This is a legitimate question. I regularly hear girls talking about their softball future, or what makes them feel they will get a scholarship from their dream school. I’m not here to burst anyone’s bubble.
I’m here to remind you that you need to do more than you’re doing now.
Here’s why- If you think that you are the only girl that has a hitting coach, or a trainer, the only girl that takes BP with your dad a few times a week or goes to clinics and camps, you are sorely mistaken. In fact, I think it’s safe to say you are one of tens of thousands of girls that does that.
Don’t get me wrong, these are and always will be a HUGE part of your developmental process in becoming a competitive player.
But if you are just “going through the motions” you are missing out on a tremendous learning opportunity to become better than good. If you constantly strive to do better you can be awesome.
So what should you do to achieve awesomeness?
- Surround yourself with like minded people. This really is such an important concept. Finding the right coaches, teams, instructors, trainers are crucial. You want to create your team, your support system of people that are on the same path as you (or your daughter). Every person on this TEAM should offer you something that you can always use in creating your own “toolbox” of knowledge. They should also be vital in allowing you to grow as a player. This concept is so often overlooked. If your planning on playing in college than start surrounding yourself with these people NOW. And make sure they are knowledgable people that value you.
2. Get comfortable being uncomfortable.The only way to grow is to continuously challenge yourself. I’m not going to lie, it’s hard. It’s easy to do things your good at, but those habits won’t elevate you as a player. Get comfortable being pushed, being yelled at, having coaches ask more from you than you think you can give. You want to play in college? Then get used to pushing yourself. You have to be comfortable becoming better so get ready. Mediocreness breeds mediocreness..Greatness breeds greatness.
3. Don’t confuse what you want with what you deserve. Sound confusing? It really isn’t. Are you a big fish in a small pond? Do you give 80% of an effort one day 75% the next and 50% another day? Do you live and breath softball? My point; every girl out there wants to play in college, wants to be a badass, wants, wants wants…but what do you deserve? Are you putting in the work, giving 100% every day, building your team, doing your homework, taking your hacks, working on your speed, getting more powerful, asking coaches what you can do to be better? Because some other girl out there is…make it YOU..
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