Stats & Analysis

Mmmmm...Statistics and Analysis of softball. I´m a statistician by trade, so there will be plenty of articles here (eventually!). Until then, here´s a link to the NCAA´s Softball stat page.

12U All Star Softball Base Running Times star
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?

12U Softball Base Running and Throwing times star
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.

An Examination of Batting Statistics star
What are Batting Average, Slugging Percentage, On Base Percentage, and OPS statistics and what is the relationship between them all? These baseball statistics can definitely be applied to softball...

Contributors to Winning PCT in College Softball star
What statistics on the NCAA Softball Statistics web site correlate to a team's winning percentage? Researching this article left me with more questions than answers -- I sense a new series of articles in my future!

How 43´ Will Change High School Softball (Off Site) star[offsite link]
A link to my article on on the predicted impact of changing the High School pitching distance from 40´ to 43´. To draw conclusions, I looked at statistics from 1986, the last year that NCAA pitched at 40´, and compared them to statistics from 1987.

Male vs. Female Muscle Mass over Time star
Are we, as coaches, teaching the best techniques and mechanics to our softball players? Are we using the right tactics and strategies in the game? This article is the first in a series that attempts to answer these questions.

More Contributors to Winning Percentage star
A look at some statistics that are a little more obscure to see if any have correlation to a team's winning percentage in College Softball.

NCAA Softball Stats Page star[offsite link]
College stats, stats and MORE stats!

Preliminary Analysis of Stolen Bases in Softball star
Is the stolen base a viable weapon in College Softball? I do a preliminary analysis using data from 33 game logs from the 2009 season to examine this question. While more data should be collected, the results of this preliminary analysis are interesting enough to share.

Revisiting Contributors to Winning PCT star
I realized that the first time I conducted this analysis, I used biased data (generally a no-no). This time, I conducted the same analysis with unbiased data. Both the new results and the comparisons to the biased data analysis are interesting to this statistician!

Should the catcher toss her mask or not star
I was surprised to learn that catchers are now being taught that they don't have to throw their masks these days. Here, I measure the area of view using a catcher's mask to determine how much having the mask on blocks a catcher's vision.

Softball vs Baseball Pitch Momentum and Bunting star
If you think you know how to bunt a softball, you're probably wrong. I take a look at the physics behind bunting a pitched ball and conclude that the traditional bunting method leaves a lot to be desired.

Softball vs. Baseball Pitching Speeds star
How hard is it to hit a Fast Pitch softball compared to a baseball? This article derives the reaction time for a softball pitch and calculates the equivalent baseball pitch in miles per hour. It also discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using video vs. a radar gun to calculate speeds.

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