How Softball Has Impacted My Life
To describe all the ways in which softball has impacted my life would simply be impossible, nonetheless to minimize them to a single essay. The following essay is a highlight reel on the effects softball has had on my life.
The decision for me to play softball was made casually on a winter afternoon. My dad called me towards his computer and asked me if “I wanted to try softball, it’s pretty much like what Nick plays but for girls.” Having attended many of Nick–my older brother’s–baseball games and having the completely unwarranted confidence of an eight year old, I responded with a simple “sure.” Looking back on this memory, I truly had no idea of the extensive commitment I had just agreed to nor how this …show more content…
As years and seasons passed, I recognized the importance of practice, specifically practicing without a team. This is what separated me from my past teammates. I realized that I wanted to play better and began to address my weaknesses in the game. For a player on a town travel team, I began to surpass some of my teammates. I continued to get more passionate and determined to do better. With the encouragement of my dad, we decided that it was time for me to move to a team that would face better competition and have players of a similar mindset to myself. In the beginning of 8th grade, I had moved to my first club team after being on a town travel team for four years. While this was the right move for me, it was definitely a shock for me to realize that I was no longer the best on my team. I struggled through multiple winter training and conditioning workouts before the season had begun, though I tried to remind myself that this was only helping me in the end. When the first game of the summer season arrived, I was somewhat surprised to find that I was not in the starting lineup or in the field. This was again a shock for me as I went from a team where I started and batted four consistently, to watching other players fill a role I thought was mine. This is the first time I hit my first real mental block. I greatly disliked …show more content…
I realized that I wouldn’t make every play or hit every ball, but that shouldn’t stop me from playing freely. While failure was not welcomed, I had accepted that it would occur. I stopped playing with the fear of making an error or striking out. This was one of my greatest achievements as a player. I soon realized that this mindset should not be exclusively applied to softball. There would be times in my life where I would be in a stressful situation but if I acted scared it would only be more difficult to have success. Accepting that failure would occur helped me build confidence as a player and as a person. I began to feel more comfortable in situations that used to scare me, such as public speaking. In high school I took various classes that required me to speak in front of large crowds. Accepting that failure was a part of life and growth allowed me to succeed in situations that used to scare me, softball allowed me to do
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Going into this game, I knew we were going to lose. And I thought I was going to do what I did best, playing shortstop. But in the third inning, coach Jason changed my life! He put me in at the pitcher’s mound. Coming in the dugout from being at bat, I take the helmet off and toss it in the bag, just as coach Jason starts calling out positions.
A sharp sense of disappointment surged through me as my coach uttered the phrase I had been dreading to hear: "I 'm sorry, but Caleb is our starting second baseman this year." After riding the bench the previous season, I wanted nothing more than for this season to be different. The thought of spending the next three months rotting on the bench filled me with despair, and it seemed I was bound to that fate again. I needed to change his mind. I spent the following practices running harder, taking more ground balls, and spending more time in the cage than anyone else, but to no avail.
Baseball is what changed my life and has taught me valuable lessons in many different ways. Going into my freshman year I received the worst news I could think of, I did not make the travel baseball team I had tried out for. This ignited a passion inside me and made me realize one very crucial aspect of life. Nothing in life is guaranteed and you have to work for it. The moment I heard I did not make the team I was focused and determined to do one thing, get better.
The dedication and sacrifice put into softball becomes a lifestyle or a culture that even the parents use to identify themselves. The travel softball life is like a prison you can't escape, and once you're in, you're never getting out. My softball career started at the young age of 6 years old, with the parks and rec t-ball then competitive travel softball when I was 9. On my travel team, I saw many unique coaching styles from yelling, gentle criticism, and no criticism, whatever it was, I probably experienced it. Eventually, the team fizzled out because of ages, so I was forced to find someplace new.
These failures and achievements have shaped who I am today. They have made me a better overall person and have motivated me to reach my goals. I’ve had to overcome many chellenges through my many years of baseball whether it is physical or mental. For me confidence was the biggest key in overcoming these challenges. I never have become so down on myself that I have given up.
When i was in elementary and middle school I was a part of a recreational softball team, not because I wanted to play softball but because my mom, who throughout high school and college was a softball star, wanted me to play. I was never good at softball despite my mother's and my own best efforts, I would go to every practice, spend obscene amounts of time at grimy batting cages, and practice throwing and catching balls in my backyard. With all of this practice you would think that I would have gotten at least a little better at softball, but whenever it was time for a game I could not throw, catch or hit the ball, and I spent as much time as possible on the bench. It turns out being unimaginably bad at something despite your best efforts is incredibly emotionally draining. My parents did not understand how someone who went to all the practices and always put in the extra effort could still be so terrible at
I knew what call that would be; “Strike three! That’s game,” called the ump. My team lost, again, every game this season, because of me. It was all me, every time, every game. Anytime I was up to bat, I was always too scared of the ball to swing.
So, the second inning was just another carbon copy of the first. I am still pitching, hooray, I guess. This inning was different though I threw more strikes, but they hit every single one of them. They scored four whole runs in that inning. I didn’t get off with that inning very easily.
For the last eight years, softball has shaped my life and taught me many things about leadership, sportsmanship, and how to work as a team. Softball has always made me happy, it’s not just the sport that makes me happy, but it’s the place that I get to go and the people that I get to play it with. Every time I’m on the field or in the cages I feel the most content. The softball field and cages are my sanctuary.
But best of all I remember the moments when softball doesn't just feel like a game but a dream. A dream doesn't just come to you on your own. For me I need to meet my goals to fulfill my dream. The challenges softball comes with are failure, doubt, stress, and anger but that's what you learn from and grow from. Winning league started at the beginning of the year so far my team and I are 9-0.
I slowly trudged out of the dugout with my team giving words of support as I approached the batter’s box. My head was spinning, for this was my first time to bat in a real game. I turn my head to my coach for some advice, but all I get is the signal to have at it. I enter staring down the pitcher
For most of my childhood, the sport of baseball was the one activity I loved above anything else. Nothing could compare to the exhilarating freedom and satisfaction of bolting full speed around the bases, determined to steal 2nd, beating the "Throwdown" by a fraction of a second. The massive dust cloud kicked up by my cleats and the thunderous boom of the umpire shouting, "Safe!" made me feel empowered. It was in moments like those, when I was in control of my own fate, choosing whether to stay or to run, whether to play it safe or to risk failure, that I learned one of the most important lessons of my life.
I play softball because of the love I have for the game, and because of the feeling that takes my breath away every time I step onto the field. The softball field at Glendale Community College is now my new home for the next two years. Hearing your name being called and lining up alongside the first base line with your teammates before the game makes you feel worthy and excited to play such an amazing sport. As we gather in a tight circle just before we rush to our positions,
Baseball is considered by many to be America’s favorite pastime. Softball in many aspects is similar to baseball but in reality it is harder to play. This can be shown in all aspects of the game from hitting to pitching to fielding to catching. One major aspect where the difference is obvious is hitting. It has been scientifically proven that a 95 mph fastball generates 2411 lbs of force as it crosses the plate and a softball thrown at 65mph generates even more according to youtube.com.
Life is like a sporting event. The effort you put into practice, is the result you’ll get. There are both positives and negatives, but I have discovered that when things are negative, is when you learn the most and grow as a player. In any sport, you will have people that influence you on your team, and the team you’re against. In softball, you’ll face many obstacles.