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"Do not live your life in the
'middle'; stand for something or you stand for nothing."
"Do not wish to be anything but who you are, and try to be that perfectly"
"If what you did yesterday still looks big to you today, then you haven't accomplished anything today"
"Attitude is a 'little' thing that makes a 'big' difference."
"Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent"
"Worry Looks Around... Sorry Looks Back... Faith Looks Forward"
"It's not how how you train when people are watching; it's how hard you train when no one's around"
"Kids don't care what you know until they know how much you care"
"The best pride is that which compels a person to do her best when no one else is watching"
"Obstacles are things you can see when you take your eyes off your goal"
"People may doubt what you say but they'll believe what you do"
"When you're in a hole, stop digging"
"Earn the right to be Proud & Confident"
"The best way to predict your future is to create it"
"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."
"Teamwork: Simply stated, it is less me and more we."
"A Better ME makes a Better WE."
"Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail."
"Wearing the same shirts doesnít make a Team."
The teams plays under the
GeorgiaScout umbrella competing
at the highest levels.
THINGS COACHES DON'T WANT TO HEAR
Do you want to be the type of player coaches want on their team? Coaches look at more than just physical skill. Coaches also look at attitude and personality. One of the things coaches pick up on the type of attitude you have is by what you say. So if you want to be the type of player coaches want on their team, take a look and see if you say these types of phrases. If so, you may need to make a few adjustments so that you can become a more valuable, more desirable player, with an even stronger impact on the team. Here are phrases coaches don't like to hear:
"I can't": This gets old very fast. If you insist that you "can't" day in and day out, then why should your coach keep you on the team? Plus, keep in mind that your body does what your mind tells it to. So if your mind says, "I can't do this or I can't do that" how is your body ever going to do those things when it's constantly being told it can't?
"I forgot": I am still baffled by how often players say, "I forgot my shoes" or "I forgot my socks." Be responsible. You know when practices and games are scheduled. It's not as if these events are sprung on you at the last minute. Be prepared. Be ready! Don't just rely on your parents to make sure you have everything you need. This is not their team, this is not their practice, and this is not their softball season. It's yours.
"Why is she playing?" You may not always agree with your coach's decisions, but questioning his or her choices in front of your teammates does NOT help the team. When game time comes, you are most helpful supporting and encouraging all of your teammates no matter what; especially if they are playing in the game. Asking why a certain player is playing is not helpful to that player. It does not show confidence in their ability and does not help team unity. If you are bringing a player on your team down, not only are you affecting that one player, but you are hurting the entire team. If that person starts making mistakes in the game it does not only affect them. It affects everyone. Therefore, it's very important that you do and say whatever you need to in order to help every player do their best, whether you feel they should be playing or not. Remember, softball is a team sport. EVERYTHING you say and everything you do either helps your team or hurts your team. There is no in between. With every action and every work, you're either helping your team get closer to their goals or you're bringing your team down. Make sure that everything you say and do helps your team instead of hurts it. If you do have questions about your coach's decisions, then you need to set up a time to talk to your coach one-on-one so that your issues can be addressed by your coach himself.
Make it a point to get the job done. Don't let excuses get in your way. The
other team is playing on the same field as you with the same umpires in the
same weather. Don't blame these things on your bad performance. I'm not
saying that these conditions don't make your job more difficult, but
complaining and grumbling doesn't make the rain go away, doesn't make the
umpires like you more, doesn't make the field easier to play on, and doesn't
make the sun stop shinning in your face. Instead of making excuses, focus
all of your effort and energy on playing your best despite the conditions.
Since it is tougher to get the job done, you certainly don't need to be
wasting any of your energy or focus on grumbling when you really need it all
to make the plays that need to be made.
You talking while Coach is talking: When your coach is talking, your focus needs to be on them and only them. It is very rude and disrespectful, not only to your coach, but to your team if you are talking while your coach is talking. I know listening to your coach can be boring sometimes and you may be wondering when they are going to stop saying the same thing over and over again. But if you're paying attention and your coach knows his/her message is getting through, they may not feel the need to talk so long or to repeat things they've already said.
Coaches love team players with positive attitudes. Do a self check and see if you hear yourself saying any of the things mentioned above. If so, see how you can change and become a player coaches love to have on their team.
Eight Ways to Help Your Team and Yourself from the Bench
Almost every player comes upon a
time in their career where they find themselves on the bench. For some it's
because of injury, for others it's simply because they need a little more
"polishing" before earning their own playing time. Now I've heard many
people say things like "You don't learn anything by sitting on the bench" or
"I'm not good because I never get to play" and "I'm only second string."
However, I believe, a player on the bench are just as important as any other
player on the team. I've said it once and I'll say it once more, even from
the bench you can have an impact on your team and even on the bench, you can
continue to learn and improve as a player. How do I know? Heck, I spent time
on the bench too. It took some getting used to, but I took that role just as
seriously as I took any starting role.
So with that in mind, here are some things I learned about helping your team and continuing to improve as a player while "sitting on the bench."
1. Support teammates every single inning - top and bottom
Yes, this means chatter. This means letting those starters know you're there, you're paying attention, and you support them 100% no matter what the situation. It's easy to be upbeat and supportive when things are going great, but often times I see teams and players quiet down or lose intensity and confidence when things aren't quite going their way. This is when your team needs you the MOST. Stay up, stay positive, keep encouraging and supporting your teammates on the field on offense and defense. It's tough for those the players in the game to get "down" when their teammates on the bench won't let them. Be the strong foundation they need so they don't crumble and fall when things get rough.
2. Know the situation and help your defense
This helps both you and your team. You can be the one who prevents a mental error by reminding your teammates out on the field what the situation is before the play happens. Help keep them alert and ready. This also helps you because although you're not on the field, you are still going through every situation as though you were. That way, when it's your turn, you have just as much "experience" in those situations as the players in the game. You've seen the situations just like any regular starter, you've been through them, and you've had a chance to learn and see what to do in each one. During a game, this also keeps you mentally alert and sharp so that if your coach needs you to step in, your mind is already at "game speed."
3. Keep track of opposing batters
Make notes of opposing batters, where they hit, if they chase high pitches, if they got burned on a change, if they have power, speed, etc. Then alert your defense when someone with exceptional speed or power comes up to bat. Remind your teammates on defense where the batter went the last time. Give them any edge you can in successfully defending against each batter. Again this also helps you get to learn batters strengths and weaknesses so that when you get your turn on the field, you'll already be one step ahead.
4. Study the opposing pitcher
See if you can pick up any tendencies or cues that the pitcher may have. Maybe they use a certain pitch at a certain point in the count. Maybe they present their change up a little differently than their other pitches. Maybe she's always throwing the first pitch for a strike. Maybe she's starting off inside, then finishing off the count outside. What is her favorite "go to" pitch? Anything you can pick up and alert your team to can be helpful in the success of your team's offense. Once more, this information also helps you if you find yourself in the batters box in the game or if you find yourself hitting against this pitcher in the future.
5. Study the opposing coaches
See if you can figure out a signal. Often times coaches give defensive signals (pick offs, 1st and 3rd plays, etc), pitching signals, and hitting/offensive signals. Can you figure one of them out? Imagine giving your team the slight advantage of knowing when the other team was going to bunt or steal or throw a change-up or run a pick off. Plus it's kind of fun when you figure one out.
6. Help keep the dugout clean & tidy
This may sound simple and unimportant, but it can actually be a big help. Often times the players on the field have to get in and out of the dugout quickly as they change over from offense to defense. Having a dugout that is unorganized and messy can really hinder the speed at which your teammates make this transition which, in turn, can limit warm-up time leaving your teammates less prepared when the game gets back in full swing. With a neat and organized dugout, players aren't scrambling while looking for equipment, the chance of tripping over equipment or other players lessens, and players have more time to prepare mentally and physically for their next task be it offense or defense.
7. Pay attention to signals
Earlier we talked about opposing team's signals, but this time we're talking about your own team signals. Practice reading all the signals being given by your coach. One thing that drives me nuts as a coach is a lost opportunity because of a missed signal. Use every chance you have and practice getting the signals correct so that when you're in the game, you'll know exactly what the coach wants of you for any given signal offense or defense.
8. Stay warm & Game ready
Last but not least, stay warm throughout the game. You never know when your team may need you in the game. You don't want to come off the bench "cold." Throw every now and then swing the bat every now and then run every now and then. Some teams have everyone warm up in the outfield when their defense goes out, some teams have players run between innings, others teams have nets set up so that players can take swings during the game. If your coach has those opportunities to stay warm in place for you, make use of them. Take them seriously. Keep yourself "game ready" physically. Even if your coach doesn't make everyone throw or run every inning, offer to warm-up the outfielder or ask your coach if it's okay for you to take a jog down the foul line between innings. Even if there isn't a net set up where you can hit off the tee or hit some soft toss, usually there's some space outside the dugout where you can grab your bat and take a few swings, just to stay loose and ready. If your coach calls upon you in a game to come off the bench, you want to be ready and make the most of your playing time! Plus your team needs you to fill in the spot you're given just like a starter. So stay warm and stay ready both mentally and physically.
Remember, just because you are not on the field, doesn't mean you're not important. Your team still needs you "in the game." There is a LOT you can do on the bench to help your team succeed and also grow as a player at the same time. Don't count yourself out just because you're on the bench. Take advantage of every chance you're given. Help your team and yourself in any way you can think of. This is just a short list of things you can do to be a positive impact on your team. I challenge you to find other ways to contribute to your team's success. There are many out there, get your butt up off that bench if you have to, take charge, and make a difference on your team.
HOW TO HAVE
NO REGRETS ABOUT PLAYING SOFTBALL
As I enter 35th year of coaching, I can
honestly say that I have very few regrets in my life. In fact
there is only one thing in my life that, if I could go back, I
would do a little differently. Even then, itís not a matter of
doing something I didnít or not doing something I did. Itís just
a timing issue. Thereís one thing in my life I wish I had done
sooner than I did. Thatís about it. When it comes to softball,
though, I have no regrets. Why? Because as a player and coach, I loved
going all out. I loved throwing myself into the game 100% and
giving whatever I had, leaving it all out on the field. When you
think about it, you owe yourself that much.
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LOCATIONS & MAPS
|Name||Address||City, State Zip||Phone|
|Al Bishop Complex||1082 Al Bishop Dr Sw||Marietta, GA 30008|
|Alexander Park||Hwy 42||McDonough, GA 30253|
|All Tournament Players Park||3910 Canton Road||Marietta, GA 30064|
|Alto Park||1014 Burnett Ferry Rd Sw||Rome, GA 30165|
|Anderson Sports Complex||3027 Mall Road||Anderson, SC 29625|
|ASA Hall Of Fame Complex||2801 NE 50th St||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111|
|Bay Creek Park||175 Ozora Road||Loganville, Ga 30052|
|Boynton Recreation Association||Boynton Dr||Ringgold, GA 30736|
|Brooks Fields||100 Railroad St||Brooks, GA|
|Brookwood III Clubhouse||6126 Braidwood Lane||Acworth, GA 30101||770-426-0598|
|Collins Hill Park||2225 Collins Hill Road||Lawrenceville, GA 30043|
|Central Park||2300 Keith Bridge Road||Cumming, Georgia 30041|
|Dacula Park||205 Dacula Road||Dacula, GA 30019|
|Deer Lick Park||2105 Mack Road||Douglasville, GA 30135-1119||770-920-7131|
|Earl O'Neal Sports Complex||2709 Old Covington Road||Conyers, GA||770-929-1604|
|East Carrollton Park||410 Northlake Drive||Carrollton, GA 30117||770-834-1127|
|East Roswell Park||9000 Fouts Road||Roswell, Ga|
|Eastbrook Park||Eastbrook Rd||Dalton, GA|
|Fair Oaks Park||1460 W Booth Road Ext Sw||Marietta, GA 30008||770-528-4333|
|Fairplay Park||8311 Highway 166||Douglasville, GA 30135-6219||770-920-4200|
|Frank Brown Park||16200 Panama City Beach Pwky (Hwy 98)||Panama City Beach, FL 32413|
|Garrett Middle School||5235 Austell Powder Springs Rd||Austell, GA 30106-3128||770-819-2466|
|Gold Dust Park||646 Industrial Blvd.||Villa Rica, GA 30180||770-459-7011|
|Heritage Park||101 Lake Dow Rd||McDonough, GA 30252|
|Heritage Point Park||1250 Cross Plains Trl||Dalton, GA 30721-8688|
|Hidden Valley Park||1 Fairview Road||Ellenwood, Georgia 30294|
|Hobgood Park||6688 Bells Ferry Rd||Woodstock, Georgia 30189|
|Hunter Complex||2970 Highway 16 E||Sharpsburg, GA 30277|
|Hunter Park||8830 Gurley Road||Douglasville, GA 30134|
|Hurt Road Park||990 Hurt Road||Austell, Ga 30106|
|Jack Mattox Complex||941 Pine Grove Road||Ringgold, GA 30736|
|Jim Miller Park||2245 Callaway Rd Sw||Marietta, GA 30008|
|Kennesaw Mountain High School||1898 Kennesaw-Due W. Road||Kennesaw, GA 30152||678-594-8190|
|Kenney Askew Park||1080 Univeter Road||Woodstock, Georgia 30189|
|Kennworth Park||3900 S Main St||Acworth, GA 30101||770-528-8890|
|Lilburn Lions Club Park||5500 Rockbridge Circle||Lilburn, Georgia 30047|
|Lost Mountain Park||4845 Dallas Hwy||Powder Springs, GA 30127||770-528-8890|
|Lovejoy Regional Park||1935 Mcdonough Rd||Hampton, GA 30228|
|Mark Thompson Park||1355 Sigman Road||Conyers, Ga|
|Marietta Country Club||1400 Marietta Country Club Dr||Kennesaw, GA 30152||770-426-1808|
|McCurry Park||235 Mcdonough Rd||Fayetteville, GA 30214-4328|
|Meade Park (Peachtree City)||Rockaway Rd||Fayetteville, GA|
|Moseley Park||1041 Millers Mill Road||Stockbridge, Georgia 30281|
|Mountain Park||5050 Five Forks Trickum Road||Lilburn, Georgia 30047|
|Murphy Candler Park||1526 West Nancy Creek Drive||Atlanta,GA 30319|
|North Park||13450 Cogburn Road||Alpharetta, Ga 30004|
|Oregon Park||145 Old Hamilton Road||Marietta, GA 30064||770-528-9174|
|Peachtree Ridge||3180 Bunten Road||Duluth, Georgia 30096|
|Rum Creek Park||1303 Government Circle||Jonesboro, Georgia 30236|
|Sandy Plains Park||2977 Gordy Pkwy||Marietta, GA 30066|
|Shorty Howell Park||2750 Pleasant Hill Road||Duluth, Ga 30096|
|Shuford Sports Complex||Ragland Street||LaGrange, Georgia 30240|
|So Cherokee Recreation Assoc||6625 Old Canton Hwy||Woodstock, Georgia 30188|
|Southern Pines Sports Complex||575 Southern Pines Road||Dublin, GA 31021|
|Stone Road Park||90 Stone Rd||Oxford, GA 30054|
|Sweetwater Park||2447 Clay Road||Austell, GA 30106|
|Terrill Mill Park||480 Terrell Mill Rd Se||Marietta, GA 30067|
|Turner Lake||6185 Turner Lake Rd||Covington, GA 30014|
|Tyner Ballfields||6900 Ty Hi Dr||Chattanooga, TN 37421-1445|
|Victor Lord Park||175 2nd St.||Winder, GA|
|Villa Rica Sports Complex||1661 Carrollton Villa Rica Hwy||Villa Rica, GA 30180-4983|
|Volunteer Park||1410 Varsity Road||Griffin, GA|
|Wade Walker Park||5585 Rockbridge Road||Stone Mountain, Georgia 30086|
|Warner Park Complex||1101 McCallie Avenue||Chattanooga, TN 37404-2823|
|West Jackson Park||374 Cabin Dr||Hoschton, Ga 30548|
|Wild Horse Creek Park||3820 Macedonia Rd||Powder Springs, GA 30127|
|Wilkerson Mill Park||8095 Wilkerson Mill Road||Palmetto, Ga 30268|
|Windy Hill Park||100 Windy Hill Road||McDonough, Ga 30253|
|Yahoola Creek Park||Mechanicsville Road||Dahlonega, Ga 30533|
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Our Prayers, Our Thoughts, and Our Memories
BORN MARCH 4, 1992
DEPARTED DECEMBER 8, 2011
Madison Minor Lewis (19) a lifelong resident of Decatur, Georgia, was a sophomore athlete on scholarship at Southern Union College. Ms. Lewis was a 2010 graduate of Decatur H.S. and was a well known local softball player but more importantly an outstanding sister, daughter and member of the community. Madison's untimely death occurred while preparing to come home for the break to visit with family and lifelong softball friends. Madison's love of her younger brother and sisters was well known, as she would frequently 'kidnap' them for late evening dinners and other special events. Madison is survived by her parents, Chuck and Charlotte (Charlie) Lewis, siblings Kendall, Ryan and Michael-Ann, paternal grandparents, Charles and Esther Lewis of Tucker, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She is preceded in death by her grandparents Cleo and Pat Steinhauser of Smyrna.
Coach Nick's Retirement Announcement
The Georgia Crush Organization announces the Retirement of long time
Coach Nick Mazza. Coach Nick
will continue to conduct Camps, Clinics, and Instruction but will
leave the direct coaching of his founded Georgia Crush Select Team.
Coach Nick completed his 35th year in Georgia as a head coach. Coach Nick ends his Head Coaching career with 1002 victories. Coach Nick has been honored by the Easton Victory Club when he amassed 800 and 900 victories. The Crush Team wanted to grab Coach's 1000th victory and did so was an amazing come from behind victory in the tournament's opening game.
Coach Nick is a former Georgia Tech Softball Head Coach, assisted both McEachern High School and Whitefield Academy, and lead many successful Travel Club teams during his 35 years as a head coach. In the beginning there were only 8 travel ball teams, all 18u, in the State of Georgia. Coach Nick was the head coach of one of them back in 1985-86. Today, more than 500 travel ball teams are competing in Georgia. In 1988, Georgia Tech asked Coach Nick to help form its first fastpitch team and ready them for national competition. After leaving Georgia Tech, Coach Nick returned to coach many of the strongest travel club teams in the State and Region.
Coach Nick is a Four-Star Master Coach by the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association). He served on the NFCA's Board of Directors as the National Fastpitch Director. Coach Nick is an ACE certified coach, memberships in the NYSCA, AFC, and eTeamz Skills Group.
Coach Nick still owns and operates the GeorgiaScout Fastpitch Services, Inc. He provides Individual Instruction to players 8 thru 18, conducts Team Camps, Clinics, Speaking, and also offers College Recruiting Services. Coach Nick has assisted more than 100 girls reach their College goals of playing at the College level.
"I will miss the players and the competitive memories we've shared together over the years," said Mazza. "I believe I've given everything that I had, every day I took the field. I will always be thankful for the memories that have formed me as I am today. The players, families, and my supportive, hard working coaching staff have been blessings in my life. I whole-heartedly thank you and will seriously miss you all." Coach Nick