Softball Notebook

The Softball Channel’s Fastpitch Blog

Sexual Abuse in the Olympics

Is Softball Above the Scandal?
By Jessica Urban
TSC Contributor
A few weeks ago, 60 Minutes ran a report about the sexual abuse of US gymnasts at the hands of Dr Larry Nassar. In it, US gymnastics star Aly Raisman chronicles the years of abuse, and the aftermath of Nassar’s arrest. This was a very powerful piece, […]

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, […]

Softball Returns to the Olympics

Fastpitch Reinstated for 2020 Tokyo Games
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has voted to re-include softball in the Olympic program in 2020. According to IOC vice president John Coates, the IOC executive board was unanimous in its decision to recommend the addition of five sports, including softball/baseball, to the 2020 Tokyo […]

California: Still a Talent-Producing Machine?

Golden State’s Lead Slips, South Ready to Rise
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
Just how important is California in developing Olympic-level softball talent? Back in 2008, nearly all of the players (15 out of 18) on the Olympic softball squad were from California. California was the undisputed hotbed of Olympic softball talent in the country.
I wanted to […]

Does Softball Need Its Own Olympics?

Maybe Its Time for Fastpitch to Step Up Its Game Internationally
By KCSoftball
TSC Contributor
Softball has the World Cup but it needs to start an “alternate Olympics,” some kind of “International World Championships.” The event could be held every four years during August for women’s & men’s teams, moved from country to country, and funded by sponsors […]

Softball’s Olympic Future is Looking Up

Sport Added to Short List for Inclusion in 2020 Games
By Kayla Knight
TSC Contributor
For three long years the softball community has mourned the loss of its beloved sport from the Olympic Games, clinging to the hope that one day it will return. But when?
Re-entry dates of 2012 and 2016 have already been eliminated, but a faint […]