Softball Notebook

The Softball Channel’s Fastpitch Blog

Pride Wins Regular Season Title

USSSA Ballclub Wins 2012 NPF Regular Season Championship, Rides Wave of Success into Playoffs
By Kayla Knight
TSC Contributor
The Florida USSSA Pride of the National Pro Fastpitch league finished up the regular season much as it started: by overwhelming its opponents. The Orlando-based ballclub ended up with a 31-12 record, the best in the league by a […]

A Shot at the Top

Can Last Year’s Worst Pro Team Finish First?
By Kevin Kage
TSC Contributor
I’m going to say something that two months ago would have gotten my blogger license revoked (and still might): the Carolina Diamonds could legitimately win the 2012 NPF title.
After setting the record for futility in 2011 with the worst regular season record in league history—and […]

Ten-Step Program

A Formula for Pro Softball Success in the United States
By KCSoftball
TSC Contributor
Ten things the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league needs to try:
1st: The biggest problem with pro softball in the USA is that it is fashioned after the amateur leagues. In the MLB the commissioner’s office is the center of power. Bud runs the […]

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 […]

Pitching Yogurt

Superstar Jennie Finch & Son Ace Star in Heartwarming TV Ad for Chobani Yogurt
By Kevin Kage
TSC Contributor
Jennie Finch may have retired from competitive softball two years ago, but a recent heartwarming primetime television commercial is bound to return her to the limelight.
The commercial is for Chobani Champions, a Greek yogurt marketed to children, and stars […]

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 […]