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Well, ya know that sayin' "can't win 'em all?" yep, that us today! But it's all good! Crazier things have Vipers beating Razorbacks 12-9 right after our game! Holy cow! This was a twilight zone Memorial weekend!! Time to get our noses to the grindstone and get ready for a winning weekend at Disney starting Friday!! Have a great week and we will see you Tuesday for practice.

The earliest known softball game was played in Chicago, Illinois on Thanksgiving Day, 1887. It
took place at the Farragut Boat Club to hear the outcome of the Yale and Harvard football game. When the score was announced and bets were settled, a Yale alumnus threw a boxing glove at a Harvard supporter. The other person grabbed a stick and swung at it. George Hancock called out "Play ball!" and the game began, with the boxing glove tightened into a ball, a broom handle serving as a bat. This first contest ended with a score of
41-40. The ball, being soft, was fielded barehanded.

George Hancock is credited as the game's inventor for his development of ball and an undersized bat in the next week. The Farragut Club soon set rules for the game, which spread quickly to outsiders. Envisioned as a way for baseball players to maintain their skills during the winter, the sport was called "Indoor Baseball". Under the name of "Indoor-Outdoor", the game moved outside in the next year, and the first rules were published in 1889.

By the 1940s, fast pitching began to dominate the game. Although slow pitch was present at the 1933 World's Fair, the main course of action taken was to lengthen the pitching distance. Slow pitch achieved formal recognition in 1953 when it was added to the program of the Amateur Softball Association, and within a decade had surpassed fast pitch in popularity.

Over 5.9 million girls from
6 to 17 years of age
play softball!

Softball is now played
on every continent with
more than 100 countries
now active members of the International Softball Federation.

The first appearance of women's fast pitch softball
at the Summer Olympics occurred in 1996 games.

Softball was known as various other names including ‘diamond ball’
and ‘mush ball’ before a Denver YMCA official suggested the name softball in 1926 when talking to the National Recreation Congress.

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               2012 Team Resmondo 
                   Official Schedule

    June 8-10   Windy City Invitational    
                         Joliet, IL

  June 15-17   30th Annual Dudley Budweiser   
                          Brooklyn Center, MN 

  June 29 - July 1   6th Annual Carolina Shootout   
                           Rock Hill, SC

  July 13 - 15   44th Smoky Mountain Classic  
                           Maryville, Tn

  July 20 - 22  13th Cincinnati  Men's Major   
                          Cincinnati, OH

  August 3 -5  Worth Last Chance  
                          Sterling Hgts, MI


Florida ISA -
National Adult Invitational

Saturday June 16 — Sunday June 17 

The National Softball Adult Invitational will be
held at the Bartow “555” Complex. 850 State
Road 555 Bartow, FL 33830. Come out for a weekend of competitive softball!!
For more information, visit ISA Softball
or call 863-519-7127.

       Fast pitch pitching distances

College and AdultUnder 18Under 16
43 feet (13.11 m) 46 feet (14.02 m) 43 feet (13.11 m) or 40 feet (12.19 m) 46 feet (14.02 m) 43 feet (13.11 m) or 40 feet (12.19 m) or 35 feet (10.67 m) 46 feet (14.02 m)

There is a little league distance also...35 feet for minors, 40 feet for majors middle school is also 43 feet


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