The Secrets Behind Marisa Arriaga’s Softball Hitting Trick

August 27, 2015

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Marisa Arriaga became an instant celebrity after the video of her softball hitting trick went viral on social media. I was mesmerized as I watched her flip, kick, and hit a softball with flair and power, over and over and over and over again. Like any good magician, Marisa made the trick look easy, while […]

Hitting Ruled The 2015 WBSC Junior World Softball Championship

August 20, 2015

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As promised, here is my honest assessment of the hitting approaches and mechanics of the teams that participated at the 2015 WBSC Junior World Softball Championship in Oklahoma City. For those who read this and feel I am too critical, it is important to first understand that I believe softball players are still playing catch-up with baseball […]

Team USA Wins Gold In Oklahoma City!

August 17, 2015

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What a great week of international softball in Oklahoma City. Even though I was only at the 2015 WBSC Junior World Softball Championship for two days, I was able to watch every team in the tournament. I also watched many other games throughout the week online, including the Gold Medal Game between Team USA and Japan. Team […]

The Italian Dynamic Duo

August 17, 2015

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* This picture is courtesy of Ezio Ratti One of the reasons I wanted to attend the 2015 WBSC Junior Women’s World Softball Championship in Oklahoma City was to see the Italian Junior National Team. As an Italian-American, I have always been interested in the success of Italian sports teams. Back in 2006, I proudly hosted […]

The World Comes To HIT in Oklahoma City

August 8, 2015

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I will be traveling to Oklahoma City to watch some great softball at The 2015 WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship. In addition to watching great games, I am looking forward to observing some of the most the talented young hitters from around the world. When I visited the Dominican Republic with the Wheaton College Softball Team, we played several games against some […]

Don’t Squash The Bug—-Set It Free!

August 5, 2015

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I’m sorry baseball and softball hitters, but it is finally time to quit squashing the bug for no good reason. For years, hitters have been encouraged to “squash the bug” to teach hip rotation during the swing. For those who have never heard this strange instruction, it simply means to pivot and press the back foot into the ground.  In theory, this […]

What is a “Duck Snort”?

July 26, 2015

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Baseball and softball have a rhythm. Part of the rhythm is the constant chatter by players, coaches, announcers, and spectators.  No other sport in the world has a language that artfully describes the game and those who play it. I have found that using these words and phrases can be an effective way to coach, teach, motivate, and […]

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