Either the most unorthodox batting stance ever OR
making sure you don’t get beaned by a bad pitch!
The USA Softball team is competing in the Pan-American games going right now as well.
This picture sums up perfectly a lot of the comments I get every time I post a picture of softball action. So many women who miss playing the game they loved…
Alisa Goler jumping onto home plate after hitting a walkoff home run to beat the Pride Thursday
Sometimes you find an image you just know is a great image like the one softball image I posted the other day:
(And I think this one above is another one in that category).
But I was really surprised how much that photo took off and how that would get a bunch of my other softball images reblogged and one thing that strikes me over and over…
The game/sport of softball has really touched the lives of so many girls and women in such a meaningful way. I think it’s fantastic and one of the reasons for this tumblr’s existence, to celebrate women in sport.
But the thing that I always also wonder about is how many replies/reblogs I get where women say “Oh I miss softball so much”. And I always wonder why they stopped playing if they miss and loved it so much.
I think, for all the advancements of Title IX and how great things have been in the last 20-30 years for getting young women involved in sports, there still seems to be this implied Logan’s Run sort of restriction that once a woman graduates high school or college, her sports days are done.
I also think the success of Roller Derby is a sort of grass-roots rebellion against that arbitrary imposed limitation on adult women participating in sports.
I just wish, for how much women love softball, there were more ways they could keep playing once school days have passed.
Cause things like above in that picture shouldn’t be lost once we hit the grown-up world.
The Carolina Bombs softball team
This is Candis Kapuscinski of Holland, NY. She won this year’s HighSchoolSports.net ‘s Ultimate Athlete.
She was the most valuable player on her school’s Softball team, Soccer team AND Basketball teams! In basketball alone, she averaged 21.9 points a game while leading Holland’s basketball team to its first division title. She was also the school’s first player, female or male, to score 1000 points.
Look at Nick Jonas with his Major League swing! From the 2011 Taco Bell Celebrities and Legends softball game.
Not sure if Jennie Finch was there as a Legend or a Celebrity these days. From the 2011 Taco Bell Celebrities and Legends softball game.
American Idol winner Jordin Sparks blasts a hit in the 2011 Taco Bell Celebrities and Legends Softball game. Her father was an NFL player so sports runs in the family!
Hitting my first grand slam at a tournament my team placed first in over the July 4th weekend.
There’s at least a few of my favorite things in this photo…