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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. 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.
2. 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.
3. Softball Substitutions and Courtesy Runners
Substitutions and Courtesy Runners are two areas where Softball is completely different than Baseball. The Softball coach that can use substitutions and Courtesy Runners effectively has a real tactical advantage over a Softball coach that does not.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Scorekeeping an Error in Softball
Judging the difference between an error and a base hit is much more an art than a science. Here, I provide some guidelines and examples to help the scorekeeper put a little bit of objectivity in this subjective subject.
9. Baseball's DH versus Softball's DP
There is often a misconception that Softball's Designated Player is the same as Baseball's Designated Hitter. While a DP can be used exactly like a DH, a DH cannot do nearly as many things in a lineup as a DP can. Read on to understand the differences between the two.
10. When to use the DP FLEX in Softball
Understood and managed correctly, the DP/FLEX can turn a good team into a great team, hiding weaknesses and emphasizing strengths. This article looks at various implementations of the DP/FLEX that I have used, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each type of pairing.
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