal ASA Recreational Meeting that was held on 10 Jan 2010. Even if you don't live in the Southern California area, there was still a bunch of good info that will help the reader for this year's Softball season.
RICE and other First Aid Guidance
One of a manager's or coach's duties is to be the first responder if one of their player's gets injured. Here are some common-sense guidelines for treating minor injuries on the softball field.
My Philosophy for Managing an All-Star Team
Being a Rec League All-Star manager can be both one of the most rewarding and frustrating experiences imaginable. If you manage to keep things fun, get all the players involved in games (at least minimally), and keep the parents from lynching you, you are a success no matter how many wins you get.
Major ASA Rule Changes for 2010
Here's a quick, down and dirty summary of ASA rule changes for 2010. The rule changes focus on pitching and equipment. Get a head start on the season by reviewing the new rules!
Taking Care of Your Glove
Taking care of your glove on a regular basis is very important. A glove can last for years with just a little TLC, and once you have a good glove you don't want a new one anyway. Take care of your glove, and it will take care of you.
How to Break in a Glove
Breaking in a glove can seem complicated, but ultimately it is just a matter of working with the glove a lot. Here is a step-by-step guide for how I break in my gloves (hint: catch a lot of balls with it!).
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Don McKay, Softball Editor
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