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Twitter is not a recruiting nightmare, poor choices are

by Stacie ~ August 10th, 2014.
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Twitter is not a recruiting nightmare, bad choices are
I shared my thoughts on social media before. This topic came up again when I saw this headline in my Facebook Newsfeed…

Georgia coach Mark Richt dropped a recruit because of his tweets
Under that it said, “Twitter is a recruiting nightmare.”

I disagree. Twitter is just a tool, just a platform through which people can communicate. HOW YOU CHOOSE TO USE IT however, can cause problems for you if you make bad choices.

The bottom line is, YOUR choices affect opportunities you receive and ones you get taken away from you.

Don’t blame the tool.

This very same tool can HELP you in your recruiting process if you use it properly, wisely, and with integrity!

Online, offline doesn’t matter. It’s all REAL LIFE. What you say is what you say. What you do is what you do. It doesn’t matter where or when or who you think is watching, be responsible for your actions, your words, and your choices!

Don’t think what you post on the Internet can be safely hidden or deleted! 

Make sure you’re choices are solid from the get go, not something you’ll want to “delete” later.  If you don’t want people to find out about something you said or did, it’s better not to do it in the first place and most certainly don’t post it online no matter what you think your privacy settings are!

Colleges DO look at social media. It’s part of life in the 21st century.

Conduct yourself like a champion at all times.

When you get to college, even more so, you’re life will be under a microscope.  Is it any wonder college coaches want to see how you behave when you think no one will find out?

Practice now.

Making good choices in all areas of life is a good habit to develop, not only for college, but for well beyond that.

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Why you need to aim higher than “the best” on your team

by Stacie ~ July 29th, 2014.
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I shared this thought with my 14yo daughter the other night. I let her know I was happy she out works and out trains a lot of her teammates, BUT…

I encouraged her to not get complacent with that, to aim higher.

After all, in competition, the only people it matters to “outdo” are your opponents!

Out working your teammates is great, but you’re not fighting against them in competition.

I’m happy to say, she understood exactly what I was taking about :)

The same is true for performance. It’s awesome if you’re the best on your team or in your league or even in your conference or state. However, even if you’re the best in your state, there are 49 others out there who claim that same title!

What separates you from THEM?

Even after you become the best of the best, can you stay there?

How many athletes or teams do you know have one great year or maybe a couple of great years, then disappear?

Not that a moment of greatness isn’t enough, but if you’re looking to reach your FULL potential, you must realize that the hard work never ends, that the better you become, the more focused and driven you just be. There never comes a point where you’re so good, you can stop working and get the same results or better. No matter how great you get, you only get out of it what you put in. That effort is always your choice.

There’s nothing wrong with reaching a point where you’re ready to back down, just as Michael Phelps did for the 2012 Olympics. He wanted more of a life outside of swimming. He backed down on his training. He understood this decision may affect is medal winnings in the Olympics. It did. He won a couple Silver Medals instead of all Golds. He was okay with that. He understood that you only get out what you put in, and that he wanted more in other areas of life. He made a conscious choice and made “deposits of success” in other areas and accepted the impact that made on his swimming.

The same is true for you. It’s okay if you reach a point where you feel the need to adjust your priorities in softball, or in life, just realize it affects your results. Only you can decide what you really want out of your softball experiences and your life, no one else. That choice is always yours as well.


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The Power of Your Presence as a Pitcher

by Stacie ~ July 22nd, 2014.
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Today on Facebook, I saw a post by Amanda Scarborough. Her words about a pitcher presences in the circle are spot on!

I remember, years ago, seeing a young pitcher on a very new team. She played for a high school that JUST started their softball program. She wasn’t spectacular pitching wise. She did enough to keep her team in the game and stop any “big shots” from hurting her team. In short, she did a decent job as a pitcher. She was pitching outs.

The only problem? Her team made error after error after error around her.

Still, her demeanor, how she carried herself, how she pitched NEVER changed. Not ONE bit.

I was SO impressed by this young lady! She was a freshman on a varsity team, pitching against one of the best teams in the state and, while not flashy as a pitcher, she impressed the heck out of me. I never saw her pitch again, but I still remember her almost a decade later.

How many pitching performances do you say that about?

To add to this, here is what Amanda had to say about this topic…


In case the post doesn’t show up properly above or is slow to load, here is what it said…

“Body language. Demeanor. Emotions. These are the things you show when you set foot on the field and the things that speak louder than how good your rise ball or your change up are. These are things that your teammates AND the opposing team pick up on – for better or for worse.

There are different ways you represent your Pitcher’s Presence. Talk through your eyes and through your body language to show your team your confidence! You are a leader and your team is relying on you! They feed off of you!

Your body language should be the same whether you walk 3 people in a row OR whether you struck out 3 people in a row. It DOES NOT change according to the outcome of a pitch or the outcome of a game! YOU control your body language and your presence. It’s yours. It defines you as a player.

Every pitch have confidence for you control the feel and the tempo of the game.”

- Amanda Scarborough

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