who hosted Mister Rogers' Neighborhood from 1968–2001. Rogers took action into his own hands as he didn't like the way television addressed children and made an effort to change this when developed his own show. Over the course of three decades on TV, Fred Rogers became an indelible American icon of children's entertainment and education. On his show, Rogers would teach music, ethics, morals, and vocabulary to kids
Over the years, comedians and advertisers have done spin-off skits and commercials based on his show to get their point across.
So I figured why can't I do my own version, let's call it Mister Ronda's Softball Neighborhood (video version coming soon, ugly 80s sweater and all), so I can get my point across.
Let's Begin with a little song ...
"It's a beautiful day at the softball field, a beautiful day at the softball field, won't you be my teammate?"
Hello Softball enthusiast.
Welcome to Mister Ronda's Softball Neighborhood.
Today at work I learned a new fancy big complicated word - Recidivism.
Recidivism is the act of a person repeating an undesirable behavior after they have either experienced negative consequences of that behavior, or have been treated or trained to extinguish that behavior. Recidivism is the inability to learn from past mistakes.
In softball community the very epitome of Recidivism can be found in the Big Apple League.
First the league constantly makes the mistake of allowing members to vote for pitching rules. Vote? C'mon I love America, Democracy, and the right to Vote
but voting has no place in softball as people vote what's best for their team rather than what's best for the league. A league should take suggestions and recommendations, but final say should belong to the commissioner who is looking out for everyone's best competitive interest.
This voting mistake was unfortunately compounded by their yearly mistake of trying to define modified pitching rules. While I at least give them credit for trying to address illegal pitching their voting options were all flawed and as follows:
Option 1--Strict ASA 10-man modified - 7 votes - Winner. Translation teams that do not have slingers voted for this
Option 2--Our new 2012 pitching rules that allow certain 9-man features - 3 votes. Easy to guess which teams voted on this
Option 3--Go back to previous 2012 rules that included the step back + 1 foot on the rubber - 1 vote – such an easy shot for me to take on who voted on this that I won’t even bother
Option 4--Go to the 2012 rules that include choice 3 as well as allow veteran pitchers to continue to pitch they way they always have with their normal motions even if they deviate slightly from standard ASA modified. - 1 vote – This option is ridiculous. Pure softball recidivism
Per this "Vote", pitching rules are as follows:
Rule 2. Pitching Rules: (New Rule) - The BASL is a modified fast-pitch league. The BASL shall adopt and enforce ASA Rule 6, Section 3, as specified below, with respect to the legal pitching motion, or as updated. Any pitcher who uses a modified fast-pitch motion is approved to pitch in the BASL. The BASL specifically prohibits slingshot, sidearm, submarine and windmill pitching. A pitcher who has used an illegal pitching motion or thrown illegal pitches that were not previously called by the game umpires is not permitted to continue doing so.
(a) Pitching Motion: The BASL shall adopted an enforce ASA Class A Modified Pitching Rule 6, Section 3.- The pitcher MUST start with TWO feet in contact with the pitching rubber. The pitcher MAY NOT take a step back with the lead foot prior to moving forward. The pitch shall be delivered on the throwing arm side of the body and not behind the back or between the legs. In the act of delivering the ball, the pivot foot must drag + not lose contact with the ground. The stepping foot must be pointed toward home plate + must not touch the ground in front of, or cross over a straight line between the pivot foot + home plate. It is not a step if the pitcher slides the pivot foot across the pitching rubber, provided contact is maintained with the rubber. Raising the foot off the rubber, then returning it to the rubber creates a rocking motion that is illegal.
Not only was the voting classic softball recidivism, but it is also useless. Why? B/c it is based on footwork which is mostly irrelevant as it is a technicality. There was barely a mention of arm angle and no mention whatsoever of the wrist. None. No legal modified pitcher will show the ball outside the wrist. It’s obvious... As long as the power leg/foot is on the mound, it’s just not a factor.
So as a fun thing to do Boys and Girls in Mister Ronda's Softball neighborhood let's go over wrist movement in modified softball:
Ball inside the wrist = GOOD Boys and Girls
Ball outside the wrist = BAD Boys and Girls
Think about this: all legal modified pitchers can sling at any time, but slingers CANNOT throw modified, they simply don't know how to. It is very hard to learn to be a good modified pitcher. Sling is just easier to control and learn.
I was shocked this past weekend when hardly a peep was made about the pitching in the league. It’s early. I predict these rules changes will not end the vicious cycle of repeated open pitching in this league boys and girls. Softball Recidivism will continue.
Mister Ronda’s neighborhood can’t all be critical though. The insider does applaud the league for breaking their maddening lifetime union deal with Mr. Johnson’s umpire crew and hiring new officials. The early grade on the new umpires is promising too bad the rules they were given flawed pitching rules to follow.
Anyway, brush your teeth, keep your stats, and until next time boys in girls in Mister Ronda’s Neighborhood. See ya