My Full Potential

Josh - Gig Harbor, Washington
Entered on November 9, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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Did you know that only one out of twenty-five high school students goes on to compete at an NCAA school? Only one out of fifty of them receive athletic aid or a college sports scholarship. My parents say the first time I ever hit a ball was when I was two years old; since then I have been hooked. I was not the typical kid who was riding their bikes, skateboarding or surfing, since I grew up on the beach in Southern California. You could always find me on a baseball field or in my front lawn playing catch. My first goal was to play baseball in high school. This year I hope to reach this goal by playing for Auburn High School. My next personal goal is to reach Division 1 College baseball. Before I could start to contact the colleges, I needed to do well in school, baseball and work on my SAT’S; which I have done.

The colleges I have contacted so far are Oregon State University, University of Arkansas, Florida State University, University of Florida, Pepperdine University, University of Portland and a showcase tournament in Florida ran by the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. I have been contacted back by them and they are all interested for me to attend their college or showcase tournament. Colleges are not only interested in how well you play sports, they are also interested in a well rounded student. It is a key attribute to have good grades and high SAT scores. It is hard work trying to keep my grades up since in high school the classes get more intense as I get older. I am a good student but I have to work at it. By being disciplined with my training it helps keep me structured for my studies during my busy schedule.

By trying to reach my full potential and goals I train six days a week, eleven months out of they year. My training includes hitting, throwing, fielding and conditioning. I have accomplished a lot by training this way for the past year and a half, including hitting over a .450 batting average last year in select ball, having twenty-eight hits in twenty-eight games and dropping my thirty yard sprint from seven seconds down to 4.5 seconds. A lot of people and coaches have told me I have the ability, attitude and

work ethic to make it to a Division One school, but people who do not see this in me do not know the real me. Sometimes people e look at me and think of me as a person who is not athletic and who would not play sports or work hard. It is because they have not seen me on the baseball field. These people motivate me to keep on going to try to reach my full potential and goal in playing Division One college baseball. That’s why I believe with hard work and a good work ethic I can achieve any goal I set for myself.