Student of the game

December 3, 2017

Hey, Hey :) 

 

So, who cares? Why does anyone want to read my story or even believe that I am worth instructing your athletes about mental strength? My only answer is I experienced it first hand from the age of 8. I was that kid that loved sports more than words can describe, and tried learning every single aspect of the game, I became a student of the game before I even started playing and thus I have finished my career with 18 years of experience being an athlete. This experience has encouraged me to help the younger generation, and if I can impart a little bit of my passion and knowledge then it’s a big win. However, that’s for you to decide :)  I will start my story from the beginning of my athletic time.

 

I wanted to be an athlete since I can remember, I just enjoyed sports plain and simple, all sports. Whenever I could be playing a game particularly when it had a sports ball involved I loved it! I have played soccer, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, and any lawn game or gym class game I could play. When I started playing softball everything changed!

 

I was throwing a ball around the moment I could walk. As a child I would watch baseball with my dad, and that’s where my passion began.  I would watch the Rockies and study each player, I imitated them the best I could as a 4 year old. This continued and it wasn’t until 8 years old that I finally played on my first softball team. My dad despite knowing that I wanted to play baseball made me play softball, so I played softball. I practiced as often as I could as long as I could. I was the first one to arrive at practice and the last one to leave (a not so secret tip to become the best).  I studied my teammates during practice and studied other teams on the weekends. I know now that I was taking visual repetitions and those visual reps developed me into the player I became.

 

I started catching when no one else wanted to catch and I fell in love with the position. I loved the fact that I was involved in every play, I could see the entire field and I felt in charge!  This never changed through the 17 years of playing. I could go on for hours (and I will continue the story in later blogs, trust me!) When I committed to being a catcher I was committing to much more than I thought. Being a catcher is much more than just learning the technical skills, and that’s where I began to learn and understand the mental side of sports, teammate relationships and leadership. I began to develop my self-talk and leadership skills as I continued to develop myself as an athlete.

 

I earned a scholarship to attend and play for Lehigh University in 2009 and that’s when the college madness began :) an enormous perk of Lehigh is that it has an amazing athletic leadership development coordinator who has had such a profound impact on me and has been a catalyst for my “Toughness Academy”. The leadership development program I was a part of all 4 years has given me the language and skill set to be able to mentor young female athletes.  Many of my examples are about softball because that’s the sport I played longest however, the ideas that I present are applicable across most specialties.

 

Message of the week: Become a student of whatever thing you want to excel at.

 

 

 

 Photos taken from my childhood scrapbook made by my grandmother. Playing sports since I could walk 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

Featured Posts

Love is not transactional

November 15, 2019

1/10
Please reload

Recent Posts

November 15, 2019

November 8, 2019

October 26, 2019

December 18, 2017

December 3, 2017

Please reload

Archive
Please reload

Search By Tags

I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!

Please reload

Follow Me
  • Facebook - White Circle
  • Instagram - White Circle
  • LinkedIn - White Circle