The first day of softball at Alameda’s Alameda Coliseum is one of the most exciting times of the year, with dozens of teams battling for supremacy in a tournament that could define the next big event in the game.
But for many players, this is also their last chance to see the stars in action.
Alameda Softball announced the dates for its softball tournaments on Thursday, but there’s no official word on the results yet.
With so many events this year, the event will likely be one of many to be played during the coldest of months.
And for some players, the only way to see them is to watch on TV.
“It’s hard to explain,” said Kia Willey, who works as a social media manager for the San Francisco Giants.
“I just get to see what the games are like on TV every day, but at the same time, when I get home, I can’t see the games.
And the game is on, but I can still see the players, so it’s kind of weird.”
Softball’s popularity has exploded in recent years, as the game has become more popular for kids and adults who want to participate.
The popularity of softballs has increased from an average of 1.8 million plays per season in 2015 to nearly 2.3 million in 2018, according to the Softball Statistics Association.
But the numbers have declined for the past two years, and as of March 2018, the soft ball popularity was at an average 1.9 million plays a year.
Softball is now played on nearly every major U.S. college campus, and in the past few years, some schools have started playing the game on Saturdays, while others are expanding it to other days of the week.
But softball is not just about the stars.
Players also have to compete for awards and money in the sport.
Softballs are played on two or more teams, and the games can be as physical as the sport itself.
There is no designated hitter, so the game relies heavily on a high-scoring, high-tempo game that can include hits, home runs, and doubles.
Players must be on the field at the start of each game, with the goal of winning the ballgame.
“If you don’t have the ball, they won’t give you the ball,” said Mike Smith, who has played softball for five years and played in the American Softball Association in 2018.
“You can’t throw the ball out there and not expect to hit a home run.”
Softballs are competitive because they involve a lot of physical contact and, at the end of the game, players can compete for a trophy or cash.
And it’s not just the players who can be counted on.
The game is also watched by the community.
People come out to watch, and there are often fundraisers that benefit the local area’s homeless shelters.
“The kids are all so excited about this, because they’re so young, and they’ve never seen this before,” said Willey.
“It’s the first time they’ve seen so many people come out, and people are donating a lot.
It’s been amazing.”
But the games have also raised concerns from some players.
“The teams have the worst practice facilities,” said Joe Gagnon, a longtime San Francisco-area softball player who was part of the San Jose SaberCats from 2012 to 2016.
“And I don’t want to hear anything about the players.
There’s too many kids, too many people, and we’re all on our own and we need to do something to improve things.”
Some players say the teams have struggled to play the game at times, which has hurt their competitiveness.
“We’re not practicing hard enough,” said Alia De La Torre, who played softballs for eight years and also works as the program manager for The Bay Area Softball League.
“So the games seem to be too short, and you don.t really have the mental fortitude to win.
We have to do better than that.”
The Alameda Athletic Association is also pushing for the softballs to be more competitive.
“All the teams need to play more competitively, and I think we’ve heard the criticism from the teams,” said Gagnons son, Brandon, who is the executive director of the Bay Area Sports Foundation.
The Alameda Association says it is in the process of creating a softball strategy committee, and hopes to announce details about the schedule for next season soon. “
Players have to be on top of themselves, and it’s a long season, and if they want to compete, they have to go out and play well.”
The Alameda Association says it is in the process of creating a softball strategy committee, and hopes to announce details about the schedule for next season soon.
For now, the teams are still adjusting to the cold weather and are hoping to keep the game in