Softball chants

If you’re ever looking for some good ones, here are several courtesy of our friends at Norco Girls Softball in Norco, CA.
(sing to the tune of the Addams family theme song)
We’re mighty and we’re vicious
some say were superstitious
we always hit your pitches
the (team name) softball team,
du nu nu nu (clap 2) du nu nu nu (clap 2) du nu nu nu du nu nu nu du nu nu nu

There was a little froggy sitting on a log
he was cheering for the other team and had no sense at all
the batter hit a foul ball and hit him on the head
and when he got back up again this is what he said
he said go , go go , go you mighty (team name)
fight, fight fight, fight you mighty (team name)
win, win win, win you mighty (team name) go fight win and beat um to the very end

(Say when your team hits a foul ball)
O-lay O-lay, O-lay O-lay
hit that ball the other way
our team is hot hot hot, your team is not not not
so hit the ball ball ball, over the wall wall wall

(name) is a friend of mine
she can rip it anytime
rip na-na-na-na rip na-na-na-na-na
put a bat in her hand she can rip it yes she can
rip na-na-na-na rip na-na-na-na-na

Florida oranges
Texas cactus
we play your team just for practice
throw em’ in the tub
take out the plug
there goes your team glub, glub, glub

We got singles in our britches yes we do
(repeat)
we got singles in our britches and it really really itches (shake butt at pitcher)
we got singles in our britches yes we do
(repeat the hole cheer over singing doubles, triples, and homeruns)

Hit it
(one girl) Hit it, Rip it, Knock it out !!!
(all) Drive it, Drive it.
(repeat many times, gets faster each time)

Whats UP?
(one) Hey (team name)
(all) Hey what?
(one) Hey (team name)
(all) Whats up?
(one) Show me how to get down
(all) No way !!
(one) Show me how to get down
(all) O.K. !!
(all) First we clap our hands, then we stamp our feet, and boogie to the beat, then we turn around and touch the ground, then we wiggle it, just a little bit, oooh oooh, then we wiggle it just a little bit, oooh, oooh, !!!!

We Love You
(one) We love you
(all faster) We love you
(one) You stole two
(all faster) You stole two
(one) Oh golly gee
(all faster) Oh golly gee
(one) Now steal three
(all faster) Now steal three
(one) We want more
(all faster) We want more
(one) Now let’s score
(all faster) Now let’s score

Up to Bat
(batters name) is up to bat
she’ll give the ball a whack
If I were you I’d scoot your
booty back w__a__y__________ back

When your up your up
(all)
When your up your up
When your down, your down
And when your up against the (team name)
Your upside down !!!

Who rocks the house
(all)
Who rocks the house?
I said who rocks the house?
(team name) Rocks the house
And when (team name) Rocks the house
They Rock it all the way down
They Rock it all the way down.

Runs, Runs
(all)
Runs,Runs, we want runs.
Runs,Runs, we want runs.
Round those bases,
Shake those buns,
Runs,Runs,Runs !!!!

We want a single
(all)
We want a single, just a little single
S-I-N-G-L-E single, single, single

We want a double, just a little double
D-O-U-B-L-E double, double, double

We want a triple, just a little triple
T-R-I-P-L-E triple, triple, triple

We want a homerun, just a little homerun
H-O- H-O-M H-O-M-E-R-U-N!!!!

Razzle Dazzle
(all) Razzle Dazzle (clap clap clap)
Razzle Dazzle (clap clap clap)
(one) My name is _______ I’m number one
my reputation has just begun, so if you see
me now move aside, cause ______ baby don’t take no jive
(all) Oh she thinks shes bad
(one) Correction baby I know I’m bad
(all) Oh she thinks shes fine
(one) Fine enough to blow your mind
(all) Oh she thinks shes cool
(one) Cool enough to say we rule
(all) Razzle Dazzle (clap clap clap)
(all) Razzle Dazzle (clap clap clap)
repeat with another girl.

We need better referees!

By David Crawford

This is a statement I have heard over and over again throughout the years, and if we were all to sit down and contemplate the situation, I think everyone would be in agreement. Having quality officials on every match conducted here in North Texas would be a tremendous luxury! Wouldn’t it be great to go to a game where nobody wonders what the referee has just called.  No complaints about off-sides. Everyone could see every call clearly, including the referee in the middle. All calls would go the obvious way, and there would be absolutely no reason for anyone to get upset during a game.

Unfortunately we do not get to live in this dream world, but are yanked back to reality when the assistant referee calls for a throw-in when you knew perfectly well the ball never totally crossed the line. Recently I attended an under 8 game where the referee was informed by all the non-referee people in the crowd whenever he missed a call. Oh what a tremendous example we set for our children when we yell at the person having jurisdiction over a match over something as silly as whether a ball went out of bounds; where the player was standing when the ball was kicked; or even whether or not the player used their hands to play the ball! Wouldn’t it be a great thing to be able to share with the youngsters, and believe it yourself, that sometimes you do everything right, and you still lose? What is the harm in telling your kids “Sometimes the referee misses some, sometimes they’re wrong, and sometimes they’re right.”? Aren’t we building a better world for our future when we teach our children to work through adversity rather than stand up and yell about something that won’t matter two hours from now, much less two years?

This year has been extremely difficult for referees.  Referee assault and abuse cases are way beyond where they were a year ago. What is especially troublesome is that many of the referees are our younger ones themselves. Players, who have taken the basic referee course, and are learning the game from a new angle.

Knowledge of the game, and experience will tell you that generally the best referees come from people who have played the game. Understanding how the game is played helps in reading the game, knowing what to expect, and what does ad does not matter.  Our up and coming young referees are just embarking on a new era in soccer here in North Texas, and across the country. We are just now beginning to see referees coming from the ranks of players, bringing with them understanding and knowledge of the game.  Let’s give them time to learn the game from a different perspective.  Before we jump up and yell, “You must be joking” why not say “Oh well” instead? By doing just this very thing we can reduce our chances of getting heart attacks, and simultaneously teach our children to respect authority while all the time allowing the young referee to learn the game.

If we don’t protect our young referees and allow them to learn, we will never get the people who know the game best in the middle, and consequently years from now we will still be saying, “We need better referees”.

David Crawford is the Vice President of Development for the North Texas State Soccer Association. He can be reached at dcrawford@ntxsoccer.org

Football sneak preview!

We’re very, very excited about our upcoming CoachDeck Football. This has been, by far, our most requested deck and its finally completed and ready for production! We will have it available for sale in time for the 2012 season! Because of the complexities of the sport, this has been the most challenging title for us to produce, and has involved many lively discussions within CoachDeck. We believe the finished product will be met with tremendous feedback, just like CoachDecks for Baseball, Soccer, Basketball and Softball. Be among the first to check out a sneak preview!

Catcher’s target

By Ryan Sienko, Owner of Catch and Throw

Catchers are sometimes guilty of giving a target that doesn’t help the pitcher out in any way. Pitchers trust us to call pitches, know hitters, give locations, and if we don’t come through with that trust, we are not helping that pitcher, but hurting him. I can think of one instance when I gave a sign for a fastball middle inside to a right handed hitter. I gave the target and the pitcher pitched. The ball never reached my mitt and was a three run home run. I, like many other catchers, held the spot with my glove for a second after the ball was hit. The problem was when I saw my glove and realized where the pitch was; I saw that the pitcher hit the exact spot that I laid out for him. Perfect pitch if you were to look at the target and pitch location. Getting lazy with a target or giving the wrong target is just a bad as calling a wrong pitch.

When giving a target for the pitcher there are some things to think about:

• Hand Position in Glove

Fingers Up – Make Sure to keep the fingers up when giving the target. Some people want to have the thumb parallel to the ground when giving a target. This can cause the chance of jamming the thumb on the glove hand side by sliding the glove to the receiving position instead of turning the glove to receive the ball

• Least Amount of movement as possible – Try not to give away the target or the pitch by moving the body too much while setting up. The moves are slight, soft, and quiet. Hitters can hear and feel where you are going if you are loud and big with the movements

• Glove position in relation to body – Try to keep the target in the middle of the body. It makes the whole target look bigger to the pitcher because he can hard focus on the glove, but the catcher’s body is right behind the glove. If there is nothing behind the target, it makes it look smaller and harder to hit.

• Bottom of the Strike Zone – Unless you are trying to elevate the pitch, try to keep the ball down. The standard deviation for a pitchers at 60’ 6” or around 54’ where they let the ball go is about 8” from the target on each side. So a 16” diameter. If you give a target that is above the knees or mid thigh and the pitcher misses 8” that will be almost to the belt or belt high. Not too many pitches reach the catcher at any age if the ball is belt high

• Glove Timing – Some pitchers will like the target early and some will like it late for their target. Make sure that the catcher knows what each pitcher’s preference is.

• Body Placement on Plate – Know where the pitcher is capable of throwing the pitches. If he can hit the target with no problem, you are more apt to go to the thirds, or corners. If it is a pitcher who has great movement, but not always sure where the ball is going, set up in the middle of the plate and give the pitcher some margin of error on both sides of the target. Let the natural movement get the hitters out, not the exact location. This will help many pitchers who cannot throw tons of strikes. Let them be wild, but in the strike zone

• Body Placements

Middle – Split the catcher’s body with the point of the plate

Thirds – Divide the plate into Three Pieces

Corners – Split the plate with the body on the corners of the plate

Off – When trying to get the ball in off of the plate or away from the hitter.

Ryan Sienko is founder and CEO of Catch and Throw, a catching instruction, information, and conditioning company. He played professionally for eight seasons with the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and in independent baseball where he was an All-Star. In early 2010 the Joliet Jackhammers inducted him as the inaugural player to their Hall of Fame. He is also an associate scout for the Baltimore Orioles. Ryan can be reached at ryan@catchandthrow.com

Sixteen dollars for two soccer balls and much joy

Kids around the world have a passion for soccer. But many kids living in poverty have never played with a real soccer ball. They play with balls made of rags or old corn husks. Some use plastic grocery bags stuffed inside one another and tied with string. By donating a soccer ball, you can bring joy to a child – or maybe an entire village. World Vision will donate two soccer balls in your name for only $16.00. You can go to their website, www.worldvisiongifts.org and see the many astounding things your small contribution can do for those less fortunate. Give the gift of warm clothing, shoes, clean water, school supplies or even livestock and make a difference. If you’re doing all you can right now, two soccer balls is a good start.

The Three Major Functions Sport Plays in the Athlete’s Life

By Dr. Alan Goldberg

(Note: This is the second in a series on Injuries to Athletes: The first installment may be read here.)

#1 SENSE OF IDENTITY – If you are a serious athlete and have been competing long enough, then you will soon come to see yourself in terms of your sport. You’re a swimmer, ball player, skater, tennis player, wrestler, gymnast, etc. It’s who you are and what you do! With your long-term investment and commitment of time, energy and pain over the years, your sport has become an integral part of who you are. It’s how you see yourself and how others see you. Your sport has become an extension of your sense of self. When you compete, this sense of identity further expands to include the role that you play on your team both tactically and socially/emotionally.

#2 MAJOR SOURCE OF SELF-ESTEEM – As a young tennis player growing up in a family with distant and uninvolved parents, tennis served (no pun intended) as my sole source of self-esteem. It was one of the only things that I did that brought me recognition. I learned quickly, steadily excelled and, with each of my accomplishments, my ego was built up by my friends, coaches, other players and the media. It was the one place in the world where I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was O.K. For most serious athletes, your sport provides you with this same continual source of positive reinforcement and feedback. There is enjoyment and self-satisfaction in mastering new skills, overcoming ever more challenging obstacles and progressively getting stronger and better. Furthermore, the outside recognition of your accomplishments by friends, family and your community stoke the fires of self-esteem so that they bum even brighter within you. Having a great game, race or match feels fantastic and provides concrete evidence that your hard work is paying off and that you are “special”.

#3 A CONSTRUCTIVE WAY TO COPE WITH STRESS – There is absolutely no question that physical exercise helps you better handle stress of all kinds. Individuals who have no physical outlets in their life tend to internalize their stress. Since they have no way of getting it out of their bodies, the stress stays there and may emerge as stomach problems, headaches, or other physical symptoms. The individual without a way to physically “burn” stress out of his body may even turn to drugs, alcohol or some other addictive, self-destructive behavior to help him cope. (This is not to say that exercise can’t itself be used addictively and in a self-destructive manner because, of course it can.). Furthermore, many athletes discover that their involvement in their sport is a constructive way to escape from the stress of a dysfunctional family or deprived environment. Their sport offers them a safe and constructive way to channel their frustrations and aggression. Along these same lines, your sport can provide you as an athlete with a vehicle to a better life. If you’re good enough, your sport can get you a college scholarship and open up a door that might have been otherwise closed to you.

So what happens to all of these psychological goodies when you’re suddenly sidelined by an injury? Next: THE PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES OF INJURY

Dr. Alan Goldberg is a nationally-known expert in the field of applied sport psychology, Dr. Goldberg works with athletes and teams across all sports at every level, from professional and Olympic caliber right down to junior competitors. He is the author of 25 mental toughness training programs and Director of Competitive Advantage. His website is www.competitivedge.com.

The Bleachers

Do you know the rule?

Here is a link from one of our client’s websites, Salisbury Little League, with some “Stump the Ump” questions they’ve borrowed from Little League’s page. Some of these are tricky and all new and volunteer umpires might be interested in checking them out.

Tip (off) of the cap to our veterans

Today, in our hometown, a first-ever event is being staged in honor of America’s veterans and Veteran’s Day. Michigan State will play North Carolina in the official tip-off of the college basketball season on the deck of the Carrier Carl Vinson. The preparation and effort that has gone into making this happen has been incredible. President and Mrs. Obama will be in attendance, along with some 7000 fans, mostly servicemen and women. Here is the San Diego Union Tribune article. Hats off to all those who served.

Baseball wisdom

Check out these pearls from the baseball world:

It’s a mere moment in a man’s life between an all-star game and an old-timers game. – Vin Scully

Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter. – Satchel Paige

The trick is growing up without growing old. – Casey Stengel

The future isn’t what it used to be. – Yogi Berra