By Zendrea Tan (19S03M), Vice-captain and Matthew Lim (19S03H), Vice-captain
“Huh, what is softball?” That’s the question that most softballers face when they introduce their CCA. Indeed, softball is a complicated sport with many rules, but ask any friendly softballer and we will gladly introduce you to the sport that we enjoy so much.
Softball is taxing on both the mind and body, requiring both mental and physical strength. Besides pitching the ball at blistering speeds, throwing balls with unerring accuracy or swinging bats in those perfect arcs, our sport does require a fair amount of brain power for us to figure out where to throw in what kind of situation, and what decision to make based on a multitude of factors, all in a fraction of a second. Indeed, it takes lots of time and plenty of effort to perfect the craft, but if you are willing to give it your all, you will find a supportive team of coaches, fellow teammates and teachers all doing their best to help you to become the best that you can be.
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” These wise words from our Coach Farhan sum up the burning passion in each and every softballer, and serve as the motivation for us to work as hard as we can in each training session. Our hard work does eventually pay off (not always, but that’s life), often allowing us to achieve stellar results in the National Schools Championships, as well as in tournaments, both local, such as the Singapore Recreational Club (SRC) Softball Carnival, and international, as we travel overseas for challenging competitions.
What can I gain out of softball, you may ask? To us, softball is much more than just individual performance and achievements. It is a unifying force that binds everyone in the team together, allowing us to get through thick and thin as a unit. It is the embodiment of the spirit of teamwork, with your fellow teammates picking you up where you have fallen, making up for your inadequacies, and complementing your strengths. It is your teammates who spill their blood, sweat and tears on the field next to you, as everyone strives towards the goal of improving themselves. This is the very reason why our CCA is so bonded, why we are not simply teammates, but brothers and sisters united by a common goal and a common passion.
Commitment and dedication is a big part of what we do, and we train 3 times a week, every Tuesday (4.00-7.00pm), Wednesday (2.30-6pm) and Friday (4-7pm). If you reckon yourself a worthy challenger, why not come down for the trials. Also, no prior experience is needed, so why not, right?