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RE: Clemson adding softball, dropping Women's Diving
(03-15-2017 10:57 PM)ChrisLords Wrote:  Dropping Diving to add softball is a no-brainer in my opinion. I'm just surprised that Clemson didn't have softball already.

The state of South Carolina's high schools didn't switch to fastpitch from slowpitch until the late 1980's so it wasn't a priority.

From what I've been told it came down to softball and women's lacrosse. It was believed that lacrosse was going to be the sport added but someone in the process pointed out that there are only 50 high school lacrosse programs out of the almost 500 total high schools in the state, and that the majority of those programs are just a few years old. Considering both the overwhelming numbers advantage and the decades head start that softball has, along with the popularity of travel softball in the state softball was seen as the better option despite having the expense of building a facility vs using Riggs Field for lacrosse.
03-16-2017 12:07 PM
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Clemson adding softball, dropping Women's Diving
(03-16-2017 12:07 PM)Kaplony Wrote:  
(03-15-2017 10:57 PM)ChrisLords Wrote:  Dropping Diving to add softball is a no-brainer in my opinion. I'm just surprised that Clemson didn't have softball already.

The state of South Carolina's high schools didn't switch to fastpitch from slowpitch until the late 1980's so it wasn't a priority.

From what I've been told it came down to softball and women's lacrosse. It was believed that lacrosse was going to be the sport added but someone in the process pointed out that there are only 50 high school lacrosse programs out of the almost 500 total high schools in the state, and that the majority of those programs are just a few years old. Considering both the overwhelming numbers advantage and the decades head start that softball has, along with the popularity of travel softball in the state softball was seen as the better option despite having the expense of building a facility vs using Riggs Field for lacrosse.

The same is true in NC regarding the switch to fast pitch but it was a surprisingly smooth transition. In those first few years it really helped to have a few recent transplants from up north in your student body.
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