For the Last One Picked

What position do the worst players on a softball team usually get sent to? If my experience is typical, the answer is: catcher. I’m not even ashamed to admit how bad I was (still am?). I didn’t do sports growing up; I was too busy running pirate radio stations from my bedroom.

Last summer, I broke out of my introverted shell and joined a softball team at my church. It took the coach all of two seconds to size me up and put me at the lowest risk position. From there, I did my thing with not a word from the coach about how to improve. Same story when it was my turn at bat. Until we only had a few games left in the season. Out of nowhere (well, he was perhaps watching our playoff chances slip away), the coach gave me a couple pointers on when to swing my bat, and when not to. This was the kind of advice I had been craving all season but was too afraid to seek.

Kid you not, from that 30 seconds of true coaching, I hit the ball and got on base every time I was at bat for the rest of the season. We didn’t make the playoffs. But I wonder if we might have had the coach shared his knowledge with me earlier in the season.

You may not be the catcher at your radio station, but even if you’re the pinch hitter (that’s a good position I think?? Remember, I don’t Sports.), you have room to grow. If you’re a leader on the team, you have a role in coaching.

I know this is like the 8465thtime radio and sports have been written about together. Yay for being in a male dominated field? But at least this time, the writer is fairly clueless as far as sports goes. (And possibly radio!)

When you’re feeling like you are your team’s catcher, be less of a chicken than I was and seek out help from your coach or other team leaders. If you’re the Lebron or Steve Kerr of your team (wrong sport, I know!), you owe guidance to your catchers and your quarterbacks. (Another wrong sport. Go team!)

For my fellow catchers, Proverbs 1:5 says “Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.” 1 Peter 5:5 says “Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble’.”

For the true ballers and coaches who get all the cool shoe endorsements (or key dayparts), Proverbs 9:9 says “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.” Proverbs 27:23 says “Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds…”

For ALL of us: “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” From Ecclesiastes 4:9-10.

Whatever your position on the team is, you have something to offer. Don’t be afraid to lead or ask for leadership. It’s ultimately for God’s glory anyhow. The ball is in your court!

Mike Couchman
PD, 99.1 JOY-FM & BOOST Radio


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