This season, college softball picked up some steam and ramped up the level of excitement when teams began getting creative with some of their dugout celebrations.
However, some of the unique ways to celebrate big plays will no longer happen as the NCAA has just announced they are banning props and alterations to uniforms in the dugouts. That means fans will no longer get to see things like the LSU team pulling out a live fish or this:
A long time ago, in a softball dugout far, far away…
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) May 14, 2016
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) May 13, 2016
And they certainly won’t see anymore dugouts that look like this:
— Mallory Newton (@malnewton21) May 2, 2016
Of course, there are some players that seem to approve of this new proposed ban. Kayla Lambardo, a former three-time conference champion at Fordham and current Sports Illustrated writer, had a lot to say for the ban itself.
“I support the ban first off because I’m a buzzkill by nature, so there’s that. But really because I think these props take away from the focus that needs to exist to succeed in softball. I also think it’s a bit disrespectful to the game. It’s sort of the bat flip of college softball, in my opinion. Maybe I’m a little old school, but I think if you respect the game and play it the way it was intended to be played, then good things will come your way. Don’t piss off the softball gods. If you want to wear a horse mask or conductor’s hat after the game, be my guest, but in the heat of the battle, the only ‘props’ I think you should be focused on are your bat and glove.”
As Lambardo is a former player who knows what winning and focus looks like, it may be best to take what she says to heart. However, softball teams got creative in trying to make the sport fun again and it certainly worked.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports