ading up to the International Softball Federation IX Jr. Women's World Championship (19-and-under), December 6-17, 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa, USA Softball Junior Women's National Team members Cheyenne Cordes , an outfielder from Fairfield, Calif., and Chelsea Goodacre , a catcher from Temecula, Calif., will be blogging biweekly for USASoftball.com .
February 3, 2011
Meet Cheyenne Cordes
What's up softball world?
I am Cheyenne Cordes, a member of the USA Junior National Team, and this is my first blog ever! I am so excited to let you all have a peek into what my life is like on and off the field.
I am 17 years old and it's my senior year! I attend Angelo Rodriguez High School in Fairfield, Calif. I am also signed with the University of California Berkeley. My first semester will be this coming fall.
I started to play when I was very young. I was the little girl at my older brother's T-ball games begging my mom and grandpa to throw me grounders or pop flies. Like most girls that play, my mom and my grandma coached me when I was little and until the age of 13. When the time was right, I had to move on from the family style of coaching and step into the world of more competitive softball with the Amateur Softball Association (ASA). The ASA team I went to was the Lady Magic out of Elk Grove, Calif, which is also my current travel ball team.
One of the best experiences I have encountered in my life was trying out of the 2010-11 USA Softball Junior Women's National Team. At the tryouts at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista in June 2010, there were girls from all across the United States who came together to play as one and show off their best stuff. It was great getting to meet all the girls and learn about them and where they are from. The tryout was only two days but I learned more than I ever thought was possible in those two days. I came out of the experience with friends I will have for life.
After being selected for the team, I was fortunate enough to have another wonderful experience, traveling with the team to compete in Bogotá, Colombia at the III Pan American Championships (18-Under). To be able to have such a wonderful opportunity at such a young age was amazing. Going to a foreign country really makes you appreciate what we have here in the United States.
What played a huge role in making this such a wonderful experience was the stellar coaching staff (Head Coach Karen Johns and assistants Suzy Brazney, Stacy Iveson, Patrick Murphy and Joe Salvatore), the USA Softball staff, the girls and playing international softball. We played teams from all over North America and South America. We beat all the competition and brought home the GOLD! I will never forget the overwhelming joy I felt when they paced that gold medal around my neck.
As most of you probably know, high school softball season is right around the corner. It is a week away for pitchers and catchers and two weeks away for us middle infielders, corners, and outfield players. I am so excited! Who doesn’t love to play softball every day?
With high school season right coming quick it also reminds me that this will be my last high school season ever. This is bittersweet for me because it will also be the last time I am ever coached by my mom. If it weren't for her I wouldn’t be where I am today. She has always pushed me to be the best I can be.
My goals for this high school season are easier said than done. My first goal is to stay consistent throughout the entire season. My second goal is the have a 1.000% fielding percentage. And my third and easiest goal is the have fun no matter what life and the game throws at me.
When I think about my goals I think about what Sue Enquist once told me at the Adidas Futures Camp in 2007. "The game doesn’t owe you anything so don’t play like it does. Love the game and the game will love you back." I’ll remember these words not only for the rest of my softball career, but for the rest of my life. Don’t take the game for granted!
Thanks for reading!