Concession stand food is often the only option for amateur athletes and parents during day-long tournaments, and, unfortunately, most stands are bristling with foods that will sabotage your performance. Knowing this, you should have a plan of attack when you go to the concession stand, and a sense of what you want to order before you step up to the counter. Planning your meals and snacks will allow you to stay on track with your healthy eating habits and keep you feeling light and ready to perform throughout the day's events.
There is a lot of emphasis on baseball pitch counts and pitch limits to reduce potential injuries in youth. Softball does not get the same attention. The windmill motion in fastpitch softball is considered "natural" or "low impact" and compared to the overhand baseball motion it is. It does not exclude softball pitchers from developing the same overuse injuries, it just takes a lot more pitches to get there.
I have spent the last five Labor Day weekends volunteering to coach the Queen of Diamonds Showcase South tournament at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. (2015 Moved to Spartanburg, SC and teamed up with Dot Richardson and Liberty University.) This is a one of a kind tournament that does not accept elite teams, only elite individual PLAYERS. (For more information visit theqsport.com.) Each team is made up of 11 players that have never met but have been hand selected through a lengthy application and selection process. The tournament brings girls from Canada to Florida to Alabama and every state in between to play in this select tournament for college coaches. This is my favorite weekend and here are a few things I learned from watching high school girls play that wish to someday play on the college level.
This over-under trick could dramatically improve your pitching motion and it is so simple, I don't even need to make a video!