Dealing with change

Two weeks ago today, Jennie Finch announced her retirement from the sport of softball as a player. Her decision affected not only her family, but the lives of fans as well. Change happened.

As I reflect it was not that long ago that I sat in the stands cheering on my sons, and daughter in all the different sports they played.

It was my daughter playing softball that actually brought me into this sport. Continue Reading…

Cochran, and Lowe interviews

I hope you have enjoyed the Jennie Finch, and Jessica Mendoza interviews from the 2010 “World Cup of Softball”.

Our final two interviews from this year’s world cup spotlight Caitlin Lowe, and Kaitlin Cochran. Both are Continue Reading…

Jessica Mendoza interview

The 2010 “World Cup of Softball” ended last night with the USA defeating Japan 5-1; with the emotional win Team USA earned its fourth world cup title in-a-row.

It was also Jennie Finch’s last game as a Continue Reading…

The winners are…

Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway for the autographed Jennie Finch t-shirts. We had comments from parents, and players in California, Ohio, and Oklahoma.

Using the website Random.org, two winners were selected shortly after noon (PST) today, and they are: Continue Reading…

Jennie Finch autographed t-shirt giveaway

Long before she was an Olympian, during her sophomore year in college, I met Jennie Finch’s dad, Doug Finch.

I was purchasing one of my five “Finch Windmills”, and at that time didn’t know who Jennie was or anything about her.

So you can imagine when Doug told me his daughter was going to be in the next Olympics, I thought Continue Reading…

“World Cup of Softball” begins, this week

I have great news… the “World Cup of Softball” is starting this week; see the game schedule here.

Even greater news… my son-in-law, Nick Waters, will be attending the event’s Media Day, today.

Nick is a freelance journalist who specializes in Internet media. Plus, he agreed to attend this year’s world cup, and get West Coast Fastpitch Continue Reading…

“Rec Ball” vs. “Travel Ball” – part two

The following is the continuation, and conclusion of a two-part series.

Should my daughter play rec ball, or travel ball?

There are several differences between “rec ball” (short for recreational ball) and travel ball, and let me say that I do not have an affinity towards either one.

They both have their place, and serve the softball community well.

Read more about rec ball here.

Travel softball

Travel ball is similar in terms of competition to the all-star teams of the rec ball leagues. However, most travel ball girls Continue Reading…

“Rec Ball” vs. “Travel Ball” – part one

Should my daughter play rec ball, or travel ball?

There are several differences between “rec ball” (short for recreational ball) and travel ball, but first let me say that I do not have an affinity towards either one.

They both have their place, and serve the softball community well.

My unofficial guess is that 100 percent of all travel ball players started Continue Reading…

Interview: Coach Diego on parenting, softball

Click on the image below to watch an interview with Coach Diego. Diego is a championship-winning softball coach in southern California, and has coached his own daughter for almost 10 years.

The “World Cup of Softball” is coming

For the fifth-straight year, the “World Cup of Softball” is set to take place in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Scheduled for Thursday–Monday, July 22–26, the event will feature four teams: Continue Reading…

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