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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…

From high school to Oklahoma City and the WCWS

It has been talked about on ESPN during this year’s Women’s College World Series that younger pitchers are taking over the pitchers circle.

Starting pitchers at the 2011 WCWS: two freshmen, five sophomores, no juniors, and one senior. Source: ESPN, Inc.

How can student-athletes go from pitching for their high school and 12-months later be in the circle for their university at the WCWS?

I think it is the culmination of four things: Continue Reading…

All-stars team: to play, or not to play?

All-stars – a team of the best athletes from a league, tournament, etc.

I recently had a softball parent ask me my thoughts on her child playing for an all-stars team; with her permission here they are… Continue Reading…

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