Monday, April 20, 2015

Softball and Mental Toughness

Most people would agree that the degree of mental toughness a team/individual competitor has goes a long way in determining how successful they will be, especially when the going gets tough.  In girls’ softball, it seems like the going gets tougher with every tournament that is played.

Girls’ softball is one of the toughest games invented.  The game offers so many variables and unique one-on-one battles within the context of a team game, that it's a crazy hard game that will drive any player mad from time to time.  No player has ever escaped the game without making an error on the field or their bat fall silent.  There will never be a player that achieves perfection in this sport no matter how many ground balls, soft tosses or pitches they practice.

The Texas Travelers are one of the top select softball teams in Texas and are competing for a berth for the right to play for an ASA National Championship held in Normal, Illinois.  They have strong bats, precise pitching and excellent fielding; however, what separates them from most competitive teams is their hard work and mental toughness.

Recently, Dr. Jason Bauerschlag who is also the father of infielder, Olivia Bauerschlag shared; The 8 F’s: Creed of Mental Toughness with the Travelers coaching staff.  The team has quickly adopted the creed and implemented it into the culture of the team.  This is easily understood and gives the girls (as well as parents) a personal road map of sorts; especially when the going gets tough!

For more information about the Texas Travelers select softball team contact Coach Kyle Bennett at 972.679.7702 or follow the team on Facebook.  The Travelers are competing for a berth for the 2015 ASA National Championship in Normal, Illinois and are one of the top 2004 teams in Texas.  The 04 Texas Travelers compete in the most prestigious events in the country.

Softball Teams are only as good as the family’s that support them. The 04 Texas Travelers are the most talked about Select Softball Team in North Texas. Each player understands their role as a team member, but more importantly what it means to be the ultimate team player. Filled with talent, and numerous awards and championships; the 04 Texas Travelers strive to attract players and parents with common interests such as:

  • Promoting the game of fast-pitch softball
  • Creating an environment in which players can reach their full potential and achieve the self-confidence and positive self-esteem necessary to be successful both on and off the field.
  • Developing individual skills and team tactics to enable players and/or teams to compete at the national level.
  • Assisting all of our players in obtaining D1 College scholarships.

The 04 Texas Travelers organization exists for the specific purpose of developing a competitive youth fast-pitch softball program whose goals are to develop players capable of competing at the highest levels in the country with the demonstrated skills necessary to earn a college scholarship. Our dedicated coaches and volunteer staff facilitate our athlete’s growth by conducting challenging practices and scheduling the highest level of competitive activity available. However, reaching these goals must be accomplished within the proper framework by instilling character, self-esteem, confidence and sportsmanship with the young athlete.

Achievement of these lofty and worthwhile objectives within the appropriate environment can only be reached through the mature behavior and exemplary conduct of the coaches and parents of the Club. Their relationship with the players must be of the highest ethical and moral standards and be based upon concern and just principles that ensure equitable treatment will prevail in all circumstances.

An aggressive desire for victory combined with the procedural and graduated development of softball skills through exceptional coaching and advanced training techniques is of paramount importance. Nevertheless, everyone should realize that, fast-pitch softball is only a game and is the forum we use to help our athletes mature into responsible adults.

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