Softball Notebook

The Softball Channel’s Fastpitch Blog

The True Cost of Elite Travel Sports

Is the Faint Hope of a College Scholarship Worth It?
By Jessica Urban
TSC Contributor
Recently, HBO’s stellar Real Sports ran a piece about the rise in popularity of elite travel sports. The piece follows the Coe family, whose two children are heavily involved in travel baseball and travel track and field. The family estimates it spends 30 […]

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 […]

Colorado Hosts Softball Mega-Event

3000+ Games Attract Hundreds of College Recruiters
By Kevin Kage
TSC Contributor
Everyone knows that California and Arizona are hotbeds of fastpitch softball, but Colorado? Who knew? Last week over 700 travel softball teams from 30 states arrived in the Denver metro area to participate in the largest fastpitch event in the US.
Between the Fireworks, Sparkler, and Sparkler […]

Magic Formula

The Chicago Bandits have a New Stadium & a New Business Model
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor 
This year, the Chicago Bandits will be bring a new type of game to their brand new $6 million dollar state-of-the-art stadium in Rosemont: youth softball tournaments. The “pro team plus youth tournaments” model was originally created by the NPF’s most […]

Pitching Revolution

The RevFire
After hearing all about this new gadget “The RevFire” I thought I had to test it out on my pitchers and see what all the hype was about. I have been a private fastpitch instructor for the past 12 years. I pride myself on teaching the best biomechanics and I am always willing to […]

Sell it to the Umpire!

Tips from a Blue on Salesmanship
There is an edge given to a team that knows how to sell its plays to the umpire. There will be those who think/post/say “Call the plays blue, a player doesn’t have to sell anything.” This thought process will not help your team. Umpires are people; not computers, so I […]

Scout It Out

I believe scouting to be a very essential tool in softball. Because softball can be such a numbers game, I often researched teams in advance to playing them. In college I would spend some time on my opponent’s website. Because I was a catcher, I would first look at big hitters. I would not only […]