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    Don’t Touch the Players

    While we all regret some of these changes in expectations and behavior, let's not overlook the reason. Studies show that somewhere between 2 and 10 percent of female athletes have reported being sexually abused by a coach. While it's a small percentage, it's not a small number of girls. The last...
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    Don’t Touch the Players

    I think a grown-ass man chestbumping high school girls has all sorts of not great optics. Especially in front of a crowd. Touching them at all would be risky, if not actionable in some cases. So OP was right to be skeeved a bit -- I imagine a lot of viewers were as well. RAD made the best...
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    Don’t Touch the Players

    Male coach or female coach? Shouldn't make a difference, but does.
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    Long foul balls -- to catch or let it drop?

    That same situation cost Florida the WCWS game agains UCLA a few years ago (the ump blew the call at the plate, but if the ball drops it's not a question).
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    Long foul balls -- to catch or let it drop?

    I was watching my beloved Gators last night playing at UCF. Tie game, top of the sixth, bases loaded, one out. Long fly ball hit to foul territory in left. The OF made the catch, allowing the third-base runner to score and go ahead. Was that the right play? DD and I had the discussion after...
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    *POLL~14u~whats your opinion on mandatory...

    If a team thinks that outside lessons are crucial to development, then they should provide those lessons with coaches who teach what the team wants taught. Increase the fees, schedule the time, hire the coaches, whatever it takes. Don't make it a required add-on to the projected cost -- put it...
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    How will the new Executive Order change softball?

    She played in the next game and kicked an extra point. Maybe two, but I know she made one.
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    How will the new Executive Order change softball?

    In a vacuum, that might be true. But everything in interconnected. You can't have integration in some places but not in others. You can't have selective acceptance. You say you don't care about what a trans person wants to do with their life. Except you do when it comes to competition. Or...
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    How will the new Executive Order change softball?

    That's extensive. I could see a legal challenge because it's too extensive, but it would have to be a legal challenge. I don't agree with the fundamental idea that gender if fluid, but I do think this will have to end up with the Supreme Court. When it does, it will have a series of tests...
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    How will the new Executive Order change softball?

    It doesn't say that. It says gender identify was determined by the Supreme Court in 2020 to be a factor in discrimination, and that laws that allow for discrimination based on gender identity will be targeted for review. It doesn't say anything about federal funding, nor does it say anything...
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    Has anyone use WINreality?

    My son got an Occulus 2 for Christmas, and I was wondering if anyone had experience with using virtual reality batting training. Their facebook ads look good, and they seem to be used by a lot of colleges. It's not too pricey ($24/month) and maybe it could help. Anyone have experience with it...
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    Share a memory when your team was clearly outclassed

    We and a bunch of Colorado teams went to OKC city last year for a "B" tournament. First game we held the first team scoreless in the first inning, and managed to squeak across a run. Never got the ball in play again. We ended up losing 12-1, and that was our closest loss of the tourney. As a...
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    travel ball regrets

    My daughter swims, but she's not good at it. She routinely finishes near the bottom in her events, but for a small swim team like ours every finish helps the total, so while she's not winning ribbons, her efforts to help the team. But she's not quick with her legs -- she played some club...
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    travel ball regrets

    My daughter started travel ball after her freshman season. A lot of the girls on her rec team did the same (we play softball in the fall here, and travel ball in the spring). She guest played a couple of tournaments the year before she was a freshman, and that's what made her make the switch...
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    travel ball regrets

    Hey Mia — My daughter had the chance to play travel, but decided to stay at Rec. It was a mistake, but she wanted to pitch and couldn’t pitch TB. it’s really my only softball regret, because it was a lousy Rec season. But here’s my advice. Practice hitting. Find a hitting coach and hit. Get...

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