My daughter is 10 years old and has been taking pitching lessons from a local college pitcher all winter long. Last year my daughter was just learning how to pitch and was throwing about 25 mph. She was slow but accurate! We went 18 - 6 last year and finished 4th place in the City out of 36 teams. I was just an assistant coach on that team and have decided to be a head coach this year. I will make a big prediction here....I'm hoping to finish in the top 4 or better again this year. The pitching lessons have really paid off. My daughter has two pitches (fastball&change) and her fastball placement is very accurate which tops out at 50 mph. Basically, I have the equivalent of a little Cat Osterman and high hopes.
Each team in our league has 12 girls and all 12 must play at least 2 innings. Basic rules: If a pitcher walks and/or hits 4 batters, the coach comes out and pitches to the girls. There is a 5 run limit and 4 innings makes a regulation game.
First Game Report:
We won 6 - 0. My daughter picthed a no hitter and struck out 12 batters. Everyone girl played and had fun; however, I really wasn't happy. Because my daughter pitched so good, none of the other girls really learned anything .....Not one ball has ever hit; therefore, no one girl on the field did anything but just stand there. Plus, we didn't hit well ! So, I went on the internet looking for help and stumbled onto your web page. I read all the tips for 8U and 10U and applied a variation of each to my team. The batter line up helped the most!
Second Game Report:
We won 14 3. I let a different girl pitch 2 innings and let my daughted close the game. The first 2 innings balls actually got hit and we fielded a few and made some outs. Most importantly, the RF came in very handy backing up 1B. All the tips have been very helpful, and I have started using stations as well. Something you might want to pass on is a drill that I have started using on the field during warmups. I line 6 girls up with their bats and I have my assistant/parent coaches toss about 2 handfuls of uncooked lima beans at them. The beans are about the size of a dime and it builds great eye & hand coordination with their swings. I tell every girl if they can hit a bean smaller than a dime they can hit that huge softball. Plus, this is a real fun drill for the kids. I'm convinced that a combination of this drill and the batter line-up tips improved our batting. Just look at the score above. I can't wait until our next game!
Team Vortex Midpoint Coaches Report:
The Batting Line up tips are working like a charm! We're undefeated 5 - 0, and have beaten everyone in our division. We have 7 games left before we start our big city tournament. Oh! your team management tips for player preference, helped me out big time. At the last game, I had my first parent complaint about playing time. Luckily, I had already read your tips for responding to complaints and was prepared. Thanks a million! Attached are my midpoint stats/score card.
Thanks for submitting the report. It has been added to the site. Sounds like ya'll are off to a Great start.
Pitching lessons are CRITICAL if a girl really wants to develop as a pitcher. All she needs are two pitches for now. You may hear of other girls that throw 4 and 5 pitches at this age. DON'T be impressed. Concentrate on the Fastball and Change up and locating those pitches. When she is 12 or 13 she can start working on a drop curve.
With your daughter pitching this well, I would encourage you to get involved with tournament ball. Check out www.fastpitchsoftball.net for tournaments in your area.
Good Luck and keep me updated.
Thanks go to you! Although, I do have a "Cat Osterman" like pitcher....I've been able to focus on the weaker players (i.e, their batting and it has been paying off ! ) Feel free to post the stats section of my score cards. It would be real cool to have a link for all your coachs reports. Maybe even a section on your web page that compares W-Ls and stats of like teams, batting averages, etc...Hey, how much are your T-Shirts ? I think you have some grip it and rip it shirts ?
Your daughter is tearing it up on the mound! 27K's, 5 BB's, and NO RUNS. Nothing makes coaching more fun than having a true ACE pitcher.
The batting averages look pretty good. Four hitters w/ an average of 400 or better and only one player that doesn't have a hit yet. When I review our team stats, my focus turns to the players that are struggling. I'm always thinking about what drills I should be running to develop the weaker hitters. Our motto in 12U was "10 to Win".
5-0 is great, but don't let up. If you finish the season 11-1 the game you will remember the most is the 1 loss.
Thanks for the update and keep me posted.
VORTEX MIDPOINT STATS
Just finished our regular season with a record of 12-1, and we were the champions in our league.
Thank you so much for your website! Couldn't of done it without your help. Our end of the year city tournament starts this Saturday guaranteed 2 games...Hoping for the best!
Oh, If you have a chance take a look at my stats again. (they are attached) Could you some advice. I've been using your method for batter lineup. 2 good, 2 avg, 2 best, 2 avg, etc.. My daughter Aubrey is an exceptional pitcher and my one loss came to a team that had a pitcher similar to my daughter. I am tempted to put my 4 best batters first only against them in the tournament....rational: more at bats Otherwise it will be 3 up 3 down every inning. When I face this team it will most likely be for the City Championship. Last time they beat us 1-0, lucky hit.
WOW!!! That's an awesome year! Congratulations!
Go to the website and read the 10U Tournament batting Order page. Think about your choice at the 3 hole. Once pitching becomes the dominant aspect, offensively it turns into how to scrape out 1 or 2 runs.
Also, incorporate bunting into your strategy. Get the ball in play. I've seen many games decided by a little bunt that 3rd base or Catcher then throws to the RF corner.