Working camps all summer, I’ve heard eager future student-athletes ask the same question – it’s just the wrong one.
Learn the question you should be asking coaches.
During all types of different summer camps, players are always coming up and asking the same question over and over, it’s just the wrong question to ask. They constantly ask, “coach, what kind of player are you looking for?”
That might sound like a great question, but to me it’s not, and here’s why. The typical answer is: “I’m looking for a player that’s athletic, fast, powerful, a student of the game, great teammate, blah, blah, blah.” Right? Sounds logical.
The player hears this answer and thinks, “good, that’s me”, and I’m thinking, “no, you’re not even close.” What the player REALLY wants to know is – “coach, what would make you stop and watch me play?” There is so much average softball being played right now that a player who is focused & engaged in every pitch, knows the count, is supportive of her teammates after SHE makes a mistake, is giving her best effort instead of just her safest – this player stands out from the average mass.
Instead of asking me what kind of player I’m looking for, ask me what would make me stop and watch you play. But honestly, instead of asking me a question at all, just go out and WORK to be the player on any field you play on that makes every coach stop and want to watch you play!
Good luck to all the teams playing in national championships in the coming weeks!
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