Possibly one of the most overlooked sports, due to its male competition of baseball, softball flies under most radars, as baseball appears to be the harder sport due to the flame throwing, power hitting and defensive specialists of the MLB. Although, softball is equally as hard as baseball in just about every aspect. Due to the sports being similar in style and how the game is played, the keys for a player are just about the same, if not the same.
5 Keys for a Softball Player
Dedication & Desire
Softball players, just like baseball players, need to be dedicated to the sport to have any chance at major success. The will power to get on the field each and every day and want to beat the team in the other dugout is necessary for any chance at being a good teammate, a good competitor, and most of all, a good player.
The easiest way to get noticed by a college or professional scout is easily hustling every play throughout the whole game. Taking off one play at ANY point in the game will be noticed, without a doubt. The college scouts are necessarily looking for the best, most talented players, they are looking for the hardest working players that have talent and room for improvement, and want to make those improvements. Just remember, the easiest way to attract a scout’s attention is constantly sprinting on the diamond.
When playing softball, one can easily identify if a player is smart enough to make quick decisions on the field, hence their knowledge and intelligence. If a player is smart, they will easily succeed in these tougher, brain-testing situations. However, if a player lacks in intelligence, these decisions won’t come as easily as it would to others, putting them behind in several categories, ultimately making them worse than the other player competing for a scholarship.
Softball, just like baseball, requires constant focus in the field, at the plate, and even in the dugout. When at the plate, a player will only have a few seconds, if that, to make a decision to swing at the ball, if this player isn’t focused, their chance at success is slim to none. However, if this player is focused before their at-bat, and while their batting, they know what’s going on, they know what this pitcher has and doesn’t have and they are ready to hit the ball.
In softball and baseball, failure occurs more often than success (as a batter). Therefore, these players MUST be able to know what they did wrong, and get better from it. Pouting and throwing gear doesn’t work- it never has and never will. A scout will instantly cross your name off a list if you can’t adjust to failure in a game. As a player you MUST be able to look past your failure and be ready to make the next play, or hit the next ball.