Welcome to Softball Pickles. For all things softball.

Hey there I’m Coach Chuck. My family and I consider Softball our passion, and as a consequence, created and designed this site specifically geared to softball fans. But we know players and coaches alike will enjoy it as well.

Throughout this site, you will find timely news, great articles, softball tips and drills, cool softball links, training and equipment. We trust that our site will always have room for improvement, so we ask you, and encourage you to write in with your ideas and suggestions.

Please, grab your favorite beverage, sit back and enjoy your stay. It’s a pleasure having you with us.

What’s with the name? Many folks have asked me how we came up with the name, “Sofball Pickles.” You may be thinking the same thing, so here’s how it happened.

best softball batsOne night, while sitting on the back deck at our home, My wife, DD, and I were making a list of possible domain names for the site. My DD would then go in the house, and check online to see if the names were available. At one point, she came outside, and ecstatically proclaimed, “I’ve got it! Your going to love this. SoftballPickles.Com.” She was being her usually witty self and only joking, and had no idea that the word “pickle” was even associated with baseball and softball. But my wife and I immediately looked at each other, with that raised eyebrow look, and a lightbulb above our heads, and simultaneously shouted, “Hey.” The rest is history. In the words of the famous Paul Harvey, “And now you know the rest of the story.”

Caught in a rundown

Pickles and Softball? Now, if your not in the know, you may be wondering what sofball has to do with pickles. According to Wikipedia, a pickle, also called a rundown (it gets this nickname from the game “Pickle-in-the-middle” where two people keep the ball away from another) or a hotbox, is a situation in the game of baseball/softball that occurs when the baserunner is stranded between two bases and is in jeopardy. When the baserunner attempts to advance to the next base, she is cut off by the defensive player who has a live ball and attempts to return to her previous base before being tagged out. As she is doing this, the defenseman throws the ball past the baserunner to the previous base, forcing her to reverse directions again. This is repeated until the runner is put out or the defense commits an error and allows the runner to reach a base safely.

Softball year round? Whatever happened to the traditional softball season? You know…in rec ball, when practices started the first week in April, and the season opened 2 weeks later. By the first week in June, the regular season was over and playoffs began. By July 1st, the all-star teams are playing. Three weeks later, we were packing away the equipment, and ready for the much anticipated family vacation.

00_softball-batsAnd then came Travel Ball. What Vacation? My DD (darling daughter) now plays travel ball. I coach her travel team, and my wife, the ultimate Softball Mom, handles all the logistics of a travel softball family. Reality has set in. Softball has become a year round venture for us. All-stars may have ended in July, but the weekend travel tournaments and practices on week nights continued. In September, Fall Ball Sunday double headers commenced. (I just love getting up at 5:00 am on Sundays…but anything for my DD!) By the first of November, Fall Ball has ended. Ahhh!!! Finally, a little R&R, and a chance to get reaquainted with the extended family during the holidays, in between the on-going pitching and hitting lessons of course.

Ouch Hey, the New Year is here!! Just in time to begin indoor winter workouts and a 8-week hitting league. Oh, did I also mention twice-a-week pitching lessons? Are you feeling my pain yet? If so, you understand that it is a good pain. We wouldn’t have it any other way, would we? Fastpitch Softball has become our passion…a way of life. That’s why you are here. That’s why I created this site. For Softball Junkies like you and me and our DD’s.

Care to share? We are very interested in your family’s softball stories and experiences. We want this site to be a “gathering place” so to speak, for fastpitch softball families. You can read about our family’s entire softball evolution by clicking on the about us link. And when you’re finished, please feel free to “share your experiences”. We’d love to publish them on our site for the benefit of our extended softball family. In the spirit our our DD’s favorite game, I ecstatically proclaim, Play ball!!