Softball Notebook

The Softball Channel’s Fastpitch Blog

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 […]

Fight for Pro Supremacy

Chicago Bandits Sweep the Mighty USSSA Pride
By Daniel Urban
TSC Contributor/Analyst
The USSSA Pride have been an unstoppable juggernaut this season.  Prior to its recent series with the Bandits, the Pride was 29-6 and with a seven-game cushion at the top spot in the NPF standings.  But the Pride has looked unbeatable in several prior seasons, only […]

Aussies Invade America’s Pro League

Struggle to Excel in National Pro Fastpitch
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
This summer the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch league signed eight Australian players. The players are:
Janice Blackman (has not played)
Chelsea Forkin - Outfielder
Rachel Lack - Infielder
Stacey McManus - Infielder
Kaia Parnaby (has not played)
Samantha Poole - Outfielder
Ellen Roberts - Pitcher
Taylah Tsitsikronis - […]

New Pro Pitching Triumverate

Today’s Top NPF Hurlers: Abbott, Taylor & Haegar
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
For many years the NPF had three elite pitchers: Jennie Finch, Cat Osterman, and Monica Abbott.  Now that Finch and Osterman have retired and only Monica Abbott remains, it is time to reassess who are the NPF’s new elite pitchers.  Here is my list: 
1. Monica Abbott - […]

NPF Gets No Respect

Women’s Pro Softball Longs for Attention It Deserves
By Jessica Urban
TSC Contributor
Certainly the NPF is home to some of the finest female athletes, and the games are as exciting as they get. But after a decade, the league still struggles for the respect it rightly deserves.
Unfortunately, in our popular sports culture, the amount of attention a sport SHOULD get has almost nothing […]

Pro Softball Can Learn Much from Soccer

NPF Should Carefully Consider NWSL Growth Strategy
By Jessica Urban
TSC Contributor
I found a good article from The Guardian about Jeff Plush, the commissioner of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), and his quest to grow the league. There are several very interesting points, and a few things I think the NPF can use in its  attempts at […]

Against All Odds: Chicago Wins 2016 Pro Title

Bandits Steal 2016 NPF Crown from Former Teammate Monica Abbott
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
No one picked the Chicago Bandits to win the title this year.  I didn’t.  You didn’t.  No one did.  Most people picked the Scrapyard Dawgs behind #1 superstar pitcher Monica Abbott, and if not them surely the USSSA Pride.  But no one expected the […]

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, […]

Abbott & Bandits Steal 2015 Pro Crown

Monica Abbott Guides Chicago to 3rd NPF Title
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
Despite a stacked roster and the morale boost of knowing it would be superstar Cat Osterman’s last season, the Pride were defeated by the Chicago Bandits in two straight games.
The games were everything a true softball fan could have wanted in a championship matchup. […]

Cat & Pride Repeat as 2014 NPF Champs

This year’s Pride as Dominant as any Team in NPF History
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
& Nina Livas
TSC Contributor
The USSSA Pride are the winners of the 2014 NPF Cowles Cup, defeating the Akron Racers 8-3 in Game #2 of the NPF Championship Final Series to take home their second consecutive NPF title.
But it wasn’t easy! […]

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