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Softball at the 2020 Olympics

Drawing upon more than 20 years of investment management experience, Scott Bushley is a partner at Granite Point Capital, where he oversees finance and operations. Outside of his professional pursuits, Scott Bushley serves as a member of the board of directors for the Cohasset Youth Baseball and Softball Association.

Softball hasn’t been part of the Olympics since 2008, but the sport is returning to the agenda for the 2020 Tokyo Games. Competition will take place from July 22 to 28 at the Azuma Stadium in Fukushima, and include the six best teams in the world—four of which have to earn entry via qualification tournaments. Japan automatically qualifies as host, and the United States earned entry by winning the 2018 World Championships.

The Americas softball Olympic qualifier concluded on September 1, with Canada and Mexico advancing to the Olympics. Mexico secured its berth via a 2-1 victory over Canada, while Canada did so following a 7-0 victory over Brazil. Entering the tournament, Canada and Mexico were ranked No. 3 and No. 5 in the world, respectively. Italy has also qualified by winning the Europe-Africa qualifiers. The Asia-Oceania qualifying tournament was expected to begin on September 24.

Pitch Count Recommendations for Young Pitchers

As a partner of finance and operations at Granite Point Capital, Scott Bushley is tasked with providing strategic direction to operating functions and providing counsel to the managing partner on the scope of all firm operations. Outside of his work responsibilities, Scott Bushley is a volunteer youth baseball coach.

Pitchers play crucial roles on baseball teams, but are susceptible to arm injuries due to the stress they undergo with every pitch. While there isn’t a consensus as to when young players should start pitching, Major League Baseball’s Pitch Smart guidelines insist that players younger than 8 years old shouldn’t exceed 50 pitches in a single game. Little League, meanwhile, suggests kids shouldn’t start pitching until 9 years old.

USA Baseball has specific pitch count limits and rest time for different ages. According to USA Baseball policy, kids aged 7 and 8 should throw no more than 40 pitches in a game. If they exceed this number, they shouldn’t pitch again for at least two days. They can pitch the following day if they threw fewer than 20 pitches the day prior. Kids who are 13 and 14 can throw as many as 75 pitches in a single game, but shouldn’t pitch again for at least four days if they reach that mark.

How Hiking Can Improve Mental Health and Wellness

As a partner at Granite Point Capital, Scott Bushley leverages more than 20 years of experience to manage business functions and solve operational issues as they arise. Away from work, Scott Bushley enjoys skiing, biking, and hiking.

Beyond its physical benefits as a form of exercise, hiking can significantly improve mental health and well-being, as highlighted by numerous studies. A recent one, for example, found that after 90 minutes of walking in a natural environment, people prone to negative thoughts experienced fewer of them and had reduced neural activity in the part of the brain associated with mental illness.

Researchers have also linked aerobic exercises such as hiking to improved cognitive ability and memory. Hiking has been shown to boost brain power and may improve creative problem-solving and lower anxiety. Additionally, a study conducted by David L. Strayer from the University of Utah and Ruth Ann Atchley from the University of Kansas found that individuals who were prohibited from using technology during a four-day backpacking trip demonstrated increased problem-solving abilities by 50 percent.

The Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch Leadership Academy

Responsible for overseeing finance and business operations at Granite Point Capital, Scott Bushley has been a partner at the Boston firm since September 2018, prior to which he gained 20 years of relevant experience with multiple firms. While working at Atlantic Trust, Scott Bushley completed an MBA in finance at the Boston College Carroll Graduate School of Management.

Emphasizing real-world experience, the Carroll Graduate School of Management has several research centers at which students can network and engage in discussion with prominent thinkers and work together to address important social issues. One of these centers is the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch Leadership Academy (LLA).

In partnership with the Lynch School of Education, the LLA was established for the purpose of improving education outcomes by developing a sustainable network of successful leaders. LLA members include principals and other educational leaders from schools in Boston and gateway cities throughout Massachusetts. Through fellowships for aspiring and sitting principals in addition to alumni coaching, the Academy seeks to disrupt inequity and increase opportunities for students, particularly those in underserved regions.

The LLA was founded in 2010 following the donation of a multi-year grant from the Lynch Foundation. It has since had 221 Fellows from 124 schools and impacted in excess of 90,000 students.