In this week's Badger Blog, head coach Yvette Healy explores the opportunity her team has to bounce back from a tough start to the season and make a statement in the days and weeks to come.
This is a core skill we all wish we had more of. It's important to sports, and critical to life. Can you bounce back from failure? Can you overcome adversity? Do you have the ability to persevere when things get tough? If you really want to train resilience, you need failure.
Congratulations Badger softball, we have an amazing opportunity to train resilience this week. We're 4-5 so far this season, after a tough 2-3 performance in Miami. The question is, where do we go from here? It's so easy to get emotional, and make excuses when we fail. You can ignore the problem and hope it will go away, or face the issues head on. Sometimes it takes a little failure and adversity early on to remind everyone how hard this journey really is. If we could cruise for one moment, one game, or one tournament, then every goal and accomplishment in May wouldn't be nearly as gratifying.
Even after a good season last year, it's so important for every player in the program to understand how much work it takes to be consistently good each and every day. Consistent performance is path, not a destination. Great players find a way to bring energy, enthusiasm and focus every day. College athletes have to work for consistency, every day, every game and every season to continue to grow.
This spring is certainly a gut check for our badger softball athletes and staff. There are challenges each and every game. There's adversity every pitch, and every inning. Yet somehow you can't prepare for how it feels. You really have to live through strikeouts, losses, error's and giving up home runs to experience it, learn from it, flush it and move on. These are the times that teach resilience. When you pour your heart into something and lose, that's when you're ready to learn. These are the moments that character is formed. If you dig deep, take responsibility for your performance, learn, make changes, and truly work hard, we'll all emerge stronger and tougher.
We're learning resilience right now, each and every morning we wake up, get back to work, and get better. Our goal this week is to keep learning, and to play better softball. That's all there is to do.