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Where Do All the Softball Players Go?


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What happens to the former rec players that should be today's softball fans? It all starts at about 3rd grade when a little girl asks mom if she can play softball for local rec teams. This little girl joins the rec league and gets tp play until she reaches 8th grade. She thinks now that rec ball is over, how am I going to get to continue to play softball, a game that I now love?

 

Oh, she thinks, next year I can play on one of my high school teams. So come spring this little girl goes out for the high school team, only to be told, "Sorry, we don't have enough spots for you on one of our teams, but you can come out and watch the teams play!" Sadly, we have lost this future fan.

 

Come the next season, those girls luckly enough to have made the freshman team are told they must try out for the JV team. Over half are told, "Sorry, we don't have a spot for you, but you can come out and watch our games!" More future fans lost!

 

Then up comes another season and those JV players are told to try out for the varsity, but sadly, most are told, "Sorry but we don't have a spot for you on the varsity, but you can come out and watch our games!"  Oops, more future fans lost!

 

Sooner than expected the varsity players' senior season comes to a close and the players think I love this game, maybe I can play in college. Those players check into colleges, only to find out, "Sorry, we don't have a spot for you on the team!" Sadly, even more future fans lost!

 

For those lucky enough to get tp play college ball, sadly, their senior season is upon them all too fast. The player thinks I am very good at this game I love, I even made honorable mention All-American. So the player goes to the pro's only to be told, "Sorry, we just don't have enough teams with enough spots for you to play!" Again, more lost fans.

 

Most baseball rec leagues have enough spots for a player who doesn't make his school teams to keep playing—sadly, I don't see many rec leagues for those girls! Most are already lost to softball!

 

The only way we fans can change this is to speak up! Let our voices be heard. Make enough noise so those in charge, corporate America and the media hear us! Ladies, you have to take charge of softball's future, make your voice heard! Tell America you are still a fan no matter what!



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I think the answer is that most softball players go on to follow men's sports—football especially has had a big increase in its female fan base over the past few years.  Softball needs to get better at creating star players (Olympics, anyone?) and getting them to play NPF games.  Then the fans will come.



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But somehow we need to get former players to follow women's softball, not men's baseball!  Women's softball is self-defeating in that its players don't support it. The women/girls love to play the game, but after their game is over, let's go watch the men play!

 

I have been preaching this for a long time: women have to make their own game popular! Men are not going to do it! Yes we men will coach it and give whatever we can from the game, but when the day ends we will go sit in front of the TV and watch the men play baseball! (I'm the exception—I haven't watched a baseball game in 20 years, not even the playoffs! But put a women's, or a men's, fastpitch softball game is on and I'm there!)

 

Women HAVE to step up and let corporate America and the media know they want to, and WILL watch games on TV.  Corporate America and the America media only understand numbers: how many TV's are turned on and how many butts are in the seats! They couldn't care less for anything else!

 

So turn on your TV's and watch the games! Tweet your love for the game! Talk about softball on social media as often as you can! Ladies/girls, only you can do this!

 

I tried a little test by sending out about 2,500 tweets over a three-month time, and I got maybe a couple dozen responses, if that, mostly from men and some of those were not supportive! Women just don't seem to care about anything except themselves and their immediate surroundings! If the game grows, so be it; if not, well that's OK as long as they get theirs!

 

I've reached the point where I am thinking maybe I should stop trying also! Maybe put my time and energy into something else?






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