No. 10: Communicate!



Everyone is thinking about recruiting. Colorado has become the hub of all things softball for a couple of weeks each year because so many players and parents are hoping to be seen by college coaches. Skippers come out is great numbers to evaluate and find the players who will make up their future rosters.


Over the years, I’ve done dozens of recruiting seminars and have tried to share some of what I have learned with softball players and their families as they embark on this process.


There are many things that I hope these players and families will take away from these sessions but none are more important that what I call “The 14 Commandments.”


What are the Commandments supposed to accomplish? To help the next wave of potential softball players avoid making the same mistakes others have made.


#10. Communicate!


Parents often say, “Silence is Golden” about their kids. Silence may be golden, but not at the softball field.


The lack of communication I see, almost always, at the ball field is heartbreaking to me. If I had a dollar for every game I have seen where I was impressed by the level of communication taking place on the field, I would have a dollar.


Communication is the key to solid team defense. It helps everyone on the field play together better. Communication shows leadership and passion.


It makes a huge impression on college coaches, which is the point, isn’t it?


About the Author: Tory Acheson brings a wealth of knowledge to the Fastpitch Prep staff. He has coached at all levels of the game, including the last 25 years at the college level at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside, Tennessee Tech and Kennesaw State. He began his coaching career at the high school level spending 9 years Whitnall High School in Greenfield, Wis. and is now working as a professional softball instructor.