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Old 09-22-2019, 03:57 PM
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My dd wants me to take her to the batting cage to see if she can hit softballs. She's never played. She's watched a lot of her brother's baseball games, but other than that no experience. She can catch (a soccer ball) and throw and is other wise athletic. Should I tell her to give it a try or probably not gonna happen..... Here it's a spring sport (like March) and she's a freshman. In spring she'll either have to be in offseason workouts or do a track event. Also, I'm figuring there's probably girls that have been playing since t-ball and are really good.


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Old 09-22-2019, 04:03 PM
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Take her to the batting cage and find out.
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Old 09-22-2019, 04:07 PM
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Then when she can't hit anything it will be like....guess that's that!
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Old 09-22-2019, 04:10 PM
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Sure! Give it a try.

I had a student a couple of years ago who started playing soccer in high school, and she loved it. She had never played any sport. Last year I had an 8th grader try spring volleyball, and she had never played any sports. We have also had a few golf kids start in high school. I also had one girl who started cheerleading in high school.
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Old 09-22-2019, 04:12 PM
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My very non-athletic, at the time, son started cross country his junior year in HS. Yesterday he just ran his first marathon. 4 years later.


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Old 09-22-2019, 04:14 PM
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Sure. Obviously she is lacking experience, but is athletic and appears to have some understanding of what would be involved. Why not give it a try? She's not likely to be a starter this year, but she could certainly practice and see how it goes. I don't see a downside to trying.
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Old 09-22-2019, 04:15 PM
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Or she will!

A former student of mine didn't start playing football till high school and turned out to be really good. He got a full ride to Northwestern (red shirted and earned his masters during his 5th year at NW), turning down Notre Dame and Ohio State. He then got drafted into the NFL but didn't make the final cut. So 'ya never know! Let us know how DD does at the cages.
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Old 09-22-2019, 04:16 PM
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was a soccer player in the fall, track in the spring and club swimming year round. One year she decided she wanted to play basketball. She pulled back on the swimming for the winter and gave it a go.

She was a horrible basketball player! She played basketball like she played soccer- which did not work out too well. She was rarely put in (thank heavens) but did make two points on a foul. (That was two points for the whole season!). She got to spend time with his friends- and I think that was the whole goal!

Basketball was a one season wonder in our house.
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Old 09-22-2019, 04:26 PM
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Well she plays club soccer and is in volleyball right now but is a bench warmer even though she's pretty good because the coach literally plays the same six girls out of 18 every.single.game. So not so happy with volleyball at the moment. Its a lot of work to put in daily to just hold those chairs down. It may be a one season wonder at our house.
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Old 09-22-2019, 04:52 PM
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Sure! My DD started playing waterpolo her sophomore year....she wasnít a vert good swimmer but learned to love the game. Went on to play in college.

She is now the coach for her own high schoolís waterpolo team.


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Old 09-22-2019, 04:55 PM
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to let her try. Maybe she'll turn out to be a natural. Maybe she'll have a coach who prioritizes developing talent over winning every game. It probably also depends a bit on how big the school is and how deep the talent pool is. But as long as she realizes that she'll be at a disadvantage and is prepared to deal with that, why not?
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Old 09-22-2019, 05:26 PM
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Well... it depends. Is it a sport a lot of kids play? Around here, you canít make a middle school soccer or softball team unless you play travel. DD started cross country in high school without having run during middle school. Doesnít hurt though.
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Old 09-22-2019, 06:04 PM
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I agree with just letting her try it out at the batting cages. She is an athletic girl so once she has the basics she may do very well. Will she play on a rec team first or try out for HS ball? There are some additional things that she will need to learn like how to slide, how to know when to steal, etc., but that probably won't take long either.

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Old 09-22-2019, 06:07 PM
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Yes! I actually played softball in high school for the very first time my junior year. It's a fall sport for girls where I live and I decided I didn't want to play volleyball my jr. year (sooo political!) and I didn't want to run cross country because that was my sisters sport so I gave softball a try. Needless to say I was far from the best player on the team but I was athletic and worked hard and I loved it!
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Old 09-23-2019, 02:30 AM
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It depends on the school. In our schools, it would be rare for someone without tremendous experience in athletics to make any team except for the teams who take all (but never compete if you aren't good enough). They are too big and too many students competing for the same few slots. However, my relative's school in another state just wanted any warm body to fill the team because the school was so small. Any student could be on a fall, winter, and spring sport regardless of ability.
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Old 09-23-2019, 07:24 AM
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Two things to consider: if she makes the team, it will probably be JV. Is that coach willing to teach her the ropes or is he/she more interested in winning and stats? Same would go if you only have a varsity team.

Will she be happy warming the bench for a large portion of the season?
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Old 09-24-2019, 02:33 AM
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On my daughterís senior year of field hockey, their goalie was also a senior who had never played. She was pretty good despite having never played field hockey and now is on the college field hockey team in the same position. I say let her try because you never know!
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