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Softball - Girls


Overview

By Marin Young '17

The HPA girls softball team was established with the arrival of Coach Betsy Tranquilli in 2005. Since then, the team has acquired its own softball diamond and built upon a core of returning veteran players each year.

Still, there is room to grow, as coach Tranquilli acknowledges.

Most of the players are returning team members; yet many of the veterans began playing softball with little or no competitive softball experience.

“The biggest challenge has been building players’ confidence in themselves,” Tranquilli says.

As an All-State pitcher for her Connecticut high school girls softball team, and as a pitcher in college, Tranquilli uses every tactic she learned from her coaches; techniques that are proven, as well as more modern tactics she’s adopted to build a team from a group of individuals.


The girls softball season in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation (BIIF) varies in length from year to year. The varying season lengths are the result of decisions made at the league level. With 10 to 14 games in a regular season, Tranquilli enters the team in two or three pre-season games to build experience on the field. Even with returning veterans on the roster, a number of new players each year requires the team to play as many games as possible. Practice can teach the basics, but there is no substitute for game play, she says.

Coaches

The HPA girls softball team continues to build on a foundation constructed since 2005 by Coach Betsy Tranquilli. Most of the players are returning team members; yet many of the veterans began playing softball with little or no competitive softball experience.

“The biggest challenge has been building players’ confidence in themselves,” Tranquilli says.

As an All-State pitcher for her Connecticut high school girls softball team, and as a pitcher in college, Tranquilli uses every tactic she learned from her coaches; techniques that are proven, as well as more modern tactics she’s adopted to build a team from a group of individuals.

In recent seasons, the girls softball team has matured to encompass all levels of player ability. Veterans returning for their third or fourth year comprise the majority of the starting lineup. Yet newcomers have earned starting positions, Tranquilli says.

To blend the full range of talent, Tranquilli, like many modern coaches, uses a smartphone application. Players in practice tend to practice with their friends, she said. “So I use an app to randomly assign all players in practice.”

That simple tactic has elevated the level of play of new team members, and taught veteran players how to become assistant coaches to players with less experience. The veteran players on the team tend to come from successful seasons in other sports.

“They are fast learners,” says Tranquilli.

The girls softball season in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation (BIIF) varies in length from year to year. With a 10-game regular season, Tranquilli has the team compete in two or three pre-season games to build experience on the field. Practice can teach the basics, but there is no substitute for game play, she says.

Yet, the simple things often matter the most. The girls softball team no longer has to compete with the boys baseball team for the playing field. A dedicated softball field near the Gates Performing Arts Center requires a short, uphill walk from the Castle Gymnasium.

“We all walk together,” Tranquilli says.

With a program on the rise, coach Tranquilli credits her players with teaching her how to be a better coach.

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