Softball Notebook

The Softball Channel’s Fastpitch Blog

Managing the Pros

Successful Managers in the NPF
By John Thorson
Father of Akron Racer pitcher Kristina Thorson
I’ve pondered this topic for some time. What does it take to successfully manage a team in the NPF? I guess it depends upon what is considered “success.” Some possibilities are:
[1] Win the regular season title.
[2] Win the Cowles Cup.
[3] Win more games than the […]

Alcohol Anyone?

By John Thorson
Father of Chicago Bandits pitcher Kristina Thorson
The availability (or lack thereof) of alcohol at NPF games has been a big topic of conversation at Chicago Bandits games since their move to Elgin. Judson U, their now (thankfully) past home for the last three years, didn’t allow alcohol at the games. This begged the […]

Hired Guns

Olympians in the NPF: Are They Worth Their Salaries?
By John Thorson
Father of Chicago Bandits pitcher Kristina Thorson
I just returned from the Chicago Bandits-Philadelphia Force series. Although it was a little chilly for a couple games and seemed threatening for another, the weather was no factor. The fans who were there were treated to some great […]

Hats Off To Those Making It Happen

By John Thorson
Father of Chicago Bandit pitcher Kristina Thorson
Although the Olympics is taking center stage right now, the National Pro Fastpitch league is the most viable post-collegiate venue for softball in the future. With its hopeful success, more players may see it as a goal to strive for and more potential owners will see it as a […]