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2018 12U Venom Black tryouts!!!!

Update 1: Our tryouts will be at Field #18 on 18 August at Berliner from 2-5pm!!  Bring your gear!!  Bring your heart, soul & mind!!  We want to see your desire to learn about this awesome game!!


Venom Black is back!!!!!!!

12U Venom Black tryouts will be 18 August at Berliner Fields from 9-12pm.  Stand by for the field number.  If there are any changes I will post them right here.  If you have any questions please let me know on Facebook.  We are so excited to bring Venom Black back and teach/lead young ladies to be successful with the most awesome game and most importantly to learn how to focus on being successful in their lives!!!  Go Venom!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Staying Focused & Doing Things Right!!

10 Things that Make the Softball Gods Happy
October 2, 2007 --

10. Offering to let the other team call the toss.

09. Players or coaches that applaud nice plays by players on the other team.

08. Teams that leave their dugout cleaner, for the next team, than they found it.

07. Coaches that say, "good call" to an umpire on a close call that went against them.

06. Catchers that go out of their way to pick a bat up for the girl that just fouled it off.

05. Coaches/players or parents that go up to a tournament director and say good things about umpires, especially after a loss.

04. Players that offer their time to help coach or work with a younger teams or players.

03. Players that sprint as fast as they can on a routine pop-up. (Instead of feeling sorry for themselves and pouting as they jog half speed to first)

02. Players and coaches that are willing to take the blame when something goes wrong instead of always having to point fingers.

01. Players that cheer for their teammates when they are role, or bench players. (These kids will be successful in life!) It is hard to not feel sorry for yourself, but from what I have seen the kids that handle this well will be WINNERS!

Five things coaches don't want to hear

Do you want to be the type of player coaches want on their team? Coaches want more than just physical skill; they want personalities conducive to a team environment.
Below are five attitudes to avoid during your softball career. If you notice you're guilty of any of them, now is the time to make adjustments so you can make a more positive impact on your team and your coach.

"I can't"

The "I can't" attitude gets old very fast. If you insist that you "can't" do something, why should your coach keep you on the team? Keep in mind the body does what the mind tells it to. So if you say to yourself, "I can't do this," how is your body ever going to follow through on the things you want it to?

"I forgot"

I am baffled by how often players say, "I forgot my shoes" or "I forgot my socks." Be responsible. You know when practices and games are scheduled. It's not as if these events are sprung on you at the last minute. Be prepared.

Don't just rely on your parents to make sure you have everything you need. This is not their team, this is not their practice and this is not their softball season. It's yours.

Too much talk

When your coach is talking, your focus needs to be on your coach. It is very rude and disrespectful -- not only to your coach, but to your entire team -- if you talk while your coach is talking. You may be wondering why the coach repeats the same thing over and over, but if you're paying attention and the coach knows his/her message is getting through, then they may not need to go over things again and again.

Making excuses

Get the job done and don't let excuses get in the way. The other team is playing on the same field as you, with the same umpires and under the same weather conditions. Don't blame these things for your bad performance.

Instead of making excuses, focus all of your effort and energy on playing your best --despite the conditions. It's tough to get the job done anyway, so don't waste any of your energy or focus on grumbling, when you need all your energy to make the plays that need to be made.

"Why is she playing?"

You may not always agree with your coach's decisions, but questioning his or her choices in front of your teammates does NOT help the team. Asking why a certain player is playing does not show confidence in their ability and does not help team unity. It's important that everything you say and do helps every player on the team do their best.

Remember, softball is a team sport. With every action, you're either helping your team get closer to its goals or keeping it further away from its objective. If you have serious questions about your coach's decisions, you need to set up a time to talk to your coach individually.

Coaches like team players with positive attitudes. Do a self check and notice if you hear yourself saying any of the things mentioned above. If so, see how you can change and become a player coaches love to have on their team.

Characteristics of being "IN THE ZONE"
by Karlene Sugarman, M.A.

1. Relaxed: The days of getting psyched up to play are over. Research has shown over and over that the best performances occur when you are just slightly above your normal state of arousal, not at the extreme end of the spectrum as once thought. You are energized, yet relaxed it’s a subtle balance of quiet intensity. Your mind is calm and your body is ready to go. You feel relaxed, but you are able to move with great strength and ease.

2. Confident: Not letting a lapse in performance undermine your belief in your overall abilities is at the core of this characteristic. When you are playing well, you feel confident that no matter what you are up against, you are going to come out on top. You just exude with confidence and pride, and it is evident in your performance. There is no fear. Confidence on the inside is outwardly shown by way of your presence, your walk and your facial expressions. You should expect to be successful, not hope or wish to be successful. You must adopt a confident, winning attitude. It is trusting your instincts and intuition to do the right thing at the right time; and if you are prepared, you can be confident that this will happen. This complete faith allows you to just know that you are going to do everything necessary to be successful without the conscious use of reasoning or analyzing.

3. Completely focused: You are totally absorbed in the moment. You have no memory of the past and no qualms about the future; you are here now. The only thing you are concentrating on is the task at hand. You are oblivious to everything else going on around you, consumed by the moment. Like a child playing with his toys, you are so absorbed in the moment that nothing outside can effect you. You have no real sense of time, and before you know it, the game is over. The game seems to have flown by, and at the same time, everything you did seemed to happen in a slowed-down pace with great precision and concentration. Having the ability to stay in the moment is a gift that all of peak performers have.

4. Effortless: Things just sort of happen with little or no effort whatsoever. All your moves are smooth and for that time, your sports seems like the easiest thing in the world. You are in a state of mind and body where you can accomplish great things with little effort. Your mind and body are working with one another in perfect unison. The grace and ease that you display make everything you do seem like the simplest task in the world. You have a sense of finesse and grace, even when the task is very grueling and demanding. That sort of connectedness and moment of greatness is an awesome thing to both witness and take part in.

5. Automatic: There is no interference from your thoughts or emotions. Things are just happening, both without protest and without consent. You are on auto pilot - just reacting to whatever comes your way. Your body just seems to know what to do without any directive from you. There is no conscious thought involved; you’re going strictly on your instincts. If you think less, you will achieve more.

6. Fun: When you’re in the flow, the enjoyment is incomparable to anything else. You feel like when you were a kid enjoying your sport with pure and innocent delight. Anyone can see in your eyes the satisfaction and fulfillment the sport gives you. You feel like your sport is giving you back something that you can’t get from anyone or anything else. This is a key factor because if you don’t enjoy your sport, your future in it will be limited.

7. In Control: You feel that no matter what, you are in control. What you think and want to happen will. You have ultimate command over your emotions as well - you are controlling them, not the other way around. When you are in control, you are in charge. You govern your own destiny. When you feel this strong of a command over your game, great things are sure to happen. The authority is yours, and no one else’s.

Suceess in sports requires your mind and your body and as an athlete it is very important to have a clear mental picture of what it is you are striving for. By taking some time to think about peak performances you have had in the past, it can aid you in making sure they happen more often! As a Sport Psychology Consultant is important to also be aware of these characteristics so you can address each one to help the athletes strengthen each area so they can achieve peak performances on a more consistent basis

Developing Strong Teams and Strong Team Players
Written by Ron Holt coach of the Texas Comets

KNOWLEDGE OF THE GAME...There are an astronomical amount of different situations in this game, which makes it an ongoing mental battle. As such, it teaches many life-skills. Among them; 'Planning and preparation are critical to performance', 'Being aggressive does not mean being reckless', 'Make the best of your situation', 'Contribute to a TEAM effort', 'Learn how to RELY on your team-mates', and 'There is no "I" in TEAM'. This is NOT about individuals; it IS about working together as a unit. A big portion of this game, which is too frequently overlooked, is the ownership of mistakes. Unless an error is admitted, it is difficult for the player to get over it, get on with it and correct the error. We teach this as a life-skill: Make your errors at 110%, recognize them, take ownership of them and work to correct them. That is what we should strive for in our personal lives as well.

COMPETITIVE PLAY...Learning HOW to be competitive is the key to becoming a powerful team. A powerful team is our goal. Everyone wants to win, but if winning was the only objective, then we could quite easily be selective and only play teams we knew we could 'whip-up' on. Instead, What we want is good, fundamental, solid play. If that is our focus, then with it come good practice habits, and good attitudes, success will fall into line.

PRIDE...In self, and pride in the team is another life skill which our players can carry forward throughout their life. This skill will play a significant part in school and eventually in each player's work place.

SELF-RESPECT...Is a critical tool to carry in the life-skill toolbox! This tool helps adjust everything from morals to tenacity.

THE 6-INCH PLAYING FIELD...Is the part of the ball field that is between the player's ears...the brain. Arguably, about 90-95% of the game takes place in this relatively small area, yet it is the most difficult part of this game to master. This is THE KEY component of this game. The only thing a player can control in this game is how they are going to respond to a situation. Everything else is at least partially up to chance. Knowing, expecting and recognizing the situation is where the 6-inch playing field comes into play. Mastery of this 6-inch playing field is the single most important fundamental of the game and is often left out completely. Mastering this small area includes, but is not limited to, knowing what to do with the ball, admitting mistakes/errors and shaking them off, concentrating not on hits, but Quality At-Bats, visualizing success, focusing and playing this game ONE PITCH AT A TIME.
Softball, like baseball, is one of the few games in the world that is designed for failure. After all, the best hitters in baseball hope to fail only 7 of 10 times at the plate. Constantly dealing with failure, be it offense or defense is frustrating. The only way to combat the feeling of failure is to focus on the positive. Quality-At-Bats will generate hits. Concentration on the current situation coupled with visualization and focus will generate the necessary defense. This game is played ONE PITCH AT A TIME no matter what else happens.

DIRT/GRASS STAINS...This game is won and lost in the dirt and in the grass. Winning or losing a game often comes down to a play or two 'in the dirt' or 'in the grass'. Once you reach a certain age group, everyone can catch a ball thrown or hit right to them. The game-breakers are the tough-to-handle balls...the balls hit or thrown in the dirt that have to be stopped...the hits that cause the outfield or infield to get dirty and give the additional effort to keep the ball from getting by. Those are the plays that win games. Those are the plays that stop losses. Those are the plays that make uniforms dirty. We want to see dirty uniforms and smiling faces... satisfied with a job well done! We want our parents complaining because they can't get the red dirt and grass stains out of the uniforms.

TO BE THE have to have the PASSION, the DRIVE, and the LOVE for the game...without it, you're just another player on the field!!!