The Best Advice for Young Athletes from a College Athlete

Today the Baker softball girls had our first 6:30 am conditioning (boot camp).


Not going to lie, I felt more out of shape than I normally do and that inspired me to share some thoughts and tips for other athletes (even young) and myself. These also apply to other areas of life.


It’s OK to Not Always Feel Your Best.

We all experience “off” days and that’s ok as long as you don’t give up.  Giving up is cheating yourself and your team.



Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself.

This is the toughest for me, but it’s something I’m working on every day.  It’s a PROCESS and not always about finishing first right away.



If it’s easy, you’re not working hard enough and it’s probably not worth it anyway.

So push yourself!



Mentality is huge- but it takes PRACTICE.

A couple positive things I’ve been told and am telling myself are “I have what it takes, use it!!” and “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”


I’ve never been the biggest sized athlete, but success isn’t based on size. Find what you’re fighting for and why then use it every day because life doesn’t stop for anyone. Confidence is key



Find Fun in the Struggle.

I’m so competitive that sometimes I forget to enjoy my sport and the process to its fullest, but EVERYONE will experience failure and it’s fun to say “I did that” after you’ve struggled with something.


Small Details Matter.

Don’t skip them. Small details create the bigger picture so do them RIGHT.  That also means praise yourself for even the smallest step forward, it’s better than backward!



Learn. Learn. Learn.

I’m a junior in college with two years of college ball experience and I still learn new things every day (even did today!) and will continue to.


There’s ALWAYS something to learn and self-reflect on no matter who you are and I’m thankful to have so many great mentors in my life.



I like to write things like this down, so even I can go back and remind myself at times. I hope you can share it with someone who needs to hear this or who will find it useful.



Author Bio: Payton Reynolds is a Junior at Baker University. She is a utility player (infield/outfield and pitching) majoring in psychology with a minor in business. She shares her love of softball with younger athletes by giving softball lessons with her Dad! She loves to travel and learn about the world and people.

1 Comment

  1. Karen on August 29, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Great words of wisdom

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