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Thread: Reality has sunk in for DD1

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    Default Reality has sunk in for DD1

    Since she was eight years old she has dreamed of playing softball in the Olympics.

    She is 13 y/o and one of the top players on her B level team, but now recognizes she is not one of the top players in our area. The other day she turned to me and said she knows she is never going to play in the Olympics and she is never going to play D1 ball. I told her I didn't think she would make the Olympic team, but that did not mean she would never play D1. We briefly discussed the fact that just because she is not a top player now, it doesn't mean she won't peak in the next few years.

    Anyone have the experience of a solid B level player becoming an A level player in their mid-teens?

    Keep in mind we live where it gets a bit cold in the winter, so she does not have the opportunities to play and practice (more than once a week) in the winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob516 View Post
    Since she was eight years old she has dreamed of playing softball in the Olympics.

    She is 13 y/o and one of the top players on her B level team, but now recognizes she is not one of the top players in our area. The other day she turned to me and said she knows she is never going to play in the Olympics and she is never going to play D1 ball. I told her I didn't think she would make the Olympic team, but that did not mean she would never play D1. We briefly discussed the fact that just because she is not a top player now, it doesn't mean she won't peak in the next few years.

    Anyone have the experience of a solid B level player becoming an A level player in their mid-teens?

    Keep in mind we live where it gets a bit cold in the winter, so she does not have the opportunities to play and practice (more than once a week) in the winter.
    Do you have a basement? A lot can be accomplished indoors in a small area. Get a tee, a tarp or a Bownet and a bucket of balls and go to work. We do hitting, pitching, speed and agility, and fielding drills in the basement. Never met a person that did not have to work there tail off to play high level athletics.

    B players become A players all the time at 13 years old.

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    I'm with GB on this one! I had the luxury of growing up and playing ball in SoCal so this Midwest stuff is brutal but there's no excuse to not work at home. We use our space for catching (DD1) and pitching (DD2). We do hitting, glove work, speed and agility, and long toss as well. It sucks but you gotta do what you gotta do to stay competitive. Here's a glimpse of the "dungeon"(storage room)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gambler Bob View Post
    Do you have a basement?
    No workable basement, nor garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob516 View Post
    No workable basement, nor garage.
    Only thing I can think of for glove work I'd get a piece of plywood and a tennis ball. Find a spot in the living room or bedroom? Probably could find a cheap piece of carpet to swing bat. Just a thought. Ask for access to School gym? And as far as her being a top B player, why not challenge her a bit with an "A" team? She might surprise you and be very competitive at A. Having her around like-minded kids is always beneficial.

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    At 13 I don't think there is any reason that she can't go from a B level to A level player, if that is her goal and she wants to work at it. Does she have any friends on her current team that have hitting areas set up in their basement/garage?? Maybe she can work in with them a couple nights a week for an hour or what ever.

    What about any gyms in the area that you can join that may let you set up a bownet and a tee and work with her for a couple of nights a week. I am sure if you talk to them or ask around, there are places she can work on skills even during the winter. Or find a hitting or pitching coach in the area and ask about using their space.

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    [QUOTE=Jcuevas;462484]I'm with GB on this one! I had the luxury of growing up and playing ball in SoCal so this Midwest stuff is brutal but there's no excuse to not work at home. We use our space for catching (DD1) and pitching (DD2). We do hitting, glove work, speed and agility, and long toss as well. It sucks but you gotta do what you gotta do to stay competitive. Here's a glimpse of the "dungeon"(storage room)

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    You got me lol....clicked on that area several times trying to get that "video" to play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jcuevas View Post
    I'm with GB on this one! I had the luxury of growing up and playing ball in SoCal so this Midwest stuff is brutal but there's no excuse to not work at home. We use our space for catching (DD1) and pitching (DD2). We do hitting, glove work, speed and agility, and long toss as well. It sucks but you gotta do what you gotta do to stay competitive. Here's a glimpse of the "dungeon"(storage room)

    Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk[/Q

    You got me lol....clicked on that area several times trying to get that "video" to play.
    Lol my bad. Said it was too large to add video.

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    Does she have any friends on her current team that have hitting areas set up in their basement/garage?? Maybe she can work in with them a couple nights a week for an hour or what ever.

    This would be very good if possible.

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    Does your job have a loading dock? Bownet, tee, and a bucket of balls. Go to town. Honestly, With a bow net, tee and some tennis balls, She can work outside except for the coldest days. I would suggest an aluminum bat, not the composite tho.

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