Ridgewood-Glendale-Middle Village-Maspeth LL: Girls Softball

Monday, March 22
2011 Softball Rules

RGMVM 2011 Softball Rules

All managers should read and carry the in-house rules.



Girls Softball Win Dist Little League Flags !
Girls District 27 New York Little League Tournament Softball:
      
Girls Major Softball:

RGMVM Major softball division won the district 27 championship by defeating Ozone Howard Little League in the final game in a three game set. RGMVM Little League has set up a program that inspires the girls to do their best and have fun. The girls on both teams played every game with all their heart and we are all very proud of them. RGMVM LL has put great effort and support into the girls softball program, which has not only grown, larger but has gotten much stronger.



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RGMVM Girls Softball Major District 27 Champs !
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Monday, October 27
Schawaroch Chapels Major Softball Championship Celebration!

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon Schawaroch Chapels, the RGMVM Little League, Major Softball Division World Series Champions met to celebrate their victory. They started the day with an exciting parent-daughter game of softball. Their sponsor Stephen Schawaroch was there to cheer on his team. The girls took home the win 5-4, making Stephen proud. The parents took home some aches and pains and bruised egos swearing to win next season. After the game, team manager Mark Ferran distributed victory plaques to the girls and to Stephen. Beautiful team jackets were also given to each girl. These jackets were a special gift donated to the team by Stephen Shawaroch. We would like to thank him for his generous gift and for his continued support to the RGMVM Little League. Stephen is a fine example to the local community of how small businesses can support the children of our neighborhoods. We would also like to thank Anthony Ululati of Needle Heads for his gift of really cool shirts for each team player. We really appreciate it. After, many pictures were taken with Stephen and the girls with their team jackets, followed by a pizza party at Leone’s. Fun was had by all that attended this victory celebration.



RGMVM Girls Softball Win Two District Little League Flags !

RGMVM Little League held a celebration party last week for the two girl’s softball teams (Minor Division 9-10 team and the Junior 13-14 year old teams) that won the New York State District 27 Championships during the summer tournaments. There was plenty to eat and drink and the players got to see each other once again to celebrate. A good time was had by all that attended. This years honored teams were the 9-10 year old Minor Softball Division Champs & the 13-14 year old Junior Softball Division Champs. RGMVM Little League would like to extend a special thanks to Little League’s District 27 Administrator Harold Weissman for attending the celebration. RGMVM President Pat Piteo made a very inspiring speech explaining to the players that the memory of winning a district flag would always stay with them. He also spoke of the teamwork & dedication the players demonstrated which enabled them to achieve their accomplishment. He stated that players who kept up their interest in the sport would someday play on their High School & College teams. Pat also gave a very nice thank you to the parents. He reminded the kids that their parents are always there for them and support them in all their endeavors. Pat, Mike Scotko (Division Player Agent), and Mark Ferran (Asst. Player Agent) then presented all the players with championship team-picture plaques that showed the girls posing with their District 27 flags. The girls were then presented the players with their Championship team jackets that were donated by the league to show off their excellent accomplishment. Vice President Al Erdmann, Director of Softball Mike Scotko, Head player Agent Arlene Erdmann, Tournament Director Mark Ferran, Treasurer Cora Modica, Umpire in Chief Rich Adams, Rookie Player Agent Rob Hoffman, & Secretary Heather Hoffman were all on hand to recognize and cheer the players as the awards were presented. A very special thanks to Rich, Al, Arlene & Cora for extra help with the set up. Happy Holidays to all…...


Tuesday, September 23
Softball Fast Pitch Lessons !
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Available at RGMVM Little League
PERSONAL lessons for intermediate & advanced players.

GROUP lessons for beginners.......

Lessons given by Star Pitcher Diana DiGilio

Diana has been pitching since she was 9 years old.
She has pitched for St. Frances Prep, Queens College & Hofstra University a Division 1 school where she earned a full scholarship.

For more information please call 718 846-6323.





Wednesday, February 26
Parents - Involvement or Interference???


Read This Great Article..Though it mentions softball the same is true in Baseball! I strongly urge all parents to read this.

Pat Piteo
President
RGMVM LL


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Tuesday, September 23
2003 Fall Softball A Smash Hit At RGMVM !

Fall softball got off to a good start at RGMVM Little League this season. The Fall league is run in conjunction with the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council. The weather was beautiful and the girls had a great time.
This year RGMVM Fall Softball is available in three divisions:

Beginner for the young girls:

The girls in the beginner program are being taught the fundamentals of the game. Each week they are split into even teams and are instructed as they play. They are being taught hitting and fielding skills as well as how to play the game. This will be a big help to the girls when they sign up as new players during the regular season.


Intermediate for those girls who have played in Major Division during the regular season:

The girls in the intermediate program are also being split into even teams each week. However they are playing competitive games to help them sharpen the skills they already have. They are also instructed during the game and given a chance to learn new positions. Those girls who show great interest and willingness to learn during the fall league are usually team leaders during the regular season.

Advanced for the Senior Division girls and girls who have been playing for years:

The young ladies in our advanced fall league are players who love to have fun playing the game. They show great interest and play at the Senior level and in some cases for their HS team. They also get the experience of traveling to different fields in the area to play teams from other programs. Fall softball is how the advanced players stay sharp.

Thank you to all the volunteers that make Little League Fall Softball work. We can’t do it without you...........




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Wednesday, February 26
The Number 1 Web Site For Softball Coaches, & Players

Monthly Feature - "A Common Hitting Flaw and How To Correct It!"

We all want our hitters to have a quick, short and compact "A2C Swing" that gets the bat to the ball as quick as possible. What is the single most common mistake that causes a girl's swing to "GO BAD"? I think "Pulling The Front Side Out Too Early" is the most common flaw I see this time of year. This flaw causes fly-balls, pop-ups, frequent foul balls and a drastic lack of bat speed.
The batter prematurely pulls the front shoulder out. This causes a "domino effect" of other flaws. The front shoulder will tilt upward, the hands then drop, and the barrel drags to create a "Undesirable Long Swing". Coaches need to quickly spot this flaw and "coach" the hitter to correct it immediately. Coaches should emphasize....

1) The hitter's front side and hands must first move in the direction of the ball.

2) Your shoulder moves or rotates during the swing, not before, not after.

3) Make sure you maintain proper balance before, during and after the swing.

4) You must rotate at the proper time to generate power and to execute the proper swing for each pitch location.

Every pitch location requires some degree of shoulder rotation. But young and older hitters must learn that pitches on the inside 2/3rds of the plate require a greater degree of rotation. The inside strike requires maximum shoulder rotation in order to "Pull" this pitch. Hitting a strike on the outside 3rd of the plate involves much less or minimum shoulder and hip rotation. Spot and eliminate this flaw as early as possible.

"Pulling Off" the ball is what we call this common flaw. I think that the first step toward curing it is teaching every hitter on your team including the "power" hitter and the "contact" hitters to "GO WITH THE PITCH". Hit the ball where it is! Do not try to "WOMAN HANDLE" everything. You can't "Pull What You Have To Punch" and You Can't "Punch What You Have To Pull".

VISUALization" - Use it to build TEAM ESTEEM and SELF ESTEEM!

"Visualization" is the process of seeing things in your mind. It is an important part of building confidence and poise. I always tell my pitchers to "visualize" the perfect pitch and then "throw it". I tell my hitters when you are on deck, "visualize" hitting a double, in the gap, off the wall and then do it.

Sometimes I have my players sit alone and they are to visualize every possible play they can possibly make during a game. They are to "see themselves doing everything perfect"! I want them to see us scoring, playing solid defense, and even celebrating the win!

I sometimes do "VISUALization" as a group activity going from player to player with each player giving a "play-by-play calling" as our players make outstanding play after play on offense and defense. How can you do something, if you can't imagine it? See my point? I do not spend to much time doing this, but it makes a great change of pace or "rainy day" activity.



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Wednesday, February 26
VISUALization - Use it to build TEAM ESTEEM and SELF ESTEEM


"Visualization" is the process of seeing things in your mind. It is an important part of building confidence and poise. I always tell my pitchers to "visualize" the perfect pitch and then "throw it". I tell my hitters when you are on deck, "visualize" hitting a double, in the gap, off the wall and then do it.

Sometimes I have my players sit alone and they are to visualize every possible play they can possibly make during a game. They are to "see themselves doing everything perfect"! I want them to see us scoring, playing solid defense, and even celebrating the win!

I sometimes do "VISUALization" as a group activity going from player to player with each player giving a "play-by-play calling" as our players make outstanding play after play on offense and defense. How can you do something, if you can't imagine it? See my point? I do not spend to much time doing this, but it makes a great change of pace or "rainy day" activity.

You can build both "Team Esteem" and "Self-Esteem" using this activity. It is also great for helping young players handle the pressure and to calm their nerves.


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Wednesday, February 26
TELL-ME-SOMETHING-GOOD Bring Your Team Closer!


Often talented teams with high expectations underachieve and do not perform up to their ability. What causes this? More often than not, what is missing is "GOOD TEAM CHEMISTRY". What can we do as coaches to help build better "TEAM CHEMISTRY"? I want to share with you, one activity that I have used with great results. I use it when I sense "disunity or a lack of team chemistry" developing.

You can use a "TELL-ME-SOMETHING-GOOD" player COMMENT SHEET to build "GOOD TEAM CHEMISTRY". Here's how you do it. Give each player a slip of paper with each teammate's name on it. Beside each name are two blank lines. Each player is to write at least two positive things about each of her teammates. These statements must be something that she has always wanted to compliment her on or something that she wants her to always remember that she said! One statement must be "ABOUT THE TEAMMATE'S FASTPITCH SKILLS, ATTITUDE OR HOW SHE PLAYS THE GAME"! The other statement is about the person and her attributes outside softball. This statement says something good about her as a person, not as a player. What is written must be positive! Each player will be given a sheet with everyone's else's comments about them on it. Every player will read what each her teammates said about her! Each comment is labeled with the person's name that said it!

The hardest part about this is that you have to take every girl's comment slips, tape all of the comments together, to make each girls sheet. It may take some time but I can tell you that the effort is well worth the results. This is a great way to bring everyone closer. Sometimes it helps a player as much to see what her teammates "did not" write about her as much as to see what they "did" write! I hope I have done an adequate job of explaining how I do this.

This is to be a "POSITIVE BUILDING ACTVILITY"! Do not allow girls to say anything negative. Each player MUST FIND TWO POSITIVE THINGS to SAY ABOUT EACH OF HER TEAMMATES! The comment sheets that you compile and give to each player will become one of their "KEEPSAKES FOR LIFE". I have players that cherish these sheets as some of their greatest memories of high school. This activity seems to really "BRING A TEAM TOGETHER" with a new sense of oneness, pride, closeness, and confidence. If you think it might help your team, try it! I think you will like what happens! One last suggestion is to do this as a group activity together without discussion. If you make it an overnight "take home" homework project make sure that the girls do not discuss their answers or comments with others. The comments must be sincere, original and "spoken from the heart"!


Fast Pitch
Softball Fast Pitch CURVEBALL

As far as drills for a curve the most useful is having the pitcher throw from the slingshot position.

Concentrating on the proper position of the hand at the hip. Instead of the ball facing the batter when it is at the hip, the hand should be palm up to the sky and the ball laying in the hand so if you were to stop the motion the ball would stay in the hand. Once the pitcher starts her push off the rubber she should concentrate on bringing the hand around with the hip and peeling the ball off the side of the hand. The forefinger (the middle one) will be along the seam and the index finger under the forefinger ( basically the same grip as the rise). The forefinger will peel the ball off sideways by using the seam, in effect spinning the ball. Be careful not to get under the ball that will cause it to rise. As far as in and out all you can do is try different release points, the more a pitcher throws the more comfortable and accurate she will become.


Fast Pitch
Softball Fast Pitch FOREARM STRENGTH

Heres a tip a coach told me about quite a number of years ago. This drill can increase your strength in the hand, wrist, and especially the forearm. Using this exercise really helped me in my pitching.

Put a pile of single sheet newspapers in an area you would normally walk by the most times during the day. Every time you walk by, grab a sheet and wad it up, using only one hand. This is the kind of exercise that you hardly notice doing after awhile.


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Fast Pitch
Softball Fast Pitch 4 CONTROL

All of these drills improve speed and control/direction.

1. Stand facing toward the wall in your stride position (standing sideways). Take a ball and flick your ball straight to the wall and it should come right back to you. Only use you wrist no windmill. This drill can be done indoors with a rubber or incrediball, or outside with a regular ball against a pitchback.

2. This drill is also to be done in or outdoors. Stand 8ft. Away from the wall in your stride position, do your windmill and close your hips and the ball should come right back to you

3. This one is also to be done in or outdoors. Stand 6ft away from a wall in your stride position and just do your windmill do not close your hips, the ball should come right back to you, time yourself for 15 seconds and see how many you can do. Every time you do it see if you can get more than the time before.

4. The last drill should be done outside with a catcher. Get a weight ball and kneel down on one knee with your other knee facing the catcher. And only using your wrist snap flick the ball to your target or catcher. As you do 15 move back a couple of feet. When you're about 10ft from the plate use a regular ball. Then when you're about 20ft away from the plate do the windmill, until you can do this all the way from the rubber.