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In our first edition of "Know of what you speak."...


It was Flavor-aid that was consumed by the ill-fated followers of Jim Jones not Kool-Aid.

Thank you for your attention.


(For those that claim to be old enough that their reference was to Kool-Aid's use in dispensing lysergic acid diethylamide-25, I'm not buying it.)

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For those that claim to be old enough that their reference was to Kool-Aid's use in dispensing lysergic acid diethylamide-25, I'm not buying it.)


Bill:

No, it was dispensed on sugar cubes

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Floyd,

I think some posters here at UCS took the combo cube. Failed clinical trial by Drs. Salk and Leary. Cured the limbs, but bent the mind.

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Yes, I believe you are correct, at least that's the way appears.


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Our second rendition of... "Know of what you speak."


 

It’s a circle, not a mound, to which you refer.

 

Not a hill, call it a ring, if you so prefer.

 

It is an eight-foot radius dolomite-lined area from which the softball pitcher does business. As though the master of that circus called a softball game, each play begins and ends in the center ring.

 

A white ring, symbol of the never-ending circle of love or life. I’ve experienced a few extra-inning contests that surely represented this metaphor of never-ending.

 

A baseball hurler stands on a mound of dirt, much like the bull in a muddy pen. Separate in circle, but equal, the softball pitcher stands level with teammates.

 

If it’s your game, make it so. Why not come full circle and call it one.



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Our third attempt in the series, "Know of what you speak."


This time we are, "Hum'n along with homonyms."

When it's a baby, it's a birth.

When it's a spot in a tourney, it's a berth.

A point is MOOT.

A voice is MUTE.

There is a point.

They're apt to have a point.

Their point may be well taken.

If you don't brake, you might break something.


Next installment: "The answer to the great question of life, universe and everything."


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Write on Bill!  Hmmm....

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I hope this fits your topic, Bill....

To my knowledge every college softball website has pitching stats. And in those stats, the "automated scorebook", are various category headings, including but not limited to IP, K, BB, ERA, WP, HBP and BK, etc. I believe BK stands for "balk".

There is no mention of BALK in any softball rulebook that I know of. IP is already used for "innings pitched" What to do?

Yes, we probably usurped their/they're/there program from baseball and allowed this bug to proliferate nationwide, but until they mandate two feet on the rubber, proper drag & footwork, and use two-color first base sacks which they hug until a pitch is released, the distinction should be spotlighted.

Also, for ASA purists, there's no fist, no full count...it's "3 balls, 2 strikes".

Viva la diff.
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Come on JerseyGal it's Vive La Difference.
The more La Difference,
The more the FUUUNNNN
The only STAT that's important for fans and players is W-L
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Hammer - You couldn't be more wrong. Many players' greatest performances were in scoreboard losses. Hi Jersey Gal !! John Merwin at the batting cages sends his best.
P.S. As there is "no cryin in baseball", there's no balk in softball, just "illegal pitch". Oh, and there is no "mound" in softball, only a circle and a pitchers' plate. I guess that home plate became the "dish" based on the "plate" part of the designation. The jargon of our game is a fun thing !!

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In Jersey we try to conserve. Diff works plus I think I get style points somewhere.

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Hi Frank.

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Of course somewhere might be Staten Island...

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Jersey Gal - Or Linden or Elizabeth !! You go girl !! Heard you are doing good stuff. Good for you !!
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"Do not try to teach pigs to sing. It will frustrate you and infuriate the pigs who will unite in anger against you, and you will never achieve singing your song". Dr. Petersen
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I coached vs. you Frank.

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Gems.

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Yes and my family's in Tampa area. Try to get to Michele's gold camp this winter, Betty Z. will be there again.

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Jersey Gal - Thank you so much for telling me that. I haven't seen her in almost a lifetime - wonderful person. I had intended to go over there (Clearwater - Eddie C. Moore Complex) on Dec. 28 to see Michele and Cat, but Betty Z would make it very special. Where is your family around Tampa? We are located in a retirement community between Zephyrhills and Lakeland. I'm 75 years old now - where did the time go, and what advances in the game in our lifetimes.
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"Do not try to teach pigs to sing. It will frustrate you and infuriate the pigs who will unite in anger against you, and you will never achieve singing your song". Dr. Petersen
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Come on fans don't believe Frank, he is not 75.He is too young
If TheHammer is 39, then Frank cannot be more than 49.
Go Frank you are the Best.
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Come on JerseyGal it's Vive La Difference.
The more La Difference,
The more the FUUUNNNN
The only STAT that's important for fans and players is W-L


I'm with you there Hammer. There is no answer to "scoreboard".

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2.6 - I used to tell my players that scoreboards are for fans and others not in the arena. The process leading to the scoreboard results was for us.
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"Do not try to teach pigs to sing. It will frustrate you and infuriate the pigs who will unite in anger against you, and you will never achieve singing your song". Dr. Petersen
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Jersey Gal _ I remember you well. I won't devulge your name here, but I remember it as both player and coach. The Gems - at least 200 years ago? Frank
P.S. Just a story for you - Betty Z invited me to hear a pitcher from California speak on the "shrug drop". Years later, in Puerto Rico where I was giving a clinic in Guaynabo, I did so at a stadium named after that same woman, Donna Terry.

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"Do not try to teach pigs to sing. It will frustrate you and infuriate the pigs who will unite in anger against you, and you will never achieve singing your song". Dr. Petersen
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I accept that all STATS  are and should be important for Players, but it is the W-L STAT that should be important for the Team, as it is that STAT that gets you to the regionals and recognition.
If a player is individualist then yes all other STATS are important.
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Hammer - Stats are indicators of one type of success within the game. Unfortunately, the "W" stat has become, in the eyes of many, the only stat in determining success for a team or a player or a coach. I consider the first year of coaching high school softball my very best coaching job ever - we were 3 and 11. We won our last 3 and got better every game, and our players were all "good citizens" who gave their best. Different perspective and definition of success? - yes ! I love the mantra of the Special Olympics, and I'd like to see it applied to all amateur athletics - "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt". That recognizes both end and process and defines "success" in both terms. Good stuff I think.
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"Do not try to teach pigs to sing. It will frustrate you and infuriate the pigs who will unite in anger against you, and you will never achieve singing your song". Dr. Petersen
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I accept that all STATS  are and should be important for Players, but it is the W-L STAT that should be important for the Team, as it is that STAT that gets you to the regionals and recognition.
If a player is individualist then yes all other STATS are important.


It seems that those that hire and fire coaches agree with you Hammer. Scoreboard over stats.

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2.6 - I rest my case concerning the world we live in.
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Hammer - Stats are indicators of one type of success within the game. Unfortunately, the "W" stat has become, in the eyes of many, the only stat in determining success for a team or a player or a coach. I consider the first year of coaching high school softball my very best coaching job ever - we were 3 and 11. We won our last 3 and got better every game, and our players were all "good citizens" who gave their best. Different perspective and definition of success? - yes ! I love the mantra of the Special Olympics, and I'd like to see it applied to all amateur athletics - "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt". That recognizes both end and process and defines "success" in both terms. Good stuff I think.

"Success and winning are two different concepts. I know the criteria most of you would use is if we win our games, but we are not all created equal. Teams aren't all equal. Some are bigger, stronger, faster ...but we all have the opportunity of making the most of what we have and improving ourselves to the best of our abilities under the circumstances that exist for us."

John Wooden, 1971


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The following excerpts are from the book WOODEN ON LEADERSHIP...

 

"Coach Wooden didn’t talk about winning – ever. His message was to give the game the best you’ve got. “That’s the goal” he’d say.” Do that and you should be happy. If enough of you do it, our team will be a success.” Winning was never  mentioned, only the effort, the preparation, doing what it takes to bring out the best in our practices and games. Let winning take care of itself. Coach went to work with us – fundamentals, drills, teamwork, self-sacrifice. Play hard, don’t get down, wait for your chance, try to improve each day. Don’t worry about the scoreboard. Never a single word about winning. We won the national championship that year.

 

        -- Dave Meyers, UCLA player, 2 national championships

 

 

“Coach Wooden never talked about the winning or the losing. It was never part of the conversation like you would think is normal. He wouldn’t come in before a game and say, “This team is tied with us in the conference so we’ve go to step it up tonight. Let’s win this one”. He just wasn’t concerned about the opponents and what they might be up to – didn’t even scout most of them. His philosophy was to do what was necessary to make UCLA a better team. Teach it, practice it. The details and the fundamentals were his main concern. He was just completely absorbed in improvement for our team without trying to always be adjusting to what another team might be up to. “Let them adjust to us,” he said.

 

 -- Denny Crum, former UCLA player and Assistant Coach

         Retired Head Coach, University of Louisville

         Enshrined, National Basketball Hall of Fame

 

 

And finally....a chapter/excerpt from the book:

 

Competitive Greatness: “A true competitor loves the battle.

 

Competitive Greatness is not defined by victory nor denied by defeat. It is a real love for the battle, for the Game, knowing it offers the opportunity to be at your best when your best is required. The hard struggle is to be welcomed, never feared. In fact, when you define success this way, the only thing to fear is your own unwillingness to make the full, 100% effort to prepare and perform at the highest level of your ability. When you’ve done your best you may call yourself a success. You may also call yourself a Great Competitor. The struggle itself, the test, is what gives value to the prize.

 

                        “The journey is better than the inn”.     -- Cervantes

 

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Jersey Gal - I agree completely. So many folks in an end oriented, bottom line society do not concur, but at least those in the amateur sports arena should.
P.S. Ah, Cervantes !!! Yes, it's the journey that's most important and what harm can come from tilting with a windmill or two along the way? .

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A pitching coach talking about tilting a windmill???

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