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Find International Slow Pitch Softball Tournaments

Due to popular request, SPN has just launched an international slow pitch softball tournament page.  I have gotten repeated requests for this page over the last year from our armed forces serving overseas, as well as from pockets of softball fans from around the world.  Thank you to everyone who requested this feature, particularly Manuel  from International Slow Pitch Softball .

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2013 updates are coming soon!

Big updates are coming to make it even easier to find and post slow pitch softball tournaments online!  We are integrating with Google Calendar which simplifies everything!  No more login required any longer to post a tournament!  It’s still 100% free, just more powerful and easier to use.

We are about 1/3 of the way done with the updates.  The Western part of the country (and Wisconsin, & Georgia by request) are done so post away.  If you don’t see your state’s calendar back online yet please be patient or drop us a line and we will make sure we get your state updated next.

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Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team

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The Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team is traveling the country, and playing at a town near you.  Their current schedule can be found at http://www.woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam.org/upcoming-events.html

Two local guys on the team, Josh Wege and Bobby McCardle are local to the Fond du Lac, WI area. We are privileged to be working with Jess Grede (Josh Wege’s Sister) to give them one hell of a great homecoming on July 7th.  Be sure to check out their calendar to see when they will be in your area

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Spiderz Lite Batting Gloves

I got my new 2012 Spiderz Lite Batting Gloves in today.  I had a pair of last years that lasted through 28 league games, 32 tournaments, 4 scrimmages, and probably a thousand swings during various batting practice sessions.  Not only were they durable as heck, but they were comfortable too.

Easily the best pair of batting gloves I have ever worn.  If you are in the market for a new set of batting gloves, give Spiderz Batting Gloves a try.

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Vinnie’s 10 Tips to Being a better Slow Pitch Softball Pitcher

I love to pitch slow pitch softball!  You are the center of the action controlling the flow of the game, enticing batters to swing at pitches, defending the middle, and running the show. The moment I step onto the diamond my worries and cares fall away.  There is no place on earth I would rather be. It’s just me and the game.  I just love it.  I plan on playing until they drag me off the pitching mound and into a nursing home.

I love to teach other players how to pitch.  Some have become quite good at it (if I do say so myself). Here are some tips to those of you who want to become a better slow pitch softball pitcher, or may be getting ready to pitch for the first time.

Vinnie’s 10 Tips to Being a Better Slow Pitch Softball Pitcher

  1. Practice one pitch until you can throw it for a strike at will.
  2. For the love of God, learn how backup and defend your position and yourself.
  3. Location is key. Learn to throw strikes deep, short, away, & inside
  4. Arc your pitches as high as you can until the ump stops you. Arc is your best friend.
  5. Vary your arcs and location to keep the batter guessing.
  6. Walks suck.  No free trips to 1st.
  7. Back up throws coming from the outfield
  8. Learn how to read a batter. Keep the pitch out of the batters wheelhouse. 
  9. Pitch to contact.  Make them hit it where you want them to.
  10. Be a professional.  Celebrating a swinging strike out will get your ass beat.  Batters strike out because they simply miss, not because your 5 mph pitch is so awesome.
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Video of the Week: Malach’s Slow Pitch Softball Pitching Primer

While there are scores of videos to be found online that feature tips on hitting a slow pitch softball, there seems to be few videos on how to pitch a slow pitch softball.  That’s a shame.  Questions on how to pitch can be found on softball forums all over the internet.  It’s a commonly asked question.

Malach’s Slow Pitch Softball Pitching Primer is one of the original pitching videos found on YouTube.  While he demonstrates how to throw a variety of pitches (with limited success), it’s Malach the Merciless’s philosophy about pitching that I want to mention. [starts talking about it at :50]

The goal of [pitching] slow pitch softball is not to strike out your opponent, but to induce them into outs using arc, spin, location, and movement of your pitches.

The arc is the most important.

 I’ve been pitching a long time (20+ years), and Malach’s is dead on with that statement above.  You’re not going to strike out batters swinging because your pitches are so awesome.  Batters strike out because they miss.  Induce them into outs!

I share my  thought on pitching slow pitch softball here:  Vinnie’s 10 Tips to Being a Better Slow Pitch Softball Pitcher

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Slow Pitch Softball Swing Mechanics: Line Drive Swing vs a Home Run Swing

This is the first video I have found that shows a line drive swing side by side with a home run swing.  

Check out the difference in hand position and bat head position about 26 seconds in.   Notice the line drive swing approaches the ball on a flat plane, and typically will hit the ball near it’s center mass.  The HR swing, because the hands and bat head are higher, comes down in a “chopping” motion and typically will hit the ball on it’s lower half.  Both follow throughs are nearly identical.

The line drive swing and the HR swing look like they both connect with the about the same power & force.  Because of it’s downward swing plane, the HR swing can create massive backspin on the ball.  The backspin will create lift, and that will carry the ball further. 

This video is from the SwingMechanics.com YouTube Channel.

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Video of the Week – It’s all in the hips

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Softball Hitting : How Rotational Power is Generated by the Hips

Unlike baseball where a significant amount of power is generated when you hit a pitch that is coming in at a high speed, in slow pitch softball you don’t have that. The speed of the ball is a non factor.  All of your power come from your bat speed… and bat speed is generated by the hips. Mastering rotational power is the key to consistently hit for power in slow pitch softball. This clip offers up an excellent explanation and breakdown into a slow pitch softball swing.

This excerpt from the “Analyzing & Correcting Swing Flaws” DVD, which is available for from www.sportstechnique.com