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.
This week former Olympian Monica Abbott answers my 10 questions. Written By Gary Leland
Q. How old were you when you started playing softball?
A. I started playing softball/tee ball at 6 yrs old
Q. Was there anyone special in your life that helped you become a great player?
A. Of course!! lots of people. My mom caught for me, my dad, my coaches Keith Berg and Kenny Gardner. My College coaches Ralph & Karen Weekly and Marty McDaniel and National team coach Chuck D'Arcy. It's hard not to go on and on and on but those are a few.
Q. How do you get ready for a game?
A. Just relax and talk with teammates.
Q. What do you like to do when you are not involved with softball?
A. well sleep and shopping!… But my life revolves around the game so if I'm not playing I'm probably teaching or talking about the game. But in my time away from the game I try to spend with my family & friends.
Q. What factors do you feel have influenced you the most to become the player and you are today?
A. I think I've been influenced by a lot of different things, but a lot of my development as a player has to be attributed to my coaches and teammates. Everyday I wake up wanting to be the Best that I can be, and that's why I came up with my slogan- Live2BringIt
Q. Do you have any routines are superstitions that you implement regularly?
A. I never step on the chalk line running out to the mound in between innings.
Q. What is your favorite softball memory?
A. There's way too many! Yea a big strikeout, perfect game, or big win is always memorable but in the end it's the teammates and the feeling of never giving up as a collective unit that is most memorable because it's a shared attitude. It's powerful.
Q. How much value do you place on mental training? Do you have any advice for others in this area?
A. Mental training is huge. The brain is so powerful. I believe in seeing yourself doing something before you actually do it– or visualization. It's a way of seeing your dreams and goals before you actually achieve them.
My advice for others is that: –“Visualization, like practice is a daily thing not a once in a while thing.”
Q. If you could do anything else in the world as a profession, what would it be and why?
A. Be a MLB pitcher. Or a baseball sports reporter.
Q. What is the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome in your playing and/or coaching career?
A. The greatest obstacle is the daily challenge of trying to be better than I was yesterday. Live2BringIt.
You can visit Monica's website at www.monicaabbott.com
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