Perfect storm of stupid

The title of today’s blog post was an inspiration. In fact, I like it so much I’m thinking of trademarking it. 

What I’d like to do is get descriptions from readers of this blog of situations in your fastpitch softball world that fit that description. Now, to be a perfect storm of stupid whatever happened can’t just be one bad idea. I’m not looking for “my daughter should be playing varsity” or “the coach is dumb because she lets so-and-so pitch instead of me” or “the coach has an all-conference player on the bench while he plays two girls who babysit for his kids.” While all of those may be stupid, they’re not a perfect storm of stupid.

To qualify as a perfect storm of stupid there have to be several factors that converge at once in a momentary explosion of stupidity far above the norm. It’s several bad ideas at once, all rolled up into one. I’ll provide an example.

A high school team is playing on a cold day, clinging to a late lead. Coach decides to pull her #2 pitcher to put in #1 to hold the lead and bring home the win. Ok so far. But she doesn’t give the new pitcher time to warm up (again remember it’s about 50 degrees outside and falling), sticks her in the game, then calls nothing but fastballs despite the fact that the opposing team is a good hitting team, and her #1 pitcher (like any smart pitcher) relies more on movement and speed changes than trying to overpower hitters. It’s a perfect storm of stupid that winds up with her team losing.

So how about you? What’s your perfect storm of stupid story?


About Ken Krause

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 April 11, 2012, in General Thoughts. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. HS Senior and team captain whines about coaches on facebook because her name didn’t make it in the newspaper for hitting a Home Run. Then player proceeds to strike out in 8 of next 10 at bats. Maybe not a perfect storm, but…


  2. HS coach with a 5 run lead brings in #2 pitcher who is not warm from RF. Said pitcher needs about 30 pitches too get loose mind you she walks in 4 runners in the process after the blood letting we are now 4 runs behind. Top half of the following inning bases loaded and clean up batter on deck coach runs us out of the ining at home plate? Coach does the same thing twice more in the game and wonders why they lost? STUPID>>>> or Perfect Storm..


  3. Those are a couple of good examples, one from each side. You definitely want to watch what you say lest you have to eat those words later. Be sure they’re sweet. As for the second case, all you can wonder is what was that coach thinking? Doing it twice makes you wonder if coach was thinking at all, or understands what it takes to pitch.


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