October 2, 2017

Balancing School & Softball

Balancing school, friends, family, and sports can sometimes feel like a juggling act. When there are only 24 hours in a day, how can you dedicate yourself to so many people and activities at once? It’s enough to make your head spin – or to make you want to stop juggling altogether and just lay down for a nap and a Netflix binge.

The key to balancing homework, practices, family obligations, and everything in between lies in prioritizing. What is most important to you – and to your future?

1. Family: This should be at the top of your list. Ensure you’re taking care of your family. In the end, family is forever! They’ll be there for you when softball won’t. Devote time to growing your relationships with relatives, and strengthen bonds with your parents, siblings, and extended family.

2. School: Even the most stellar athletes need excellent educations. Athletic abilities may fade, but smarts are forever! Focus on your homework; it should come before your practices and team events. If you’re planning to play softball in college, every university will be scrutinizing your transcript, so make sure your grades are as strong as your stats!

3. Sports: Training to become the best athlete you possibly can is important, but it can’t come before your family or your education. However, if you don’t make softball a priority in your life – even if it comes in third place – you’ll find your attentions being diverted to other plans and hobbies. Decide how serious you are about your sport – are you willing to forego rehearsals for the school play, late nights out with friends, and sleeping in on Saturdays so you can focus on bettering your athletic prowess?

If not, that’s okay, too! You can still play softball – or any other sport – without it being your sole focus. Think about your long-term objectives. If you want to play in college, you’ll need to be more dedicated and make softball a huge part of your life, probably at the expense of other endeavors. More interested in playing recreationally after high school? Balance athletics with other extracurricular activities.

If maintaining these priorities in the midst of everything else going on in your world seems difficult, well, that’s because it is. Your most important tool is time management. The more responsibilities on your plate, the more important it is to plan ahead. Making lists and keeping a detailed schedule can help prevent life from becoming overwhelming.

Remember, if you want the best results, you need to give 100% of yourself. It’s up to you to divide up your life and figure out where your efforts are best expended. There are only 24 hours in a day, so use them wisely! And yes, this includes the occasional nap and Gilmore Girls binge.