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    Harassing pitcher

    Everyone seems to agree that this is a sign of poor leadership & is unsportsmanlike. Maybe it’s enforceable as a rule violation but it sounds like it’s a judgment call. In my book this was pure harassment of the Washington pitcher & it occurred in a context of bad behavior by some parents &...
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    Harassing pitcher

    Mike White was at 3rd base coaching with this happening behind him…he never blinked an eye. The Husky Softball Park staff tried to keep things from escalating & had a Seattle PD officer stationed on the concourse above the Texas section on the second day. But the whole situation was crazy. Mike...
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    Harassing pitcher

    During the Seattle NCAA D-1 Regional games between Wa & Texas, member(s) of the Texas crowd repeatedly blew a whistle as Gabbie Plain (Washington pitcher) was releasing the ball. When this was shut down (violation of facility rules), members of the Texas bench began screeching loudly as the...
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    Someone explain this to me Hitting Hype

    The sport of softball stills battles for support at all levels, & the comparisons to baseball wear very thin quickly…. Softball is a unique culture in which the philosophy of working hard & playing with intensity is tempered by an emphasis on finding joy in the game itself. That includes the...
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    How do you handle another parent trashing your DD?

    If you want players to keep their cool then that’s what needs to be modeled. As hard as it was, I think you did the right thing. Slugging him would have escalated the situation & could have landed you in jail. Also, engaging him at the same level by slamming his daughter would have violated...
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    Coach yelling (sorry long)

    Speaking from my perspective as a Retired Clinical Psychologist, I’d just put a couple of observations on the table for consideration as you try to evaluate the impact coaching style may have on players across time & individuals. First, the developmental stages that athletes have to navigate...
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    Want to increase my softball IQ

    New to group…former player & avid fan. I want to increase my Softball IQ & explore ways that I could volunteer time to support fastpitch in my community. I have a particular interest in the ways sports psychology can enhance the game at all levels across age groups.