Softball Notebook

The Softball Channel’s Fastpitch Blog

Is Slugging Percentage Relevant?

Power Hitting May Not Be as Important as You Think 
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
We all know that a home run is better than a base hit.  A double and triple are better than a base hit, too.  And players who can hit for extra bases or hit balls out of the park consistently are generally thought […]

Where Do All the Softball Players Go?

Not Enough Former Athletes Become Lifelong Fans
By KCSoftball
TSC Contributor
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 […]

Softball’s Olympic Reinstatement Helps NPF

Tokyo Games Will Generate Plenty of New Pro Stars
By Kevin Kage
TSC Contributor
The news of softball’s reinstatement for the 2020 Tokyo Games has major implications for the NPF. Yes, some of the league’s best athletes will have to take time off from their professional career to train for and compete in Tokyo, including missing most, […]

Olympic Softball’s (Poor) Replacement

Golf Falls Far Short of Fastpitch
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
Olympic golf is a farce. Olympic golf is a joke. And yet we are going to be forced to watch Olympic golf this year instead of Olympic softball.
If you remember, back in 2005 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted to drop baseball and softball […]

Gators Grab Back-to-Back National Titles

Florida Wins 2015 WCWS, Second Consecutive NCAA Championship
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
Typical of the immensely popular sporting event it has become, this year’s NCAA Division I Softball Championship got off to a controversial start with the release of its 64-team field and top seeds.
Florida was given the #1 overall seed when it had just been […]

Big 12, SEC & Pac-12 Dominant in 2013

Grab 18 of Top 25 Spots in Final NCAA Coaches’ Poll
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
The final NCAA softball coaches’ poll (USA Today/NFCA) has been released. Oklahoma was the unanimous pick for #1.
Final Poll
Team (Conference)
1. Oklahoma (Big 12)
2. Tennessee (SEC)
3. Texas (Big 12)
4. Washington (Pac-12)
5. Florida (SEC)
6. Michigan (Big 10)
7. Arizona State (Pac-12)
8. Nebraska (Big […]

Best Pac-12 Stadium: Arizona State

ASU Tops List of Best Pac-12 Softball Stadiums
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
The Pac-12 is the preeminent conference in college softball. The Pac-12 has won 24 of 30 Women’s College World Series championships, and its teams consistently rank in the top 10 nationally. As you might expect, the conference has some pretty incredible softball stadiums. These venues […]

Impact in the Big Apple

Pro Softball Returns to the Northeast with the Comets
By Josh Allen
TSC Contributor
What goes around comes around. It’s been seven long years since the National Pro Fastpitch league fielded a team in the New York area in the Juggernauts, and three years since any NPF team has played in the Northeast period, but the league […]

Superstars of Tomorrow 2012

Five NCAA Pitchers are Poised for Greatness
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
It’s time once again for my yearly prediction of future NCAA pitching stars. College softball is a pitcher’s game. The teams with the best pitchers win the most games and a star pitcher is basically a prerequisite for an NCAA title. The best pitchers are ones […]

Pride Wins Regular Season Title

USSSA Ballclub Wins 2012 NPF Regular Season Championship, Rides Wave of Success into Playoffs
By Kayla Knight
TSC Contributor
The Florida USSSA Pride of the National Pro Fastpitch league finished up the regular season much as it started: by overwhelming its opponents. The Orlando-based ballclub ended up with a 31-12 record, the best in the league by a […]

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