Hurry? Never!

My grandfather was a man of few words. He didn’t say a lot, but what he did say carried a lot of weight. Some of his gems are probably a little too “colorful” for this blog, but one of his greatest lines really applies to the game of fastpitch softball.

“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get!”

When we think about our game, this gem of homespun wisdom applies to a bunch of different situations.

When a defensive player rushes their throw, they’re likely to make an error. When a hitter rushes their swing they’re likely to miss badly. When a baserunner gets too far ahead of themselves, they’re likely to run into an out.

The great basketball coach, John Wooden, had a similar saying when he said that his players should, “Play fast but never hurry!” So whether you want to believe John Wooden or Herb Studier, there is no doubt that hurrying is never a good thing!

Comments? Questions? Suggestions?