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webgem09 Amateur 10 posts since
Apr 3, 2008
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Apr 3, 2008 2:46 PM

California vs. the rest of the nation

I've heard it said in the past couple years that California is losing their edge and that the rest of the country is quickly closing the competitive gap.


Do you think it's fair to say that the rest of the country is catching up to California's historical dominance?

  • jbrowshsptv Expert 34 posts since
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    1. Apr 10, 2008 10:24 AM (in response to webgem09)
    Re: California vs. the rest of the nation

    I think states like California, Arizona, and the entire south will always have an advantage because they can practice earlier and outdoor sports are more common because of the weather.  However, womens sports continue to grow and more young people in nontraditional softball states are picking the sport growing up and playing throughout high school.  In a sport like softball where one player (pitcher) can make or break a team it is easy to see that other states are catching up and will continue to catch up, but the warm weather states will always have an edge.

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    2. Apr 17, 2008 12:47 AM (in response to webgem09)
    Re: California vs. the rest of the nation


    Every year the amount of indoor facilities increases, the skill and knowledge increases across the US. everywhere the competitiveness increases each year. Just 10 years ago it was almost unheard of for someone to have a batting cage. Now it seems that just about every one has one in there backyard or garage. Pichers where the only ones who worked consistantly now hitters are working as hard.



    California will 'dominate" just based on shear numbers, How many players are there in states like Vermont, Pennsylvania or North Dakota, there are individuales that are as good as anyone from California, but just not the numbers due to lack of population.



    North and Central California are not a strong as So Cal. Some countys have fewer good players then a 10 mile radius in So Cal. We had to drive 3 hrs to practice.



    It's mostly important to a few ego's. The girls work hard, play ball and 30 min later worry about their boyfriends, etc. Which is not nessacarily a bad thing!



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