5-2-2011 May 2 Update


Division I Conference Standings as of May 1 are posted on www.spysoftball.org


INDIANAPOLIS – The best in collegiate softball will once again descend on Oklahoma City June 2-8 when the 2011 NCAA Women’s College World Series returns to ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The 31st annual event, which is co-hosted by the University of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City All Sports Association, returns to city for the 15th straight year and the 21st time in championship history.

“The NCAA is excited to once again be back in Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series,” said Sharon Cessna, NCAA Director of Championships. “This championship continues to grow each year as the city has truly embraced this event and has been instrumental in turning it into a marquee tournament for the NCAA and the country. We look forward to celebrating the best of collegiate softball in June.”

The eight-team tournament will feature at least 14 games during the seven-day span that will culminate with the best-of-three championship series June 6-8.

Fans can purchase tickets online at NCAA.com/wcws or over the phone by calling 800/745-3000.

“This has been a wonderful event for Oklahoma City and all of Oklahoma,” said University of Oklahoma Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Programs and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione. “We welcome the NCAA back for a tournament that has truly grown to a substantial national platform.  We are delighted to remain in a leadership role for the Women’s College World Series.  We were proud to work with community leaders in bringing it to Oklahoma City and proud of our history in not only assisting the effort that brought it to Oklahoma City, but sustaining it during its impressive growth.”   

Fans are encouraged to come out and enjoy the many activities and events surrounding the championship. The NCAA Fan Festival, which is free and open to the public each day, will include several opportunities for fans to test their softball skills in a batting cage and speed pitch along with a poster making station, face painter and balloon artist.

The NCAA is also partnering with the Oklahoma Region American Cancer Society and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association to sponsor the third annual WCWS StrikeOut Cancer Night. Scheduled for Monday, June 6 the NCAA will donate $1 of every ticket sold from that evening’s game to the Oklahoma Region of the American Cancer Society.

Fans attending the game will receive a WCWS Pink Visor, courtesy of AT&T and the NCAA, while supplies last. Other activities include a ceremonial first pitch, a Cancer Survivors’ Celebration Walk in the outfield and a postgame autograph session with the two participating teams.

“It is always a privilege to host any NCAA Championship in your city but when you have the opportunity to host a championship event every year, that makes it really special for your community,” said Oklahoma City All Sports Association Executive Director Tim Brassfield.  “The Women’s College World Series continues to necessitate that we, as a city, elevate our performance in all areas due to its ever increasing growth and popularity. It’s exciting to be challenged by what you have helped create and I am confident that Oklahoma City and ASA Stadium will continue on its journey to remain the perfect home for elite performances in college softball.”

On Tuesday, June 7 the NCAA will host Military Appreciation Night. The NCAA has invited military personnel from all branches of service to attend. Fans are encouraged to wear red, white and blue to show their support and thanks to the military personnel for their service.

Fans will also be treated to a free NCAA WCWS Buff, while supplies last. In addition, the Color and Honor Guard will be on hand and a special American Flag Presentation will take place.

The run to WCWS gets underway Sunday, May 15 when the field of 64 that will play for the NCAA Division I Women’s Softball Championship will be announced on ESPNU at 10 p.m. ET.


Conference Dates City Venue Champion
America East May 12-14 At highest seed TBD  
Atlantic 10 May 11-14 Charlotte, N.C. 49ers Softball Diamond  
Atlantic Coast May 13-15 Atlanta, Ga. Shirley Clements Mewborn Field   
Atlantic Sun May 11-14 Spartanburg, S.C. Cyrill Stadium  
Big Ten No tournament      
Big 12 No tournament      
Big East May 12-14 Louisville, Ky. Ulmer Stadium  
Big South May 12-14 Rock Hill, S.C. Terry Field  
Big West No tournament      
Colonial May 11-13 At highest seed TBD  
Conference USA May 12-14 Greenville, N.C. ECU Softball Stadium  
Great West May 15-16 Vermillion, S.D. Nygard Field   
Horizon League May 11-14 At highest seed TBD  
Ivy League May 7-8 At highest seed TBD  
Metro Atlantic May 12-15 Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Softball Park at Gartland Field  
Mid-American May 11-14 Akron, Ohio Firestone Stadium  
Mid-Eastern May 12-14 Ormond Beach, Fla. Ormond Beach Sports Complex  
Missouri Valley May 12-14 Springfield, Mo. Killian Softball Field  
Mountain West No tournament      
Northeast May 13-14 At highest seed TBD  
Ohio Valley May 12-14 At highest seed TBD  
Pacific Coast Softball No tournament      
Pacific 10 No tournament      
Patriot League May 12-14 At highest seed TBD  
Southeastern May 12-14 Oxford, Miss. Ole Miss Softball Complex  
Southern May 11-14 Statesboro, Ga. GSU Softball Complex  
Southland May 12-14 Huntsville, Texas Bearkat Softball Stadium  
Southwestern May 5-8 Irondale, Ala. Shea Brothers Complex  
Summit League May 12-14 Macomb, Ill. Mary Ellen McKee Stadium  
Sun Belt May 11-14 Lafayette, La. Lamson Softball Park  
Western Athletic May 11-14 Fresno, Calif. Bulldog Diamond  

*Conference champions are not necessarily automatic qualifiers for the NCAA tournament.

Compiled by Steven James Freers, Missouri SID.

1.         Missouri – 33

2.         Hofstra – 25

3.         Alabama – 20

            South Dakota – 20

5.         Texas A&M – 19

NFCA Announces Debut of BATS Testing at 2011 Recruiting Camps
April 29, 2011 NFCA Press Release

 STARKVILLE, Miss. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association is pleased to announce that all participants attending a 2011 NFCA Administered Recruiting Camp will take part in the next level of baseball/softball athlete skill evaluation, the Baseball/Softball Athletic Testing System or BATS.  BATS is a comprehensive battery of skill evaluations developed by Dr. Frank Spaniol, a world-renowned baseball and softball researcher and Professor of Kinesiology at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi.  Designed using the latest in sport science and technology, the goal of BATS is to assist softball and baseball players in achieving maximum performance and to provide college coaches with a uniform method of evaluating the athleticism of potential recruits.

Since it was announced earlier this year, BATS has already begun to receive high praise from some of the most respected coaches in the country.  “There has always been a void in the testing consistency and effectiveness in predicting performance levels on the field and I believe the BATS program is the best system in place to finally get our sport on the same page across the country and across all skill levels,” said Oregon State head coach Kirk Walker.

The BATS battery of tests is comprised of a series of individual tests designed to measure nine specific areas of an athlete’s physical/softball performance.  The nine areas measured are body composition, muscular strength, power, rotational power, agility, speed, throwing velocity, bat speed and batted ball velocity. For a complete description of each BATS test, please click here.

Both athletes and coaches will have the opportunity to compare their BATS scores, which they will receive on camp day, to the averages of both high school and NCAA athletes, as well as see in what percentile their scores fall.  After camp, athletes will have opportunity to visit a website run by Dr. Spaniol and have their scores analyzed.  For a small fee, Dr. Spainol will provide an in-depth analysis of the raw scored and present the athlete with a plan for improvement in each deficient area.

To view a chart containing the norms for BATS, please click here.

BATS will only be available at NFCA Administered Recruiting camps and not at NFCA Endorsed Recruiting Camps.  While only administered camps will feature BATS, a high-level physical and athletic evaluation is provided at every NFCA Recruiting Camp.  For a full list of 2011 NFCA Recruiting Camps, click here.

 For more information on BATS and general questions regarding all NFCA Recruiting Camps, please contact Hildred Deese at (662) 320-2155 or by email at hildred@nfca.org


Thanks to Joe Rittman

Willow Run Bomber Plant Video

Henry Ford was determined that he could mass produce bombers just as he had done with cars. He built the Willow Run assembly plant and proved it. It was the world’s largest building under one roof. even then FORD HAD A BETTER IDEA!  This film will absolutely blow you away – one B-24 every 55 minutes. ADOLF HITLER HAD NO IDEA THE U.S. WAS CAPABLE OF THIS KIND OF THING.  There is no way he could have even guessed. For those who live outside of Michigan , Willow Run is near Bellville, Canton and Ypsilanti , MI

It’s amazing that one B-24 (built with over 1.225 million parts) came off the assembly line every 55 minutes

 Take a few minutes to watch this snapshot of history.







Readers are asking why so many typos in recent Spy documents.

Old bull riders say their bodies tell them when they will no longer hear that 8-second buzzer for a winning ride.  After a month of different medical tests, I can discern the signals my body sends.

A combination of neuropathy, diabetes, and arthritis has limited the use of the 3-4-5 fingers on each hand.  The surgeon who did the carpal tunnel surgery (medial nerve) on my left wrist/hand now agrees that perhaps the ulna nerve is damaged, and, after injecting cortisone into both hands, wants to operate again, but first wants an emg  (electric needle)diagnosis; very painful – I’ve had it before.  The surgeon who operated on my right arm would also like to have another go at it.  And, the surgeon who examined the damaged nerve in my lower spine, who also injected cortisone, would like to open me up again.

 You would think a hospital supply house had a fire sale on scalpels.  Even though crippled fingers cause typos and greatly reduce output, I said no.  The probe in my lower spine was very painful, and I cursed in German.  The doctor paused, let me know he was of German descent, and understood the general meaning.  When he resumed, I began cursing in Russian.  Risky; if he had understood Russian, he might have severed my spinal cord.

 I have other medical problems which may or may not impact the Spy calendar.  An eye surgeon at Johns Hopkins discovered a small malignancy under my left eye; again I declined surgery.  An orthopedic specialist at another hospital assured me could take care of the damaged meniscus on my left knee; I fell on the Great Wall of China.  No to him too.  The nerve damage suffered at Boulder has flared again; headaches so severe my vision is blurred.  I did agree to non-invasive therapy.  The diabetes has worsened; 10 drugs and four injections a day.  Thankfully, the colon cancer has not returned.

I tell you all this so you don’t have to ask me about my health.  Due to limited production, I have 1800 unread emails, many asking about my health.

 One goal is to finish the season.  More important, I need to be mobile on June 14 and September 19, my daughters’  due dates.

Facebook Is the Devil’s Plan to Drive People Insane

Opened one of those backlogged emails; Facebook informed that Ihad 20+ messages and other stuff.  I tried to open the messages, and suddenly found 86 people whom Facebook said wanted to be friends.  I clicked yes, and Facebook asked for my email address and password.  Reluctantly I complied, and found myself looking at more than 800 names and photos for most; indeed, FB had captured my AOL email list.  More, underneath each name, FB identified how many friends I had in common with that person – and each of the others.  Must have a very powerful computer with an immense archive;how did FB know that 29 friends of Person X were also friends of mine.  Apparently, FB sent notices to that group of 86; I shut off the computer to prevent messages going to more than 800 others.  For sure, I will never open FB again and hope Zuckerberg gets a high hernia.  Send emails!



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