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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the Softball Site! These are the top ten articles that your Softball Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!
1. Softball Scorebook Abbreviations
Softball scorekeeping can be an overwhelming chore without the right guidelines. This is the first in a series of articles on scorekeeping and provides a handy-dandy glossary of softball scorebook abbreviations.
2. Bunting is Easy
Do you think bunting is better left to more experienced players? Anyone can bunt and here are two simple steps showing you how. Learn this quickly and be an asset to your team.
3. Major ASA Rule Changes for 2010
Here's a quick, down and dirty summary of ASA rule changes for 2010. The rule changes focus on pitching and equipment. Get a head start on the season by reviewing the new rules!
4. The Infield Fly Rule
Everything you wanted to know about the Infield Fly Rule per the ASA rule book. I also share an easier way to remember when the rule applies, as well as the hand signal that the umpire uses.
5. What makes a good Softball Team Great
Having coached hundreds of games and watched many more, I am convinced that the Great teams all share 4 qualities. All good teams have good pitching, good infielders, and decent hitting. Read on to discover what else a great team has that puts them over the top.
6. Practicing Softball when it is Super Hot
With a little bit of caution and common sense, you can practice on the very hottest days. During a seemingly endless heat wave, use the following tips to keep your players practicing safely (with a little bit of fun thrown in!).
7. Softball in Winter
Do you miss playing softball in the winter? Do you think you have to wait until spring to play? There are many indoor facilities that offer plenty in the way of softball, all year round.
8. Male vs. Female Muscle Mass over Time
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.
9. The DP and FLEX in Softball
The DP and FLEX players tend to be a great mystery, particularly to rec league coaches that don't normally have to worry about substitutions. However, fully understanding the DP/FLEX rule is a valuable tool for any coach to use when substitutions matter, like bracket play in tournaments.
10. The Dropped Third Strike in Softball
Defending the Dropped Third Strike requires understanding the rule and good communication between the catcher and the first baseman. Striking out a batter and then having her end up on first base is one of the more frustrating things that can happen to a team.
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