To Americans, the 4th of July represents freedom, but there are some very powerful lessons this famous holiday can teach every softball player.
In 1776, the 13 Colonies declared their independence from England which led to the creation of the United States. Discover 4 things these brave colonists can teach us about softball.
While there might be some debate about the exact date that the Declaration of Independence was signed, there’s no debating the courage it took those original 13 colonists to break free from England – the most powerful nation on earth at the time.
And, while that was a VERY long time ago, there are some important softball lessons those colonists can teach us all. So as summer is in full swing, let’s check out 4 ways the 4th of July can make you a better softball player:
- Don’t be Afraid to Fight for What You Believe In
- The colonists, frustrated by the rules and taxes of England decided to quit complaining about British rule and instead take action that they knew would risk their lives, their fortunes and their families to break away from England.
- SOFTBALL LESSON – If you know something is happening on your team that isn’t right, or that should change, take a lesson from the colonists and have the courage to change it. As long as it’s right and helps the team, don’t be afraid to fight for what you believe in.
- Don’t Let Their Numbers Discourage You
- 56 men signed a document that declared the 13 colonies’ independence from England, the largest country on earth at the time. This document became known as the Declaration of Independence and set the colonies on a path against a giant!
- To give you an idea of just how brave these colonists were, when they declared their freedom from England, there were 2,500,000 million people living in the 13 colonies, and over 8,000,000 million people living in England.
- England was an organized country under one rule and the 13 colonies were all separately run with no organization other than their collective anger toward England.
- SOFTBALL LESSON – There are lots of times when you might play a team with bigger or better players, one that has a better record or even an awesome tradition. It’s easy to focus on what “they” have and let their numbers discourage you, but take a lesson from the colonists who were GREATLY outnumbered – winning isn’t about numbers or size!
- Passion Can Beat History
- The British Army was famous world-wide for its discipline, guns and even their uniforms (think red coats) – while the colonists had marginal discipline, little experience and no uniforms. Yet their passion overcame everything and allowed the colonists to hide in the trees and pick off the British as they marched by in perfect lines and wonderful uniforms out in the open. Being undermanned and underfunded didn’t matter when it came to passion and purpose – and the colonists had passion in spades!
- SOFTBALL LESSON – Equipment and uniforms don’t matter when it comes to winning so don’t get caught up in the stuff that doesn’t matter! The size of your passion and heart can overcome everything!
- All Good Things Require Sacrifice
- Saying you’re tired of how you’re being treated is one thing, but being willing to sacrifice for it is quite another. The colonists suffered almost 7,000 casualties during the Revolutionary War while inflicting over 24,000 casualties on the British.
- SOFTBALL LESSON – The colonists decided that if they really were sick of how they were being treated by England than they had to be willing to sacrifice their lives to change it. While you won’t be asked to sacrifice your life for softball, you will need to do more work on and off the ballfield to get better. You’ll have to miss dances and sacrifice time with friends to go to practices and games. Sacrifice comes in many different forms, but for anything worth having – it requires sacrifice!
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