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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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. ASA Rules on Softball Overthrows
What is the penalty for throwing the ball out of play? That depends on the rule set being followed. It turns out, ASA has a slightly different penalty than Little League. Which one more rewards the defense than the offense? Click on the article to find out!
9. 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.
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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