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How to Stay Motivated, Even During the Offseason

Ah the offseason…

It’s like a double whammy to the gut; The summer is over, your season has ended, and now you’re left wondering what direction you’re headed in for the Spring. That’s whammy number 1. Whammy number 2: Putting in work and time during the offseason and having zero to show for it. No games to test it out, no reference to know where you’re measuring up to your competition.

I saw a post recently where a parent was asking how much time her daughter should be taking off in the off season before she should get her back into working out and practicing softball again.

And while I am on board for taking some time off to recover physically and mentally, ideally that time frame should be no more than 2 weeks (assuming she’s not playing another sport in the offseason).

Some responses from others said that the parent should be asking the kid when she was ready, but if I was that athlete in this case, my answer back to my parent would have been, “Never. No thanks, I’m good.”

Not kidding, I was one of the worse when it came to offseason work. As a pitcher you don’t really have much of a choice but to continue throwing, but I would always give an agreeing nod when coaches recommended some extra cardio or weights (just as I get back in return when I suggest it to my girls), then what do you know, the first practice is here and aw man, I just didn’t get to it...

Point is, one of the hardest parts of being a parent and coach is helping a girl realize her potential when she has a hard time seeing the direct results from the work she’s putting forth for herself. Especially when that potential has yet to be tapped into. Sometimes we have to push girls to work hard, yes even in the off season, to have them get closer to the level of play she’s striving for. To reach the goals she has had her sights set on. To have her do all the things (running, lifting, agility, balance and plyometric training) despite her absolutely despising it. This is all assuming she legitimately enjoys playing, and wants to continue getting better.

But how do you get a girl to trust you and believe that all the crazy things you’re having her do will help make her better? That if she works consistently and with a purpose, she will show up for her first team practice ready to rumble?

Here are some ideas, mindsets, and ways to help her stay motivated and hungry in the offseason:

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