What it takes to be the number one pitcher on a team

Coach John Wooden once said that sports don’t build character they expose it.

With that in mind let’s talk about pitching and the difference between being the number one, two, and three pitcher on a softball team.

In baseball, a team will rotate up to four-or-five pitchers during the season not including the relievers and closers. The softball pitching rotation, however, is nothing like this.

Though a team can have several great players only one is chosen as the number one pitcher.

The number one pitcher gets around 90 percent of all the pitching duties. That doesn’t leave much work for the number two or three pitchers, but teams still carry several pitchers (in case of an injury, or if a player leaves the team).

So here are the five things it takes to be the number one pitcher on a team: Continue Reading…

Voices of experience

Part of the growth process for parents and players alike is learning from the mistakes and successes of those who have come before them.

Here are some thoughts from the voices of experience that have shaped me as a person. Continue Reading…

The best players and teams

“A player who (makes) the team great is better than a great player…. The best players don’t necessarily make for the best teams,” Continue Reading…

Win or lose, the season is over. Now what?

Another softball season is drawing to a close.

Rec ball and all-star teams are finishing up their state tournaments; the top teams will then be headed to their respective locations for national tournaments.

Plus, the travel ball season will conclude with more national championships Continue Reading…

‎”If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in (life),” Vince Lombardi.

The more the mind has to think…

It has been proven that the mind can truly only focus on one thing at a time.

That leads me to believe that the more the mind has to think about the less the body moves.

It’s true whether it’s dancing, or softball.

With that thought, here are four tips that might help you parent/coach a child in the sport: Continue Reading…

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are,” John Wooden.

Does traveling to play mean…?

The question has been asked, “Does traveling to play softball mean you’re a better team?”

The short answer: yes and no. Now for the long answer… Continue Reading…

The first WCFP blog post ever written

It’s surprising to think one year has passed since we started this blog; 365-days ago today we published the first post.

Here it is…

Connecting with vs. coaching your child

“Understand there is a difference between a coach on the ball field telling you something, and your dad (whom you see every day) telling you something.”

Coach Q’s top-10 blog post picks

The following selections are Coach Mike Quiroz’s top-10 post picks from the first year of the West Coast Fastpitch blog.

The actual one-year anniversary date for the WCFP blog is June 15. Continue Reading…

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