Taking a break is a legit way to spend time now

These days fastpitch softball (like so many other sports) has become a year-round commitment. And because of it there is a tendency to want to keep pushing, pushing, pushing all the time.

While it’s important to be dedicated, there is also some value in shutting down for a little while after the season.

The season is long, whether you’re a younger player who’s been playing games and tournaments since January in the South, or April in the North, or an older player who has done a school team followed by a summer season.

During that time even the toughest get injuries, get tired, lose their enthusiasm, etc. Shutting down for a few weeks is a great way to recover, both physically and mentally.

Some may be afraid to shut down because they’re worried about losing ground on the competition. Don’t be. Two, three, even four weeks between seasons isn’t enough time to lose everything. There might be a bit of rust at first, but it will fall away quickly.

The physical aspect of taking some time off is important. But it’s the mental part that’s likely to do the most. Walking away from something you spend so much time on, even something you love, for a little while will help recharge the ol’ batteries and help your player see the game with fresh eyes. It’ll also help put a little separation between seasons so this one isn’t just a continuation of the last one, but a fresh, new opportunity.

It’s tempting to go, go, go. But take a little time for R&R. You’ll find it makes a huge difference in the long run.

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About Ken Krause

Ken Krause has been coaching girls fastpitch softball for nearly 20 years. Some may know him as a contributing columnist to Softball Magazine, where he writes Krause's Korner -- a regular column sponsored by Louisville Slugger. Ken is also the Administrator of the Discuss Fastpitch Forum, the most popular fastpitch discussion forum on the Internet. He is currently a Three Star Master Coach with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), and is certified by both the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and American Sports Education Program (ASEP). Ken is a private instructor specializing in pitchers, hitters, and catchers. He teaches at North Shore Baseball Academy in Libertyville, IL and Pro-Player Consultants in McHenry, IL.

Posted on August 21, 2012, in General Thoughts. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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