The onset of fall can only mean one thing: Fall Softball. I tease of course. However Fall Softball; FallBall as us coaches call it, is very important for development.
Michigan starts its Fallball season Sept 29 at the Traverse City FallBall Tourney. I have coached many a Tournament in TC and it is a wonderful place to play. The fall colors are spectacular. The girls will have fun.
This year we play the NPF All-stars. Former Pitcher and current Assistant Coach Nikki Nemitz will pitch for NPF. This ought to be fun for Nikki and our girls.
Fallball gives coaches the opportunity to play girls at positions and get game situation evaluations in. These games are not televised so coaches can experiment a little without putting too much pressure on the kids. It also gets the Freshmen a chance to show their talent.
I am looking for a good Fallball season this year. My break-out player is Mandy Gardner. She came to campus with high hopes two years ago. Now that she has been around, I cant wait to see her play. She should be our starting firstbaseman. She has Dorian Shaw power too.
Good luck ladies, dont get hurt.
|Traverse City Tourney|
|Saturday, Sept. 29||Western Michigan||Traverse City, Mich.||10:30 a.m.|
|Ferris State||Traverse City, Mich.||Noon|
|Central Michigan||Traverse City, Mich.||2 p.m.|
|Sunday, Sept. 30||TBA||Traverse City, Mich.||10:30 a.m.|
|TBA||Traverse City, Mich.||12:30 p.m.|
|Thursday, Oct. 4||NPF All-Stars||Wilpon Complex||6 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Oct. 10||Eastern Michigan||Wilpon Complex||6 p.m.|
I feel bad that I haven't kept up with the soccer team this year. Ever since the departure of Soony, Meram, Harmoody, it hasn't been the same.
Today I headed over to the official site to find a game I could make. Then my eyes bled.
That B10 logo is just as big as the block M on the left shoulder.
For the love of God, give me blue. (Coming from a guy who generally loves maize, especially with hockey and basketball - BUT NEVER FOOTBALL).
Soccer uniforms are pretty hard to fuck up. They are the most wearable and stylish of any sports apparel. All you have to do is keep them white and not have the numbers on the back represent a neon light.
My wife is an avid Glee fan and occasionally I catch a scene or two -- anyway, there was an awesome one-liner on the show tonight:
"You ever look at a map? Ohio is like a giant turd that Michigan just can't pinch off."
There was also a reference in a prior episode to Michigan dominating Ohio in recruiting. See link:
Michigan Today has a video and brief article on long-time Michigan diving coach Dick Kimball (1959, 1960MA). Many will remember that Kimball had an illustrious diving career, including winning the NCAA springboard championships (1 and 3 meter) in 1957 and the professional world diving championship in 1963. (Professional diving? Yep.)
Kimball coached diving at Michigan from 1958 (Fritz Crisler hired him!) through 2002 and coached the 1964, 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic diving teams. Kimball was a member of Michigan's 1957-59 NCAA championship swimming and diving teams.
Kimball's son Bruce was an Olympian whose career largely tracked Greg Louganis's - unfortunately Bruce was involved in a horrible automobile accident (Bruce was at fault) that overshadowed an illustrious diving career of his own. Bruce won a silver medal in 1984. [Edit - had it as 1992 in original]
Other notable Olympians under Kimball's direct coaching included gold medalists Bob Webster (1960 and 1964), Micki King (1972), Phil Boggs (1976) and Mark Lenzi (1992). Kimball was a fixture around Ann Arbor throughout his coaching career, and by the looks of the video is still coming in at about a 9.5 out of 10 on the Red Berenson I May Be Seventy-Something Years Old But I Can Still Kick Your Ass, Son Scale (RBIMBS-SYOBICSKYAS Scale - for short).
Kimball was a strong proponent of women's swimming and diving, and volunteered as an assistant coach after his retirement.
A nice salute to a great member of the Michigan family. And the video is terrific, showing he's still a great athlete. [Edit - now with embed!]
U-M started a web page with an interactive map with the changes they're planning for the various facilities on South Campus.
As we relentlessly strive to be the Leaders and Best, we must continue to challenge ourselves to be better. We want our student-athletes to have the best facilities and resources. We want to compete for championships in all 29 sports. Embracing this challenge, we took a look at every facility and every sport and identified the greatest priorities. We have now created a comprehensive plan that will impact all of our student-athletes and elevate Michigan Athletics to a new level of excellence. Our plan is called South Campus.
With the cool map here-
The Walk of Champions intrigues me, making the area more unified and traversable.
WOOOOOOOOOO!!! U-S-A! U-S-A!! U-S-A!!!
Saturday in Tokyo the US U-20 WNT beat Germany 1-0 to win the Cup. It was the only goal Germany allowed in the whole tournament (record shutout streak of 610 minutes). Just before the half right back Crystal Dunn had a great run up the right side, beating a defender and sending a cross into the box, and F Kealia Ohai put it home. G Bryane Heaberlin and the team did a great job of keeping the Germans from scoring. (They had scored at least 3 goals in 4 of their 6 games, including a 3-0 win over the US.)
Captain defender Julie Johnston won the Bronze Ball as the tournament's third best player.
Prior to the final, Japan won 3rd place by beating Nigeria 2-1.
Great job by our young women, and how sweet to get payback on Germany in the final!
Other US Soccer games:
Tu 9/11 @ 8PM ET on ESPN2 & 3 - MNT needs to get payback against Jamaica in Columbus.
Su 9/16 @ 3:30 PM ET on NBC - WNT has first friendly againt Australia in Carson, CA.
W 9/19 @ 10 PM ET on EPSN2 & 3 - WNT second friendly against Australia in Commerce City, CO. Pia Sundhage's last game as US coach.
Sundhage talks to USSoccer.com about coaching the WNT in the Olympics: