I remember being at “The Pit” (a softball field) in Clark, New Jersey. I was eight years old, and Mom had brought me to my first practice. I vividly recall standing on the field, confused and scared. I can still smell the clay. My coach was a mother (my teammate’s parent) and she assigned me to play shortstop. I panicked. I thought, “What is shortstop?!”
Then it was time for me to swing the bat. And I did. I missed and missed, and I missed again. The tears started to come. Then I heard Coach saying, “Watch the ball! Watch the ball!” And I did. I hit the next ball all the way into the grass. My coach and my parents were very proud of me, and I was proud of myself. I didn’t know it at the time, but I had just worked through my first physical AND mental challenge.
That was the beginning of my softball career and my love of this game. All I wanted to do was hit, hit, hit…I loved to hit! I knew I had done it before and was confident I could do it again. Over the years, I continued to watch the ball hit my bat. Many times the ball just took off, as did my career in this sport; other days weren’t so grand, and I learned to work through it. So, now you know where one of my favorite sayings, “See it, Hit it!”, came from.
Coach Cindy Softball is deeply rooted in me, beginning with “The Pit” in New Jersey to today. I have played this game for more than 25 years. Six years ago, I began offering students my knowledge of the game through individual and group instruction, skills clinics for both teams and coaches and college recruitment consulting. But it’s more than just a game. Softball has taken me so many places, provided me with wonderful experiences and taught me countless life-lessons. It has given me more than I could ever give back to it. I wish the same for my students, and I am honored to be a part of their personal softball development.
In this spirit, Coach Cindy Softball is for ALL softball players – all ages and all levels – students, parents, and coaches. Really, it’s for anyone who wants to take their game to the next level or just wants to continue the pure enjoyment of the game.
Coach Cindy Corrado, Certified Mental Strength Coach
Coach Cindy Corrado possesses more than 25 years of competitive softball playing, training and coaching experience. She has played third base, catcher and first base in her softball career and has received numerous defensive and offensive awards. Her playing experience includes the College circuit, women’s and co-ed travel teams, law enforcement Olympic team as well as the Women’s Open Semi-Pro. Some of her most notable accomplishments include:
- Lake City Community College All American, 1983 – 1984
- Women’s National World Series Champion, 1984
- Law Enforcement Olympic Team Champion, 1996 – 1998
- Co-Ed National “A” Champion – 1999
- National World Series Champion, Women’s Semi-Pro All American, 2001
- National All American, 2002
- Women’s “A” Travel Teams – 2001 – 2007
Through her participation on national, state and local softball teams, Coach Cindy has experienced life’s lessons through the sport of softball. It is Coach Cindy’s belief that the sport encourages teamwork, determination, perseverance, courage, confidence, composure and a “never, ever, ever, giving up” attitude.
Because of her love of the game, Coach Cindy has committed herself to empower and teaching future generations of young softball players. She is dedicated to not only enhancing each player’s softball skills but also to equipping them with the mental skills to be successful on and off the playing field. By creating and building confidence and self-esteem, each player will “never, ever give up.”
If you ask Coach Cindy about her mission, she will tell you “to empower, motivate, and inspire our young athletes to be the best they can be in softball and in life.”
Contact Coach Cindy today at 407.492.5028 or email at email Coach Cindy!