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Softball Tips – Downtime is Necessary

By Ken Krause, Life in the Fastpitch Lane blog

softball tipsI am a big believer in taking some downtime after the season to just unwind, relax, and heal both physically and mentally. While that might seem like heretical to some people, it really is important. Even Marc Dagenais says so.

Some people don’t like the idea of shutting down for a while. They’re afraid their players/daughters will lose all the gains they’ve made, or will fall behind the others if they take even a couple of weeks off. Poppycock! (How often do you get to use THAT word in a sentence these days?)

The softball season can be a long grind, especially for high school-age players, many of whom start in March with tryouts for school and don’t finish until the end of July/beginning of August. That’s five months of softball practice or games nearly every day, including a summer filled with tournaments.

No matter how much you love the game, that type of schedule can become mind-numbing after a while. To jump from there immediately into prep for the next season, when you’ll do it all over again, really isn’t good for anyone.

It’s really part of our whole human cycle. We need breaks on a regular basis to recharge both the body and the spirit. That’s what sleep is all about.

How many times have you had a bad day, or been puzzled by a serious issue that you can’t solve? We all experience it. And how many times, after a good night’s sleep, do we find rejuvenation in a new day or a solution that pops into our brains? It happens all the time.

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