As some of you know from my previous posts my daughter plays competitive softball at the highest level. She had zero interest in playing four years of ball in college because she wants to be a pediatric physician however she does want to play for her first two years while she gets her basics out of the way then transfer to UT to finish her bachelor's degree. She wanted to play competitively at the JuCo level and finally committed yesterday to a JuCo in Colorado who has won a regional championship two of the past three years playing in the JuCo college world series. After many camps, campus visits, conversations with coaches, etc I wasn't really prepared for the conversation we had yesterday with the coach my daughter committed to play for almost immediately after getting the offer. Four days a week starting in August begin at 4am ending at about 7pm including strength training, agility training, specific position training, classes, study hall, softball practice and academic coaching then they have to do study time on their own. Coach said she would need to live on 6-7 hours of sleep a night and the rest of her time was structured. I asked about free time and he said yeah she won't have any. During the fall they will play about 15 games to fill that "free time" and in the spring its about 45 games not including post season tournaments with little schedule change. I guess I say all this because I know she will be judged by others for going to a JuCo instead of following others who play at places like Texas. I'm here to say that playing at any level of college softball at a competitive level can require a commitment like nothing I've ever imagined. Before saying she just played here or there do the work and find out what that player went through before judging. I'm not looking forward to the call when she thinks it's overwhelming because I know it's going to happen.