So Cal A’s Bruce Richardson Wants you to Avoid the Recruiting Disaster

“Money sometimes drives kids to certain areas and certain places… sometimes those don’t work out so well.”

So Cal Athletics Coach Bruce Richardson has won several PGF National Championships. His organization has seen players get recruited to universities across the country.
We asked for his thoughts on the college recruiting process.

He described good situations and situations that have ended in disaster.  His interview provides valuable knowledge for kids and parents trying to understand more about the college recruiting process.

 

Why USC has No Softball Team

“USC did an extensive study about 15 years ago on the feasibility of adding softball…”

When you look at the list of teams on the Pac-12 Softball Standings things don’t match up.  There are only nine teams on the list.  Missing are USC, Washington State and Colorado University.

In this article we’ll focus on the University of Southern California, which is located in Southern California, where fastpitch softball is HUGE.  Their cross-town rival UCLA has numerous titles.  Athletes in their backyard are being plucked and sent all across the country to fill roster spots in the SEC, Big 12, Big 10, ACC, etc.

We asked USC’s Director of Sports Information Tim Tessalon why USC has no Softball Team and if the PAC-12 powerhouse had ever considered starting a softball program.

“USC did an extensive study about 15 years ago on the feasibility of adding softball, but determined that there was not available adequate space on or near campus for a stadium and accompanying facilities that would allow USC to compete at the highest level in the sport,” stated Tessalon.

Lacrosse was added to the long list of USC sports teams with it’s inaugural season in 2013.  It was a sport that needed no extra real estate.  “When lacrosse was added, it was able to compete and practice on the existing soccer and track facilities,” Tessalon stated said.

In fact, there are several sports in USC Athletics that only have women’s sports:  Soccer, Rowing, Beach Volleyball and Cross-Country.  There is also no Men’s Soccer team.

Tessalon revealed there are no plans to add softball.

But there was a softball team that claimed the USC banner.  On Twitter, an account with the handle @USCSoftball claims to be “USC’s one and only softball team!”.

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It seems like it may have been an intramural team as the twitter account owner’s last season may have been in 2013.

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Efforts to reach members of the team have not been successful.

This Change Up will Make Your Knees Buckle

Where it’s legal and where it’s not.

This changeup is fun to watch.  We’ve slowed it down to give you a better look at it.  Scroll down below the video for an explanation about whether this pitch is legal.

 

Is this Pitch Legal?

This pitch seems like it would be legal under USSSA Tournament Rules.  In Rule 6, Pitching Rule, it states:

“G. The Pitcher may use any windup provided:…”   “4.  The pitcher does not make more than one and one half revolutions of the arm in the windmill pitch. A pitcher may drop the pitching arm tothe side and to the rear before starting the windmill motion. The balldoes not have to be released the first time past the hip.”

Unfortunately for pitchers and fortunately for batters, this pitch is illegal in many other places in women’s and girls fast pitch softball.

In NCAA Softball Rules, Rule 10, it states:

“10.6.3   The pitch shall be released underhand and the hand shall travel below the hip. ” “10.6.4   The release and follow-through of the hand and wrist must be forward.”

This pitch clearly follows these rules. Where it breaks down is the next line.

“10.6.5  The pitcher may not make another arm revolution after releasing the ball.”

 

Watching the video, she clearly releases the ball and then makes another revolution with her arm, essentially making it illegal.

Also, USA Softball Official Rules of Softball 2017:

Rule 6A Pitching Regulations (Fastpitch), Section 3 (Legal Delivery),

M:  The pitcher shall not make another revolution after releasing the ball.

Triple Crown Sports tournaments use ASA rules, while PGF tournaments use NFHS rules which Softball Nation has not downloaded at the time of publishing.

Either way, this pitch is a lot of fun to watch.  If it were legal where you play?  Would you call this pitch? Would you like to throw it?  Please feel free to comment!