The Road ahead or the Road Behind
I think the fates must grin,
as we denounce them and insist,
The only reason we can't win
is the fates themselves have missed.
Yet, there lives on the ancient claim-
We win or lose within ourselves,
The shining trophies on our shelves can
Never win tomorrow's game.
So you and I know deeper down,
There is a chance to win the crown,
But when we fail to give our best,
We simply haven't met the test
Of giving all and saving none,
Until the game is really won.
Of showing what is meant by grit,
Of playing through not letting up,
It's bearing down that wins the cup.
Of taking it and taking more
Until we gain the winning score
Of dreaming there's a goal ahead,
Of hoping when our dream are dead,
Of praying when our hopes have fled.
Yet, losing, not afraid to fall,
If bravely we have given all,
For who can ask more of a man [or woman!],
Than giving all within its span,
That giving all, it seems to me,
is not so far from victory
And so the fates are seldom wrong,
No matter how they twist and wind;
It's you and I who make our fates,
We open up or close the gates
On the Road Ahead or the Road Behind
Winners and Runners Up
1st Place - Los Altos
2nd Place - Montebello
1st Place - Los Altos
2nd Place - Monterey Park
1st Place - Cypress
2nd Place - Diamond Bar
1st Place - Garden Grove
2nd Place - Los Altos
Congrats to the DBGS 10U All-Star team! Tomorrow (5/27) they play in the Capo Tournament Semi Finals @ 11 a.m.! We are proud of all of our DBGS girls!
Please send a copy of your closing day pictures and/or videos to Jeff Deutsch, DBGS Webmaster when you are able!
DBGS now has our own channel on YouTube! We have some videos up already, but we look forward to you submitting your own videos of our girls in action!
Visit our page here!
We’re really excited to have ASA be a part of Titans Softball.
For ASA Day … Youth 8th grade and younger will get in for free by wearing their ASA jersey.
(the youth must be in an ASA jersey to receive complimentary admission).
We offer a group rate for other’s who are planning on attending Pink/ASA Day – families and friends of the youth. Our group rate is presale only and is $4 per ticket for groups of 20 or more.
Teams from your league can take advantage of this group order and place orders for their individual teams, or the league can do one order as a whole.
To purchase group tickets you can contact myself at 657-278-2677 or the Athletics Ticket Office at 657-278-2783
Please let me know if you have any questions!
We look forward to working with ASA!
Athletics Ticket and Marketing Manager
Cal State Fullerton.
Taken from Candrea on Coaching, a monthly softball-related newsletter from an Olympic softball coach...On behalf of the Amateur Softball Association, welcome to the August issue of the ACE Coach monthly email from ASA Director of Coaching Education and two-time Olympic Coach Mike Candrea: Candrea on Coaching. As a youth sports coach, you naturally want to prepare your team to win as many games as possible, and as a Responsible Coach, you want to prepare your players to win off the field, too. The Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports program is proud to bring you this series in which Coach Candrea will provide you with coaching tips and resources that you can use for the betterment of your youth softball team.
Professionalism – A Code of Conduct
As I travel back from a very memorable trip to New York where I had the opportunity to experience a weekend with the New York Yankees, I thought I would share with you some observations of arguably the most successful franchise in professional sports. It is hard to imagine the wealth of success (27 World Championships) and a tradition that defines the sport. Walking through the offices and seeing pictures of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, and Mickey Mantle (my idol growing up), and all the great players that have worn the uniform, must be quite the challenge for today’s Yankees to live up to the expectations of fans from every generation possible. The one thing I could feel from everyone that I had a chance to visit with from coaches, players, and front office was the sense of pride and obligation that went with representing the New York Yankee organization.
As I have the opportunity to watch many softball games during the summer, I always like to focus on the programs that ultimately find a way to position themselves for a chance to compete for a National Championship. Believe it or not, many of the teams have the same qualities as the New York Yankees, although at a different level. What are these qualities that separate the good from the great? Yes, the Yankee’s are quite wealthy and are not scared to spend money to get the best players. Although, after my trip, it is obvious that these players must also be a good fit and embrace the code of conduct and professionalism set by the organization. These same expectations can be seen in a few softball organizations today – which are exciting to see.
I had the opportunity to visit with a former Arizona Wildcat and now the hitting coach for the New York Yankees, Kevin Long and really hear about what kind of people these great athletes are. I wanted to know what kind of a teammate they were, work ethic, preparation, discipline etc. A laundry list of what we try to instill in our players and kids. The answers I received were exciting and confirmed the qualities of true professionals. There is a reason why these players are in the major leagues and continue to stay at that level. I imagine your job can be a great motivator when you have that kind of money at stake.
This excerpt was taken from the book “The Checklist Manifesto” written by Atul Gawande and speaks about learned occupations. A tremendous lesson derived from being on a team and striving for success understanding that it does prepare you for success after softball.
“All learned occupations have a definition of professionalism, a code of conduct. It is where they spell out their ideals and duties. The codes are sometimes stated, sometimes understood. But they all have at least three common elements.
First is an expectation of selflessness: that we who accept responsibility for others – whether we are doctors, lawyers, teachers, public authorities, soldiers, parents, or pilots – will place the needs and concerns of those who depend on us above our own.
Second is an expectation of skill: that we will aim for excellence in our knowledge and expertise.
Third is an expectation of trustworthiness: that we will be responsible in our personal behavior toward our charges.
Aviators, however add a fourth expectation, discipline: discipline in following prudent procedures and in functioning with others.”
Sound familiar? These are the necessary qualities that we look for in any good organization, team, player, coach or parent. This is a quick check list for reducing failure and being a functional member of the team. Are we teaching our players to be true professionals – even though we know that they will go Pro in something other than softball?
Until next month!
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