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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Wesley Wolverine junior #8
OF Megan DiRubbio (Smyrna, DE).

Wesley Wolverines fastpitch team, from left,
TOP ROW:
freshman #9 OF/C Miranda Kinney (Bethlehem PA),
freshman #32 OF Kelly Palmer (Hershey, PA),
freshman #17 P/ 1B Juli Neel (Haddon Township, NJ),
sophomore #7 OF Brandi Dalious (Harrington, DE),
Head Coach Juli Greep,
freshman #4 P/ UT Abbey Mayse (Cecilton, MD),
freshman #25 P/ 1B Dori Loukopoulos (Chambersburg, PA),
freshman #12 C/INF Mykayla Bird-Clahar (Egg Harbor City, NJ),
MIDDLE ROW:
sophomore #6 P/UT Allison Mills (Leonardtown, MD),
freshman #1 MI Bianca Newsom (Edison, NJ),
sophomore #2 3B/SS Karina Cardona (Cooper City, FL),
sophomore #23 MI Brooke Retkowski (Baltimore, MD),
freshman #5 UT Amanda Curry (Williamsport, MD),
BOTTOM ROW, TEAM CAPTAINS,
junior #13 UT Ashley Royer (Lititz, PA),
junior #8 OF Megan DiRubbio (Smyrna, DE),
senior #99 OF Lauren Hoffman (Bear, DE).


How a boxing glove started it all!
Game of softball born
on 
Thanksgiving Day!


The first game of what would become the sport of softball was played 130 years ago on Thanksgiving Day, 1887.

This Thanksgiving Day "softball" game actually was a hastily configured baseball contest, which pitted Yale versus Harvard alumni inside Chicago's Farragut Boat Club.



1887: HOW IT HAPPENED…


A Yale alumnus mischievously threw a boxing glove at a Harvard buddy just after a telegram arrived announcing that Yale had bested Harvard in the annual holiday football game. The Harvard fellow grabbed a broom handle and swung at the boxing glove, while reporter George Hancock, who was part of the group, yelled out “Play ball!”


Suddenly a new game was born with Hancock even writing down the day's rules for posterity.

George Hancock and Chicago's Farragut Boat Club, 1887.

1889: OUTDOOR FIELD...


In 1889 the game moved outdoors. Minneapolis fireman Lewis Rober marked up the first field and set seven innings as the game's official length

 
First photo of a softball team, Chicago, 1897

By this time, the ball had become a small medicine ball -- 16 inches in circumference -- with a bat two inches thick! Rober changed that. His version of the contest used a ball that was more modern in appearance, now 12 inches wide.


Louis Rober's team named “The Kittens”
that kept a Minneapolis fire company crew in top fit shape.


These games, whether played with a 16" 0r 12" ball were known variously as “indoor baseball”, “cabbage ball”, “mush ball”, “kitten ball”, “pumpkin ball”, “diamond ball”, etc. They began to draw as many as 3,000 fans. 



The early game was played indoors and outdoors with a ball the size of a small medicine ball and a bat two inches thick.

1895: WOMEN ENTER THE GAME


The first women’s "softball" team (still termed "kitten ball" or
“girls' indoor base-ball”) was formed at Chicago’s West Division High School. The young ladies were not able to play competitively until 1899 when they finally hired a coach. They eventually claimed the Cook County championship!

First women’s softball team,
West Division High School, Chicago, circa 1900.


1926: SOFTBALL GETS ITS NAME... 

An old 16 inch ball
In 1926, the Denver YMCA dubbed the sport “softball” for the first time. The name started to catch on.

1931: FIRST TRAVEL TEAM...


The first travel team formed in 1931. It was a squad entirely of men, 75 years-of-age and older, taking the field in business-suit-like uniforms (wearing ties and bowties), who called themselves Kids and Kubs



Kids and Kubs, St. Petersburg, FL, 1933



1933: ASA FORMED…


Newspaper reporter Leo Fischer and sporting goods salesman Michael Pauley brought the game to the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, where 55 teams participated before 350,000 fans who watched different contests of men's and women's slow and fastpitch.


Quaskies Kittenball Team of Quasqueton, Iowa, 1934. 
 
The ASA – Amateur Softball Association – was founded that fall (1933) by Fischer and Pauley. Softball had arrived!



SOFTBALL 2017: Unlike many high school and college sports, softball and its counterpart, baseball, today have become part of everyday youth and adult life, whether from a seat in the stands or actual participation.

Today ASA registers some 245,000 teams and over 3.5 million youth and adult players.

There are just over 1,600 college softball programs across the country. These number 286 DI programs, 264 DII, 392 DIII, 205 intercollegiate and 470 community college softball teams.

Women’s College World Series fans has been growing at a 33% clip. This past season the games averaged a total live audience (TV + streaming) of 1.583 million viewers.

Of course, fastpitch softball has been reinstated in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games.

National Pro Fastpitch! (NPF) is growing by leaps and bounds, billing itself as...

“Seventy-mile per hour pitches, 240-foot home runs, soft hands and lightning-quick reactions all wound into seven feverish innings of gritty, gutsy, fast-paced action. Welcome to hard-hittin', fast-pitchin', affordable family fun!”




Wesley Wolverine senior #99 OF Lauren Hoffman (Bear, DE).

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

MAKE GOOD HABITS

Wesley Wolverine sophomore #23 MI Brooke Retkowski (Baltimore, MD).

SPEED, MOVEMENT, LOCATION

Pitching...
The players who throw really, really hard get lots of attention, and hard throwing can make a difference in pitching success.

Speed is important. But movement is more important, and location is the most important.”

CLICK HERE 
for the full story.

WESLEY WOLVERINE FRESHMAN HURLERS, from top,
#4 P/ UT Abbey Mayse (Cecilton, MD),
#17 P/ 1B Juli Neel (Haddon Township, NJ),
#25 P/ 1B Dori Loukopoulos (Chambersburg, PA).

Monday, November 20, 2017

IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING

Wesley Wolverine senior #99 
OF Lauren Hoffman (Middletown, DE).

Sunday, November 19, 2017

PART IV: CAMP PHOTOS

WOLVERINE SOFTBALL
SKILLS AND PROSPECT CAMP
Saturday, November 18, 2017

PART IV: 91 PHOTOS
of the team & campers


Final photos from the camp

Links to: Part I (108 photos) Part II (98) Part III (95) Part IV (91)
and the "Lighter side of camp post"

From top, left to right, Wesley Wolverines
freshman #12 C/INF Mykayla Bird-Clahar (Egg Harbor City, NJ), 
sophomore #23 MI Brooke Retkowski (Baltimore, MD), 
sophomore #2 3B/SS Karina Cardona (Cooper City, FL), 
freshman #32 OF Kelly Palmer (Hershey, PA),
junior #8 OF Megan DiRubbio (Smyrna, DE), 
senior #99 OF Lauren Hoffman (Bear, DE).

PART III: CAMP PHOTOS

WOLVERINE SOFTBALL
SKILLS AND PROSPECT CAMP
Saturday, November 18, 2017

PART III: 95 PHOTOS
of the team & campers


Many more photos of the camp
to come in PART IV
 later this week.



LIGHTER SIDE

WOLVERINE SOFTBALL
SKILLS AND PROSPECT CAMP
Saturday, November 18, 2017

IT IS A FULL DAY OF SOFTBALL. You might not find another college fastpitch camp conducted with greater intensity, more softball instruction, and coaching or a wider variation of workouts than Wesley’s skills and prospect camp.

HOWEVER, THERE’S OCCASIONALLY A LIGHTER SIDE, if only for a few short moments, as shown in the photos below. For the most part, these Wolverines players are reacting to a favorite tune that suddenly played as background music. 


Pictured are Wesley Wolverines freshman #12 C/INF Mykayla Bird-Clahar (Egg Harbor City, NJ), junior #8 OF Megan DiRubbio (Smyrna, DE), freshman #32 OF Kelly Palmer (Hershey, PA) and freshman #1 MI Bianca Newsom (Edison, NJ).


KEEP WATCHING THIS BLOG FOR MANY MORE CAMP PHOTOS FROM LAST SATURDAY. There are still a couple hundred to be posted!


PART II: CAMP PHOTOS

WOLVERINE SOFTBALL
SKILLS AND PROSPECT CAMP
Saturday, November 18, 2017

PART II: 98 PHOTOS
of the team & campers


Many more photos of the camp
– PART III, PART IV, etc. –
to come later this week.


GOOD QUALITIES

From left-to-right, Wesley Wolverines 
freshman #32 OF Kelly Palmer (Hershey, PA) and 
freshman #1 MI Bianca Newsom (Edison, NJ).


Composite graphic above from two different 
photos of each player hitting into separate nets.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

PART I: CAMP PHOTOS

WOLVERINE SOFTBALL
SKILLS AND PROSPECT CAMP
Saturday, November 18, 2017

PART I: 108 PHOTOS
of the team & campers


Many more photos of the camp
– PART II, PART III, etc. –
to come later this week.

CAMP TODAY!

Wesley Wolverine freshman #4 P/ UT Abbey Mayse (Cecilton, MD).

Friday, November 17, 2017

MOST VITAL SKILL

A Softball Player’s Most Vital Skill

Bat control is important, but you will not make solid contact every time. A pitcher will learn that she will not be “on her game” every time. In the game of softball there will be days when the umpire is inconsistent, the other team gets lucky bounces, or your coach makes bad decisions. Regardless of your preparation, you will experience days when your body will not perform at peak.

Wesley Wolverine junior #8
OF Megan DiRubbio (Smyrna, DE
).
 

So many things in softball are outside of your control, but there is one thing that you can always control. Top college coaches repeatedly tell me it is the thing they want most in a recruit. It has many names. You may call it composure, an intense competitive nature, mental toughness, unshakeable confidence, or sheer determination... 

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL POST (ARTICLE).

Thursday, November 16, 2017

LIFTING 11-16-2017

LIFTING
Thursday, November 16, 2017


OF THE EVENING’S LIFTING 



BOX JUMPING

CONDITIONING
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Box jumping: 
fastpitch explosion workout!

CLICK HERE FOR THE 
BOX JUMPING VIDEO


FAST PACED, ACTION PACKED

From left, Wesley Wolverines
freshman #1 MI Bianca Newsom (Edison, NJ),
sophomore #23 MI Brooke Retkowski (Baltimore, MD),
senior #99 OF Lauren Hoffman (Bear, DE).

THROWING ON THE RUN

From top, Wesley Wolverines sophomore
#23 MI Brooke Retkowski (Baltimore, MD) and 
freshman #1 MI Bianca Newsom (Edison, NJ)