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Best Softball Meme Ideas For Fastpitch Softball Players

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We all love a funny, witty or even touching meme.  Here at Softball Galaxy we’ve come up with quite a few softball meme’s, picture quotes and images, but we’ve also borrowed a few.  Enjoy our favorites and continue to check in as we plan to add more in the future!  Don’t forget to check our Facebook Page where we enjoy sharing them there as well!Someone Believed In You Fastpitch Softball QuoteFunny Softball Joke MemeI Just Love Softball QuoteNever Gives Up Fastpitch Softball QuoteFunny Softball Bucket Seat PhotoForget Glass Slippers Cleats Softball MemeLook Like A Beauty Play Like A Beast Girl Softball MemeBe That Player That Coaches Warn About Softball MemeOnly Fair Thing In Life Between First And Third Softball MemePlay For Name On Front Of Jersey Not On Back Softball MemeThere's No Plate Like Home Softball MemeDefeat Is Not Worst Failure Not To Have Tried Is Softball MemeHow We Feel When Game Gets Rained Out Softball Meme FunnyChampions Believe In Themselves Softball Quote PictureFunny Throwing Partner Warming Up Softball Meme ImageFunny Praying Cat Softball Meme

Funny Fastpitch Softball Heartbeat Meme

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Our Top 10 Of The Best Android and IOS/iTunes Sports App Games For Softball Players

Best Top phone apps for softball players

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It happens at every tournament. You (or your girls) are going to get bored. The softball players need to sit and rest so as to be ready for the next ball game. At that point it’s a great time to grab your phone and just relax your body. Here at Softball Galaxy we have decided to come up with a list of our favorite phone game apps that are available on both the Android and IOS/iTunes platform.  Unfortunately there aren’t any well designed softball specific games out there, but being that most softball players enjoy many types of sports we thought this list would be appealing to them.


BASIQs Softball AndroidScreenshot ImageANDROID DOWNLOAD     IOS DOWNLOAD

Homerun Battle 2Screenshot ImageANDROID DOWNLOAD     IOS DOWNLOAD (HB2 LITE)

Alto’s AdventureScreenshot ImageANDROID DOWNLOAD     IOS DOWNLOAD

Super Stickman Golf 3Screenshot ImageANDROID DOWNLOAD     IOS DOWNLOAD

Trials FrontierScreenshot ImageANDROID DOWNLOAD     IOS DOWNLOAD

Bowling KingScreenshot ImageANDROID DOWNLOAD     IOS DOWNLOAD

Table Tennis TouchScreenshot ImageANDROID DOWNLOAD     IOS DOWNLOAD

MLB Perfect InningScreenshot ImageANDROID DOWNLOAD     IOS DOWNLOAD

Darts Of FuryScreenshot ImageANDROID DOWNLOAD     IOS DOWNLOAD

Trivia Crack 2Screenshot Image
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How To Get That Expensive Fastpitch Bat At A Cheap Price

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We all would just love to be able to go out and buy the newest model Demarini or Louisville Sluggers fastpitch softball bat, but good Lord have you seen the prices? It’s a car note for some of these hot sticks! Here at SoftballGalaxy.com we understand your pain and can give you some tips and tricks on how to get one of the best quality bats and not break the bank in the process. Next time you’re in the market for another softball bat make sure you consider using some of these ideas and save yourself a few bucks (and also avoid having to spend a few weeks regretting dropping the big bucks for a brand new model).

Buy the last years model
If you don’t want to buy used then this is the best way to get a great deal on a new bat. When a new model of a bat comes out just wait a bit before you jump on it and instead look for the previous years models to take a big drop in price. Go ahead and join the email newsletters for some of these bat companies (Demarini, Louisville Slugger, Worth etc) and you can usually be one of the first to know about these great deals before or as they are happening. As an example, in a recent event Louisville Slugger and Demarini both dropped many of their previous models by up to 50% in a one day only sale when their newest models came out. Some people got some amazing deals from this! Another useful tip is to join these bat companies social media accounts like Facebook and watch for these deals to pop up as well. There are only limited quantities on these bats so you have to act fast because they move quick.

Join mailing lists and social media accounts for bat companies
As mentioned in the last tip, you can come across some good deals by just being informed of the latest news from these companies. It’s doubtful that you will get as good of a deal as buying the last years models, but you can still get in on sales or special discounts just by keeping in touch with these companies.

Don’t be scared to buy used
Many players just have to have the newest model of a bat out and end up getting rid of their current bat that still ends up having lots of life left in it.  There are many places where these bats end up and I could go on and on listing places to search these out but for the sake of time I will only list the top places to look first.

  • Softball Bat Websites – When you’re in the market for a softball bat, a good spot to hit up are websites specific to selling bats at a discount. A few that come to mind are JustBats.com, Sidelineswap.com, CheapBats.com, and CloseoutBats.com. Many of these sites also contain some good nuggets of information on how to pick just the right bat for you so that’s a plus as well. These sites also have mailing lists and sometimes do specials and sales that can even get you a few more dollars off on your purchase so it’s a good idea to join up to these lists. I also always make sure to search google for the name of the site and add “coupon code” to it and you can sometimes snag an extra discount code by doing this. Chrome extensions like Honey will also help you with this by automatically inserting coupon codes at checkout to see if anything works.
  • Ebay – The last bat I purchased for my daughter came off of Ebay and I was very happy with what we got and the price we paid. I feel comfortable buying from Ebay due to the fact that out of every issue I’ve ever had (and I buy a lot for my personal business), I have basically never had a real problem if I didn’t get the exact product I was expecting and returning and refunding has usually been a pretty simple process. Make sure to study the pictures well and look for sellers with good ratings that accept returns (although if the product doesn’t match the description you can still return under Ebay’s money back guarantee). When searching for a bat on Ebay, if you are wanting a used bat make sure to filter out the new bats.  It makes going through the results so much quicker.  Remember, you can also put alerts for certain keywords and Ebay will notify you when a new listing comes up for that specific keyword. If you decide to purchase a bat off of Ebay make sure to join up at Topcashback.com to get a little bit of cashback rewards as well when you click through their link!
  • Facebook Marketplace/Groups – If you haven’t used Facebook Marketplace yet, you really should try it out. You can search locally for a softball bat and filter down to specific distances away from you or prices. You can also get Facebook Marketplace to notify you when certain listings match keywords that you have saved.  As of now (10/2018) I still feel their marketplace has some issues that need to be worked out, however don’t let it stop you from searching here. Also on Facebook, look for fastpitch softball buy and sell groups that may or may not be near you. It doesn’t necessarily have to be near you as many people are willing to ship for a bit extra, but nothing beats being able to put the bat in your hands before you buy it vs having a bat shipped to you from an unknown person.
  • Buy/Sell Phone Apps – It seems like every time I turn around there is a new app for buying and selling on your phone. They don’t seem to get quite as much traffic as Ebay, but many sellers are willing to sell on these apps due to the low fees as opposed to Ebay’s higher fees. I personally like Mercari the most out of all of these apps, but I think there’s a chance to find a bat on any of these to be honest. Here are a few of the more popular ones to consider. Mercari, Offer Up, Letgo, Varage Sale, Oodle, Craigslist and 5miles.
  • Play It Again Sports – Play It Again Sports is a great store for finding gently used sporting equipment.  If you don’t have one near you, you can still go to Facebook and search for “Play It Again Sports” and you will get many results of their stores from all around the U.S. I have actually instant messaged many of these stores separately looking for a specific fastpitch softball bat. Even though no one had it, it’s still a great place to look when you’re wanting a specific model and most Play It Again Sports told me they are willing to ship.
  • Word Of Mouth – Every player at some point is most likely going to outgrow their current bat.  Some players or parents just set the bat in the closet and forget about it.  It never hurts to ask the coaches, parents and players if they have any bats they want to get rid of at a deal.  You would be surprised at the low price someone may give you on a good bat that they basically forgot they even owned til you mentioned it.  You can also post on your personal Facebook page that you’re in need of a specific bat to get the word out to your friends.
  • Thrift Stores/Goodwill/Salvation Army – This is a very hit or miss (no pun intended) place to look for fastpitch softball bats. Most bats that you find in these types of stores are ancient, cheap aluminum bats that you couldn’t pay someone to take, HOWEVER I have heard tales of very high quality bats being purchased for as little as $5.00! It’s a gamble, but you never know what you may find once inside these stores so it’s worth a shot.  Your best bet to find these types of stores is to pull up Google Maps and type in “thrift store” and you should get all the results near you.

Tip – When buying used make sure to ask if the bat has been modified in any way as that would make the bat illegal.  Most often it’s not, but it’s always safest to ask first. 

Now that we have given you a few ideas on places to search for bats, go ahead and give one…or all a try! You may be surprised at what you end up finding. Oh, and don’t forget that if you have a bat (or any equipment for that matter) that is no longer in use then list it on one of the marketplaces mentioned above and use that money toward your next bat purchase! Good luck!

One last tip. We do not recommend using credit cards for everyone so if you’re not comfortable with the thought of having a credit card please avoid using them.  IF (and only if) you are a credit card user already and understand the risks associated with them then don’t forget to use a cashback credit card if you make an online purchase.  Our favorite one is the Citi Double Cash Back card that gives us 2% on purchases, however there are many other cards that do cashback as well.  This paired with promo codes, coupons, and sites like TopCashback.com can help pull the price down when you go to purchase that next fastpitch softball bat.

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Girl’s Fastpitch Softball Field Dimensions

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Girls Fastpitch Softball Field Dimensions

 


BASES

The normal distance between the bases on a fastpitch softball field are 60 feet.  The distance from Home Plate to Second Base should be 84 feet 10.25 inches.

  • Home Plate –   A 5 sided slap of whitened rubber (or similar material) .  The sides shall be 8 1/2 inches long.  The edge closest to Pitcher shall be 17 inches wide and parallel to the Pitcher’s Plate.  The sides facing the catcher shall be 12 inches long and on the foul lines.
  • First, Second, Third Base – These bases shall be 15 inches square and made of canvas or other similar material.  They may not be more than 5 inches high.  Each base should be securely attached to the ground.
  • Double First Base – This may or may not be used.  If used then it shall be 15 by 30 inches long and made of canvas or other similar material.  It may not be more than 5 inches high.  Half of the base that is in fair territory should be white, the other half that is in foul territory shall be orange.
  • The Pitching Plate – Shall be a rectangular shaped slab of white rubber or similar material.  Measures 24 inches by 6 inches.  It shall be set in the ground with the top flush with the playing surface.

PITCHER’S MOUND

Distance from Home Plate to the Pitcher’s Mound can vary, however it is typically between 35 – 43 feet.   This distance is usually determined by age of the players.   While different sources show different distances, the distances below were taken directly from the USSSA website.

  • Under 10: 35 foot distance
  • Ages 10-12: 40 foot distance
  • Ages 12+: 43 foot distance

The Pitcher’s Circle shall be a circle 16 feet in diameter (8 foot radius) drawn from the bid point of the front edge of the Pitcher’s Plate.

CATCHER’S BOX

The Catcher’s Box shall be 10 feet in length from the rear outside corners of the Batter’s Box and 8 feet, 5 inches wide.

BATTER’S BOX

The Batter’s Box shall be 7 feet in length.  The front of the Batter’s Box shall be 4 feet forward from the center of Home Plate and 3 feet in width starting 6 inches from the plate.

ON DECK CIRCLE

The On Deck Circle should be a circular 2 1/2 foot radius a safe distance to the side and away from Home Plate (at least 30 feet if space allows).  There should be one specifically for each team.

COACHES BOX

The Coaches Box shall be 8 feet from the foul lines.  It shall be 15 feet in length from the back edge of the First Base and Third Base extending toward Home Plate and 3 feet wide.

THE GRASS LINE

The Grass Line is normally in a semi-circle shape and is started at a 60 foot circumference distance from the Pitcher’s Mound.

THE BACKSTOP

The Backstop shall be at a 25 to 30 foot distance behind Home Plate.

OUTFIELD FENCE

Depending on level of play and other factors the Outfield Fence distance can vary greatly.  For younger ages you may see distances starting at 150 feet, however it can extend to over 225 feet for older ages.

The information and diagrams seen here are intended for general information purposes only and should not be considered to represent official or sanctioned specifications. Please consult your league, organization or sanctioning body for their specific dimensions and/or diagrams


 

 

 

 

 

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How To Practice Softball Alone: One Person Drills

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While a majority of what you learn through your softball years will be on a field, in front of coaches and teammates or at workshops, let’s not underestimate the results you can achieve from practicing on your own.  To get better at the game of softball, you will want to continually try to improve every aspect of your game no matter your current situation.  We’ve decided to come up with our shortlist of drill/practices that you can do when no one else is around to help you out.  Work on some (or all) of these and watch your skills improve over time.


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Swing Practice
What do you need: Bat
Optional: Video Camera
This one is quite simple. Get into your normal stance and once there practice your bat swing. You’re not looking for QUANTITY, but instead shoot for QUALITY. It’s much better for you to do 25 great swings than 150 bad swings. During this drill, slow it down at times. Focus on all of your body mechanics during this and eventually you will start feeling a more repeatable, stronger swing if you continue to work on this. Look for areas you can improve on during this drill. Try to think of anything your coaches have been wanting you to work on during your swing and work on that. For a little extra bonus you can videotape yourself and watch it in slow motion to spot any swing issues.

Hand Drill/Fielding
What do you need: Tennis Ball, Hard Wall
This is another very simple, yet effective drill. You just throw the ball hard up against the wall and catch it on the return. You can move closer to the wall to make it more difficult, and also make sure your throwing at different spots on the wall to get the ball to return in different areas. Do everything you can to stop the ball from getting by you. In return you will be more prepared to stop those fast line drives out in the real games.

Sprinting
What do you need: Area to sprint
Optional: Stopwatch (or stopwatch app on phone) (MARATHON Adanac 3000 Digital Sports Stopwatch Timer)
In both hitting and fielding, you must be prepared to sprint. Many players don’t really think about running as something you have to practice, however it is well worth it. How many times have you seen an out take place where you mutter to yourself “If she had been a little faster, she would have been safe”. It happens quite often that mere seconds are the difference between an out or being safe. A good little tip is, since baselines in softball are 60 feet in distance, this makes it a good starting distance for sprinting. If you want to try to best yourself, set up a specific distance and use a stopwatch to time your sprints. You will be delighted to see your times get quicker with continual practice on your sprinting.

Pitching #1
What do you need: Concrete or other (preferably outdoor)strong wall, Tape (not clear), Softball
Optional: Net (replaces wall/tape) (Easton XLP Net)
As a pitcher you want to be able to hit the strike-zone at will. This, of course is only going to come with practice. If you don’t have a net to catch the ball, don’t worry. A strong wall and some tape that you can use to mark a strike zone will work just fine (don’t use an inside wall or you’ll be finding a repair man to fix the hole you put into it!). Do your best to repeatedly hit the strike zone with every pitch. Can you hit different parts of the strike zone? If not work on that. Remember, practice doesn’t make perfect but it does make progress. If you can get a net for this it makes it an even better option as many of the hitting nets come with strike zone markers that can be used to throw into as well. Not only will this drill help with pitch placement, but you should also get a little added benefit of some amounts of gain of arm strength as well if done often.

Pitching #2
What do you need: Balled up socks, Mirror, hallway or wide room, tape (not clear)
This is a bit of a twist on the pitching drill we just mentioned. With this you can be inside (think rainy days) and get in a very simple, yet effective practice. All you have to do is to ball up a sock(s) for pitching, place the mirror at the end of a hall or wide room and then mark a line of tape from you to the middle of the bottom of the mirror. You can then take the tape and mark a “strike zone” on the actual mirror as well. Practice pitching slow or fast into the mirror and watch your form during the session. Once again think back to any tips your coaches have given you during your pitch and make sure that you are able to see yourself doing this while practicing.

Situational Awareness
What do you need: Cellphone capable of running Softball BasIQs app (free) Download here for iphone OR Download here for android.
So we came across this neat little app recently as Softball Galaxy, and upon first review it seems to be a pretty decent little app for helping you decide what to do during certain plays. Pick your position and once loaded up it will put you into specific situations where you choose what to do and the app will help you decide why you did or didn’t pick the right response to the situation. Although there seems to be a few issues with connecting through our Facebook accounts, once signed in through email we didn’t have any more issues and actually enjoyed this type of app.

 

 

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The Best Softball Cheers And Softball Chants

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We all have heard the many (often silly) softball cheers and chants floating around the ballpark during games and tournaments.  They are catchy, they are fun, and honestly you may have found yourself joining in whether your on the team or not.  The cheers and chants are a mental weapon that can be used to bring a team together, give a player confidence, or get under the skin of the opposing team, so needless to say they can be used as a tool to help your team get the big W.

Instead of searching all over for new softball cheers or chants, we at SoftballGalaxy.com have decided to save you the trouble and get the best cheers and chants you will ever need for your softball team all in one spot.  Enjoy!


Our team is what? (Dynamite!)
Our team is what? (Dynamite!)
Our team is tick, tick, tick, tick, BAM Dynamite!
Your team is what? (Dynamite!)
Your team is what? (Dynamite!)
Your team is tick, tick, tick, tick PSSSSHHH, Yeah right!


When you’re up, you’re up
When you’re down, you’re down
When you’re up against our team
You’re upside down!


We don’t play with barbie dolls (x2)
We just play with bats and balls (x2)
We don’t wear no mini skirt (x2)
We just wear pants and t‐shirts (x2)
We don’t drink no lemonade (x2)
We just drink our powerade (x2)
So if I were you, I’d scoot your booty back (x3)
But I’m not you so I’d stay where your at (x3)


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Ole Ole, Ole Ole,
Hit that ball the other way,
Our team is hot hot hot ,your team is not not not,
So hit the ball ball ball, over the wall wall wall,
Ole


I love you (echo)
You stole two (echo)
Golly gee (echo)
Now steal three (echo)
Just one more (echo)
Then we’ll score (echo)
Slide on it (echo)
Then we’ll win (echo)


Show your spirit in the stands
Show your spirit in the stands
Sit down and take a rest
Now you know that we’re the best


There was a little froggy sitting on a log,
He was cheering for the other team and had no sense at all,
The batter hit a foul ball and hit him on the head
And when he got back up again this is what he said,
He said go, go, go, go you mighty (Team name)
Fight, fight, fight, fight ya mighty (Teams name)
Win, win, win, win you mighty (Teams name)
Go, fight, win and be the champions.


My name is ______
I’m feeling fine
You mess with me
I’ll blow your mind,
I said a bang-bang, choo-choo train
C’mon girl let’s do our thing
We know karate
We know kung-fu
You mess with me
I’ll mess with you


 Everywhere we go
People want to know,
Who we are,
So we tell them.
We are the (team name),
The mighty, mighty (team name)


That’s the way
uh huh uh huh
We like it
uh huh uh huh
That’s the way
uh huh uh huh
We like it


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There she goes just a walkin’ down the line,
Singin’ do-waa-diddy-diddy-dum-diddy-do.
Pointing her finger and laughin’ at you,
Singin’ do-waa-diddy-diddy-dum-diddy-do.
Ball two, ball three, ball four,
C’mon pitcher walk some more.
Do-waa-diddy-diddy-dum-diddy-do,
Next batter up says “Walk Me Too”


Call the cops (echo)
She stole a base (echo)
And you let her have it (echo)
Nananana boo boo


__________  is up to bat to give the ball a wack
If I was you and you was me
I’d scoot my booty back
Scoot my booty, scoot-scoot my booty
Scoot my booty back!


See that batter at that plate
She’s the best in all the state
She’s got spirit, she’s got pride
Ha, Ha, Ha she’s on our side


The cookie monster said that the (team name)’s are the great big cookie at the top of the jar
The cookie monster said that the ( other team)’s are the itty bitty crumbs at the bottom of the jar


A little birdie in a tree (echo)
Said something very true to me (echo)
He said that our team was the best (echo)
Better than all the rest (echo)
Sound‐off! (1,2)
Sound‐off! (3,4)
Bring it all down now (1,2,3,4)
One two, three four!


We stole on you, We stole on you
While you were picking your nose
We were up on our toes and we stole on you
Yeah we stole on you
While you were brushing your hair
We were already there and we stole on you
YEAH WE STOLE ON YOU!!


_____________ is a friend of mine (Rip Rip)
She can hit it anytime (Rip Rip)
Anytime and anywhere (Rip Rip)
She can hit it outta here (Rip Rip)


Give us back our ball *Clap**Clap*
We’re gonna hit it all
Give us back our ball *Clap**Clap*
We’re gonna hit it all


Good eye, Good eye
Way to watch the ball go by
Oh my
(Leader) G‐O (Team) O‐D
(Leader) E‐Y‐E (Team) Good‐Eye
(All) G‐double O‐D‐E‐Y Good‐eye, Good‐eye


Hit it hard, hit it level
Hit it hard, hit it level
Then run like the devil


She may be short (echo)
She may be small (echo)
But she can really WACK that ball 


(Team Name) is our name
And softball is our game
Watch us bat
Watch us throw
Our team can really go
We’re the ones to beat
We will never meet defeat
We’re the cream of the crop
Nothing will make us stop!


Down by the river
Took a little walk
Met up with the other team
Had a little talk
Pushed ’em in the river
Hung ’em out to dry
We can beat the other team
Any old time


E‐I‐E‐I‐E‐I‐O
E‐I‐E‐I‐E‐I‐O
Come on, (Team Name) let’s go
Come on, (Team Name) let’s go
Scooby, Scooby, Scooby Doo
Scooby, Scooby, Scooby Doo
We’re gonna beat you
We’re gonna beat you 


Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Moe
Catch a (Opponent’s Team) by the toe
If they holler don’t let go
Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Moe


(Team Name) is ready.
(Team Name) is ready.
(Team Name) is Wooo!
(Team Name) is Wooo!
(Team Name)’s gonna take control and stomp all over you, uh‐huh.
(Team Name)’s gonna take control and stomp all over you, uh‐huh.
(Pause)
(Team Name)’s got the rhythm.
(Team Name)’s got the rhythm.
(Team Name)’s got the motion.
(Team Name)’s got the motion.
And when we get together,
And when we get together,
We cause a commotion.
We cause a commotion.  


2 cents, 4 cents,
6 cents, a dollar
All for the (Team Name)
Stand up and holler!
(Repeat Louder)  


A-B-C-D-E-F-G
Cheer us on to victory
H-I-J-K-L-M-N
We will hit the ball again
O-P-Q-R-S-T-U
We will hit some homers too
W-X-Y and Z
We will make it look easy


Action, Action
We want action
A‐C‐T (clap, clap, clap)
I‐O‐N (clap, clap, clap)
Action
(Team Name) action!


Roll call shaboogie
Check, check it out
Roll call shaboogie
Check, check it out
My name is _________
And I play (Position)
And I’m a (Team Name)
Check, check it out


Do we make you shiver?
Do we make you shiver?
Do we make you shake?
Do we make you shake?
We’ll keep on pushin’
We’ll keep on pushin’
To see what you can take.
To see what you can take.


Hey pitcher
Hey pitcher
Tie your shoes
Tie your shoes
Cause (Batter’s Name) is gonna hit it
Cause (Batter’s Name) is gonna hit it
Right over you
Right over you


(Player’s Number) is her number
(Player’s Name) is her name
Yes she is the reason
We’re gonna with this game!
If you don’t believe us
Just you try and beat us
But that is just impossible
Cause we are so unstoppable!


L-E-T-S-G-O
That’s the way we spell “Let’s Go”
Let’s Go
Go, Go, Go
Let’s Go
Go Get ‘Em


She’s a homerun hitter
And you’re never gonna get her
So give up!
So give up!


I’m fired up
You fired up?
Yeah!
I’m fired up
You fired up?
Yeah!
I’m fired up
You fired up
Yeah!
I can’t hear you!
Yeah!


Our team is what?
Red Hot!
Our team is R-E-D
With a little bit of H-O-T
Oh baby
R-E-D-H-O-T
Redhot! Redhot! Redhot!


We are the big dogs
They are the little dogs
Big dogs (WOOF WOOF)
Little dogs (arf, arf)


(When waiting on umps/coaches/timeouts)
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Now I know my ABC’s
Next time would you HURRY UP PLEASE!


She may be small
She may be tiny
But when she’s up to bat
She’ll whip your hiney!


 

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Why Aren’t Softballs Soft? A Quick History Lesson.

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A Brief History

If you’ve held a softball before (or worse gotten hit with one), you know that the “soft” is quite misleading.  Softballs are actually quite the opposite of what their name implies.  So why in the world is the name misleading?  We’re going to take a very quick, shortened down version of the events that led up to the softballs naming.

To understand how the softball got it’s name we have to go back a few years…quite a few.  All the way back into the 1800’s.  If we jumped in a time machine and travelled all the way back to Thanksgiving Day in 1887 we could witness the first “softball” game in Chicago Illinois at the Farragut Boat Club.  There was a gathering of people at the club this day to witness the outcome of the Yale vs Harvard football game.  After hearing the scores of the football game a boxing glove was wound up tightly into a ball and a broom stick served as a bat.  A group joined together and started playing this new game they had just come up with.  At this point the first “softball” game had started.

Within a week of this first makeshift game, a fellow named George Hancock designed the first ball which was about 16 inches and an undersized bat for this game which we would come to know as softball.  The Farragut Boat Club started holding indoor games and rules were established for the game.  Within a year the game would start being played outside and by 1889 the game had rules published for it.

About 6 years later, firefighters in Minneapolis started playing kitten ball (or lemon ball, or diamond ball), which was a variation of the original game but used a 12″ ball instead.  It wasn’t until 1926 that Walter Hakanson coined the name Softball for this sport.  By the 1930’s the name had spread across the country and was being used to describe the many variations of this sport.  By the time 1936 rolled around, the Joint Rules Committee of Softball had standardized the rules and naming across the United States.

What about fastpitch?

Fastpitch softball (which is what we are mainly focused on here at SotballGalaxy.com) didn’t really hit the scene until the 1930’s and 40’s.  In fact, by the 1940’s it had begun to dominate the sport.  Commercial and Semi-Pro leagues started popping up all around the country.  Both men and women participated in fastpitch softball.  It had become quite the spectator event as well, especially the men’s games.  It should be noted that fastpitch softball is one of the few world’s sports where women were welcomed extensively.  For this reason, we consider modern softball as a sport that is mainly dominated by women.

Fast forward into the future and by 1991, fastpitch softball had hit a growth spurt and the decision was made to include it in the 1996 Summer Olympic Games that were held in Atlanta Georgia.  (Here is a neat video of some of the highlights of the softball games played in the 1996 Olympics)

Ending Thougths

Of course there is much more history to the sport than this very brief write up we did.  But we think you get the gist of why it’s called softball now.  Consider this though…  Would softball even exist today had that boxing glove not been sitting there in that one spot in the Farragut Boat Club back in the 1800’s?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  We are thankful that it was though!  The modern game of softball is one of the most exciting sports to play for so many and we couldn’t think of a better way to spend our time than enjoying the game we all love!

Not enough history to fulfill your thirst for learning here?  Check out this book right here then.

Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game

We think you will enjoy it!

 

 

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The 15 Best Gifts For Any Fastpitch Softball Player

Top Best Birthday Gift For Softball Sports Player


We all know that it is sometimes near impossible to find the best gift for that special someone in our life.  This is also true for softball players.  Here at Softball Galaxy we’ve saved you time by giving you some great options for the best gifts for that softball player in your life, and most importantly it’s almost all related to….you guessed it, Softball!  So without wasting any more of your time, here are our 15 picks for the best gift ideas for your softball player.

*UPDATE – Yeah, yeah…we know it’s not 15 items anymore like the title says.  It’s more!!  These are tried and true items that we keep discovering so of course we’re going to share them with you!*

 


Franklin Sports Eye Black Stickers – Customizable with White Pencil

The girls in the Softball Galaxy family love this product!  They love being able to customize their eye black, and there were no problems with these coming off, even when their faces got hot and sweaty.



Softball Earrings Studs

Girls will be girls, and it just so happens that most girls love jewelry.  These affordable earrings are perfect for the young softball player wanting to show their hobby to the world and look good while doing it.  We can personally vouch that these make GREAT birthday presents your softball girls!



Softball Bracelet

What softball player wouldn’t want this amazing looking bracelet?  Cute and affordable, this bracelet makes a perfect gift for that girly softball player in your life.



Stack 52 Exercise Cards Tri Pack: Strength Bodyweight Workout Playing Card Game

Most softball players strive to reach their greatest potential, which is why this playing card game makes such a great gift idea.  Not really suitable for the youngest players, this will however be perfect for the older girls that want to build their strength up for the game.  Being able to workout anywhere without equipment, these cards and 15 mins a day can help your player build up the body strength they want to have to have improve their game.



Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro Smart Fitness Band (Small), Diamond Red, SM-R365NZRNXAR

Wanting to drop a little more money on a nicer gift for the softball player in your life?  Every softball player would love to sport around this really cool Samsung fitness watch.  With session apps powered by Under Armour, 50m water resistance, gps mapping and more this pool-ready, durable watch is sure to bring a smile to your players face!



Anker AK-A3182011 SoundCore Sport Portable Bluetooth Speaker [IPX7 Waterproof/Dustproof Rating, 10-Hour Playtime]

Picture this.  Your softball player is heading to the tournament.  Why not listen to some tunes (Guess what!  We have song suggestions as well!)  Strap this bluetooth speaker onto her bat bag and let her jam out to calm her nerves before the big game.  This speaker can handle the rain shower that passes over head, and is durable enough to handle the roughness of any dugout.  Crystal clear sound, good bass, up to 10 hour battery play time, and handsfree calling (with the build in microphone) makes this one great little speaker to gift to the softball player in your life.



Softball Flower Sign, Life Will Always Throw Curves, Baseball/Softball Sign

Do you have a softball player that keeps their room looking cute at any cost?  Do they enjoy decorating their walls with items that express their interests?  If the answer is Yes, then you can bet they would love this sign.  Look closely at the flower and you can see why any softball player with a sense of style would want this.


Softball Chick Fastpitch Women's Tank Top

 

 

 

 

 

Softball Chick Fastpitch Racerback Tank Top

This really cute Softball Chick design is not just available in women’s sizes, but smaller sizes as well as in tank tops, t-shirts, sweatshirts and more!  Any softball player in your life will definitely love this design.



Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win

Does your softball player love to keep her nose stuck in a book.  That’s great!  Always encourage the things that they love.  If they love reading and they love sports, then this is definitely the book for them!



Under Armour Women’s Radar III Softball Batting Gloves, Tropic Pink/White



VULCAN Bat Grip

While these grips are worth their awesome looks alone, they aren’t just to please the eye.  They also please your hands.  Wrap on these good looking Vulcan bat grips on your softball players bat while they sleep and let them wake up to the great new feel and look on their favorite bat.  Perfect gift for the softball addicts in your life.  Paired with the grip and rip below, it will almost be as if she has a completely new bat without all the expense!



Grip-N-Rip Bat Grip Taper, Pink

Cheap, yet very effective.  Makes the grip on a bat feel much more pinkie finger friendly.  Grab one for every bat in your players arsenal!



Hot Glove Glove Break-In Kit Value Bundle



Varo ARC Bat Training Weight, 12oz, for Softball (Jennie Finch Edition) – Barrel Feel – Improve Your Batting, Barrel Speed, and Develop Swing Mechanics



ALPHA Bat Rack (Multi-Purpose) Fence & Wall Mounted Baseball/Softball STEEL Bat Rack

Are you tired of seeing all the bats and gloves piled into a corner?  Give your player’s room an update with this cool looking bat rack! Store the ball, bats and gloves up off the floor and enjoy the much more pleasing view of her room.



The Softball Game Journal (A 50 Game Journal)

If your little softball player loves to write or keep journals in her spare time, then there’s nothing better than letting her have a softball specific journal that perfectly represents her love for the sport.  Perfect little gift for accompanying a larger purchase or stocking stuffer at Christmas time.  To top it off it is extremely inexpensive!



Boombah Rolling Superpack Softball Gear Bag

Here it is!  The best of the best when it comes to transporting all your softball gear.  We love this bag in our family so much that we have a 2nd one on the way as of writing this post.  Never worry about not having enough room for all of her gear with this bag, and having it on wheels makes it easy on her back when moving from field to field.


Tanner Tee

Don’t let her practice on those junky low end tees that continue to crack and break and may or may not be held together with electrical tape (yeah…we know….we’ve been there too).  If your softball player routinely uses tee practice to improve her form then she will be forever grateful if she receives this amazing, solid batting tee.  Can you spend less on a different brand?  Yes, but in the end you will most likely regret buying cheaper when you could have gotten quality the first time.

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The Best Warm-Up Music For Softball Walk Up 2019

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CHECK OUT OUR NEW, UPDATED SONG LIST HERE –> The Best Warm Up Music For Softball Walk Up Pump Up 2020

Everyone has some jitters before the big game. It’s not a bad thing, but if too nervous it can definitely impact your focus and performance. One of the great ways that we recommend settling your nerves before the big game is to jam out to music. Here at Softball Galaxy we have compiled a playlist of some fantastic tracks to get you in the mood before any game. Or use these songs as walk up music when allowed. Either way, turn up the volume to 100% and jam out with this awesome pumped up music!

 

1. The Score Stronger

2. Papa Roach – Born for Greatness


3.Bring Me The Horizon – Throne


4. Katy Perry – Roar


5. Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400 (Original Mix)


6. DJ Snake, Lil Jon – Turn Down for What


7. Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton) [Explicit]


8. Family Force 5 – Bzrk (Feat. Kb)


9. The Script – Hall of Fame


10. TobyMac – Unstoppable (feat. Blanca from Group 1 Crew) [feat. Blanca Callahan]


11. Baauer – Harlem Shake


12. Darude – Sandstorm (Radio Edit)


13. Drowning Pool – Bodies

 


14. Wiz Khalifa – Black And Yellow


15. Fallout Boy – Centuries


16. Saliva – Click Click Boom [Explicit]


17. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This


18.  Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes


19.  Skillet – Monster


20.  Skrillex –  Try It Out (Neon Mix)


21. Twenty One Pilots – Ride


22. All Good Things – For The Glory


23. Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes

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Top Fastpitch Softballs

Picture of softball

So ball season is back in full swing and you’re low on softballs for your girls. There’s plenty of options to choose from, but are there any that are actually standouts above the rest? Here at Softball Galaxy we can help you decide which softball you should be playing this year.

First off let us point out that we aren’t recommending these for slow pitch. Only fast pitch optic yellow softballs will be discussed.

So what size do you need?
Most often in youth fastpitch you will be seeing the 11″ or 12″ ball being used. However, sizing can range from 10″-12″ depending on the league (so double check with your coaches or league before you buy).

Which stamps should you look for?
Typically each league will have set rules that tell you what stamps to look for on softballs. USSSA, ASA, and NFHS all have different standards set for compression, ball size and COR (coefficient of restitution). Once again, make sure that you check with your coaches or league officials for the information you need to pick the right stamped ball.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get into the softballs!

For this article we will be separating the ASA, NFHS, and USSSA balls.


ASA BALLS


Our first ball you must look into is the MacGregor X100.  Balls can be expensive, especially if you want quality ones.  The MacGregor X100’s are a nice, wallet friendly choice.  With raised seams (not quite on par with some of the more expensive options, but still very good) and a leather covering, you can expect to get some great results from these balls.  At this time you can easily find the MacGregor  X100’s in ASA certified and NFHS certified, just make sure you’re getting the right ball for the right league.  If you don’t want to break the bank on softballs then these are a definite choice for you! (.47 COR, 375 Compression)


On deck we have the Rawlings 12″ C12RYLAH Official ASA Dream Seam Fast Pitch Softballs.  Claimed by some to be the “best fastpitch ball” on the market, the Dream Seam may have a bit bigger price tag than the MacGregor X100, but may be worth it to you for what you’re getting.  You may not wish to use these as an all around practice ball, but for game time and pitching, this is a contender for filling that spot.  The “Dream Seam” name is not misleading on these balls.  Pitchers love them and much prefer the feel of these seams in their hands, so if you’re little one spends time on the mound, make sure you give the Rawlings 12″ Dream Seams a try and she may never want another brand ball in her hands. (.47 COR, 375 Compression)


USSSA BALLS

The Champro Synthetic USSSA Fast Pitch 11″ Ball is a solid choice for girls under USSSA standards.  This fair priced ball has a solid polyurethane core and it’s covering is a durahide cover giving this ball good durability.  The blue seams are raised for good grip when handling the Champro Synthetic ball. (.47 COR, 350 Compression)

Dudley balls are known for their quality, and the Dudley USSSA Thunder Heat Fast Pitch 12″ Softball is no letdown for their brand.  Sporting a leather cover for long lasting durability, blue raised seams for a good grip and a polyurethane center makes the Dudley ball a great game or practice ball for those in the USSSA leagues.  (.47 COR, 350 Compression)


NFHS BALLS

The Mark 1 NFHS 12″ Softball has quite a following of fans.  Due to it’s normally affordable price, this ball is a great one to be bringing to the field.  This is a leather covered raised stitch ball and should last a good long time with your players.  The Mark 1 has a poly-core for quality performance.  If you don’t want to spend a ton for a good NFHS stamped softball, the Mark 1 is one of your best bets. (.47 COR, 375 Compression)

You may end up paying up for the Wilson High School and Adult Fast Pitch Softball 12″ (A9011), however the phrase “you get what you pay for” can be applied to this ball.  One of the most well touted balls in NFHS leagues, this ball will serve any purpose included as your sole game ball.  There is a reason that as of this time the A9011 is the official game ball of the NFHS league.  The A9011 has a nice durable leather covering with SST raised seams that are 20% higher than other fast-pitch balls.  The A9011 sports a compression controlled polycore.  (.47 COR, 375 Compression)
 

Warm-Up Music for Softball