As a kid, I once faced a challenging situation. I had years of softball experience under my belt already and was recruited to play on a travel team. The coaches however severely underestimated my talents and blindly sat me on the bench the entire season letting me go whole tournaments with just a couple at bats or just a few innings seen touching the grass in the outfield. I maintained my composure the whole season hoping to see more action but never did. Through time, I consistently showed my teamwork ethic, focus on the sport, and a humbled attitude towards the game. Eventually, I earned the coaches recognition as being a great athlete and became a starter. Years later, these same coaches now admit I’m one of their favorite past players to come through. I am even more humbled today knowing that as a child I faced such a difficult situation with dignity and still to this day hold respect from the people that I had to work so hard to earn it from.
To girls now playing the sport, never give up. Never let someone underestimate you and if they do take your time to prove them wrong. In the end, it’s an amazing feeling to completely change the assumptions someone has made upon you.
“If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great.” – A League if Their Own