Softball club member explains ins, outs
After not making the MSU softball team in spring 2006, advertising senior Rhonda Adams still wanted to play the sport. Adams, along with psychology senior Angela Newland, finance junior Courtney Overfield and interdisciplinary studies in social science and human resources junior Stephanie Young decided to create MSU Women’s Fast Pitch Club Softball.
The State News: How does it feel to be one of the MSU Women’s Fast Pitch Club Softball founders?
Rhonda Adams: It’s rewarding and awesome to think that a few number of girls can organize something that is associated with MSU. I feel like it’s preparing me for other things in life that will be equally as stressful.
SN: What’s the difference between a club sport and a university sport?
RA: We’re not affiliated with the NCAA. Nothing is funded by MSU and we don’t get scholarships to play.
SN: Since the club isn’t funded by MSU, how does the team raise money?
RA: Every player has to pay dues. We did a fundraiser once last year with Buffalo Wild Wings, and we will probably do one again this year. Everything else is from parents, family, friends or other donations.
SN: When does the season start and end?
RA: We play both fall and spring seasons. Tryouts are in the first or second week of school in the fall.
The last games are at the end of October. We practice throughout the winter and start back up in March or April. We’re done when school is done.
SN: How are players chosen?
RA: We have tryouts. Players that have played in previous years have to re-tryout. It’s a two- to three-hour-long process. We do some warm-ups, grounders, pop flies, base running, hitting in the infield, hitting in the outfield, and some catching and pitching. The president, vice president, treasurer and secretary decide based on skill level, talent, are you a team player, attitude and what year you are.
SN: How do students find out about tryouts?
RA: We write it on the front of our Web site. We put up fliers in the dorms and in the IM center complexes. It also gets around by word of mouth. We’re at Sparticipation and we get a lot of girls that figure out what we are before tryouts.
SN: How much of a time commitment is the club?
RA: For me, being co-president, it’s almost like a second job. For someone else, it’s practices during the week, games on weekends and fundraising in between.