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Nachtigal, Jon; Kim, Minhyun; Lee, Kyongmin; Seidler, Todd; Stocz, Mike – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2016
Softball is a popular sport in the United States and continues to grow internationally. It is a team sport that enables females and males of all age groups to participate. Softball is an enjoyable and exciting sport and provides significant health benefits, such as enhancing fitness as well as upper- and lower-body strength. Additionally,…
Descriptors: Team Sports, Physical Education, Physical Education Teachers, Injuries
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Olsen, Edward B. – Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, 2015
Teaching youth softball presents several challenges to practitioners. Chief among these are the mixed ability levels, backgrounds and knowledge students have of certain games. The other problem is the "one size fits all" approach to pitching and hitting. In other words, many softball units allow for only one standard type of pitch…
Descriptors: Team Sports, Physical Education, Physical Education Teachers, Classroom Techniques
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Kiewra, Kenneth A.; Witte, Amanda L. – Roeper Review, 2018
This qualitative study addressed this primary question: How does talent develop among four Nebraska youth? Four highly talented Nebraska youth in the domains of baton twirling, swimming, rodeo, and both softball and music were interviewed along with their parents and coaches. Results revealed unique talent stories and commonalities among those…
Descriptors: Talent Development, Aquatic Sports, Team Sports, Music
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Beni, Stephanie; Fletcher, Tim; Chróinín, Déirdre Ní – European Physical Education Review, 2019
Providing meaningful experiences in physical education has long been identified as a key objective for teachers to strive toward. Supported by a critical friend, a beginning teacher used self-study methodology to analyse ways she drew from the features of meaningful experiences to guide her planning and instruction in primary physical education.…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Elementary School Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Team Sports
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Brand, Neal; Quintanilla, John A. – College Mathematics Journal, 2013
Using a simultaneously falling softball as a stopwatch, the terminal velocity of a whiffle ball can be obtained to surprisingly high accuracy with only common household equipment. This classroom activity engages students in an apparently daunting task that nevertheless is tractable, using a simple model and mathematical techniques at their…
Descriptors: Physics, Accuracy, Motion, Teaching Methods
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Brian, Ali; Haegele, Justin A. – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2014
Research has shown that while students with visual impairments are likely to be included in general physical education programs, they may not be as active as their typically developing peers. This article provides ideas for equipment modifications and game-like progressions for one popular physical education unit, softball. The purpose of these…
Descriptors: Visual Impairments, Inclusion, Team Sports, Physical Education
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McMahon, John; Emerson, Robert S. Wall; Ponchillia, Paul; Curtis, Amy – Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 2019
Introduction: Youths with visual impairments (i.e., those who are blind or have low vision) often demonstrate reduced involvement in sports and related negative effects. This study looked at data from sports education camps to see whether involvement in this short-term intervention positively affected the performance of component sports skills…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Camps, Children, Visual Impairments
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Brian, Ali; Ward, Phillip; Goodway, Jacqueline D.; Sutherland, Sue – Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 2014
Softball is taught in many physical education programs throughout the United States. This article describes modifications that maximize learning outcomes and that address the National Standards and safety recommendations. The modifications focus on tasks and equipment, developmentally appropriate motor-skill acquisition, increasing number of…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Team Sports, National Standards, Safety
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Petranek, Laura Jones; Barton, Gina V. – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2011
A developmental description of overarm-throwing characteristics of U-14 female ASA softball players is presented here. Comparisons were made between these athletes and teens of similar age in the United States (Runion, Roberton, & Langendorfer, 2003) and in Germany (Ehl, Roberton, & Langendorfer, 2005). A majority of the softball players…
Descriptors: Team Sports, Females, Motion, Foreign Countries
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Wagoner, Kasey; Flanagan, Daniel – Physics Teacher, 2018
The game of baseball provides an interesting laboratory for experimenting with mechanical phenomena (there are many good examples in "The Physics Teacher," available on Professor Alan Nathan's website, and discussed in "Physics of Baseball & Softball"). We have developed a lab, for an introductory-level physics course, that…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Teaching Methods
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Russell, Dan – Physics Teacher, 2010
Baseball and softball bats are sold according to length in inches and weight in ounces. Much to the consternation of players buying new bats, however, not all bats that weigh the same swing the same. The reason for this has to do with moment of inertia of the bat about a pivot point on the handle, or what the sporting goods industry refers to as…
Descriptors: Team Sports, Field Studies, Mechanics (Physics), Scientific Concepts
Buning, Megan Matthews – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This concurrent, embedded mixed methods study used predominantly quantitative analyses to examine coach expectations and behaviors on female athletes' intrinsic motivation to play softball. Qualitative methods in the form of structured, open-ended questions were used to enhance the data by examining athletes' perceptions of coaching…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Athletic Coaches, Expectation, Females
Norman, Shannon – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Athletes competing at all levels of sport are constantly working on ways to enhance their physical performance. Sport psychology research insists there are higher performance results among athletes who incorporate mental skills training into their practice and competition settings. In order to use the mental skills strategies effectively, athletes…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Training, College Athletics, Athletes
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Kelsay, Lisa S.; Tosch, Mary – About Campus, 2019
The Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISSC) is unique in that there must be participation in athletic and co-curricular competitions each year. Established in 1969 as an athletic conference, ISSC states in the bylaws (2016) that there is a commitment to fostering the development of students' specialized talents through intercollegiate…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, College Athletics, Intercollegiate Cooperation
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Hodges, Michael; Laughlin, Michael; Brusseau, Timothy – Physical Educator, 2018
Little is known about which curricular models and activity units are being taught in public schools. This exploratory study examined the K-12 physical education (PE) content and curricular models being implemented. Supervisors of PE recruited from one northeastern state participated in a 25-item questionnaire. Descriptive statistics and…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Physical Education, Models, Public Schools
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