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 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 […]

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 […]

The Myth of US Dominance

Team USA’s Superiority was NOT a Valid Reason to Remove Softball from the Games
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
Softball was removed from Olympic competition following the 2008 Games in Beijing. Several reasons were cited by the International Olympic Committee for its decision to exclude the sport: (1) a lack of “universality” (meaning softball is not played in […]

Six Straight for USA

Americans Snare 6th Straight World Championship; Japan a No-Show
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
Team USA just captured the gold medal in the 2012 World Cup of Softball. The Americans defeated Australia 3-0 to take the title.
Jackie Traina, member of the NCAA-champion Alabama Crimson Tide and hero of the 2012 WCWS pitched for Team USA during the title […]

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 […]

New Stars Born for Team USA

US National Team’s Young Players Capture World Cup
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
Well Team USA has done it again. Though the best veteran fastpitch superstars are playing exclusively for the NPF this year, some of the best young players in the nation still opted to wear the red, white and blue and play for Team USA.
Some of […]

America’s Best

Team USA Grabs Cream of the Crop, NPF Left with Vets
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
The Team USA 2011 roster was announced ten days ago. Team USA no longer has the services of the elite fastpitch players from the 2008 Olympic team, who earlier this year made a pact to play exclusively for and develop the NPF, […]

Do Birthdays Create Olympians?

Birthdates May Determine Athletic Success
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
I am reading a very interesting book called “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. The book has a great chapter on the importance of birthdate in creating top caliber athletes. The book takes an in-depth look at players in the highest levels of Canadian amateur hockey (many of whom eventually […]

Popularity Contest

Jennie Finch Tops the List of Softball’s Most-Tweeted
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
Twitter is a neat little website that allows users to create an account and post their thoughts in blocks of 144 characters or less. These posts are called “tweets.” The site has become wildly popular with all sorts of athletes, entertainers, musicians, and other celebrities, […]

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