So I've signed up for a Softball League here in Shanghai so that I can get out and meet people. We had our first team party last night and it is a mish mash of world traveling heavy drinkers. I was recommended this team because they tend to be into the drinking aspect of the game and less about the whole competitive thing. Outside of a brief stint as a middle school wrestler this will be the my first time participating in a organized sport. The team captain owns a bar here that the team gets shit housed at. Our Team name is "The Hookers." So it's not taken too seriously with them. The only thing phasing me a little, is being totally green on the subject of actually playing the game. My worst fear is that I am horrible and become known as the dipshit that can't hit a fucking softball. Ive played maybe a week of softball each year I was in high school gym class (two of the four years when the weather permitted). Besides hustling on defense I was TERRIBLE at batting. They informed me that the team has a rule that requires anyone that strikes out to buy a round of shots (of fucking absinthe, the bar's signature drink) and that this didn't happen in the last season since no one on the team struck out.... They don't have batting cages here, something the local softball commissioner is thinking of opening, and I'll probably have one chance to practice with my team before we start in a week or so. Focus: What tips would you give to a ubernewb to the sport? Ill probably be playing outfield so tips on how to keep the ball on target when throwing to the infield would help too. Alt Focus: What league sports do you play in your free time? Does your team play to win national titles or just see how many players can be ejected from the game for being black out drunk?