A tie in a softball game?! I was watching a repeat of the Tennessee/LSU match from 4/5 on FSN on Wednesday night. It was a heated match between two SEC giants which had to end early due to travel restrictions. The game was left at a 3-3 standstill.
Via email, Title9guy asked me this question:
I was a lucky kid. I always seemed to get coaches that believed in me and the team. I was taught not to fear other players and teams. I was also always taught that we should respect other teams and players. We looked to our coaches to build our confidence as individuals and as a teams.
My question comes from a quote I read in the Sports section of a News Paper. The coach was quoted as saying” Our pitching is our weak spot”. My first thoughts was: Well now the other teams will not fear of your pitching staff.
My second thought was: I’m sure the pitching staff will not have as much confidence in themselves after reading that quote.
My third thought took me back to the many times as a catcher I walked out to the Pitcher and tried to say something that would instill confidence.
So my question is this: What do you think when you hear a coach saying like ” Our Pitching is our weak spot ; or worse yet, I don’t have confidence in my pitching staff.”
Coaches want to convey confidence in their team, but they also have to assess the weak areas. Coaches usually give open opinions about their team to the press and anyone who has knowledge of a team would know its weak points and strong points. Occasionally, calling a player out on their weakness provokes them to strive to improve. The environment has to be right and some players are better at handling criticism than others. Either way, I would hate to be the pitching staff in that situation.
UConn won its sixth NCAA Title after rolling over Louisville on Tuesday 76-54. Not bad for the Big East to have two teams in the NCAA Title game. I was surprised that Louisville made it that far in the tournament. This year it seemed to be any teams year to make it to the finals, but no one came close to touching the Huskies. A veteran team such as Connecticut plays with such poise that even though they seemed tight in the beginning, the closeness of the game didn’t seem to rattle them. Connecticut finished the season with a perfect 39-0 record.