In this week's Badger Blog, we caught up with four former Badgers to get their words of wisdom for the team.
Anastasia (Ana) Austin #16, UT/OF
Years Lettered: 2002-2005
Hometown: Elburn, Ill.
1. Have fun! Keep things in perspective. Softball is a game, not life or death. If you mess up, do better next time and don't dwell on it.
2. Play for those who can't play. There are women and children out there battling disease, injuries, abuse, neglect, poverty, etc. who would love to be on a field right now but can't. You are lucky to be where you are. Play for yourself, for those who helped you get there, and for those who wish they could be there. Honor all of them by playing your best.
3. Remember, bad days happen. It's how you respond to them and move forward that define you as a player.
Courtney Coleman #21, 3B/OF
Years Lettered: 1996-1998
Hometown: Carmichael, Calif.
Coaches not only help us with the technical, mental and physical aspects of the game, they also inspire and motivate us. Much of our ability to compete and win is due to mental prowess followed by physical skill. I feel the most important thing to remember as a player is that you are part of an elite group of women, competing at a level many only dream to achieve. Love every minute of it, especially when it's hard; and have FUN!
Amanda Berg #24, 1B/C
Years Lettered: 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000
Hometown: Chippewa Falls, Wis.
My advice would be to just remember how lucky you are to get the opportunity to play the game of softball and how much fun the game truly is ... plus if they still have it, it feels incredible to hit the ball over that black fence :)
Lindy Barth DesJarlais #10, OF/1B
Years Lettered: 1998-2001
Hometown: Brighton, Mich.
My advice would be to simply have fun and enjoy every moment. Worrying about winning or losing or stats or hits or errors or playing time is not why you fell in love with this sport. Play to enjoy and play like you are a kid again. Once you are old and out of the game you will remember and appreciate the memories of good times with wonderful teammates and coaches, specific wins and losses will not define your time at Wisconsin.