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Here are the top ten articles for the Softball Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Softball vs. Baseball Pitching Speeds
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.
2. Batter and Runner Interference in Softball
Interference covers a wide range of actions on the softball field that may hinder or distract a defensive player. In this article, we focus on batter interference and runner interference.
3. 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.
4. Differences between ASA and USSSA Rules
Here is a handy-dandy guide to the major differences between ASA and USSSA rules for girls Fast Pitch softball. Some are more subtle than others, but if a coach has a team that will be playing in games under both rule sets, then he should be aware of the differences.
5. The Importance of Ending Softball Practice on time
You'll get more out of your practices by ending a shorter practice on-time than you will by using the long, "just-one-more-drill" approach to practice. While this seems counter-intuitive, there are good reasons why this is so. Read on to find out why.
6. Slap Hitting is a Positive Offensive Weapon
The advantages of Slap Hitting in Fastpitch Softball cannot be overestimated. No other type of hitter puts as much pressure on the defense from pitch to pitch. While not every player is cut out to be a slap hitter, every team could benefit from having a few.
7. Diet is important for Softball Players
Sudden mood swings are seemingly par for the course when dealing with girl softball players. However, there might be more than meets the eye (or stomach) to blame.
8. Scorekeeping the Earned Run in Softball
ASA does not track Earned Runs as a formal statistic, as it does not really apply to Slow Pitch Softball. We therefore turn to the NCAA Softball Scoring Rules to determine how to determine if a run is earned or not in Fast Pitch Softball.
9. 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.
10. Appeal Plays in Softball
Knowing how to conduct an appeal play correctly, whether a live ball or dead ball appeal, is important for players and coaches to know. Understanding when appeals apply can help erase runs for the other team and avoid outs for your team.
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