Written By Dalton Ruer
A few years ago I had the distinct pleasure of meeting one of the toughest ball players in the game and discovered through our conversation that she was most definitely a girlie-girl. When I say girlie-girl I’m not just referring to her off the field looks and giggly laugh. I mean makeup and hair done for each game and she wanted to wear pink glitter cleats. A girls girl. With not 1 but 2 WCWS National Championships as part of a dynasty at The University of Arizona she was also clearly tough.
I had nothing but respect for her before I ever met her and talking with her only made me respect her more. So clearly I think high level athletes can maintain their female side and be outstanding in this great game.
For the sake of this post I’m literally talking about princesses. Not figuratively. How would a Cinderella, a Belle, an Aurora or a Tiana do for instance? If you aren’t familiar with those names let me share with you that those are just 4 of the classic Walt Disney Pictures Princesses. I have two daughters so I’ve been familiar with some of the princesses for many years. But my grand daughters have introduced me to a whole new level of “princessesness.” I know that’s not a word … yet … but I may trade mark it before Disney can.
You see for my grand daughters the world revolves around princesses. Colors … old news. That shirt that looks like what you would call blue, is in fact Cinderella. That jacket … don’t call it yellow it’s Belle. Did you know you can purchase nearly any product in the world with a princess on it? I do. Pillow cases? Check. Sheets? Check. Forks and spoons? Check. Bicycles? Check. I’m sure you’ve seen those pretty pink Barbie cars … do they sell a motorized Cinderella car. Check.
I have 3 grand daughters who are in love with all things princess. So at least in my head it is kind of natural to start being curious if all of this fascination with princesses might destroy their chances of being good softball players. Ariel was a convincing mermaid but could she lead a team to a softball championship? Enjoy the video this week and come back next week for part 2 as I discuss the question “Should Princesses Play Softball?”
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.
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