You all already know that technology is a necessary evil in my life. I long for the old days when life was a little simpler but have come to grips with the fact that technology is here to stay. And whether I want to admit it or not has done some very good things.
Gamechanger is one of the technological advances that is a big part of the world of Fastpitch softball. You have the ability to share the play-by-play action of the game with people who can’t be there in person. You also have a way to keep your stats and records completely up to date, in real time.
I know…you already know all about Gamechanger. So what’s the point, you ask?
I have seen a phenomenon at the ball park that really boggles my mind. Yes, boggling my mind isn’t really all that great of an accomplishment, but anyway.
Parents who are at the game, watching the same game, on Gamechanger!
Why are you looking at your phone when you could be looking at the game? You’re there for God’s sake!
Of course, you need to know whether your kid’s hit was scored a hit or not. You need to know if that ball that got scorched off your pitcher was called a hit, which could hurt our ERA, or an error. You need to be able to get the “mistakes” that the scorekeeper is making corrected right away, right?
Of course you do, NOT!
I have heard parents argue that even though the ball went through the shortstop’s legs that because she didn’t touch it that it should be scored a hit, and get into an argument with the Gamechanger keeper at the field. I have heard parents say that the routine fly ball that got dropped was crushed and should have been scored a hit. I have heard a pitcher’s father argue that the ball that cleared the fence for a home run should be called an error because the outfielder should have been able to climb the fence and catch the ball.
Put your phone away! Let the kids play the game, let the gamechanger keeper keep the scorebook and enjoy the day at the ballpark. Statistics and opinions are like @$$#$, everyone has them and they are not really that important!
About the Author: Tory Acheson brings a wealth of knowledge to the Fastpitch Prep staff. He has coached at all levels of the game, including the last 25 years at the college level at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside, Tennessee Tech and Kennesaw State. He began his coaching career at the high school level spending 9 years Whitnall High School in Greenfield, Wis. and is now working as a professional softball instructor.