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kelsey shifferdeckerIn February I wrote, What Hockey Pucks and Softballs Have in Common, which has over 30,000 reads to date.  My daughter's teammate took a line drive to the face in the first game of their 2015 season in Nashville.  As I said, "I just witnessed the most frightening event I’ve ever seen in the game of softball this past weekend."   It has forever changed my opinion concerning pitchers wearing face masks.  This is a follow up article to Kelsey's amazing recovery.  

Playing sports has taught me that when faced with adversity, you can choose who you want to be and how you respond to each test you face.

***Photos courtesy of Ball State***

Read more: The Amazing Return of the "Fighter"

I just witnessed the most frightening event I’ve ever seen in the game of softball this past weekend.  I firmly believe it is time for the powers that be in the game of Fastpitch Softball to step up and do something about it.  My daughter’s college teammate Kelsey, a junior pitcher from Belton, MO, was struck in the face by a line drive in the first game of the 2015 season.  It was horrific and those watching will never forget that moment or the sound it made when the ball hit her.  In the past I’ve been reluctant to call for rules concerning masks.  This experience has changed my point of view and the entire point of this article is to change yours too.

A hockey puck and softball off the bat can travel at speeds of over 100mph. 

Read more: What Hockey Pucks and Softballs have in Common?

WhisperI still remember the day we played a game back in school where the teacher asked all of the students to form a single-file line at the front of the class.  We did so wondering what the teacher was up to.  She said, “Class, I’m going to whisper something to the first student at this end of the line.  That student will whisper what I said to the next student and so on until we get to other the end of the line.”  She then whispered something into the first student’s ear and on down the line it went.  

Adults can be every bit as childish when it comes to gossip and rumors.

**Picture courtesy of ikeepsafe.org**

Read more: Dealing With Gossip & Rumors

BaileyTis the season.  I wish all of you a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Yes, Happy Holidays!  For me this is the time of year to spend with family and friends, relaxing, playing cards, enjoying holiday dinners, college football bowl games and recharging my batteries.  This year will especially be nice with my oldest daughter Lindsay and her dog Bailey visiting from her home in Texas.  Hayley will be home on break from Ball State with her newly adopted kitty Sylla.  Brooke lives and works nearby and will likely be requested to do their hair.  

That's what I'll be doing.  But, you may be thinking:  What about the camp coming up?  What about the lesson?  She can't miss that scrimmage!  She needs to do her tee work!  She has to be at practice!  Does any of that sound familiar?  

And there's no better time than the holidays for your daughter to be...just your daughter.

Read more: Perfect Time for Her to Just be Your Daughter

The natural progression for most of our softball journeys begins with the youth rec league and eventually leads to travel softball.  Regardless of your daughter's path to travel ball, in their younger years (10u and 12u) they're introduced to real competition.  Not everybody gets equal playing time or plays their favorite position.  There are winners and losers and only the champions get a trophy.  And just when you think you're getting the hang of things, everything changes.

They're structured with one thing in mind: Allowing college coaches to watch players they're interested in (period).

Diamond 9 Sun Classic Showcase in Orlando, FL - Wide World of Sports
This is a huge recruiting event with virturally all D1 colleges attending.  There are no brackets.  It's all pool play.

Read more: Exposure Tournaments - A Much Different Experience

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