I have 7 guys over the age of 40 on Vivid, because the young talent hasn't matured or had the competition to get better...even worse millennials feel that they are somehow entitled to everything ... I have a few guys in there 20's ... some ready, some almost there...but for the most part BECAUSE of a complete lack of competition to play against and hone their skills most of the "upper" C players in both NTX and STX have not been able to progress to that next level needed to play Conference.
To get there you have to work HARD at it. I don't mean you take BP one day a week either. You hit as many times a day as you can (I personally go 3-4 times a week), you work out at the gym, even if it's just cardio to make sure you can last for the duration (because we don't play 50 minute games and we often play on bigger fields and the bases in some events are as far as 80 feet apart). You have work on your fielding, and not by playing League for or 5 nights a week... you need to actually practice at it.
We hit the Thunder ZN or on the bigger fields the Stadium. So you better be able to play deep, field a rocket and throw them out.
We get 12 HR. How many of your local C teams are going to hit 12 HR AFTER having there bats tested...oh and did I mention that in the Conference this year they cut bats open if they fail? A shaved bat results in suspension immediately. So you BETTER be able to play up and play legal. Which means work on your game.
Softball is a game...but some guys, guys like Chris Larsen, Matt Fox, Greg Connell, Bubba Mack, Luis Reyna, BJ Fulk, Brett Helmer, Travis Clark and many others make a living at it. Many of them started in D or E ...difference is they didn't complain about it, they got better.
If you want to stay in E or D fine. No one's asking you to play up. It's a choice. Just like the old saying goes, "it is better to remain silent and be thought an idiot than open your mouth and prove it". Congratulations you proved it.
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