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25Jan/163

How Being a Catcher Sets You up for Success

Hello again, friends!

I'm coming to you on this fine, snow-covered morning to share a recent discovery of some keys to success in life. Specifically, how being a catcher on your baseball/softball team, while tough, is setting you up to be wildly successful.

Me catching a pitch behind the plate.

Receiving a pitch behind the plate.

1. Dedication

Being a college student in general requires a fair bit of effort. Now, pair that up with an in-season sport schedule and perhaps an internship or part time job, and you end up spending every waking hour of your day hustling in some venue or another. When you are a college athlete in season, your sport exists as if nothing else in the world really does. For those of us who really love the sport that we play, that's perfectly fine. Personally, I'm quite content spending my free time working out or practicing with my teammates. Being a catcher, you have to be prepared to be the first player to practice, and the last one to leave. This dedication teaches you not to take anything for granted, and that hard work is rewarded with success.

2. Relationships

Me jumping over the fence at the front of the dugout

Hurdling my way into the dugout to have some fun

The relationships we build may last a lifetime, teach us lessons, and make us happy. I'm sure that by now have heard the common phrase, "It's not what you know, it's who you know." To clarify, both matter equally in most instances. By being a catcher on your team, you learn to build relationships with the pitching staff and your teammates. You learn to trust them and be trusted by them. The catcher must be a player that the team can rely on, both on and off the field. Your ability to effectively build relationships and trust with others will serve you in other elements of your life.

 

3. Focus

When it comes time to accomplish a task, you must be focused to achieve your goal. Some goals are short-term (catching a pitch), others are medium range (winning a game), and the rest are long-term (winning a World Series title). Focusing on the small details in the game, as well as in life, will help you build a foundation for success in the future. Attention to detail is what separates brilliance from the mediocre in all of us. As a catcher, you will be involved in every play, you have to give every second of the practice or game your undivided attention.

Me getting a base hit in a fall scrimmage

Base hit swing in a fall scrimmage

4. Pressure

There will be times in life, as well as in the game, where a clutch moment approaches and your performance will be vital to the success or failure of the group as a whole. Learning to cope with the stress and pressure of will make you an effective leader and a reliable teammate. The more you are placed in the spotlight, in the biggest moments of the game, the more relaxed and capable of handling the moment you will be.

Remember, life is a game. Sit fastball and adjust.

Peace and blessings, friends.

-Dakota

15Jan/160

From the UK with Love, 5 Tips for Adjusting to Life at College

As an international student, at the end of last semester, I was understandably excited to go back home to the UK. The month flew by. I was readjusting myself to home life, which was basically eating good food and hanging out with family and friends. New year was over, and that was when I had to get my mind back in school mode. My last ever semester here at The Woods!

Here are some tips for making that kind of adjustment:

Mims Stretching in Golf Gear

Getting back into workout mode.

  1. Be Disciplined: it is back to reality! You have to have your mind set and make your dreams a reality. Learning to discipline yourself is one of the greatest things you get out of college.
  2. Focus on Health: from all the food and zero workouts I did over the break, I have to get back in the swing of things (pardon the pun) for golf. This means eating healthy and working out.
  3. Find Balance: being a college athlete is rewarding, but it also can be very difficult to balance. School comes first here at The Woods and then sport. But we are very lucky to have professors who will give you extra help if you are busy with a sport. You have to stay on top of things and always ask for help if you need it.
  4. Focus on Friends: college is your second home, so having lots of friends and keeping busy gets your mind off family and friends at home. Sitting with someone new at Tucker or going to the McNutt Center for a game of pool really takes your mind off it.
  5. Keep your Options Open: as it is my last semester, I am currently looking for jobs, and working out what I am going to do with my future. It helps to keep your resume updated as you progress through school by going to see our Career Services director, Amy Dittmer, who is always there to help.

I hope this helps. Keep busy and time will fly by. I promise you!

-Mimmi