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  1. Reaper

    Any Fastpitch Dads/Coaches here

    As someone who bought the Wrong Bat for $100.... And then Found THE bat that I see most kids using... We just got a Demarini Vendetta The 2017 model Was on sale on the site for $139 Normally $199 https://www.demarini.com/en-us/bats/fastpitch-bats/2017-vendetta-12-fastpitch-bat-128530 It made a difference for her - Mostly because the old Demarini Bustos bat was an inch longer (same weight) and not a composite....It was also weighted funny - more weight at the end so IMO it put a loop in her swing Changing to (same weight) inch shorter and evenly weighted helped.... So, Make your kid swing a ####ty long bat for a few months then she'll love a good bat ; ) As long as your kid isn't Tiny I'd be looking at that Vendetta 29'' bat for Christmas or before Spring ball and start her off right. If she's tiny You can save it and let her swing just about anything smaller and lighter for a little..... I think it's more size of the girl than Age... If She can swing that 29'' and your gonna buy it anyway why buy something cheaper or let her swing something inferior ETA - I thought I read she was 9...... yeah, If she's 8 and not a Big girl you might just wait.
  2. Reaper

    Any Fastpitch Dads/Coaches here

    Is that Frowned upon???? I didn't think so.
  3. Reaper

    Any Fastpitch Dads/Coaches here

    I'm talking 10u.... So probably a Newbie compared to you guys... I'm the epitome of Daddy ball. We play Spring Rec and Fall Rec. So, to me as a guy who is only a Daddy-Coach and may never do it again, This Championship means EVERYTHING.....LOL Then she also plays her 1st year of Travel ball.... So, this is our 1st Tournament every this weekend... And of course all of it comes on the same weekend.. Tourney / Rec Playoffs..
  4. Reaper

    Any Fastpitch Dads/Coaches here

    It's 10u...... It's all new to me so, I Still freak out.... I hope, very soon, to be a spectator and not a coach and my goal is to be one of those dads off in right field with a chair and ear buds....
  5. Reaper

    Any Fastpitch Dads/Coaches here

    THIS IS IT!!!!!!!! Took 1st place coaching my kids rec team... Heading to the Playoffs and beyond..... Also have our 1st "Tournament" for Travel.... So I'm sure everyone else knows what I'm in for more than I do. 3 Games Saturday - Seeding for Sunday - Rec Playoff game late Sunday..... SIX GAMES?????? I'm tired already, I hope she handles it well... She's still pitching "great" but, every time we face another travel team I prepare myself for the worst. So far only 1 Travel team we faced was on a different level and I wanted to age check the girls... We faced 2 other teams and I was little surprised they weren't better - Again, as we all see, "better" mostly means a great pitcher. the rest kinda falls into place. We'll see what these Tourney teams look like... Had the time of my life Coaching these girls, Jealous of ppl who get to do this all the time But, I'm exhausted and can't wait for November!!!!!!! But, this is it for me...... It's all on the line..... I'll probably cry if we win it all...LOL
  6. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! She's 10 now.... We'll see but, As of now NO!
  7. She can go...................... I'd be going to tho. I won't follow too closely behind. But, I'd always be a 15 minute call away, Doesn't even need to tell the other girls and I'd wear a disguise if she wants. ETA... I only have 1 girl and I plan to ALWAYS be a 15 minute call away so, maybe disregard my opinion....lol
  8. Reaper

    Any Fastpitch Dads/Coaches here

    Having a great season so far... Had the greatest win of my short coaching career - Put the girls all where they wanted to play, tiny young girl wanted 3rd and short - YOU GOT IT!!!! - Pitched 2 girls who never pitched in a game before.........Down 10-1 after 2 innings - Won 15-10!!!!!!! Girl is pitching as good as can be...... She tantalizes batters with her slowness.....lol Racking up some nice innings with travel ball - I estimate she threw 200 pitches one weekend.... Nothing beats getting that work in.... Got our 1st Tournament in 2 weeks plus playoffs in Travel and Rec!!!!!!
  9. Reaper

    Any Fastpitch Dads/Coaches here

    Epitome of "DADDY BALL"...... I'm the Manager / HC of my daughter's 10u team.. lol I did it mostly so I can get a lot of her friends on 1 team..... I did it for the Draft!!!!! Also still fun at this level to teach the young one's!!!!! So, here we go... FALL BALL.... She's also doing Travel Ball for the 1st time. Going to get a lot of pitching in this year...
  10. Reaper

    Any Fastpitch Dads/Coaches here

    Yup - Our Coach last year said it "If you just save all that money from Coaching and Travel..... you pretty much can set up your own scholarship....lol
  11. Reaper

    Any Fastpitch Dads/Coaches here

    LOL... I really don't know how ppl do it.... I mean, I only get a few vacations where I'd like to actually vacation. Buddy of mine just did a Tourney down south and says it cost him almost 5k.... Hotels, Food, Gas, entertainment etc....WTF!!!!! That's more than my vacations!!! He also Pays a large sum for the Travel Team... IDK, Maybe 4k.....?? Sheesh...
  12. Reaper

    Any Fastpitch Dads/Coaches here

    OK.. BACK AT IT..... Been Pitching at 2x a week since the end of Williamsport.... Back with the coach. She wants to try out for Travel tonight - We'll do it for the experience but, I can't be Travelling more than 30 miles LOL (Save this post) Fall ball starts up in 3 weeks.... I'm happy she's still at 10U for 1 more year... A good year to really determine if you wanna be a pitcher IMO, Although pitching to 3rd graders and that strike zone might be frustrating.... CHEERS!!!!!
  13. Reaper

    Any Fastpitch Dads/Coaches here

    Finished up with the 10U All-Star Game.... Girl got to pitch to all bigger better kids and did well... 3 straight Ks even for 1 a 1-2-3 inning. My final analysis after 4 months learning to windmill with Pitching coach then 1 Spring Season...... IT'S @#T*&@*#&%$*%@# CRAZY..... WHY WOULD ANYONE PITCH?????!!!!!! It's BRUTAL!!!!!!!L.... We talked to college pitchers... IT NEVER GETS BETTER ------ The entire existence of a Softball pitcher is Brutal Disaster any given Day... and often OH GOD!!!! I seriously might not survive it. When I see Dads with young kids thinking of it I Say................ DON"T DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean, Unless your kid is some bigger, POWERFUL kid that naturally throws GAS.. Oh BTW Wild thing Smashed some kid in the helmet, then 2 more kids before being pulled in the All Star Game.... Still, She's the one that should work it and just may make it.... But, the Mom is losing her mind right now. Oh Well... On to Williamsport then another ####load of pitching lesson $$$$$..... LOL CANT WAIT!
  14. Reaper

    Any Fastpitch Dads/Coaches here

    SOUL CRUSHING - DEVASTATING - LOSS Uggghhhh, I slept like hell.. Wild thing was same as always - Gave up like 9 runs, my girl couldn't find the plate, hit 3 girls, 5 runs Just sucks to lose because you walk in runs and the opponent does squat other than stand there, especially when it's your girl on the mound... Why the hell would anyone want to pitch.........lol - Talking to an older college coach - "It's a grind every step of the way" The Work one needs to put in to pitch..... I'm going to check with my girl and make sure she wants this because man, you can field grounders every couple of days and be a great fielder - Pitching is like a whole other game, like 1000x harder than anything else. I'm sure the league would hate it cuz not many kids pitch but, Pitching just Sucks. When I hear / See Dads with Younger girls talking about pitching I tell them "DO NOT DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I mean, Wild Thing is one thing - She pitches 50mph as a young kid mostly naturally - Once she fine tunes that and moves up to Taller girls with bigger strike zone I think she'll be a College Pitcher - But, I mean, normal little girls asking to pitch..... Just DON'T..;p; Oh well, These Williamsport practices are gonna kick her butt and hopefully she's not as CRUSHED as I get when you get knocked out like that. Tried to make it a Learning opportunity.. But.... Uggghhhh