Fall Offseason Class
Posted 30 October 2006 - 06:52 PM
Posted 30 October 2006 - 08:22 PM
Most schools in the area do not require softball players to take athletics. The players practice after school beginning late January. If the students wish to enroll in athletics they have an advantage. They participate in "offseason" drills running and lifting weights. The extra time with the coach is valuable.
Do they want it enough to enroll in the athletics class? They will have to give up another class.
Serious softball players play on tournament teams that play all year. It takes a serious committement to travel the country playing softball.
Year round schedule for select teams includes 10-12 hours of practice each week and tournaments three weekends per month, nine months of the year. Good teams play 20-25 tournaments per year and average five games per tournament.
That is alot of softball. Players miss football games, volleyball games, dances, prom, church camps, family vacations, etc. .
Summer camps are softball camps at a college the player is interested in attending. Family vacations are out-of-state national softball tournaments.
You are only as good as your competition. The better the competition the better your team will become.
How can East Texas compete?
Work hard during the week and play ball in the Metroplex on the weekend.
See you on the dirt!
Posted 30 October 2006 - 08:35 PM
Posted 31 October 2006 - 08:41 AM
Posted 31 October 2006 - 12:14 PM
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart
Posted 31 October 2006 - 09:32 PM
Posted 01 November 2006 - 08:26 AM
The coaches are coaching 2-3 sports, and the players are playing multiple sports. It only makes sense to have an off-season that benefits all sports, since the coaches and players are involved in multiple sports.
My girls who do not play multiple sports are lifting and running during the period and after school going to the field (with parent supervision) to work on their skills. You get out what you put in.
Posted 01 November 2006 - 12:45 PM
Posted 01 November 2006 - 02:15 PM
Posted 01 November 2006 - 04:35 PM
Posted 01 November 2006 - 05:50 PM
Posted 02 November 2006 - 05:12 PM
Posted 03 November 2006 - 06:59 AM
I didn't understand either, and still don't. It seems almost a must to me for girls/boys in the offseason to have access to weights/track/gym for a sport. I think the excuse given to our players was that these areas were needed for sports that were active at the time, i.e. volleyball and basketball.
As it is, if our girls want to get in offseason work for softball, they do it off school grounds.
Posted 03 November 2006 - 08:00 AM
I think your situation is much more common than others may admit. Same situation exists at my kid's school. The volleyball and basketball coaches don't want softball kids in their athletic periods, so they are left to work on their own. My kid is getting softball kids together beginning around Thanksgiving to work on skills and conditioning on their own. That is the only way available to them to get in shape and work on skill development. Many played in the local league, but the competition was mainly JV and lower players.
Posted 03 November 2006 - 10:35 AM
sbfan--The conflict between track and softball shouldn't exist. As a softball coach I loved for my girls to run track. It eliminated the need for me to condition them. I just start my practices 45 minutes later to allow the girls to get in their track workout then come to softball. With co-operation between coaches the problems should be minimal.
Posted 03 November 2006 - 01:53 PM
Conflicts I have seen include:
Volleyball and band
Drillteam and band
Football and band
Volleyball and cheerleading
Track and baseball/softball
Soccer and baseball/soccer
The students are willing to work hard but the adults make them choose. If they allow multiple activities many adults place undue pressure on the students.
It takes the adults working together to allow the students to achieve much.
Posted 05 November 2006 - 07:44 PM
Posted 05 November 2006 - 08:01 PM
Also, most schools in ET are 3a or lower so they do not have the amount of girls for each to pick one sport and play. A lot of them play volleyball and softball or basketball and softball or maybe all three, they dont have the option of being in a softball offseason because they are in other sports.
Posted 06 November 2006 - 12:12 AM
Posted 06 November 2006 - 09:12 AM
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