Quick Reads - Brief Softball Articles
You have tryouts, pick your team, collect money, have a few practices and jump right back into playing tournaments. It’s like summer softball never ended. That is except for the change in weather, girls going back to school and the constant player availability problems.
The sport has grown so much that some teams play as many tournaments in the fall as they do during the summer. You try to determine which tournaments to attend based on cost, exposure opportunities and the talent level of your team. After that is figured out, because they fill up quickly, you pay and register your team. Then it is time to practice. Easy enough, right?
Photo of our club inter-squad scrimmage day in the fall of 2016 (16u & 18u)
This is a follow up to the article, My Journey to Self-Confidence in Softball, written by 14 year old Jess Verran. Jess is an aspiring writer and dreams of playing college softball someday. After her first post back in April I challenged her to write about her experience on the Varsity team. It was a pleasant surprise to receive this article last week.
Her growing self-confidence and self-initiative has been fun for me to observe. As a coach who writes and talks about teaching life lessons through softball, Jess's articles speak volumes to this. I am very proud of Jess and hope you enjoy this post as much as I did.
What It Was Like Being a Freshman on Varsity
by Jessica Verran
Making the Team
As a freshman you can only hope to make it on the Varsity team. During tryouts I was hopeful my abilities would prove I deserved a spot. As I looked at the other players trying out, sizing them up, comparing myself – I grew more uncomfortable.
Every year it’s the same thing. During their school seasons, players tell their travel coaches that they are ready for summer. In the middle school years players may simply be excited to play the higher level of softball. But during their high school years, there are often numerous issues that can cause players (and their parents) to just want it to be over.
This raises the question: What is the responsibility of the travel coach when a player tells him/her about issues she’s having with school ball?
I recently challenged one of the players on my varsity team and in the softball club where I coach to write an article for the Softball Journey blog. I told her she could write about whatever topic she desires. What she wrote should be required reading for all coaches and parents of not only softball players, but athletes of all sports. I am extremely proud of this young lady for accepting my challenge, taking the risk of being criticized and for having the courage to share her thoughts and feelings with the world!
I am my toughest competition and critic.
Her name is Jessica Verran and she is an aspiring young writer. Jess is a freshman varsity player at Swartz Creek High School and member of the 14U Mid-Michigan Firestix softball team. She is a talented pitcher, first baseman, outfielder and hitter who I am certain will someday realize her dream to play college softball.
Well, I am already late for many of you in posting this brief article. Sorry. It’s just that “up North” we aren’t thinking about school tryouts just yet. The first official day of high school spring sports in Michigan is March 14th, 2016. We still have a few weekends of Winter Workouts to go.
I recently exchanged email with a reader from Arizona. His daughter just completed tryouts for her high school. So, I wanted to post some links to past articles I’ve written concerning tryouts, while adding some information about transitioning between travel and school softball.
Winter Workouts in Michigan - Travel Softball
- Give Her a Break. Seriously, I Insist.
- The Umpire Blues
- You're Gonna Miss This
- Top 10 Things to Look for in a Travel Softball Team
- Top 10 Tips for Players at Softball Tryouts
- When Parents Wave Red Flags
- Surviving One of those Softball Seasons
- Is She Enjoying The Journey?
- The Amazing Return of the "Fighter"
- What Hockey Pucks and Softballs have in Common?