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For many players, the love for the game comes from playing and competing with their teammates. When faced with a competitive environment, they may find less playing time than on their travel teams. Watching others enjoy playing the sport you love can be difficult. It’s tough to grasp not being in a starting lineup when you’ve played the game for so long. Here are some lessons to be learned while sitting on the Bench:
1. Learn the game. Sitting allows you to learn the game and boost your softball I.Q. Many athletes may be playing for a coach with different coaching styles than what they’ve experienced. Sitting while learning the ropes can be a positive thing.
2. Bring energy. A loud dugout is essential in softball. Even if you aren’t making plays out there, your teammates and coaches will appreciate your enthusiasm for the game.
3. Be in the game. Studying the other team while sitting can give you valuable information to help your team succeed. Picking signs or noticing a pitcher’s throwing pattern can benefit the hitters on your team.
4. Have fun. Athletes will come and go through this game, and while it’ll always be there, you won’t, so no matter what your role is, make the best of it and bring positive energy. Moping about sitting on the bench creates negative energy that brings everyone down.
5. Compete. Learn that in softball as well as life, you have to work for what you want. Understand that sitting on the bench pushes you to work hard and be the best version of yourself. Compete for a starting spot and work towards your goal of earning it.
Fastpitch Masters LCC is welcoming a new addition to our fundamental camps. Fastpitch Masters is a softball skills camp where current college coaches come and teach fundamental drills that players can use to better their game. We hold over 120 camps nationwide annually, and this year we’ve added our new Fastpitch Masters Metric Combine. We’re taking 12 athletes from the ages 13-18 from each camp to participate in a series of measured events pertaining to softball. For years college coaches have used metrics when recruiting players because it can give them a measurable look at their strengths and weaknesses. Fastpitch Masters wanted to give players a way to have their metrics recorded for college coaches by a third-party source. They’ll also receive information about the recruiting process and what coaches are looking for, along with receiving their metrics. Because Fastpitch Masters uses current college coaches, we give our metrics camp participants to opportunity to have their metrics sent out to all the coaches we work with nationwide.
Fastpitch Masters tests over the following skills:
20 Yard Dash
Ball to Glove Exit Speed
Vertical Bat Angle
Time to Contact
Peak Hand Speed
Many of these hitting events are measured through Blast Motion. Blast Motion is a piece of technology that records the analytics in a softball swing regarding speed, power, and bat plane. These numbers can be compared to national averages, which will be included with the metrics score sheet.
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