Good Morning, Everyone.  I thought it might be fun to see how AI would describe ProspectReels!  Here it is.

ProspectReels is a leading college sports recruiting video production company. They specialize in creating high-quality sports highlight videos for high school athletes who aspire to play at the collegiate level. Their mission is to help athletes get noticed by college coaches and secure spots on college sports teams.

Here’s what you need to know about ProspectReels:

  1. What They Offer:
    • Sports Highlight Videos: ProspectReels produces eye-catching highlight videos tailored for various sports, including basketball, football, baseball, soccer, and more.
    • Custom-Made Content: Their videos are custom-made to showcase an athlete’s best moments and skills.
    • Quick Turnaround: They typically deliver the finished video within 48 hours or less.
  2. Why Highlight Videos Matter:
    • College coaches rely on highlight videos to evaluate potential recruits efficiently.
    • These videos allow coaches to assess an athlete’s abilities without physically attending games.
    • A well-edited highlight reel can make a powerful impact and get an athlete on the radar of college coaches.
  3. How It Works:
    • Upload Your Videos: Athletes provide their game footage by uploading it to an online folder.
    • Select Plays to Highlight: Athletes specify which plays they want to feature in the video.
    • Receive Your Video: ProspectReels edits the video and makes it available for download.
  4. Pricing and Services:
    • They offer a fixed-price package for up to 15 clips in the highlight video.
    • ProspectReels covers a wide range of sports, including soccer, football, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, wrestling, tennis, track and field, gymnastics, skiing, softball, volleyball, swimming, and golf.

Whether you’re a star on the soccer field or a basketball prodigy, ProspectReels can help you create an effective highlight video that sets you apart from the competition. 🎥🏀⚽

Pretty much sums it up (except we also offer videography in multiple markets)!  More on that later.

Have a great week.

To all of our basketball, wrestling, water polo, hockey and other winter sports athletes, it’s time for a college recruiting video!  You’ve put in the hard work and produced the results and now is the time to let coaches see your performance.

Whether you are introducing yourself for the first time or updating coaches on your performance, consistent communication is key as you look to join a college roster.

And, with key recruiting dates fast approaching, it becomes even more important for you to get your college recruiting video together.

We’ll get your video produced in 48 hours or less so let’s get started!

Have a great week.

We hope your holidays were filled with great family time, great food and that you are ready to tackle 2024!

We’re thankful for another great year – thanks to all of our current and new customers.  It’s always great to see our returning athletes and how their skills have progressed.  And, meeting new clients and seeing how the level of play in all sports is continuing to grow is a lot of fun.

We had many great things happen this year in the various segments we serve:

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  • We produced a record number of highlight reels in 2023 and saw many college commitments

Sports Videography

  • Nice rebound in this segment after seeing things slow down during COVID
  • We filmed (for the third year) the entire College Scholar Soccer Camp in Hershey, PA.
  • We filmed the entire season for the Michigan Division 5 State Champion Runner Up – Corunna High School
  • And, of course, many individual and weekend games across several sports.  We how have more videographers in place across the country and are able to locate them quickly in the areas we don’t currently serve

Athlete Websites

  • This is an area we don’t talk about enough!  Our websites are designed to showcase the whole athlete is a very professional and organized way.  Nearly EVERY athlete, who uses our athlete profile, gets placed.

DIY

  • We launched our new “do it yourself” graphics for those who want to produce their own videos.
  • We develop the bio slides, category slides and highlight circle and then send you a downloadable file so you can make your highlight reel.
  • We even include a “how to” video to help you get it together quickly.

We thank all of our returning and new customers for your continued support and look forward to serving you in this upcoming year.

 

Happy New Year to all of you from Prospect Reels! I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Holiday and that you were able to spend quality time with family and friends.

As we close out 2021 and begin 2022, I just want to say “thank you” for the opportunity to work with you and the many people you have referred our way.  I have the best seat in the house watching the incredible effort and play of all these talented young people. Have received notes from many of you updating me on progress and commitments to colleges which is awesome! I can remember just how great it felt to get that confirmation that all the work was worth it.

When I started the company a little over 10 years ago, I had no idea that this would actually turn into a full time business and that I would meet so many great people! I’m lucky to do for a living what I love to do. Pretty rare and I am thankful.

Showcased below are some of the many things Prospect Reels has in store for 2022 to help support you and your athlete in their quest to play at the next level.

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Our ESPN style graphics have been in place for just over 2 years and have been a hit with players, parents and coaches. We have also received high marks for how we “tell the story” by getting to the play thoughtfully (meaning that we do our best to capture the moments leading up to and immediately following the play) to give a coach a nice representation of the player beyond just the play itself.

Sports Videography
This is a growing segment within the Company. We have videographers in about 10 – 12 markets and are able to scale quickly to meet new opportunities. The result is a higher level of quality on the footage itself which translates to higher quality highlight reels. A couple of notable accomplishments to highlight in this area included being the Videography Company selected for the College Scholar Soccer Camp in Palmyra, PA this past summer (great camp by the way – highly recommended). Also super proud to have filmed the Division 1 Michigan State Lacrosse Champions – Brother Rice – for their entire season. We would appreciate any consideration for your future videography needs – at home or away!

Athlete Websites
Websites are the foundation of the company and, frankly, are not as well known as the other things we do. But, definitely worth a look. I can’t think of a graduating player we worked with last year that did not receive an offer after coaches saw “the rest of the athlete’s story” – bio, stats, awards, grades, etc. We have years of experience in refining the presentation of the athlete so a coach can see everything they need to know about them.  And, the process is easy.  We update all the sites.  You send the info and it’s up on the site within the hour.

Finally, we are just a couple of weeks away from a new development that I’m excited to show you so expect to see another quick note very soon.

Thank you again for the opportunity to work with you. Look forward to connecting in 2022.

John

Is a skills video an important part of the recruiting process?  Absolutely!

Think of your skills video as the equivalent of a sports combine.  A sports combine is an event where numerous athletes gather to go through a variety of assessments such as speed, strength and skill level for a given sport in front of multiple coaches.  The coaches grade and rank each player based on a set of criteria specific to the sport.  In these combine style events, the coaches get to see things maybe even a game cannot show them.  So, it is a great way to add another dimension to your recruiting effort.

What is a Skills Video?

Simply put, it is a compilation of the various “skills” you will use as an athlete to play the game.  And, it demonstrates all the dimensions of your game.  Let’s consider a few sports and the skills you should be able to demonstrate to a coach.

Football

A typical NFL combine will include things like:

  • 40-Yard Dash. This is the event most closely tied to the combine. …
  • 20-Yard and 60-Yard Shuttle. …
  • Bench Press. …
  • Broad Jump. …
  • Vertical Jump. …
  • Three-Cone Drill

Basketball

  • Body size including height with and without shoes, wingspan, weight, standing reach, body fat percentage, hand length, and hand width
  • Standing vertical jump
  • Running vertical jump
  • Bench press
  • 3/4-court (75 feet) sprint time
  • Lane agility—the 4 corners drill, running, shuffling, and backpedaling around the lane
  • Reactive shuttle run
  • Dribbling (both hands), crossover

Baseball

  • 30 yard Dash (or time from home to 1st and full base run)
  • 4 Corner Drill
  • Vertical Jump
  • Standing Broad Jump
  • Ball Exit Speed (Hitting)
  • Arm Velocity
  • Pitching (Velocity, change up, curve, splitter, etc.)
  • Catching (Blocks, Pop Time, etc.)

Soccer

  • Speed test (30 meter)
  • Agility test – 5-10-5 shuttle
  • Vertical Jump
  • Leg strength
  • Dribbling and passing (both legs)

Volleyball

  • 40 Yard Dash – Electronic Time (10, 20, 40 yard splits)
  • Pro Agility Shuttle – Electronic Time
  • Vertical Jump (Reach Height, Block Height, Approach Height)
  • Broad Jump
  • Lateral Jump Test
  • Upper Extremity Stability Test
  • Core Strength
  • Physical Measurements (Height, Weight, Wing Span, Hand Span)

You can google these for any sport to understand what a college (or even pro) scout is looking for.

Why Should I Have a Skills Video?

The short answer is because it is a differentiator between your athlete and someone competing with them for a spot on a college roster.  We have talked about the “funnel” in a previous post which is the diminishing number of roster spots as players transition from high school or club teams to college.  We are looking for anything that we can do to give the player an opportunity to play at the next level.  It is just another element to help make your aspiring college athlete stand out amongst their competitive set.

We (or You!) Can Replicate this in a Skills Video

Let’s bring the combine to the video!  We have conducted skills video events for teams and are seeing more of a demand as the recruiting process gets more and more competitive.  And, you can do it too!  You just need a plan.

Our approach is to essentially run a practice with the coach.  We agree on the drills up front, put a schedule together and then run the event.  Everything is pre-planned in advance with each player assigned to the various drill stations.   On that point, these skills  sessions are super affordable particularly if you can get the whole team involved to share the cost of the videographer.

From there, we can produce the skills video in much the same manner as we produce our sports highlight videos.  Just contact us for a quote.

Summary

Please consider a skills video for your athlete to add to your marketing efforts.  We can help on any level from providing some guidance on how to put a skills video session together to conducting it for you and even producing the video.

Have a great week!

We are Expanding Our Sports Videography Services

Good Morning.

First, to everyone who is affected by Hurricane Dorian, my thoughts and prayers go out to you.  The videos of the storm and its impact is heartbreaking.  While I have not been directly in the path of a hurricane, I have seen firsthand shortly afterwards on a couple of occasions what a storm like this can do.  And, the impact lasts for weeks and months in some cases.  I hope you will join me in donating to disaster relief with the organization of your choice.

We Are Expanding

This week I would like to talk about our expansion into Sports Videography.  We have been providing this service in

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Michigan for a while now and are expanding into other parts of the country.  We cover all of Michigan, Ohio and now are in Western New York and Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and are in discussions with videographers in many other locations.

The Benefit for You

The benefit of this for you is that you are receiving videography services from people that we have used and/or vetted and are using high quality equipment and have sports videography backgrounds which provides more consistency and, in the end, a better highlight reel.  You are also saving time as we immediately receive the footage and are able to get that footage into our editing software or directly to you – usually within 1 day.

Your Source for Videography

We would appreciate the opportunity to be your go-to source for sports videography!  And, if your area is not listed and you have a need, just call me and I will find someone in the area.  Normally, I find people within 1 – 2 days through my connections in the industry and by other means.

Funding Options

A lot of times, parents are concerned about the cost of videography.  We have priced our offerings very competitively to do our best to remove that obstacle!  Having said that, if you consider going together with other parents and sharing the cost, then it becomes even more affordable.  And, we stay on our mutual path to help our athletes succeed in getting recruited to play college sports.

Thank You

I hope I say this enough!  We really appreciate your trust in us to provide you with the services you need to help your athlete achieve their dreams.  If there is anything that we should be thinking about to help you further, please send me a note or call me directly!

Have a great week!

 

John

Storytelling and the College Recruiting Process

story-telling-college-recruiting-processGood morning!

Wow. Hard to believe that Summer is winding down. Across the country, many schools have already started and some will start right after Labor Day. It always seems to go by way too quickly.

This week I want to talk about storytelling. As you can imagine, I watch a lot of video. And, as I watch the video, a story unfolds before my eyes and it is my job to tell the story in a way that gets a coach to take action. A couple things stand out as I write this.

The first thing that stands out is that I know our ultimate customer (the college coach) is super busy and we have to organize our player information and plays in a way that grabs their attention immediately and encourages them to keep watching.  It is similar, in my mind, to a television commercial.

I spent 2 years with The Nielsen Company consulting with our clients on ad effectiveness. We actually measured the effectiveness of television advertising through an online panel of viewers. It was incredibly interesting and debunked the theory of whether or not advertising was really working.  Even more interesting is the fact that a television ad has to tell a story in 30 – 60 seconds.

Out of that work, I learned a few things that are extremely important and I think translate well into sports recruiting videos and storytelling.  I will highlight just a few here.

The Hook

The Hook is the thing that is going to grab your attention immediately and keep you interested.  If you look through our videos, we put the first  “hook” in a frame right after the opening that puts “facts” on the screen. Things like grades, height, weight, GPA, academic and athletic awards are great “hooks” that keep a coach interested. The second “hook” is in the way we organize the plays by category and start with the player’s strongest skills. It may be scoring, ball handling, passing, defense – whatever is the best thing that the athlete does.  We want to “hook” the coach in the first few plays with something that blows them away!  The best plays always go up front.

Branding

In television advertising, branding needs to come within the first few seconds of the video and repeat throughout the commercial.  Again, we accomplish this in the athlete video by establishing the brand early (the athlete) and then we repeat on each category frame with the athlete’s name and the specific skill we are about to see.  And, then again on the final frame.

Appeal

If you think of your favorite television ads you will undoubtedly have a few that come to mind.  It’s that “thing” that spurs emotion in you.  I am a car nut (makes sense I spent so many years in the automotive space!) and so I think about two kinds of commercials.  One is what we call “car on road” which is running, boring footage of a car driving through different scenery.  You see them every day and these ads don’t really evoke any emotion.

Then, I think of ads that actually appeal to me.  Sports car ads with squealing tires and engine noise will get me to look up for sure!  And, that is how I think of athlete videos.  I’m looking for that “squealing tire” moment that I know will get the coach’s attention and bring it up front.  Then, the job is to keep showing repeating evidence of the promise made in the first few plays.

Call to Action

At the end, an ad has a call to action.  In the sports highlight video, that call to action comes at the end of the video with an email address or phone number for a coach to be able to take that next step.

All this adds up and ties back to storytelling and hopefully some context as to how we approach the athlete video.  So, as your athlete approaches their next season, please ask them to play the game as if they are telling a story!

Have a great week!

 

John

College Recruiting Tips: What a Coach is Looking For

I had a great conversation with a parent last week that prompted me to write this article.  He mentioned that his player didn’t “give their all” in a recent game at a tournament only to find out afterward that a college coach was in the stands.  Ouch.

As I thought about it, I realized that there are a couple of ways to look at this.  First, you can say it was just a bad game and brush it off.  Secondly, (and this is where we’re heading), this is a course correction that needs to be dealt with right away.  Hear me out.

Don’t Let Years of Preparation Vaporize in a Minute

Last week we talked about the funnel and how the opportunities to play at the next level get progressively harder and the competition for those spots on the roster grow more intense.  And, with that narrowing, the tangibles (athletic ability) start to mix with the intangibles (attitude, effort, leadership, etc.).  Said differently, there are a ton of great players out there and it is the intangibles that separate one player from another.

We have all been to games and seen exceptional athletes bring down the energy of their teammates with their attitude.  And, we’ve been to games where we have seen an athlete (even with a little less skill but a ton of heart) lift everyone around them.  You can just feel it.

Now, put yourself in the college coach’s shoes.  Which athlete do you want?  Pretty easy decision.  It is a hard lesson, but “one game” really can have a significant impact on your future college career.

Let’s Play Every Game as if a College Coach is Watching

Here is a checklist of things you, as an athlete, can do to make a strong impression:

college-sports-recruiting-work-hardPre-Game

Energy.  Bring it.  Warm up with enthusiasm, focus and intensity.

Encourage everyone. Greet every player and every coach.  Pump them up.  Watch how things change when you bring positive energy onto the field of play.

Technique.  Show your best stuff.  Crisp moves and finish the drill like a pro.

Game Time

Lead. Be a positive leader.  Keep everyone together.

Always on.  Your demeanor and body language has got to be positive and you need to engage with those around you in a positive and uplifting way.  Hustle everywhere you go – to the huddle, off the field, back to your position – whatever you’re supposed to do or are asked to do.  Do it right now.

Effort.  Every play needs to demonstrate full effort even if something goes wrong.  Get back to full speed immediately.  Hit the reset button.

Celebrate together.  Be genuinely enthusiastic when you or someone else has a win.

Be respectful. Always, always, always be respectful of the referee, your team, the other team, your coach and anyone you come in contact with during the game.

Compete.  Every play.  Give your absolute best as one play can make the difference between a win and a loss.

Be teachable.  If your coach gives you instruction during the game, listen and apply what they tell you.

Take correction positively.  If you get benched, tell the coach you will be ready when he or she calls on you again and you will do your absolute best.  Then, get to the sideline and cheer your team on.

Post Game

Shake hands with everyone you can find – starting with your teammates, the other team, the coaches from your team and the other team and the referees.

Keep your head up during the post game wrap up.  Listen to what your coach says and make a point to go up to them afterward and say thank you.

Go see your family.  If the coach allows it, go up to your parents, grand parents and siblings and thank them for being at the game.

Put Yourself in the College Coach’s Position

You have just finished watching the game and you saw the athlete you were interested in check off everything on this list.  What’s next?  I think it is a pretty safe bet that you would likely make your way to the field and introduce yourself as this is someone who can help you build a team.

Let’s give the college coaches what they are looking for and make the decision to recruit you an easy one.

Have a great week.

John

College Recruiting is a Two Way Street

I talk to a lot of parents and one of the topics that comes up most is balancing where to play (D1, D2, D3, etc.) with what happens after college (working career).

That leads to what is perhaps the most important question an athlete will have to answer – where they should try to play to keep their athletic career going while balancing what they want to do once their athletic career draws to a close.

Often, I like to compare the athletic career process with the professional career process that all of us will face at some point (or perhaps multiple times!) in our lives.  I’m going to head down that path again.

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Often times, we can get so caught up in the process of playing at the college level that we miss the bigger picture.  What I mean by that is the choices that we make at any stage in life carry with them outcomes – sometimes intended and sometimes unintended.  Choices that focus on one or two key objectives versus the “whole” decision.  Here is my perspective on how I look at any choice that I make professionally as my athletic career is now way behind me (unless recreational golf counts!) and how that connects with the college recruiting process.

Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?

One of the most frequent questions you will get asked in an interview for a job without question.  Sometimes it is a throw-away question but it really shouldn’t be.  That is certainly the case for the aspiring college athlete something they really need to think through.  Consider these two scenarios:

Scenario 1 – You intend to play professionally.  

And, based on that, your decisions will point you in a direction that is going to help you get exposure to professional teams.  Certainly, that leans toward Division 1 athletics but is not always the case.  But, a fair bet.  Your research would take you down a path to see:

  • How many conference or national championships a college has won
  • How many athletes a given school has placed professionally
  • How well connected the coach is into the professional space
  • Did the coach play professionally and is their style of play preparing athletes for that next level

Scenario 2 – You intend to get a job or seek a higher level degree.

Based on this criteria, your decisions will likely take a very different path:

  • How is the school ranked for the degree you are seeking?
  • How strong is the alumni group at the school and where do they work?
  • What is their placement percentage for graduates in the degree you are seeking?

That is not to say that you can’t have it both ways.  You can.  But you have to be exceptionally gifted athletically and academically to accomplish both.  Which brings me to my next point.

The Funnel is a Thing

We have all heard the stories about “the funnel”.  The funnel is the progressive drop off in athletes who play at the next level –College-Recruiting-Funnel

from grade school to high school to college to the pros.  The math is what it is and we all know the opportunities at the next level continue to get smaller and smaller as the level of play increases.  So, we have to do that “sober assessment of self” to make an informed decision about our next steps and how we approach the opportunity to play at the next level.

 

Get Clear on Who You Are – Athletically and Aspirationally

I have to admit that it took me until I was in my mid-40’s to get clear on who I really was and what I really wanted to do.  When I was coming up in the working world, the prevailing thought was to get with a great company (which I was fortunate to do) and then stay there until retirement (which I ultimately did not!).  We all remember the recession of 2008.  It was brutal and it forced some hard choices.  In my case (without getting into too much detail), I had to choose between an uncertain future out of my control or feed a desire within me to doing something more entrepreneurial and have some level of control over my destiny.  I chose the latter.  The short summary is, since 2008, I have chosen to do what I am passionate about and links back to the work I did to sit down, take time and really understand my passions and my strengths.

One of the ways I did that was to take every assessment test and personality profile I could find to see what drove me internally.  One that I love is the Strengths Finders by the Gallup Organization.  And, there are many more.  The point here is to spend time assembling the things that are important to you and then line up your decisions against that criteria.  There are tons of books on this stuff.  But, worth the time and effort to set up the rest of your life.

Athletically, be realistic about where you see yourself playing.  And do not think that it is only for a D1 school.  You can feed your desire to compete at the next level and get that done at any level of collegiate play.  And, here’s a secret for you from a guy who hired a ton of college graduates.  I always looked for athletes.  Athletes “get it”. Athletes know about commitment, teamwork, preparation, hustle and dedication.  When I’m building a team at work, it’s an easy decision between a college athlete with great grades and a candidate who only has the grades.

Look for a Great Fit

Whether in your career or college athletics, you have to find that great fit.  Pretty simple here.  Think back to all the teams you have played for or the places you have worked.  Which ones bring a smile to your face and which ones leave a bitter taste?  Then, figure out what made you smile. Things such as:

  1. A motivating, positive and great teaching coach or mentor.
  2. Great teammates that you got along with and actually liked spending time with.
  3. “We” versus “I” mentality.  Everyone on the same page and striving for the same things.
  4. Personality of the Team.  They all have them.  Think through which “team personality” you enjoyed most.
  5. Winners versus whiners.  Enough said.
  6. A place where you contributed.  Pay close attention to this desire within you.  It’s one thing to make the team and another to get on the field.  You will have to balance the internal tug of war on this important question.
  7. Geographically.  You may want to be close to home.  You may want nice weather most of the year.  You may want to play in an area where you intend to get a job.

So What Are You Saying?

I am saying that you have to think through all of it.  And, you have to be clear on what you expect and what you are willing to accept.  Project your future self out those 5 and even 10 years down the road and line up your decisions to get to that point.  It changes how you approach your college interviews in a hopeful and intentional way.

Summary and The Formula

We covered just a few points.  I will likely add to this topic going forward because it is something I am passionate about.  But let’s recap in bullet points how I recommend you approach your college athletic career:

  1. Get clear on who you are as a person and what drives you internally
  2. Get clear on where you see yourself in 5 – 10 years after your college career has concluded successfully!
  3. Formulate questions you would have for a coach that would align with your goals so that you get clear on who they are and who you are
  4. Only approach colleges that align with your goals.

And, by the way…..  Coaches are looking for athletes who are clear on what they expect to get out of their college careers.  They are interested in you as an athlete and as a student.  Your preparation will make a difference.

I hope this is helpful for you and your family.  And I have no doubt that I have missed some points.  That is where the Prospect Nation can help!  Like us on Facebook and join the conversation.  We are stronger together.

Have a great week!

 

John

From Behind the Camera

I spent Friday at a Softball Showcase in Lockport, New York filming a great softball player for an upcoming highlight reel.  Tons of coaches were there to see her and she played great!

Also, had a lot of windshield time (about 5 hours!) to think about things in general and this tournament in particular and what I saw.

As I was thinking about what to write, it occurred to me there were some great life lessons I was reminded of while filming these games.

college-recruiting-showcase-highlight-videoForget About the Last Play

The player I was filming had a great 2 games.  Not every play was perfect (though most were) but her reaction was steady whether she performed well or had a disappointment.  I’m sure the coaches in the stands saw what I saw – that she forgot about the last play and got herself ready for the next.  And, she did.  That was great to watch and I saw multiple coaches approach her after the game.

 

Remember, it is a Game

There was a play where there was a collision and, as part of that, a blown call.  All credit to the coach who FIRST asked if the player (on the opposing team) was alright and only after confirming she was, CALMLY discussed the play with the umpire who ultimately got it right.  Then, another disputed call and the same coach again calmly discussed the play while reminding everyone (including himself) this was a showcase for the young ladies which kept everything on the right note.  Great job, Coach!

Course Correction is a Constant

The player had a tough time at the plate.  But, what happened next was fantastic.  The father jumped up on the next at bat and filmed her with his iPhone and he and I both looked at the swing in slow motion and saw that it was a minor adjustment to correct which I am sure she did for the rest of the weekend.  Lesson here is the difference between success and disappointment is sometimes just a fraction of an inch – certainly the case here.  We always have to be ready to make adjustments to optimize our performance and often they are smaller than we think.

Your Body of Work is Important – Player and Parent

This was a showcase for softball players in the area and there was a lot of talent there.  The young lady I was filming had several coaches in the stands to see her which is a testament to how she prepared day in and day out to get into this position and way before this tournament.  Great parenting too as they didn’t say a word to her during the game.  Often times, parents are way too involved and this only makes it harder for the player.  Letting them “figure it out” is one of the great teaching moments and builds confidence.

Have Fun and Stay Loose

The first game didn’t go well for the team overall and they had about a 2 hour break before the next game.  Rather than focus on the loss, they came back having fun, laughing, encouraging each other and putting a smile on the face of everyone at the game – me included!  Oh, they scored a bunch in the first inning and kept scoring throughout the game.  I believe there was a direct connection between attitude and results.

Fundamentals and Repetition are Key

As I watched both games this morning on my computer, I saw the player doing the same thing each pitch.  Same footwork, moving toward the plate on each pitch, backing up the play, reading the ball off the bat, anticipating and knowing exactly where to be next.  This didn’t happen on Friday – it happened in practice starting years ago.  “Practice makes perfect” or as my Dad used to say “perfect practice makes perfect”.

Coaches Building Coaches

In the second game in particular, both coaches were fantastic at motivating and teaching in a positive way.  Always upbeat and using self deprecating humor to make a point which was well-received by the players.  And, I cannot help but think that these lessons will transfer into these young ladies as they continue their softball careers and their careers after sports.  I think about the impact they will have on the people they will influence throughout their lives.

So, I hope there are some encouraging things here for you and your athlete to consider.  Have a great week and finish the Summer season strong!

John