Some people say that a friendship that lasts over 7 years will last a lifetime… So 13 years must mean past that… I have been through more than anyone could ever imagine with this kid. He stuck by my side when Kevin, one of the kids who was like a brother to me, passed away. He sat by my side when I was in the hospital waiting to see the results if my tumor was cancerous. He stood by my side while we walked down the hall for the first time in kindergarten and the last time in high school. Even though he gave me bruises when we would beat each other up and I messed up a lot of his relationships, I’ll always love him. Now we are off to college, me PSU and him Marist. It will be the first time since kindergarten where I won’t see him on the first day, and won’t see him every day in school or in class. yeah, I’m going to miss my family, but I know for a fact I’ll see my family during the breaks. There will no one I miss more than him. I’ll miss the way he makes me smile, and the way he makes me laugh. I’ll miss the way we sits next to me when I’m sad.
Never ever take your best friend for granted, because when you are forced to leave each other… there is no worse feeling in the whole world.
my throwing is good when were close but once I'm far away my throwing just bleh. do you have any tips for throwing?
Usually throwing is all dependent on where you are playing in the field and it much harder than people make it out to be, you have to get your whole body into it. When your throwing from father away, most of the time you are worried about just getting the ball there so you forget about all your mechanics. but when throwing farther away, try and get your lower body involved. Try the crow hop… here is a good video of it, its short and should help you.
When your throwing, always remember to keep your elbow above your shoulder, once it drops below, you are throwing side arm and eventually you will blow out your shoulder like I did (not fun)
You have to just keep backing up a step each time you go to throw and build up the strength in your arm, throw against a back board or something so you can practice even when no one is around to play catch with you.
Do you ever go from texting someone every day to realizing you’re always the one texting first, so you eventually stop texting first to see if they ever even realize you two haven’t talked and they don’t realize so you’re just stuck silently missing them knowing it’s not even worth it anymore because they obviously don’t care
any tips for someone who plays outfield right center? c:
I’m an outfielder, and centerfield! So yeah here you go…
1. In centerfield you have complete control of the outfield and you have to take it. If you are coming in and an infielder going out, call them off because you have the better chance.
2. Go for everything and don’t be afraid to dive. I have dove a couple of times and even if I didn’t get it it shows your team your ready and that’s important.
3. Always use two hands, don’t be dumb and try to be a show off and only use one if you don’t have to.
4. Stay in front of the ball and kind of come around it before you watch it that way your momentum is already going that way when you go to throw the ball.
5. Use the crow hop. When you go throw jump off your back foot and throw it. This gives you power and the ball will go farther.
6. Remember ball base backup. If you don’t have the ball, see if there is a base for you to cover. That mostly happens on a bunt when Someone is on 2nd base, the the shortstop goes to third and 2nd basemen goes to first so it’s your Job to cover the girl on 2nd base every play. Then if that isn’t happening, back up your fellow outfielders!
If you need anything else, don’t be afraid to ask!
Any tips for getting over concussions quickly? My state (Texas) is really serious about concussions in high school athletes and I can't play until I'm healed. It's really frustrating not being able to play and I'd like to get back as quickly as possible.
There really isn’t a way to get over them quickly, you have to just wait the time until you are completely healed. NEVER PLAY WITH A CONCUSSION. If you play with it you can get permanent brain damage which will cause you to never be able to play again which would be the worst thing possible
Hey so I'm trying out next week for my high school softball team. Now, I've never been on a legit team but I play it almost every summer and plus my dad used to play baseball. It's just JV tryouts so so far they just wanna check out throwing and catching skills (which I guess I'm pretty good at) but I haven't hit a ball in such a long time! Any tips? Thanks :)
I think depending on how competitive your school is with softball, it’s going to be hard. You should be throwing everyday. Watch some YouTube videos to make sure your doing it right. Just remember that catching and throwing are fundamentals and they are looking for that. Just keep everything in front of you and you should be good!
Two years ago I lost the one guy who understood my love for this game, Kevin Gilbert. Every day Im not playing I think I’m letting him down. He taught me the importance of the game on a persons life and how to keep going even when you feel like quitting. God gained an unbelievable angel that day and I miss him more than words can explain. I love you Gilby baby, forever and absolutely always
While i am working on a paper that i don’t really want o do i will be taking all sorts of questions about anythin. softball, life, i’ll answer it! I can answer the questions about catching and pitching now because i found a good book that have quick notes about them!
"It’s just not any sport, it’s not just throwing a ball, hitting and running. I live with the cheering of my players while I’m up at bat. I live with the red stitches of the softball rubbing against my fingers when I snap my wrist and let it fly. I live with the mistakes every day in it, and I live learning them. I live on the pithers mound where I need complete confidence in my self. I live with snapping my wrist to the catcher and getting the batter out, a perfect strik. I live not only for my teammates, but for myself. I live for fastpitch softball."
"We’re going to step on the field knowing tht eveyr team we’re going against is going to push teir game to that whole new level that we probably hadn’t seen. We’ve just got to be ready to step up with them."
No problem! I realized you weren't getting a lot of things like this so yay! :D Do you have a playlist of songs you listen to to help you get pumped up before a game or do you prefer as much silence as possible? I understand EXACTLY what you mean! I help out with a lot of younger players when I can. Our local ASA group (rec ball) is falling apart pretty badly right now and a lot of the good coaches have left.
Personally, I just sit in silence before a game. I don’t really get pumped…. I just laugh and joke around with my teammates before a game and usually a happy me players better than a really serious me… that kinda just me.. i know a lot of people don’t work that way.
Me and my dad are actually starting to bring up a kindergarten team in my town. Most of the rec league has fallen apart but we are planning on taking this team up as they grow up and coaching them through travel and stuff and I am so excited! The town asked us because they know how much me and my dad get involved in the sport and we have a field in our backyard so we just hold some practices there… less worry for the town. I hope you town can find some good coaches! Every girl deserves a chance to play this game… even if you don’t get the best coach.
What are some exercises you do for softball? I've been working out with my big brother to try to get somewhat in shape again, but he's more about the 'lets lift weight forever!!' Thing. I can curl a 25 pound weight but I am still not able to run for extended periods of time/really fast and it hurts to stay in a catcher's stance. My legs are killing me!
So for running:
Do interval training, walk for a minute then run for two.. then as you get more comfortable start to run for longer. This will build up your stanima and you will be able to run for longer. To get faster you do th same thing. Sprint for a minute and then jog for a minute. That kind of thing.
For your legs:
Do some lunges when your bored. Just kind of do them all the time and eventually your legs will become stronger and they won’t hurt as much. Do some wall sits.. they work your core and your legs. When your watching tv, get into your catchers stance… stay in it for as long as you can and try to stay in it longer and longer as you keep doing it.
WORK YOUR CORE!!
Core work is the center for softball. Everything you do kind of comes out from having a strong core. Do some sit ups… BORING. But do the wall sits and do some planks… stretch out the time until you can do them in your sleep. Do some swimmers… look them up on the internet.. we always do then after our games.
How should I tell my traveling team that I can't play for them this year? I found a club team that will give me more opportunities, that I love! I just need to tell my traveling team that I can't play with them.. Any advice?
I think you should send out an email to everyone on the team. If you do it in person it can get reallyyyyy awkward reallyyyyy fast. I mean people say thats best, but I have come to realize that email is the best way, get every one in one shot.
So in the email say something along the lines of this.
I have had a great time with you guys but it is time for me to move on. There is another team that I have been looking at and it seems like a better fit for me. I am very greatful for all the experiences I have had with you guys, but this is the best decision for me as a player. It has more opportunities that I want to take.
Emphasize the fact that is a better change for YOU. That it’s about the big picture as a softball player and that you need to take this opportunity in order to achieve your goals.
Don’t be too worried. They will understand if you make sure you let them know that you loved the time spent with them. That this move isn’t abou them That it is about YOU and what is best for YOU.
Good luck with your new team! and good luck on your upcoming season!
Bats are very relative. It’s all about what you like. I personally like a heavier bat and longer, but some people may not like that. As for brands… don’t get caught up in the brand names and what every one else has. It’s not going to do you any good. You have to keep trying bats and find the one that is a right fit for you. I’m not even gonna tell you what i use because truthfully its not gonna matter. I’m different from you. It’s like a glove… every one likes a different glove.
I wish I could be of more help, but its something you can’t do over the internet.
What do you think about the 2013 Worth Storm Hyperlite? My bats are both 32" and I need to go up to a 33" or 34", gonna find out for sure before I buy one, but still looking at bats. I can swing heavier bats with no issue, but like the lighter bats better.
I don’t really know that bat, no one I have ever met has used it so I don’t really have an oppinion. But about going up a bat, if you like the bats you used to use, just get the same one, newer model, and then get the longer one… that’s the best advice I can give on a bat. Bats are VERY individual… it’s all about what You like.
Does it make you angry that everyone who is needing a light bat thinks the DeMarini CF5 Insane bat, is a good choice?! I'm a power hitter w/ 13 homeruns and I'm not ready for that yet.
truthfully, im not realy into the whole brand name bat thing. Different people like different things. I’m a power hitter as well, if you’re not ready for it, then don’t get it! haha. I personally don’t know anyone with that bad. Everyone on my team uses the Easton Stealth and we all hit really well. Sorry I can’t really help. try one and see if it seems like a good fit!
Anon, I keep 2 bats on me at all times. I have a worth powercell (really old. 22oz. 32in.) for warmup or what have you. I loved it when I was younger but I really hate it now. My newest baby is a worth prodigy that I got for like 30 bucks. The sticker got ripped off the end, but I think it's a 32 in. As well. A LOT lighter weight, though, and its helped me through many over-the-fence hits. Our local sporting goods store has a pitching machine in the back to try stuff out. Just look around.
Thats the same thing I do, I keep two bats with me because I tend to face so many different types of pitchers… I have the same exact bat (newer and older versions). Thats nifty that your sporting goods store has that but not many places have those so its just best that if you try out teammates bats first. If it’s your first bat EVER just buy one that you think would work best. Its a guessing game and its unfortunate that they cost so much! Sometimes you can get them cheaper used on the internet!
To break in a glove, you can condition it, put a ball in it, tie it up, and drive over it with a car or leave it under your mattress for a while. With my new catchers mitt, we put some new type of conditioner on it and had the choice of soaking it or microwaving it. Microwaving seemed more fun. Or just use it a lot. I have no idea if lexol will work on a glove or what. If it will, go with that because that stuff is magic I swear.
yeah thats kind of the same precedure i mentioned before…
Coach and parents are getting mad that not all the girls have a bat. /:
well personally i believe thats wrong… bats cost a shit ton of money and if its your last year you shouldn’t have to invest in a new bat, most colleges everyone uses the same bat… no one really uses their own, if you watch a couple of them…. but thats besides the point
Then use their bats in a couple of practices, see which one you like and then go out and get a new bat. Like i said, check out the pitching you will be facing.
Fast pitching = light bat
Slow pitching = heavier bat
(Don’t go too light or too heavy)
Just try out a couple of bats, you can’t take what anyone else says because every one likes their own kinds of bats. There have been bats that some people LOVE and I don’t like. So if anyone says that they love this one bat, try it out first because you may not like it all that much. It’s kind of just a guessing game and once you have found the right bat, you know the right weight you prefer and you know the length you prefer then go out and purchase your bat.
Well I used my friends DeMarini cf4. It is way too light for me compared to her Easton which is the same weight/length. I was looking at the 2013 Demarini hope or 2012 cf5 insane. Should I try those out or stick to an Easton bat?
Stick to what you know, if you loved your bat just get one similar to it, just keep trying, if its your last season … Don’t invest in a new bat, maybe you should just use someone else’s
I need help finding the perfect bat. This is my last year and the bat I normally use is dead and my coach never wants to see it again. I was looking into a Demarini cf5 insane, but I'm afraid that's it's going to be too light. Especially how they are designed.
NEVER BUY A BAT BEFORE YOU HAVE USED ONE BEFORE!
That’s the biggest key. If you buy a bat and you havn’t used one of your teammates one just like it before, then you can get it and hate it. Test out a couple bats with different lengths and weights for a while and then decide on which one you like the most. I use an Easton Stealth. Also look at the pitching you will be facing, if its fast pitching get a lighter bat (you can get it around faster) if its slower pitching get a heavier bat (it will help you not swing ahead and hit it to right field) just try a couple of bats before you purchase one.
Go out and get baseball glove conditioning oil. It softens, enriches, and preserves your glove. Then take a softball, put it in the glove (the end of the right or left side should fold into the opposing side)and tie it in with some string, when you leave it out in direct sunlight for only a few hours. Then take the ball out and shape your glove throw the ball into the glove several times. Then wrap the ball in the glove again and put it in a dark dry corner for a weekend. Then just take the ball out and you should be good to go.
It will take a while before it is exactly how you like it.