By Megan Kappler
Confidence was never a problem for me before I got to college. Once we started practicing it wasn’t long and I started doubting my ability and letting my nerves get the best of me. I felt like I let myself down. Every practice was a struggle and a battle with my inner self. It was frustrating and at times I found myself wondering if I was good enough to play at William Jewell.
Coach Combs kept telling me it was all a matter of finding my confidence and keeping my composure. He kept telling me if I make a mistake to let it go. I knew it was true but found it’s easier said than done.
In the game of softball you must have a short memory. Worrying about a mistake, a missed judged ball, a strike out, etc will only bring you down and potentially the rest of your team. Maintaining confidence on the field is an ongoing battle. To maintain confidence on the field you must stay locked in and focused on the current task. Low self confidence can also be a cause of over thinking. When out on the field don’t over think what to do, just do it. All your practice and preparation will prepare you to make the right decision. It’s ok to make mistakes, just be sure to learn from it, move on and work to not make the same mistake again.
Softball is a quick game and you must make quick decisions. The second you hesitate or think about what to do it may be too late. Each rep you take whether it’s at the plate or in the field should be better than the last one. Keep pushing to be the best you can be. Obstacles will come, they always do, but you must work through them. Hard work and persistence will eventually pay off and you will start to see improvement. You have to always push forward and maintain your confidence.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Steve Young, “The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” You have to believe in yourself and not worry about the last play.
Junior, 2nd base
William Jewell College