Crystl Bustos Answers My Ten Questions –

Crystl Bustos

Ten questions with Crystl Bustos By Gary Leland

Here you go! Another in my set of blog posts called 10 questions. On these short posts I send 10 questions to great softball players, and coaches. Then I am post the questions with their answers.

Q. How old were you when you started playing softball?

A. I was 3 when I started playing baseball. I was 10 when I started playing softball.

Q. Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?

A. My uncle Jesse Rios and my cousin Mike Castro and my family for all there sacrifices that they made for me to get to be who I am now. 

Q. How do you get ready for a game?

A. I get ready for a game by listening to music with my headphones on to block out all outside distractions until game time. I run the perfect swing in my head visualizing the best hit in the hardest situation with the game on the line with two outs and two strikes and I hit the ball out the park with a perfect line drive. 

Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?

A. I like to draw.

Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and you are today?

A. My Uncle Jesse who showed me that no matter what people say and even when you don't have money you can find ways to work out and get better and achieve any dream you have.

Q. Do you have any routines are superstitions that you implement regularly?

A. I like to listen to music before the game.

Q. What is your favorite softball memory?

Crystl Bustos Art

Crystl Bustos Art

A. The 2000 Olympics.

Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?

A. I think the mental aspect is huge and would recommend players working with a sports psychologist to help them with that aspect of the game.

Q. If you could do anything else in the world as a profession, what would it be and why?

A. I would have been a cartoonist. I love animation and drawing and bringing fantasy to life on the screen. 

Q. What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?

A. My greatest obstacle has been learning that nothing was going to just be handed to me. I was going to have to go out and get what I wanted by working harder than anyone I would play with or against.

That I was going to have to master what I did and that no one person was going to tell me I couldn't do or be who I wanted to be and that was the best hitter to ever play the game. I have and will never stop learning that's my word to the game I love.

I now train the future of our sport and I am always learning more everyday so that I can bring to the young softballers the best info for them to be better than I ever was. That's why I have created the Ruthless sports training camps with a team of professional and Olympic and national team members to help our youth be the best they can be.

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