• OVERALL, at school, on road trips, weekends, etc…: 

    • Be academically eligible.
    • Be respectful, kind and helpful. Have good manners.
    • Be coachable and willing to try new things.
    • Be a great teammate, encouraging others, want your teammate to succeed.
    • Be healthy, mind and body, exercise, eat healthy, use your brain, challenge yourself to be in the best shape of your life.
    • Enjoy high school, learn, push yourself, but remember to have fun, smile, laugh, attend other games, events, try new clubs, classes and meet new people.  Don’t be afraid to fail and don’t be embarrassed to try new things. 

    ON THE FIELD:

    • Do your job. You owe it to your team to prepare in practice, to know your job, and to do your job. You won’t always be successful, but as long as you do #2, you can keep your head held high and your team will respect your effort.   Do your part for our team. 
    • Give 100%, each time and every time. This may vary in production, for example, if you are sick, your 100% won’t be your full potential, but it’s your 100% for that day.    At the end of each practice and game, ask yourself this question. “Did I give it my best effort?” If the answer is yes, good job, if not, time to work on a few things.
    • Practice and know your ROUTINES.  We do our routines to: 1) know what to do, 2) to reduce stress, 3) to make us ready for each play, 4) to reduce odds of missing, 5) to allow us to give 100% and to give us a better chance at DOING OUR JOB.   In softball, we have the luxury of time between pitches, so there is no excuse for not being mentally prepared. Properly channeled stress can take us to higher levels of performance, but if not channeled correctly, they can diminish our performance.  We will practice this over and over and over again.
    • We will never say or think, “I can’t, we can’t.” We will always believe positive, think positive, talk positive and play positive. “I can, I will, We can, We will.”    
    • We will fail, it’s part of the game, but we will immediately pick each other up, re-focus, then visualize what just happened but make it successful in our mind, then we will move on.
    • If anyone walks by our field they won’t know if we are winning or losing based off our attitude, body posture, communication, and/or effort. Go back to # 1 and #2. 
    • We will strive to be perfect in practice and we will practice for simple and basic skill perfection.
    • By doing the above, and in this order, we will strive to win each pitch, each play, and each inning.
    • We will practice in stressful situations and we will practice making our mind reduce the stress and focus on the task at hand, by doing routines, routines, routines. In a game, we will take our mind to a relaxed practice setting and again, focus on the task at hand.  By what? Yes, routines, routines, routines. If we do this correctly, your mind should be tired after a game.
    • Back to #2, your time on the softball field should be a challenging and fun 2 hours out of your day, away from the stresses of teachers, grades, relationships, growing up worries, family. When we get on the field, turn on the switch, it’s 100% softball and your team.
    • We won’t worry about individual stats or who gets recognized in the paper or on the news.  We won’t get caught up in the fan excitement of home runs.   We won’t get caught up in drama. We will learn and know that everyone will have a role in our wins and losses.   We will know the girl who got on base with a walk, a girl who made a great bunt, are just as, OR more important than the home run, or base hit that scored the girl who walked.  
    • We will understand your role may be different from game to game.  You may have a huge role one game, you may make a great catch one game, but the next game you are a supporter from the bench-ready to go in. Or you play the next game and despite 100% effort, you don’t get the job done, but your teammate does.   WE ARE A TEAM.  We will win as a team and we will lose as a team. NO ONE PLAY WILL EVERY WIN OR LOSE A GAME!
    • We will do the small things correctly, we will do them with attention and detail and it will be those things, plus the fact that we are more mentally prepared and solid as a supportive team, that we will succeed.  
    • We will learn to bunt and slap in any and all situations, even 0-2, zero balls and two strikes, we will be the best bunting and slapping team in the state. Because of that, and because of #1 thru #15, we will also be the best hitting team in the state. THE “SMALL GAME” is a BIG part of the game. DO your job. 
    • We are in this together. We will believe in each other, we will believe in our philosophies, we will believe in achieving our goals, individual and team, and we will believe we can win each pitch, each play, each inning.   WE WILL BELIEVE!    I do.   Do you?