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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 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.
3. 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.
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. 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.
6. 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.
7. Cold Weather Affects Softball
Cold weather not only affects softball players but their bats and balls as well. With a little warming up between innings, players can continue with their game, no matter the temperature. Here are some tips about cold weather's affects on equipment too.
8. Starting a Travel Softball Program -- Advantages
You are a coach looking to make the jump from Rec Ball to Travel Ball, or a Travel Ball coach ready to start his/her own program. Here's the first in a series of articles on how to do so.
9. Softball vs Baseball Pitch Momentum and Bunting
If you think you know how to bunt a softball, you're probably wrong. I take a look at the physics behind bunting a pitched ball and conclude that the traditional bunting method leaves a lot to be desired.
10. 12U All Star Softball Base Running Times
I report our 12U All-Star base running times from our tryouts, and compare them to pre-season evaluations. Do better players tend to be faster players? How important is speed to the game of softball?
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