September 22 Update
SPY 2020 Editorial
The editorial assessing prospects for softball’s reinstatement vis the 2020 Olympics was read by an indicated 4,144 people in 19 countries. The key vote will be by the IOC Executive Board in September 2013, at which the Board may choose one of eight proposed programs to be included in the 2020 program. The editorial noted that the other seven sports are strongly supported by international federations.
There were suggestions that the International Softball Federation needs to change tactics/strategies if softball is to have a chance of selection.
The comments received did not reflect a great deal of optimism that the IOC would reinstate softball.
Hopefully, ISF will unveil a strategy with winning potential when it meets in OKC in October.
Lindsay Mayer, RI Thunder SS, to University of Virginia
Paige Mason, 2012 INF, KC Zephyrs. To Wichita State
RECORD TURNOUT IN TAIWAN
The 10th Asian Women’s Softball Championship began yesterday in Nantou, Taiwan, about three hours from the capital city of Taipei. The tournament has 13 teams participating, which is a record number of entries. Playing in the seven-day fast pitch tournament are China, Chinese Taipei, DPR Korea, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, and Thailand.
International Softball Federation Secretary General Ms. Low Beng Choo is attending in her role as the president of the Softball Confederation of Asia. Among others, the opening ceremony was officiated by the Premier of the Executive Yuan, Den-yih WU and the Minister of Sports Affair Council Ms. Hsia-ling TAI. Also, the host Chinese Taipei Amateur Softball Association made a donation to the Japan Softball Association in aid of the recent earthquake there.
WORLD SOFTBALL MAGAZINE ONLINE
The September-December issue of World Softball magazine is available for online reading. The current edition features the ISF IX Jr. Women’s World Championship on the cover, as that event will take place from December 7-17 (in South Africa). Other articles include softball being on the International Olympic Committee’s shortlist for the 2013 vote on the 2020 Games, an ISF Congress preview, a wrap-up of numerous tournaments, a look back at World Softball Day 2011, and more. To access the magazine, visit the Magazine portion of the Communications section.
PRESIDENT ATTENDS EVENTS, MEETINGS
Already this month International Softball Federation President Don Porter has attended the International Masters Games Association board meeting in Italy, visited Washington, D.C. (USA) for meetings with Special Olympics International and the U.S. Department of Defense, and attended ceremonies and meetings in Cartagena, Colombia, prior to the start of the seven-team VI South American Women’s Softball Championship (Argentina, Aruba, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, and Venezuela). Back at the ISF’s world headquarters in Plant City, Florida (USA), the ISF president is overseeing preparations for the world governing body’s XXV Congress in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (USA), next month, which will take place after Mr. Porter will have attended the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, where eight teams will compete in women’s fast pitch softball.
National Finalist William Carey Leads Loaded Field For 2012 NFCA NAIA Leadoff Classic
09/12/11 – NFCA Release
STARKVILLE, Miss. – William Carey, a 2011 NAIA national finalist, will lead a highly competitive field of 16 teams at the 2011 NFCA NAIA Leadoff Classic on March 2-4 at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach, Fla.
This year’s field includes 12 teams that were ranked or received votes in the final NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll of 2011 and seven teams that participated in last year’s NAIA National Championship. A three-year time frame was used when evaluating potential participants and of the 16 teams that will compete in the 2012 edition of the tournament, 13 have been to the NAIA National Championship in at least one of the past three seasons.
William Carey is one of four teams in this year’s tournament that has made the NAIA’s version of the “Elite Eight” in any of the past three seasons, having finished third in 2010 and sixth in 2011. Trevecca Nazarene also made the championship round in 2010, finishing seventh, while both Notre Dame (Ohio) and Martin Methodist qualified in 2009 turning in a sixth and seventh place finish, respectively.
In addition to Trevecca Nazarene, William Carey and Notre Dame (Ohio), four other Leadoff participants also qualified for the 32-team field for last year’s NAIA tournament. Bellevue, Central Baptist, St. Thomas (Fla.) and Reinhardt will also be looking to make a statement in Panama City Beach in order to help them get back to the national tournament.
In total, 13 states will be represented in this year’s tournament with the “Volunteer State” of Tennessee sending the most with four, followed by the host state Florida with two. Rounding out the field this year are Auburn-Montgomery, Columbia (Mo.), Indiana-Southeast, Lee, Madonna, Southern Nazarene, Union (Tenn.) and Webber International.
This year’s classic will be divided into distinct portions; pool play and bracket play, with each team guaranteed a minimum of five games. Each team will begin the tournament by playing each of the other three schools in their pool. Once pool play is completed, the teams will be divided into two brackets of eight teams each. The top two teams in each pool will form the gold championship bracket, while the remaining two teams in each pool will be placed in the silver championship bracket. Trophies will be awarded to each bracket’s winner, runner-up and consolation winner.
Single day tickets will be $8 for adults, $6 for students and $5 for youth groups of 10 or more. Full tournament passes will also be available for $20 for adults and $15 for students. All tickets can be purchased at the gate on game days. Additional tournament information can be found HERE.
For more information on Panama City Beach and accommodations in the area, please visit the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at www.visitpanamacitybeach.com.
Allegations of Giants faking injuries demeans NFL
by Vinnie Ilyer, Sporting News
a critique worth repeating
For American sports fans, one of the least appealing things about that “other” football—soccer—is players faking injuries and taking dives. The New York Giants, however, are getting heat for potentially pulling a similar tactic in Monday night’s 28-16 home win over St. Louis.
With Sam Bradford and the Rams down 7-3 early, but finding success with an up-tempo offense that drove them to the Giants’ 7 late in the first quarter, veteran safety Deon Grant went down to the turf untouched, seconds after linebacker Jacquian Williams was attempting to do the same thing. Slowing down the game worked in favor of the winded Giants as, after a brief stoppage, the Rams had to settle for a short field goal two plays later.
New York Giants players Deon Grant and Jacquian Williams are accused of faking injuries during Monday’s game against St. Louis.
ProFootballTalk.com reports the league is unable to fine either player for violating the anti-feigning injuries rule—unless there’s proof. Although video of what Grant and Williams did in front of a prime-time TV audience was circulated in the blogosphere Tuesday, it is more circumstantial than conclusive evidence.
“It’s not a judgment call,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT. “You would need clear evidence, meaning an admission.”
ESPN cameras showed multiple replays of the incident, and the broadcast team of Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworksi and Jon Gruden suggested that Grant and Williams were using a wily ploy to help their gassed unit. There also were television shots of other Giants being amused about what their two teammates had just pulled.
The problem is, if the NFL doesn’t act, more overworked defenders could follow suit while they’re being picked apart, thanks to the proliferation of no-huddle passing attacks. Consider that two of the league’s top teams, the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons, have great success going into that attack mode with Tom Brady and Matt Ryan.
Grant and Williams may get off for cheap moves that demean the sportsmanship of the NFL, but the fact that they’ve gotten so much attention should put league officials on alert for future players who attempt similar stunts.
Why Spy was offline
Readers have asked, some worried about my health.
Readers, especially in the East, will recall the massive storm a week ago. A storm window was inadvertently left open; water poured into an upstairs bedroom, ruining the mattress; water buckled hardwood floors on two levels; water also poured through a vent, damaging a wall in another bedroom and buckling the tile in the master bath. The electrical storm fried my laptop which has been primary to Spy publishing; Micro Center said the hard drive (and hard copies of Spy files) could be salvaged for $1500; instead, Spy purchased yet another laptop, the eighth computer bought by Spy in the 15 years of operating the web site. The ravages of diabetes and a blood disease have been somewhat compounded the last few days; I have blackouts and dizzy spells from some new drugs the doctors are trying; as a consequence, I fell and damaged a knee, bruised a hip and broke a rib. Hopefully, I will cover three tournaments and NFCA before Christmas, but probably not Capetown. Thanks for asking. RFH