In this week's Youth Sports Spotlight, we take a look at how demanding summer traveling softball is. We talked with the Just Us softball team in Helena about what it takes to play summer softball.
If you're playing traveling softball in the summer, you must really love the sport.
"It's a pretty big commitment," Just Us pitcher Somer Roberson said. "It's bigger than school ball or anything else."
"It definitely takes a lot of dedication," Just Us pitcher Taylor McManus said. "Every weekend, lots of practice, you have to have just the 'want to' to get better."
"You've got to be pretty intense about your schedule," Pitching instructor Kristi Perkins said. "Sometimes, you've just got to suck it up and go. If you have a little ailment, deal with it and go. Fix it after."
Just Us Manager Robert McManus says his team has a relaxed schedule.
"Travel softball has changed a lot," Robert McManus said. "Now there's more opportunities for kids to locally to play travel, as opposed to back eight, nine, ten years ago."
"I've got probably 200 miles between the furthest north and south kids that I have," Robert McManus said. "To get them together during the week, you just can't do it. I send out a practice plan each week with what I want the parents to work with them on."
So what's the most important part of playing at this level? It's as simple as your team's collective mindset.
"It's hard to explain, your team being close together," Roberson said. "If your team's not close together, then it's just not going to happen. You're not going to win."
"Everybody has to have the same attitude," Taylor McManus said. "You have to be willing to get better and you have to push each other to get better. It's just at team effort."
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