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Coed fastpitch, welcome to the softball family

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

YUCAIPA, CALIF – I started playing fastpitch softball in 1964. It was a time of wooden bats, a time of the look-back rule, a time of white softballs, and a time of the two-feet-on-the rubber and no crow-hopping rules.

The men’s fastpitch game was the only softball game in town.

But my how softball has changed over the past five decades. From the recreational to the professional athlete, the softball choices are many for both sexes. There’s fastpitch, slowpitch, modified pitch, over the line, senior slowpitch, softball for the challenged, and coed slowpitch.

To the benefit of all in our society who enjoy recreational activities, softball has evolved into an all-inclusive sport. There is a place in softball for everyone.

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Has the time come for Coed Fastpitch Softball?

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Could coed fastpitch softball provide a new avenue for males and females to compete together?

YUCAIPA, CA – There’s no doubt that men’s fastpitch softball has been on the decline throughout the U.S. And in Southern California the fall off of men’s teams has been as great, or greater than any other state in the country.

The Western Softball Congress League that for many years produced International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament champions: Gone.

The Pacific Coast Softball League that produced some of the best Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Class “A” teams in the country: Gone.

The Southern California Fastpitch Association that produced top ASA Class A & B teams for years: Gone.

All that’s left in southern Cal is the Southern California Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL), which has about a dozen ASA and North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) lower level teams gamely hanging on and keeping the sport alive.

There’s also a smattering of city leagues, but that’s it. Nothing else.

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