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April 21, 2009
barrym
158 posts
whyWhy is it all offense instead of defense
I was wondering everytime i read these boards it seems to be about bats, homeruns how far you can hit ect. What ever happened to defense, i hardly ever see anyone talk about defense and how defensive plays win games. I think that when defense gets you into a championship game the players should be more appreciated than just the guys that want to load or roll their bats just to be a home run hitter. Is senior softball meant to be that way or am i just reading things the wrong way. Don't get me wrong i love home run hitters also but i also like championship more.
April 21, 2009
green rocket
51 posts
Slo-pitch is a hitter's game. They don't bring the bat to the plate to walk. Most teams score in the 10-20 runs per game.

Defense is all about not giving the other team any extra chances to put runs on the board. You make the outs when you get the oppertunity to record them.

Many good hitting teams are pasting the ball right in the 5-6 hole, not putting the ball over the fence. Then you got those pesky inside out hitters going opposite field as soon as the defense shifts to their pull alleys.

It's not all about errors either. More about fundamentals of hitting that cutoff man and knowing what your going to do before the play happens and not compounding a fielding error with a throwing error.

The team that makes the least amount of mistakes usually wins the game.
April 21, 2009
barrym
158 posts
great awnser the teams that make the least amount of errors wins.
April 21, 2009
TexasTransplant
Men's 70
421 posts
It is a hitter's game and always will be, but several things contribute to it:

1. Hitting is more fun (for most).
2. Most teams keep offensive stats, but I've never known a slowpitch team to keep any defensive stats. Isn't taking a hit away from the other guy equal to getting one yourself?
3. A lot of guys get to senior ball who can still hit, but have limited running ability. How many guys, looking for a team, post that they are pitchers, catchers, or first basemen, versus OF & other IF positions? That's not to belittle those positions, but you don't have to be able to run all day to play them.
4. Most of the recent technology has benefitted the hitter vs. the fielder.
5. Chicks dig the long ball.
April 21, 2009
barrym
158 posts
but winners love it when a players stops a 5 run inning to win a game. Gee thanks for that nice play to get me my ring. LOL
April 21, 2009
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
Defense wins championships.
I would play (pitch) if I couldn't hit.
It's take aways that win close games,
says Larry Campbell and Joe Rinaldi.

April 21, 2009
jrhunch
103 posts
barry defense keeps you in the game and gives you a chance.the team that pops up the most thus making easy outs is usually the loser.the advantage of being a good hitting team is that sometimes you can outhit your mistakes.because of the speed of the hits your defensive range is limited.you have to make the plays when you can get to the ball ,if you make the plays you can, you have a chance to win.today i bet 15-20%of your on base % is errors.the balls are hit way harder and more often than when we were kids
April 21, 2009
Freddie
Men's 55
108 posts
we are a 55 AAA team, we don't have long ball hitters, we finished 3rd in the world last year, all the teams in our division depended on thier defense to get them to the championship. I have read how the major & major plus teams have complained about the new homerun rule. Gentlemen, by SSWC changing the homerun rule, teams have to re-tool their teams to play defense, instead of hitting the ball over the fense if they want to win. No more automatic singles to move the base runner. There are 2 ways you can not play defense, walks & balls hit over the fense.
I wish you all, a great year & stay healhty,

Freddie
Agave Realty
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