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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?
By BOB OTTO

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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Soboba BBC hosting men’s fastpitch tournament this weekend

Friday, November 5th, 2010


Catch the action at the Eric Post Memorial Tournament.
Photo By BOB OTTO / 2010 NAFA World Series

SAN JACINTO, CA – The Soboba BBC and So. California tribes will be hosting the 8th Annual Eric Post Memorial Men’s Fastpitch Softball Tournament, Friday through Sunday, Nov. 5 -7, at the Soboba Indian Reservation Sports Complex.

The tournament features 18 teams, including the Soboba BBC along with the Colton Dirtbags, Pala Braves, Corona Rebels, So. Calif. Bandits – just to name a few – that will be fighting for the championshp.

So if you want to see some terrific fastpitch action on a beautiful softball complex, then take a trip to the Soboba Indian Reservation, located just north of San Jacinto (Hemet area). As an added bonus, the Soboba Casino is just about a half-mile from the softball fields.