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  1. Tom williamson says:

    The great American pitchers has grown old and the good sponsers have cut off the money. They to have grown older. The good leagues like in Springfield Mo and Cedar Rapids have folded because of the sponsorship to buy the best pitchers. There is not as much interest with the young players anymore because the men’s game isn’t promoted much anymore that’s why there isn’t any young pitchers. Also the women’s fastpitch has taken over since they can play in school. We need an out cry to get fastpitch in our schools for boys. Then and only then will it come back.

  2. Gary Baughman says:

    You are spot on.

  3. Lumar Goss says:

    With having a family member and some friends that played and are currently playing in New Zealand I have asked them all what is it we lack aside from the kiwis and they all say development programs. The closest thing to a development system most young pitchers who are trying to learn and master the art of pitching is playing in weeknight and travel leagues which all teams who play in them want to win now, about 95 percent of the teams wanted pitchers who have them the best shot at winning there for they over look the young determined beginner pitcher. My solution would be to start a farm system something where young inexperienced throwers can get good quality work.

  4. Bob says:

    I think the Kiwis have more of a commitment to the male side of fastpitch. I seems as if their national teams (mens’ and Jr. Men) get together more often and travel to play more games to prepare for the WSBC than the the USA national team is able to do. At one time, San Bernardino had a C city league where a few young pitchers were able to get the much needed experience in games without getting clobbered by higher class hitters. We had Mike Aparicio, who we brought along that way and he developed into the team’s top pitcher (and very good hitter) within three years. No leagues means no teams means no developing pitchers means the decline or worse yet evaporation of the game.

  5. Aaron says:

    The growth and popularity of slow pitch softball in the US has also played a factor

  6. Mike Smith says:

    Amen, Outstanding article Bobby Otto, this, coming from a former pitcher who had the best change-up I have ever seen. You’re a true credit to the game. Your coverage of “Men’s Fastpitch” over the years has been fantastic!

  7. Bob says:

    Thank you Mike, much appreciated!

  8. Nate Smith says:

    Great article. We are trying to build Springfield, MO fastpitch currently. The past year we were able to run two nights with 5-6 teams. We also run a fall developmental league to bring in new players and develop new pitchers.

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