I Believe in Softball
I believe in the way softball has helped me gain confidence in myself.
Whenever I catch a ball, hit a home run, or tag a girl out at home plate I can stand a
little taller. I love being able to feel the joy of success that this sport brings to me.
I believe in the hard work it takes to train for the sport. The endless
practicing day after day in the scorching sun is tolerable when I know it will pay
off in the end.
I believe softball unites people whether they are playing it
or watching it. I remember when I was a little girl my dad coached a high school
girls fast-pitch softball team. I always enjoyed seeing his team play. It was
impressive to see how they all got along so well. They always backed each other up
on various plays; they even helped each other when someone made a mistake. As I
went with my dad to more games, I noticed how uniquely different the girls’
personalities were. I asked my dad, “How do a bunch of girls with so many
differences get along so well?” He responded, “In softball they have to work as a
team. They have learned to trust and believe in each other. If they ever let
someone’s differences get to them, then the whole team falls apart. All of the girls
have accepted each other and are ‘one’ as a team.”
I believe softball can change people. Before playing softball, I was a very
independent person. I did everything on my own. I liked to do homework alone, I
worked alone, and sometimes I even played alone. Impressed by my dad’s softball
team, I decided to try softball.
At first I wanted to improve on my individual softball skills. I watched
instructional videos on the game and practiced hitting every night. I sometimes
stayed after practices just so I could get one on one instruction from the coach.
Although I did improve some, it didn’t seem like enough to win the games. I soon
learned that I was not the only one who needed to progress but the entire team had
to help each other. We learned to depend on one another and that’s when we began
to experience success. I finally saw that we, the players, fit together like a puzzle.
Everyone had a place, but we all had to work together to make the puzzle complete.
Through playing I learned how to work more effectively
with others. I also learned that coaches and teammates could teach me more than I
could ever teach myself. When I worked with different people in softball, I became
less selfish and more giving; I learned to go beyond believing in myself to start
believing in others.
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