2022 NCAA Softball Super Regionals

2022 NCAA Softball Super Regionals

2022 NCAA Softball Super Regionals

The final 16 teams have reached the 2022 NCAA Softball Super Regionals.

Three teams, No. 16 UCF, No. 12 Duke, No. 10 Clemson and Mississippi State all made supers for the first time.

Games start Thursday, May 26 and will run through Sunday. The final eight teams will head to Oklahoma City for the national championship on June 2-10.

2022 NCAA Softball Super Regionals

(all times are ET)

(Best of three)

Norman Super Regional
Game 1: No. 16 UCF vs. No. 1 Oklahoma (May 27, 4:30 p.m., ESPN2)
Game 2: No. 16 UCF vs. No. 1 Oklahoma (May 28, 2 p.m., ESPN)
Game 3: May 29, if necessary

Tempe Super Regional
Game 1: No. 9 Northwestern at No. 8 Arizona State (May 27, 8 p.m., ESPNU)
Game 2: No. 9 Northwestern at No. 8 Arizona State (May 28, 11 p.m., ESPN2)
Game 3: May 29, if necessary

Los Angeles Super Regional
Game 1: No. 12 Duke at No. 5 UCLA (May 27, 11 p.m., ESPN2)
Game 2: No. 12 Duke at No. 5 UCLA (May 28, 8:30 p.m., ESPN2)
Game 3: May 29, if necessary

Fayetteville Super Regional
Game 1: Texas at No. 4 Arkansas (May 26, 7 p.m., ESPN2)
Game 2: Texas at No. 4 Arkansas (May 27, 4 p.m., ESPN)
Game 3: May 28, if necessary

Blacksburg Super Regional
Game 1: No. 14 Florida at No. 3 Virginia Tech (May 27, 2 p.m., ESPN2)
Game 2: No. 14 Florida at No. 3 Virginia Tech (May 28, noon, ESPN)
Game 3: May 29, if necessary

Stanford Super Regional
Game 1: Oregon State at Stanford (May 27, 10:30 p.m., ESPNU)
Game 2: Oregon State at Stanford (May 28, 6 p.m., ESPNU)
Game 3: May 29, if necessary

Stillwater Super Regional
Game 1: No. 10 Clemson at No. 7 Oklahoma State (May 26, 9:30 p.m., ESPN2)
Game 2: No. 10 Clemson at No. 7 Oklahoma State (May 27, 6 p.m., ESPN2)
Game 3: May 28, if necessary

Mississippi State Super Regional
Game 1: Arizona at Mississippi State (May 27, Noon, ESPNU)
Game 2: Arizona at Mississippi State (May 28, 4 p.m., ESPNU)
Game 3: May 29, if necessary

Softball Mental Health Awareness

Softball Mental Health Awareness

We have so much respect and gratitude for these brave young women who shared their stories on the @7InningsPodcast this week! Please know there is strength in admitting your vulnerabilities and #itsoktonotbeok! Softball Mental Health Awareness

 

2022 PGF National Championships

2022 Premier Girls Fastpitch National Championships

2022 PGF National Championships

2022 Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF) National Championships

Save the date for the Best of the Best competition in girls fastpitch softball!

The mission of Premier Girls Fastpitch is to provide a national platform on which fastpitch softball players can demonstrate their individual and team-enhancing skills, competing against the Best of the Best players and teams.


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High School Softball- Best teams

High school softball: Best team in each state

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High School Softball- Best teams

High school softball: Best team in each state

Xavier College Prep, Saint Francis, Lakewood Ranch headline top programs hitting diamond this year.

By | MaxPreps.com– Feb. 15, 2022

The high school softball landscape is a bit tricky to understand if you look at who plays what and when throughout the country. Five states play their ball fully in the fall, Mississippi has some teams who play in the spring and others who opt for the fall, Iowa plays in the summer, South Dakota still doesn’t have sanctioned high school softball and the remaining states play in the spring.

Alabama
Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville)

The Huskies return several of the key weapons who helped lead them to a 7A state championship in 2021. Kenleigh Cahalan, an Alabama commit and 2021 First-team MaxPreps Underclass All-American, was one of the top hitters in the country with 17 home runs, 85 RBI and a .517 batting average.

Alaska
South Anchorage (Anchorage)

The defending Division I champions have won three state titles in the past six years. The Wolverines return Emily McCutcheon, who batted .557 and blasted 15 home runs as a sophomore.

Arizona
Xavier College Prep (Phoenix)

The Gators went on a roll to close out 2021 as the 6A state champions. Two of the top players in the state return for their senior seasons. Bridget Donahey, a Northwestern commit, launched 10 home runs last spring, and Harvard commit Riley Flynn went 16-2 in the circle.

Arkansas
Benton

The defending Class 5A softball state champions went 31-0 in 2021. Although the Panthers lost some major talent to graduation, they still have a solid group returning, including one of the top athletes in the 2023 class in Alyssa Houston.

California
Saint Francis (Mountain View)

The top-ranked team from California in 2021 after a perfect season returns nearly its entire lineup. 2022 Minnesota commit power hitter Jessica Oakland and 2023 pitcher Chloe Cummings are two of the best in the state.

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2022 ESPN College Television Schedule

ESPN Announces the 2022 College Softball Television Schedule

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ESPN Announces the 2022 College Softball Television Schedule

Kimberly Elchlepp- Feb. 9, 2022

ESPN returns for 2022 with their coverage of the Division I college softball games. With nearly 200 games and more than 1,900 match-ups across its digital networks the programming coverage will be unmatched. Games will be available across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, ACC Network, Big 12 Now on ESPN+, Longhorn Network, ESPN+, SEC Network+ and ACC Network Extra. All of ESPN’s live softball programming is available in the ESPN App.

The season begins with the return of the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational Presented by Wilson (Feb. 17-20) featuring 16 teams and 40 games on ESPN platforms. Details regarding the participating teams, event schedule and commentator teams can be found on the event website.

ESPN’s 7Innings Podcast enters its fifth season, bringing listeners an in-depth look at the collegiate softball world with the latest storylines and game recaps and previews. The voice of softball, Beth Mowins, helms the show as host, joined by a rotating cast of analysts that includes Kayla Braud, Jenny Dalton-Hill, Danielle Lawrie, Jessica Mendoza, Holly Rowe, Amanda Scarborough, Jen Schroeder, and Michele Smith.

Time (ET) Game Network
Wed, Feb 16 2 p.m. South Alabama at No. 6 Florida State ACC Network
  5 p.m. McNeese at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
Thu, Feb 17 10 a.m. Notre Dame vs. Tennessee ESPNU
  12:30 p.m. Texas Tech vs.  Auburn SEC Network
  1 p.m. UCF vs. Wisconsin ESPNU
  3:30 p.m. Texas Tech vs. Clemson ACC Network
  4 p.m. Tennessee vs. Florida State ESPNU
Fri, Feb 18 10 a.m. Michigan vs. Oklahoma State ESPNU
  12:30 p.m. Washington vs. Tennessee SEC Network
  1 p.m. Texas vs. Florida State ESPNU
  3 p.m. South Florida vs. Notre Dame ACC Network
  4 p.m. LSU vs. Oklahoma State ESPNU
  4 p.m. Auburn vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Sat, Feb 19 10 a.m. UCLA vs. Auburn ESPNU
  10:30 a.m. Notre Dame vs. LSU SEC Network
  11 a.m. Northwestern vs. Clemson ACC Network
  1 p.m. Michigan vs. Florida State ACC Network
  4 p.m. Texas vs. UCLA ESPNU
  7 p.m. UCF vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, Feb 20 9 a.m. Texas Tech vs. LSU SEC Network
  10 a.m. Washington vs. Clemson ESPNU
  7 p.m. UCLA vs. Florida State ESPN2
Wed, Feb 23 TBD Georgia State at Georgia Tech ACC Network
Thu, Feb 24 7:30 p.m. UT San Antonio Longhorn Network
Fri, Feb 25 3 p.m. No. 21 Arizona State at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
Sat, Feb 26 5:30 p.m. No. 8 Texas vs. Texas State Longhorn Network
Sun, Feb 27 1:30 p.m. No. 21 Arizona State at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
Tue, Mar 1 5 p.m. No. 13 Michigan at North Carolina ACC Network
Wed, Mar 2 7 p.m. Sam Houston at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
Fri, Mar 4 5 p.m. No. 10 Virginia Tech at No. 14 Clemson ACC Network
Sun, Mar 6 1 p.m. Louisiana Tech at No. 15 LSU SEC Network
3 p.m. Kansas City at No. 11 Arkansas SEC Network
Wed, Mar 9 4 p.m. UNC Charlotte at No. 18 Duke ACC Network
Thu, Mar 11 5 p.m. Drake at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
  7:30 p.m. Minnesota at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
Sat, Mar 12 Noon Mississippi State at No. 5 Florida SEC Network
  Syracuse at No. 10 Virginia Tech ACC Network
  2 p.m. No. 16 Tennessee at No. 12 Missouri SEC Network
  No. 6 Florida State at Georgia Tech ACC Network
  4 p.m. Nicholls at No.8 Texas Longhorn Network
  6:30 p.m. Minnesota at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
  7 p.m. Texas A&M at Auburn SEC Network
  9 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 15 LSU SEC Network
Sun, Mar 13 Noon Boston College at North Carolina ACC Network
  1:30 p.m. Drake at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
  2 p.m. No. 19 Georgia at South Carolina SEC Network
  Notre Dame at Virginia ACC Network
  4 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 5 Florida SEC Network
  NC State at No. 18 Duke ACC Network
Mon, Mar 14 7 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 5 Florida SEC Network
Tue, Mar 15 6 p.m. UNCW at North Carolina ACC Network
Wed, Mar 16 5 p.m. Penn State at Pitt ACC Network
7 p.m. No. 6 Florida State at No. 2 Alabama SEC Network
Fri, Mar 18 5 p.m. North Carolina at No. 10 Virginia Tech ACC Network
  7 p.m. No. 15 LSU at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
Sat, Mar 19 2 p.m. Notre Dame at Pitt ACC Network
  3 p.m. No. 15 LSU at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
4 p.m. Georgia Tech at Louisville ACC Network
5:30 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State SEC Network
No. 15 LSU at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, Mar 20 10 a.m. Campbell at USC Upstate ESPNU
Noon Virginia at NC State ACC Network
  2 p.m. No. 14 Clemson at No. 18 Duke ACC Network
  6 p.m. South Carolina at Auburn SEC Network
Mon, Mar 21 7 p.m. South Carolina at Auburn SEC Network
Tue, Mar 22 5:30 p.m. Lamar at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
  7 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 20 Kentucky SEC Network
  Liberty at Virginia ACC Network
Wed, Mar 23 7 p.m. No. 14 Clemson at No. 19 Georgia SEC Network
Fri, Mar 25 5 p.m. Syracuse at Georgia Tech ACC Network
9 p.m. No. 12 Missouri at Ole Miss ESPNU
Sat, Mar 26 1 p.m. Auburn at No. 20 Kentucky SEC Network
  5 p.m. Louisville at No. 14 Clemson ACC Network
  6 p.m. Texas A&M at No. 19 Georgia SEC Network
  8:30 p.m. No. 15 LSU at No. 11 Arkansas ESPN2
Sun, Mar 27 Noon No. 18 Duke at Notre Dame ACC Network
  1 p.m. No. 15 LSU at No. 11 Arkansas ESPN
  2 p.m. No. 16 Tennessee at No. 5 Florida ESPNU
  Syracuse at Georgia Tech ACC Network
  4 p.m. NC State at North Carolina ACC Network
  7 p.m. No. 3 UCLA at No. 7 Washington ESPNU
Mon, Mar 28 7 p.m. No. 15 LSU at No. 11 Arkansas SEC Network
Tue, Mar 29 5 p.m. Harvard at Boston College ACC Network
Wed, Mar 30 7 p.m. South Carolina at No. 14 Clemson ACC Network
  No. 23 Louisiana at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
Fri, Apr 1 7 p.m. Iowa State at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
Sat, Apr 2 1 p.m. No. 11 Arkansas at Ole Miss SEC Network
  2 p.m. Iowa State at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
  3 p.m. No. 5 Florida at Auburn SEC Network
  4:30 p.m. No. 19 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama ESPN2
  6 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky at No. 15 LSU ESPNU
  7 p.m. No. 4 Oklahoma State at Baylor ESPN2
Sun, Apr 3 Noon Illinois at Minnesota ESPN2
Mississippi State at No. 16 Tennessee SEC Network
  1 p.m. Iowa State at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
  2 p.m. South Carolina at No. 12 Missouri SEC Network
  4 p.m. No. 19 Georgia at No.2 Alabama SEC Network
Mon, Apr 4 7 p.m. No. 19 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama SEC Network
Tue, Apr 5 5 p.m. No. 24 No. 24 Northwestern at Notre Dame ACC Network
Wed, Apr 6 5 p.m. St. Francis at Pitt ACC Network
  6 p.m. No. 6 Florida State at No. 5 Florida SEC Network
  7 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky at Louisville ESPNU
  UT Arlington at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
Fri, Apr 8 2:30 p.m. NC State at South Carolina ESPNEWS
  5 p.m. No. 14 Clemson at Pitt ACC Network
  6 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 20 Kentucky SEC Network
  10 p.m. No. 21 Arizona State at No. 17 Oregon ESPN2
Sat, Apr 9 Noon Ole Miss at No. 20 Kentucky SEC Network
  2 p.m. Auburn at No. 11 Arkansas SEC Network
  3 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 5 Florida ESPN2
Sun, Apr 10 Noon No. 10 Virginia Tech at No. 6 Florida State ACC Network
  1:30 p.m. No. 16 Tennessee at No. 19 Georgia ESPN2
  4 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 5 Florida ESPN2
  4 p.m. No. 21 Arizona State at No. 17 Oregon ESPNU
Mon, Apr 11 7 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 5 Florida SEC Network
Tue, Apr 12 7 p.m. No. 14 Clemson at South Carolina ESPNU
Thu, Apr 14 6 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 2 Alabama SEC Network
  7 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
8 p.m. No. 17 Oregon at No. 11 Arizona ESPN2
Fri, Apr 15 11 a.m. UMES at Morgan State ESPNU
  1 p.m. Alabama State at Jackson State ESPNU
  No. 19 Georgia at No. 12 Missouri SEC Network
  5 p.m. Syracuse at Louisville ACC Network
  7 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
  8 p.m. No. 17 Oregon at No. 11 Arizona ESPNU
  10 p.m. UC San Diego at Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
Sat, Apr 16 Noon South Carolina at No. 15 LSU SEC Network
  2 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 2 Alabama ESPNU
  2 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
  5 p.m. Texas A&M at No. 16 Tennessee SEC Network
  6 p.m. No. 19 Georgia at No. 12 Missouri ESPN2
  8 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky at No. 11 Arkansas ESPN2
Sun, Apr 17 11 a.m. Princeton at Yale ESPNU
  Noon Syracuse at Louisville ACC Network
  2 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky at No. 11 Arkansas SEC Network
  4 p.m. Texas A&M at No. 16 Tennessee SEC Network
Mon, Apr 18 7 p.m. Texas A&M at No. 16 Tennessee SEC Network
Wed, Apr 20 5 p.m. ECU at NC State ACC Network
7 p.m. No. 10 Virginia Tech at No. 16 Tennessee ESPNU
  8 p.m. Houston at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
Thu, Apr 21 9 p.m. No. 14 Clemson at No. 6 Florida State ESPN2
Fri, Apr 22 4 p.m. Pitt at Virginia ACC Network
  6 p.m. No. 14 Clemson at No. 6 Florida State ACC Network
  6:30 p.m. Auburn at Mississippi State SEC Network
  8 p.m. No. 11 Arkansas at No. 5 Florida ESPNU
Sat, Apr 23 2 p.m. No. 15 LSU at No. 19 Georgia ESPNU
No. 14 Clemson at No.6 Florida State ACC Network
  2:30 p.m. No. 11 Arkansas at No. 5 Florida ESPN2
  3 p.m. Ole Miss at South Carolina SEC Network
  5 p.m. Auburn at Mississippi State SEC Network
  7 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at Texas A&M SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. No. 8 Texas at No. 4 Oklahoma State ESPN2
Sun, Apr 24 Noon Ohio State at No. 13 Michigan ESPN2
  No. 15 LSU at No. 19 Georgia ESPNU
  Louisville at No. 10 Virginia Tech ACC Network
  7 p.m. No. 12 Missouri at No. 20 Kentucky SEC Network
Mon, Apr 25 7 p.m. No. 12 Missouri at No. 20 Kentucky SEC Network
Wed, Apr 27 4 p.m. UCONN at Boston College ACC Network
7 p.m. Lamar at Texas A&M SEC Network
Thu, Apr 28 7 p.m. No. 4 Oklahoma State at No. 6 Florida State ESPN2
Fri, Apr 29 6 p.m. No. 4 Oklahoma State at No. 6 Florida State ESPNU
Sat, Apr 30 Noon No. 5 Florida at No. 15 LSU ESPN2
  3 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 20 Kentucky SEC Network
  4 p.m. Virginia at Louisville ACC Network
  5 p.m. Texas A&M at No. 12 Missouri SEC Network
Sun, May 1 11 a.m. No. 10 Virginia Tech at Boston College ACC Network
  Noon No. 5 Florida at No. 15 LSU ESPN2
  2 p.m. Houston at South Florida ESPNU
  6 p.m. No. 16 Tennessee at Ole Miss SEC Network
Mon, May 2 7 p.m. No. 16 Tennessee at Ole Miss SEC Network
Tue, May 3 5 p.m. Liberty at No. 10 Virginia Tech ACC Network
6 p.m. No. 5 Florida at No. 6 Florida State ESPNU
Wed, May 4 6 p.m. Dartmouth at Boston College ACC Network
Thu, May 5 7 p.m. Pitt at No. 18 Duke ACC Network
9 p.m. No. 4 Oklahoma State at No. 1 Oklahoma ESPN2
Fri, May 6 5 p.m. No. 24 Northwestern at Minnesota ESPN2
  6 p.m. Auburn at No. 16 Tennessee SEC Network
  7 p.m. No. 4 Oklahoma State at No. 1 Oklahoma ESPN2
Sat, May 7 11:30 a.m. Auburn at No. 16 Tennessee SEC Network
  1 p.m. Pitt at No. 18 Duke ACC Network
  1:30 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 19 Georgia SEC Network
  2 p.m. Baylor at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network
  3:30 p.m. No. 11 Arkansas at Texas A&M SEC Network
  5 p.m. No. 4 Oklahoma State at No. 1 Oklahoma ESPNU
Sun, May 8 Noon No. 20 Kentucky at South Carolina SEC Network
  Noon No. 6 Florida State at NC State ACC Network
  2 p.m. No. 12 Missouri at No. 2 Alabama ESPNU
  Louisville at Notre Dame ACC Network
  Baylor at No. 8 Texas Longhorn Network

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PREMIER GIRLS FASTPITCH AND PERFECT GAME JOIN FORCES TO FORM PG SOFTBALL

PREMIER GIRLS FASTPITCH AND PERFECT GAME JOIN FORCES TO FORM PG SOFTBALL

Groundbreaking Partnership of Two Powerhouse Brands Solidifies World’s Largest Girls Fastpitch Platform and Scouting Service

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California and CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (July 27, 2020) Perfect Game (PG) President Jerry Ford and Dan Hay, President/CEO of Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF) is proud to announce it has entered into a groundbreaking partnership with Perfect Game (PG) to form PG Softball, an entity that will provide individualization and exposure to athletes in the rapidly growing world of amateur softball.

Perfect Game Softball brings together two of the most credible brands in fastpitch softball and baseball to give amateur softball players a platform to be recognized nationwide. PG Softball will produce national player rankings, consistent evaluation metrics and national scouting reports, creating a system similar to the one Perfect Game has successfully built in baseball over the last 25 years.

“This groundbreaking partnership between PGF and Perfect Game will now enable us to individualize our sport by focusing on our players,” said Dan Hay, Co-Founder and President/CEO of PGF. “Perfect Game is recognized by Major League Baseball and college baseball programs as the leader in player evaluations and player and team rankings, in the sport of amateur baseball. Our fastpitch softball athletes will now enjoy expanded opportunities that they have never seen before. The PGF softball community and the national landscape will benefit greatly, as these two powerhouse brands continue to lead our young female athletes and families into the future.”

Hay will serve as the President/CEO of PG Softball, with Andy Ford of Perfect Game appointed Vice President.

The two industry leaders will work alongside one another, co-branding prestigious national events with the purpose of making PG Softball the top player service in the country. Through this venture, they will each continue to grow their existing successful entities.

“Perfect Game takes great pride in the fact that we enjoy a longstanding reputation as the nation’s leader as the largest elite youth baseball platform and scouting service in amateur baseball,” said Jerry Ford, Founder and President of Perfect Game. “Our longtime goal was to do the same thing in softball. The best way to do that was to partner with the nation’s leader in softball. Dan Hay and PGF represent the very best when it comes to the game of softball. This will definitely expedite our goal of providing girls fastpitch with all the same opportunities the boys enjoy in baseball.”

An updated event schedule will be released shortly.  A new website is in development, initial information can be found here: www.perfectgame.org/Fastpitch/ or at www.premiergirlsfastpitch.com

About Perfect Game
Perfect Game is the world’s largest elite youth baseball platform and scouting service, producing over 1,400 tournaments and showcases each year across the country. Perfect Game is dedicated to giving amateur players exposure to take their game to the next level, whether that be in college or in the professional ranks. At Perfect Game events, players are performing with top-level competition in front of college recruiters and professional scouts from all over the country. Because of this, these events prove to be invaluable to the college coaches as well as Major League Baseball, as they can scout a large population of talented ballplayers in one location. To date, more than 1,400 players that have played in a Perfect Game event have also played in Major League Baseball. Since 2003, 12,776 Perfect Game alumni have been selected in the MLB First-Year Amateur Player Draft. In the 2020 Draft, for example, 93 percent of all players selected had played in Perfect Game events, and all but one player selected on the Draft’s first day had previously attended Perfect Game events. And in the 2019 College World Series, every player on the roster of national champion Vanderbilt and all but one on the runner-up Michigan roster had played in a Perfect Game event.

About Premier Girls Fastpitch
PGF was founded in 2009 and today crowns the unquestioned national champion across nine age divisions. In 2019, 635 teams competed across those age groups, with the 17-day event held across parks in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and Irvine, California.  Premier Girls Fastpitch is where the best of the best play in amateur fastpitch softball.  Since 2009 thousands of female student athletes have realized their dreams to play on the college level by performing with top-level competition in front of college recruiters.  PGF produces hundreds of tournaments and showcases each year across the country.


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Tips for High School Coaches dealing with Club Softball Players

Tips for High School Coaches dealing with Club Softball Players.

by Sean Hall

First of all I have a ton of respect for all of the High School Coaches out there. I get a chance to coach against the best High School Coaches and the best Club Coaches and I personally see no difference when you are talking about the best coaches in each. There are some great coaches all over the country. I want to talk about things I have seen/heard over the years that I think might help some coaches. I have also heard from many high school coaches that have had issues with KNOW IT ALL PLAYERS. I am hoping these tips help players and coaches.

The biggest issues I have heard when it comes to players or parents complaining about coaches generally deals with hitting. Specifically, coaches trying to change their swing. This is tough because hitting can be a very complicated subject. I have coached for 32 years but the more I study different hitting instructors and listen to different people, I sometimes come away more confused.

Here are some thoughts on the subject…

#1 Allow the player to take ownership of their own swing. Many parents spend a lot of money with hitting instructors and/or hitting clinics. To expect that you will be able to come in and help them change their entire swing in a few months is unrealistic and counterproductive.

#2 NEVER put the players between two coaches. If Sally is working with a hitting instructor don’t put pressure on her to SWING your way. The first thing this will do is get her thinking too much and worry about pleasing you and/or her hitting instructor instead of just hitting the ball.

#3 That being said, they still need help. Ask them what they are working on with their hitting coach and how you can help. This may seem like a small thing but now everyone is working together. If you have time it would also be great to talk to the hitting instructor. This works even better if that instructor is working with a lot of your players. When you do this the player WINS! Now you have a TEAM approach to the players swings and will have much more confident hitters.

#4 I would suggest using the word TRY more than the word do. Save the word DO for when you are absolutely sure they are doing something wrong. If you are going to be respective of them they need to be respective of you. For this to work both ways when you suggest a player TRIES something they NEED to make sure they try to make it work. If you run into the player that tries to make sure it doesn’t work then I would keep my eye on that player. The more cooperative the player is when I am trying to help the more she could get the benefit of the doubt. The kid that knows it all better keep hitting or they will be on thin ICE! That being said, if a player is hitting well while standing on their head I probably wouldn’t mess with them too much.

The previous comments are ASSUMING their hitting instructor/coach knows what they are doing. If their hitting coach tells them to “Squash the Bug” then forget the last 4 points I just made! Also someone may have a swing that works well against weaker pitching but will struggle at a higher level. I would start making those adjustments. For many smaller schools the high school coach probably is the “hitting guru” in town.

#5 Focus on your strengths as a coach. Many coaches make the mistake thinking they have to know everything about all facets of the game. This is false. Focus on what you know and don’t try to be an expert on the things that you don’t know as much about. If you don’t know a lot about pitching try to hire some assistant coaches that can help in that area. If you don’t know a lot about pitching and you try to change a pitcher you may lose credibility and then they will be less likely to trust you in the areas you are sure about. Also don’t be too proud to think you can’t learn from your players. A lot of players have put a lot of time in so don’t hesitate to ask questions about who taught them this skill and how do you think it helps you?

#6 Be yourself. I made a mistake my 2nd year at Saint Bernard’s thinking I needed to coach more like a former coach did to be successful. The problem is that wasn’t me. Players will see through it. Once I became myself I was much more comfortable and did a much better job.

#7 If you REALLY want to work for the players ask their club coach to get you a list of the things that their player needs help with. The coaches that work together for the player’s best interest are really doing things for the right reasons.

#8 IF ANOTHER COACH NEEDS TO BE BAD FOR YOU TO BE GOOD THEN YOU AREN’T A VERY GOOD COACH. The coaches that constantly criticize other coaches are insecure and want it to be all about them. A really secure coach will say great things about other coaches. This works both ways with Club Coaches and High School Coaches.

#9 Even though you may decide to allow input from players you are still the one in charge. If players get too opinionated then you probably need to slow them down and remind them who is in charge. But if you can develop good relationships with your players it makes things easier.

#10 The toughest job of a High School Coach is trying to get players playing time in 20 games when EVERY GAME is important. Your most difficult job is filling out a line-up. If you want to show your players how hard it is have them write the line-up down for 3 fictional games. Then if you want to scare them, tell them to sign their name to it and pass it around for everyone to see. You might see a line-up you like? But players will realize how hard this can be and will hopefully understand how hard it is to fill out a line-up.

These are just my opinions and are based on listening to many issues over the years while being a High School and Club Coach. I hope you can take one or two things out of this list that may help. Remember it’s about the girls and the worst thing we can do is pit coaches against each other.

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Former Wildcat Taryne Mowatt Changed the Stereotype


First Choice Softball note: The following is a 2007 article from the Arizona Daily Star. We have reprinted it here with permission from the publisher, as we believe the message is timeless and can be an inspiration to other pitchers facing the “shorter than 6 foot” challenge.


Arizona’s Mowatt: Above and beyond

By Patrick Finley -Arizona Star (2007 original publication date)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Taryne Mowatt stands 5 feet 6 inches, but she looks taller. She has an extra foot of tenacity.

How else to explain what the UA pitcher did while becoming the Most Outstanding Player in the Women’s College World Series?

Mowatt threw 1,035 pitches in eight games over seven days to lead the Wildcats to their second straight WCWS title. She defeated Tennessee’s Monica Abbott, a pitcher 9 inches taller who had thrown two fewer games.

In doing so, she might have changed the perception of softball pitchers.

“You know what’s so nice, I think, for the game of softball?” UA coach Mike Candrea said. “Everyone thinks pitchers need to be 6-foot. To see a little petite girl throw her (butt) off makes me so proud.”

In recent history, dominant pitchers have been bigger. Former Texas star Cat Osterman, widely considered the greatest pitcher in history, is 6-3. So is Abbott, the NCAA’s career leader in wins, shutouts, innings pitched, starts, appearances and strikeouts.

Alicia Hollowell, who led the UA to a title last year, is 6-1. Jennie Finch, the 2001 WCWS hero, measures 6 feet tall.

UCLA’s Keira Goerl and LSU’s Kristin Schmidt — 2003 and 2004 tournament MOPs, respectively — stand 5-10 and 5-9.

While height is listed for softball players, weight does not appear in media guides and is not widely discussed.

“I have little girls come up to me and they’re like, ‘It’s so good to see somebody who’s not the biggest person out there,'” said Mowatt, who has played since she was 7. “I just hope little girls think that you don’t have to be 6-foot and above to be a main pitcher. You can pitch as long as you want — you just have to work hard.

“I definitely like the fact that you don’t have to be 6-3. I think I changed that stereotype a little bit.”

She did it at a disadvantage — at least compared to Abbott. The Volunteers’ fireballer threw harder than 70 mph from the pitching rubber, located 43 feet from the plate.

But from where the ball is released from her hand, “that’s 70 from about 34 feet,” Candrea said.

At about 140 pounds, Mowatt puts less body weight behind her pitches than Abbott. But the UA junior proved you don’t need to win the radar gun battle to win games.

If Abbott was Randy Johnson, Mowatt was Greg Maddux. Throughout the tournament, she mixed pitches as if she were psychic.

Nancy Evans — like Mowatt, a sub-6-foot pitcher when she won the WCWS in 1997 — called pitches from the dugout.

Hollowell, an undergraduate assistant this year, had a simple explanation for Mowatt’s success.

“She has the heart,” Hollowell said. “She’s a little girl. They make it sound like the stereotypical pitcher has to be tall and lanky, but there are plenty of pitchers who aren’t tall but get the job done. Nancy Evans wasn’t 6 feet tall.”

Mowatt said she couldn’t sleep Monday and Tuesday nights because both of her arms ached. And save for a tearful talk with her mom, Suzie, on Monday night — “It was just like everything, the loss, how tired I was, and I let it all out,” she said — Mowatt was the picture of toughness.

“A machine,” said second baseman Chelsie Mesa.

Candrea got a preview of Mowatt’s heart last year. That’s when Mowatt’s father, Larry, told the coach about his daughter’s potential.

“Last year he said, ‘You know what, hang in with her, and she’ll give you some special moments,'” Candrea said.

After Wednesday’s game, Candrea hugged Suzie Mowatt. He told her to thank her husband, who was home in California, for the advice.

“I can’t remember seeing such a gritty performance by an athlete as this young lady gave us,” Candrea said. “Everything was on her shoulders, and she did it.”

Reprinted with permission from Arizona Daily Star.


First Choice Softball note: In the 2007 Women’s College World Series, Mowatt lead the Arizona Wildcats, at that time, to their second consecutive and 8th overall national softball title. All-American, Mowatt was awarded two ESPY Awards during her Wildcat career; Best Female Athlete and Best Female College Athlete. She went on to graduate from Arizona in 2008. Mowatt went on to play professional softball, coached at California Baptist University and is currently (2017) the pitching coach at Ole Miss University.


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