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Monday, May 8, 2017

A Letter to DSU Softball Vol. 2

Last year we started a tradition where the Seniors write a letter to future DSU Hornet softball players. They left great advice and left a lasting impression on this program. Senior weekend just past and it's time for our 2 seniors to write their letter. They did an excellent job in telling future players what it means to play for this program. This is what they had to say:

Dear Future Hornets,

First, we want to say congratulations on your commitment to play softball at DSU. We remember how relieving and great it felt to know that all our hard work had finally paid off. However, remember that this is still only the beginning. There is still so much more you will learn about this sport and playing at the next level.  We have three core covenants or guiding principles for this team. The three core covenants that we stand for are family, excellence and courageous.
            As a family we encourage each other to achieve academic goals. We hold each other accountable to attend class and also study together. It is important to positively represent DSU softball in the community and on social media with our actions and behavior. We invest time in building relationships with teammates and to love one another. It is important that we are always polite, kind, generous, and thankful. We are consistently encouraging one another in the weight room and pushing each other to give best effort. We work hard together, no one left behind! We respect our coaches and teammates at all times. We support teammates, coaches and program with actions, behavior and words. We trust each other to give our best effort daily. We encourage, push, and pick each other up. We help each other when we are struggling. We work hard in our personal lives to build up our DSU family. Spending quality time together helps us become a family.
            We strive for excellence in the classroom, community, with our nutrition, in our strength and conditioning program, on the softball field and in our personal lives. We attend every class, on time. We stay organized to complete all assignment on time. We do our own work and do not cheat. We aren’t afraid to get tutors or extra help when we are struggling in a class. We complete all assigned study hall hours. We volunteer our time to make an impact in our community. We are 15 minutes early to events. In everything we do we do it with good intentions. We fuel our bodies before and after workouts by making healthy nutritional decisions. We make stretching and rolling out a priority in our recovery process. When it comes to strength and conditioning, we prepare with our best effort and trust in our preparation. We never make excuses or quit. We complete every lift, rep, set, and run that is given to us by our coaches. We constantly push ourselves further. We commit to mastering the fundamentals and executing the details of the game. We communicate with each other during each play. We leave everything on the field and sprint on and off the field. We play with passion, energy, and effort daily. We strive to be the best version of ourselves. We surround ourselves with people who support encourage and challenge us to be the best.
            We are courageous because we properly prepare for class, exams and trust in our preparation. We initiate and build relationships with our professors. We give our best effort when things get tough and we never give up. We go all out and give 100% to strive for a 4.0 GPA. We aren’t afraid to participate in class discussions. We walk tall with our head up, make eye contact, say hello, and shake hands. We don’t lie or cheat and we show integrity at all times. We make good choices about what we consume and know that it will impact our performance. It’s important to be proactive, stay committed to rehab and recovery, never give up and feel sorry for ourselves. We compete with each other and challenge ourselves every day.  We act differently than how we feel. We believe in ourselves and our teammates. We have an unrelenting will to win every pitch and trust in our abilities. It is important to act, walk, talk and play like the player we want to be… a champion. We are relentless in our pursuit of our goals. We strive for success daily even if we have to get out of our comfort zone to achieve this success. We always show passion for the things that interest us.
Don’t forget to remember that this is an opportunity of a lifetime that not many are granted. It’s important to start training your mind and heart to become the competitor you were designed to be! However, at the end of the day always remember to have fun and make the most of these next four years. We are not lying when we say they go by extremely fast. We are sitting here typing this letter to you future hornets trying to figure out how we got here so quickly. We hope this can give you a good idea of what Delaware State University Softball is all about so you guys can come in and continue to build the legacy.

We wish you all the best! 

Tara and Dani (2017 graduating seniors)

Thank you Dani and Tara for this letter. This is exactly what it means to play for this program and everything we stand for.

MEAC Tournament Preview

    The MEAC Tournament is quickly approaching and the countdown to our trip to Ormond Beach, FL begins. Your Lady Hornets finish second in the Northern Division of the MEAC. As the #2 seed, we will take on North Carolina A&T the #3 seed from the south. With all the excitement that is about to happen, we asked the players a few questions about the Tournament.

 Freshmen Jordan, Hannah, Kaleigh, Micaela, Desiree, and Jasmine will experience their first MEAC conference tournament. Thus we asked them a few questions and they shared their thoughts on the tournament.

What are you most looking forward to at the Tournament?

"I am very excited to have the opportunity to play at the conference tournament. I believe that it will be a great experience for me and allow me to grow. I think there will be a different type of energy and adrenaline running through our veins that will allow everyone to rise up to the occasion."- Jasmine

"Going into the conference Tournament the thing I'm looking forward to the most is experiencing the intensity of it all. I can't wait to feel the adrenaline rush that makes me feel like I don't ever want to stop playing. I have nothing but excitement going into my first MEAC Tournament and I can't wait to compete with my Hornet sisters."- Desiree

How do you think this will be different than the regular season?

"This will be different from the regular season because it is do or die. There is a lot more on the line in each game than there was in the regular season."- Micaela

"This is a now or never Tournament and I'm excited to be a part of the intense energy and atmosphere."-Hannah

"I think that this will be different from the regular season because we'll be facing teams that force us to play at our best and not slack off one bit. I think the intensity and energy will be a lot higher and the love of the game will be shown more."- Kaleigh

    Sophomores Alexis Goldsby and Sabrina Quarles gave their reflection on the impression they were left with after their first tournament and what their goals are for this year. 

What was your first impression of the MEAC Tournament?

"My first impression of the MEAC was definitely unexpected. The way they players competed and cheered was more energizing and scrappy than I had imagined. It was as if the team with the most energy is the team that came out on top at the end."-Sabrina

"My first impression was that the Tournament is very beatable and we could win."- Alexis

What is your goal for the Tournament?

"My goal for the Tournament is to play to the best of my ability every pitch and leave everything on the field. Of course I would love to take 1st, but more importantly I don't want to have any regrets. I want to end the tournament knowing that I stepped up and gave everything I had."- Sabrina

"I want to win the Tournament this year."-Alexis

    Juniors Vanessa, Khaliyah, Jessica, and Mika are going into their third Tournament with high expectations. They want to win for the senior class. We asked them what they are most looking forward to and what makes the tournament so different from the regular season.

What are you most looking forward to at MEACS?

"I'm looking forward to competing one last time with our seniors, taking down the competition, and spending time with the team."- Vanessa

"I'm looking forward to playing as the underdogs. We have the potential to upset so many teams and i think that is pretty cool."- Jess

What makes the Tournament so different than the regular season?

"MEAC's is so different because it is the last time to prove that we have what it takes to win."- Mika

"MEAC's is different because it's essentially to take each game one at a time and to play each game like it's our last."- Khaliyah

   For Seniors Tara and Dani, this is their last Tournament. We asked them what is their favorite part about the MEAC Tournament and how they felt about going into their last Tournament.

What is your favorite part about the MEAC Tournament?
"I love the intensity and competition. it is also fun to play the teams from the South that we have not seen all season."- Dani

"I love the competitive atmosphere of the MEAC Tournament"- Tara

How do you feel going into your last one?

 "I feel excited and determined to win a championship going into my last MEAC Tournament."- Dani

"I feel determined to bring back a MEAC Championship."- Tara

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