Dear Future Hornets,
Congrats on achieving the goal of making it to Division 1 softball. This is a unique experience that few will have and you will never forget. Do not take it for granted because it goes by fast. Here are a few tips to survive being on a Division 1 softball program.
1. Take care of yourself physically and mentally. Your body will be put through very demanding tasks and you will experience a lot of changes. If you want to make it to your senior year with your body still working for you vs against you, it is essential you do this.
2. Do the winter and summer workout programs that you are given. This will make conditioning easier and more bearable when you get back. It will not be easy.
3. Naps and sleep will be your best friend. So are alarm clocks!!!
4. Manage your time wisely and avoid procrastination. When you procrastinate, you get overwhelmed which leads to poor academic performances.
5. GO TO CLASS and build strong relationships with your teachers. This is important, especially in season when you have to miss class due to games and travel.
6. Enjoy these years. College goes by fast. Make friends outside of softball, have fun. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, its the only way you will grow.
7. Keep working hard to achieve your goals no matter what. Softball is a game of failures, but look at the positives and stay focused on the progress over the outcome.
8. This is not travel ball.
- In travel ball you could easily play seven games or more in a weekend. In college two games in one day can feel like you played seven.
- In travel ball, everyone got the opportunity to play cause it was about you getting seen to play, in college you have to earn it. Nothing is given to you, you have to fight for everything you want to accomplish.
- In travel ball, you may have been the best on your team, but when you get to college you will learn that everyone's talent level is fairly equal. So you have to figure out what it is that is going to make you stand out to earn a a spot.
9. Things will not always go your way and you will fail at times, and IT IS OK. Learn from it and keep moving forward.
10. It doesn’t matter how good you are, it will take everyone on your team to win. Even the best hitters strike out and the best pitchers get bombs hit off of them. Rely on and trust your teammates to have your back and be there for you, because it will take you going all out for them. Your teammates will become your sisters.
11. You will experience the worst and best days of your life. College is the like the scariest yet best roller coaster you’ve even been on. You regret getting on it at first, but when it's over, you’re going to want to ride it again. Enjoy the ride.
The Senior Class of 2016