Quick Reads - Brief Softball Articles
My full-time job became part-time last year. Not only did my income take a hit, but the loss of benefits have increased my expenses $550 per month. My employer's told me they were going to do everything possible to return my status to full-time, while begging me not to leave. A few months passed, but nothing changed. I recently discovered accidentally that my position would remain part-time for at least the next year. Not one of my three supervisors had the integrity or courage to inform me of this.
Welcome to the school of hard knocks. As Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) used to say, "One of these days Alice....Pow! Right in the Kisser!"
Once their minds enter that mode they lose the ability to focus and cannot make their best efforts.
I've told you that I serve as the assistant varsity coach in my community of Swartz Creek. It's a very busy time of year, which is why I have not posted an article lately. Today however I had to write about one of the most emotional and beautiful moments I've ever experienced in softball. The thing is that it really had very little to do with softball.
You've just gone through High School tryouts where one of three things occurred:
- You made Varsity
- You didn't make Varsity, but were offered a spot on the JV or Freshman team
- You were cut
Here's a little advice on how to handle these three possible outcomes.
If you didn't care about it, it wouldn't hurt.
It's that time of year again. Softball tryouts are taking place across the country and with them many aspiring players are experiencing serious anxieties. It’s perfectly normal, but can be debilitating and lead to markedly underperforming. Tryouts would not be a good time for this.
As parents you may not know who Eric Thomas is, but a couple years ago you likely heard his voice in a video that went viral. It was titled, How Bad Do You Want It? I recently read his book, The Secret To Success, at the request of my daughter who was reading it at college. She's a big fan and he is going to be on campus to give a speech to the all of the athletes shortly.
I've read a lot of these types of books over the years and although his message was familiar, I can see how he gets through to the younger generations. I did enjoy the book. It was an easy quick read. He grew up in Detroit, was homeless for awhile and overcame many obstacles in his life including the worst kinds of peer pressure and bad influences you can imagine before achieving success. One of my favorite quotes from his book is:
Don't make a habit out of choosing what feels good over what's actually good for you.
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