Another voice on playing the game right
So as it turns out I’m not the only one who’s been thinking about the whole issue of playing by the rules. Dave over at Girls Fastpitch Softball recently posted about one of the aspects I addressed earlier — batter interference. He reports the rule has been changed to try to eliminate the need for umpires to determine whether it was intentional or accidental. He has some great thoughts. Of course I think so because he thinks the same as me. Check it out!
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Ken Krause has been coaching girls fastpitch softball for nearly 20 years. Some may know him as a contributing columnist to Softball Magazine, where he writes Krause's Korner -- a regular column sponsored by Louisville Slugger. Ken is also the Administrator of the Discuss Fastpitch Forum, the most popular fastpitch discussion forum on the Internet. He is currently a Three Star Master Coach with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), and is certified by both the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and American Sports Education Program (ASEP). Ken is a private instructor specializing in pitchers, hitters, and catchers. He teaches at North Shore Baseball Academy in Libertyville, IL and Pro-Player Consultants in McHenry, IL.
Posted on February 9, 2007, in Coaching, Rules and Umpires. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.
Dave from Girls Softball wrt batter interference stated”To take it a bit further, I believe that batters who step out and take a practice swing while the ball is live should be removed from the game. There’s no good reason to do this.” I do not understand why he feels that way. I have noticed almost everytime one my players takes her “cuts” before each pitch she generally has better at bat. Also when should the batter be allowed to take sign from the coach?Don’t get me wrong I agree with a lot of his diatribe. But I think practice swings do help and definetly have a place in the at bat.RJoe
Forgive my stupidity I did not notice the ‘while the ball is live’ part until I re-read my post. In this case I agree 100%rJoe
Hi Joe,Thanks. The live ball thing is definitely the key. I had a catcher get hurt a few years ago when she was throwing the ball back to the pitcher. The hitter took a swing and whacked my catcher in the arm. Fortunately nothing was broken, but it did knock her out for week. I also agree with Dave 100%. I really dislike it when they do things like that on purpose to disrupt the defense.Ken