what tips and by who did some of the top players get to improve their softball swings? I by no means claim to be a top player. Best advice/tips that I got starting in baseball growing up which I carried over to softball in later years was from my DS3 to hit 500 balls a day which Chris Alvarado told him back in the day to do and I suspect originated with TM60+.
who was the first guy to use the overlap grip in upper level softball? why did he do it? did he teach it to himself or did someone talk him into trying it? I have no idea who started it. I know that it is semi-similar to how many grip a golf club though. Not many use it in baseball but my Uncle Chris showed it to me at 12 and that's how I've swung since then. I don't know if he overlapped but I know Ron McGee used to barely but the pointer finger of his top hand on the bat and told me from a single digit age that hitting was all in your bottom hand and the top hand is there simply to guide similar to the non-dominant hand in a basketball shot. I know there are some players who have a Mike Piazza type swing where it is top hand dominant to snap off their swing. Different strokes for different folks I guess. My swing since 12 has been to get the most endloaded heaviest bat I can get through the zone and pull with my bottom hand and whole front side with the key being timing on the moment of inertia at contact to create power.
how has technology effected the game? has it helped or hurt the game? Technology in softball as in life has created lazy players where anyone can hit a homerun. Where in TM60+'s day power hitters were a valuable commodity the top players now separate themselves with speed defense and placement hitting more than ever. There are few major tournaments that have unlimited homeruns, the out come of limited homerun major tournaments comes down to defense, speed, and ball control. While there was a day that power hitter's practiced to hit moon shot after moon shot, today's best players now show their value by how to hit a rocket 3 foot off the ground that bounces off the wall halfway back to the infield for a double to set the table.
would the game be more interesting if it went back to wood bats and maybe 11 inch balls? I think it would be interesting to create an association that plays by these rules but not the whole game revert. I know they still have woodbat tourneys at delavega.
with flying be so difficult when this thing opens up..should the conference set regionals and allow each region to award three berths to the series? Tough to say. Really depends on when it opens, how sponsors are impacted by the shutdowns of their businesses and if things open up all at once across the country or in phases by location.
DS4's additional question to add to TM60+'s:
How do we view the impact of moving toward one main association vs. the old day's of teams attempting to win various association world titles? I remember back in the day that the old DSP teams attempted to win world titles in various associations and teams chased the slow pitch softball "grand slam" as these associations all had various rules of play and roster building teams attempted to meet standards of each and win them all. I believe 2019 was the first year in quite some time that my grandfather put a team in to win ASA/USA softball. It used to be a regular thing for him to chase multiple world titles many years splitting the various associations with Resmondo. I think while USSSA presents a unique level of play with the Conference League that has been created, I remember a day when the best pitcher in the game was the one that could adapt his craft to the rules of each association and win across them all. I wouldn't mind seeing a return to this where players had to master various associations.
To Flack029 on what everyone is doing:
It's been interesting to say the least. Fortunately I am able to work remotely from home. With regards to home schooling, the Mrs. and I have been attempting to use this time to teach the kids lessons that they don't teach anymore. I told the kids to start their own business and bring the idea to me and I'd help set it up. They decided to start a car wash since most are closed in the area. Fortunately most of the family lives within 3 miles one way or another from my house so they've been bringing cars by for $10 a pop, I've been making them look at cost of sponges, towels, soap, armor all, and such. In terms of PE class I loaded up on some high capacity nerf guns and we've been playing capture the flag. I've also been making them watch various movies a day or two a week that have to do with helping others especially in tough times like these and write a report back to me of various lengths depending on age of what they learned and how they can apply it to their lives now and whenever we come out of it.