Quick Reads - Brief Softball Articles
The Swartz Creek High School held their College Signing Day recently. Senior athletes from all sports who have committed to play at the collegiate level were on hand for the ceremonial signing and media event. Some of their college coaches are permitted to be present, while others are not. It is dependent upon which athletic sanctioning body the college belongs to such as NAIA, NCAA and NJCAA. The student's High School coaches, myself included, were all on hand as well as many of their friends and family members. It's a feel good moment celebrating the student-athlete's achievements.
This is the last time she'll ever play on this field.
Jenny Gilbert is the 3-time Mid American Conference Softball Player of the Year, one of only 11 players in NCAA Division 1 history to earn their conference player of the year award three times. The senior outfielder's career has been amazing as you can see by the many accolades in her Ball State Softball Player Profile. She is a member of the Canadian National Softball Team and was recently drafted by the Akron Racers. She is currently in 8th place for the most career home runs (74) hit in NCAA Division 1 Softball. I could go on and on. I didn't know who she was until my daughter was being recruited by Ball State. Now she's Hayley's teammate.
In this close game with her college softball career coming to an end, Gilbert went 0-4 at the plate.
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.
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