Softball Newsletter


June 4 2010 Softball Newsletter

Sorry I haven't sent out a newsletter the past few weeks. Lots of exciting softball stuff going on, but for now, it has to be behind the scenes.

So, without further adieu, here are the latest articles from the Softball site at

-- Illegal Pitches in the Softball World Series --

Illegal pitches are a point of emphasis for the College game this year. I watched the Florida/UCLA game (Florida was called for 6 illegal pitches early in the game), and just had to respond to the erroneous commentary provided by the analysts regarding illegal pitches.

-- Pitching to Contact in Softball - Intro --

What is "Pitching to Contact", and does this baseball concept apply to Fast Pitch softball? If your team does not have a dominant strikeout pitcher, this first of a series of articles is definitely one you should read.

-- Medicine Ball Workout for Softball --

If you are looking for a change of pace during off-season conditioning, or an effective way to work out during the season, then try using medicine balls. We've discovered that they are surprisingly effective in increase core strength and immediately and positively impact softball performance.

-- The Dominant Pitcher DVD by Mark Eldridge --

4 stars. This is a good addition to a softball library. Coach Eldridge takes some of the mystery out of calling pitches during a game by keying on what a batter's stance, swing and position in the batter's box tell you about holes in that's batters swing. Read my full review on this product.

-- 12U All Star Softball Base Running Times --

I report our 12U All-Star base running times from our tryouts, and compare them to pre-season evaluations. Do better players tend to be faster players? How important is speed to the game of softball?

-- Softball Parents like to win, Payers want fun --

I have been struck at the difference between the parents' attitude toward winning and my players' attitude toward winning. Parents definitely want to win. Players would like to win, but definitely want to have fun. How to reconcile these two different attitudes is the subject of this article.


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