For the past 15 months we’ve worked together on some of the most important aspects of the game. This month is no different we are going to look at the single most important thing you can do to ensure you have a long career in the sport.
That’s right there are millions of different drills that instructors could work with you on physically or mentally. But all of them pale in comparison to what I want you to learn this month because I truly believe this one thing alone will help prolong your career in this great sport.
If you’ve been reading my column for any length of time you know I could drag this on for pages as your curiosity builds but I won’t. I’m going to jump right to the point. For one solid month I want you to DO NOTHING.
No the phrase DO NOTHING is not an acronym for doing lots of work. I mean it exactly the way it sounds. For one month out of the year I want you to do absolutely nothing physical related to softball. What great athletes understand that others miss is the fact that constant punishment on your body takes a toll on you. Without taking the dedicated time to allowing it to heal your body breaks down. Your brilliant career is cut short because of constant nagging injuries. All the work you did for 12 years to prepare for college softball goes to waste if you can’t make it to the field.
I don’t want that to happen to you. I want you to achieve all of the wonderful dreams you have for yourself in this sport. I honestly believe that the best way for that to happen is if you allow yourself the downtime to just DO NOTHING and let your body and your mind heal. To fully recover. To regain its explosiveness. To regain the fire and passion deep inside of itself.
I know that in all of the driving, the practices, the games, the lifting, the running, the agility and the time working off a tee you may have forgotten how to simply DO NOTHING. In this month’s video Stephanie and Emily are going to remind you how to just relax and be a teenage girl. No joke I we spent time preparing a video just to help you remember how to do things that are not related to softball.
As it happens December is the perfect month for my students in the State of Georgia to DO NOTHING. They have finished their high school season which is in the fall and they have completed their fall college showcase tournaments. As they entertain you this month be thinking about when the best time for you to take a month off might be. When can you commit 30 straight days to allowing your body to rest? What activities can you fill those 30 days with to keep yourself busy? How could you pour some time into helping your parents whose lives are turned upside down by your normal softball activities? How could you use this brief downtime to build up your siblings who are forced to sit at game after game in the heat/cold supporting you.
We all choose how we spend our time. I hope that you’ll accept my invitation to dedicate time to allowing your body to heal so that your career is a healthy and lengthy one and for 30 days simply DO NOTHING.
Dalton Ruer: Coach Ruer has been using softball to encourage and motivate athletes for 15 years. Throughout the year he is a private softball instructor to many college bound athletes in Georgia. He facilitates team based clinics and instructs at many elite and college recruiting softball camps. His specialties are helping players verbalize their dreams and establish a plan to achieve them and helping players overcome the fears that are holding them back from being exceptional athletes. He has produced 6 instructional DVD’s covering all aspects of how to win the short game and how to dive for the ball. Keep up with Coach Dalton by visiting his blog and resource site at CrossTrainingSoftball.com. Join Dalton On: Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, YouTube
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