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Great Lakes Analytics in Sports Conference

Jon Nachtigal

Doctoral Candidate | University of New Mexico

Handedness in Women's College Softball

Pitchers' and hitters' handedness has long been accounted for as a strategic consideration in baseball. What about softball? Jon will examine the impact of handedness for women's college fastpitch softball, including whether left-handed throwers are overrepresented and statistical identification of slap hitters. Attendees will learn more about handedness (laterality) as a field of study and its role in sport, ways of measuring handedness in women's college softball, and the potential impact of this study on the sport.

Jon Nachtigal is a doctoral candidate studying sport administration at the University of New Mexico. He was an assistant softball coach at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, helping CMS to its best record in school history in 2016. He publishes softball research at

Listen to a podcast interview with Jon and GLASC director Scott Tappa

Watch a video of Jon's 2018 GLASC presentation

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