Softball tryouts are starting this month at many high schools, and while it might seem like there isn’t much time left to be ready for Day One, there are still many things players can do in the final days before the season begins.
“Once the season is over, if they’re not playing travel we try to put them on a conditioning program,” Neal said. “They think you don’t have to be conditioned because you’re not doing a lot of running. A lot of girls don’t understand and say, ‘Why are we doing all this running?’ But in a game you actually do a lot more running than you realize.”
Neal said he has open gyms for his players in the fall and early spring, but even those who are unable to come to the open gyms are told to make sure they’re keeping up with a running program throughout the winter. Even those who haven’t been running in the months leading up to the season can begin in the final days, he said.