A Day in the Life

Most PSAs think that the transition from high school to college is going to be a piece of cake. What most PSAs do not understand is that this transition is one of the hardest in their lives. College athletes are such a small percentage of the general student population because not everyone can be an athlete and uphold the demands and rigorous schedules that college athletes do. Maintaining school, softball, and a social life is sometimes far from easy.

A typical day of a softball player in the fall looks like this:

8 Hour Weeks:

Monday:
Class
Individual Workout - 30 minutes
Class
Study Hall

Tuesday
6:30-8:00am Strength and Conditioning
Class
Individual Workout - 30 minutes
Class
Study Hall

Wednesday
6:00-7:00 Strength and Conditioning
Class
Individual Workout - 30 minutes
Class
Study Hall

Thursday
6:30-8:00am Strength and Conditioning
Class
Individual Workout - 30 minutes
Class
Study Hall

Friday
6:30-8:30 Strength and Conditioning
Class
Study Hall

20 Hour Weeks:

Monday
Off

Tuesday
7:00 Strength and Conditioning
Class
2:00-5:00 Practice
Class
Study Hall

Wednesday
Class
2:00-6:00 Practice
Class
Study Hall

Thursday
7:00 Strength and Conditioning
Class
2:00-5:00 Practice
Class
Study Hall

Friday
Practice or Travel Day

Saturday
Games

Sunday
Games

It may seem easy, but when the athlete is balancing strength and conditioning, class, practice, class, study hall, eating, seeing friends, and sleeping; it easily can become overwhelming. My best advice is to stop relying on one's parents so much. Start taking responsibility for knowing one's schedule, where to be, when things need to be done, etc. Start preparing food, doing one's laundry, and taking on the responsibilities that one would have when away from home. The most prepared and players who have the easiest transitions are those whose parents have given them responsibility and did not do everything for them.

Try out the schedule and see if one can handle it and the demands it brings...now go put in a load of laundry :)