I made all stars my first year. I was so proud of myself. I had never been so proud of myself. I loved my coaches and having team mates. I guess I would say that that's the first place and time I felt like I belonged.
I have other photos of me from those young softball years but this one was on the computer.
|I was 11 or 12 when this was taken|
I have played every position, but never spent much time in the outfield. I wanted to be infield with all of the action and I guess that's where the coaches wanted me to be. I played city ball in Athens until I started high school in Decatur. I tried out and made the team and was made catcher. Catcher...that was a lot of pressure, but I loved it. I was actively involved in every single play when we took the field. I spent hours and hours separately and in addition to team practices working on my skills. I would 'catch' the pitch and throw to second base from a kneeling position over and over until I could do it without thinking. I threw hard and accurately and made lots of outs using that skill.
I absolutely loved softball. I could not imagine my life without it. I remember thinking "I will never not play." But that hasn't been the case. I played through my sophomore year and then quit school and got my GED. I had a family. I played for a couple years after high school for different city teams. Slow pitch is just...different, but I adjusted and still loved playing. I love smack talking people and I'm competitive as hell.
Epic has a women's softball team (and they're pretty good I might add!) Last year I wanted to play, but was pretty much told that all of the positions had been filled. I was really disappointed. I truly believe I NEED something like that. Something just for me. That's why I tried my hand at roller derby...competitive, physical, mentally challenging....but it just didn't work out with it being in another city and The Beast eating as much as it does.
A couple weeks ago, someone from Epic, Amy, posted about the softball teams. They were toying with the idea of adding a co-ed team. They wanted to know who was interested in playing and if you wanted to be on a women's team or co-ed. Man, I was geeked! I'm fairly certain I sent in the first email :) I would LOVE to be on a co-ed team again. I don't know...there's just something about it. It's more competitive. Anyway, I sent an email, said I'm definitely interested and that I'd prefer co-ed but of course would be on the women's team. I got a response that day and then...nothing. I hadn't heard a thing directly. I know the games start in about a month so I contacted Amy again. I don't want to miss out this year and I especially need to practice. At any rate, I got my money to her yesterday and she's working on a practice schedule and will hopefully get that to us this week.
Guys, I am SO excited :) I got my glove, batting glove, and cleats out of the box they've been hiding in in the garage for YEARS. I bought some glove conditioner and a softball. We've been throwing every day and I've been exercising and eating better. My arms, shoulders and legs are sore and it feels awesome! It means that I'm actually moving. I really think this will give me a boost of incentive to get fit and healthy.
Happy Gina! :)