Cordes on the controllables and uncontrollables

By Codi Warren | June 02, 2011, 12 a.m. (ET)

Leading 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

June 2, 2011

Cordes: We know what we can, cannot control

Hello softball world.

It's Cheyenne Cordes and I am back for another blog!

As always I would like to start off with a shout out to my California Golden Bears for getting through their super regional against Kentucky with the victory! Look out Oklahoma City, here come the California Golden Bears!

I would also like to give a shout out to my very own Rodriguez Mustangs of Fairfield, California for winning the Sac Joaquin Division III Section Championships. We have come so far as a team this past season. Hard work pays off ladies, and I am so proud of every single one of you! I will miss my time as a Lady Mustang, but I am looking forward to a new adventure that awaits.

When playing the game of softball there are things you can control and things that you cannot, and as a player and coach it is very important to know what is“controllable”, and what is “uncontrollable”.

The first “uncontrollable” is the umpires and the calls they make during the game. Everyone has their own opinion and everyone makes mistakes, umpires are no different. As a batter, pitcher, and fielder you cannot let a ball, strike, out, or safe call predict how you’re going to play and how the game is going to end. From the first pitch of the game to the last pitch of the game, take the game out of their hands.

The second “uncontrollable” is the conditions in which you play. Not every field in the United States is as nice as the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium field used for the NCAA Women's College World Series. In fact there are few, in comparison to how many fields there are in the United States, but you must work with what is given to you. Before you begin to play on a field make sure you check it out, inspect the dirt and grass that you will be playing on and with. Remove any rocks, smooth any divots and take notice of any small potholes in the outfield. This will better prepare you for play and it will limit any excuses. Weather also falls under the category of “conditions”. You must always be prepared to play in rain or shine, cold or hot and good or bad field conditions.

Now that we know what we cannot control, let’s find out about what we can control.

The first “controllable” is your attitude. Everyone understands that bad days happen but once you step foot on the field any and everything that’s going on off the field, needs to stay off the field. The field is your work place. You wouldn’t go into the office and give your boss a bad attitude, so don’t come onto the field and give the coaches and umpires a bad attitude.

The second “controllable” is the effort you put into your game. If you practice with your team and on your own, it will show in your game on the field. If you treat the game with respect and work hard, the game will respect you. But if you choose to be the player that thinks they are good enough and that the game owes you something, that’s when the game will get hard, and be hard on you.

The third “controllable” is the heart and the love you give to the game. Heart and love is a big part of the game. This game takes up so much time in your life that it becomes not only your life, but your family’s life too. Softball is not a game for the light hearted because of the time commitment you make to the game. To play the game as much as I do, and as much as millions of girls in the United States do, you have to have some type of love for the game. Only you can control the amount of heart and love you put into the game. I can promise you that the more you give to the game, the more you will get out of the game.

The “controllables”are such a huge part of the game that the “uncontrollables” shouldn’t be huge factors in how you control yourself and the things you do. Brian Tracy says it best for this blog, “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude towards what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.”

I am looking forward to reuniting with the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team later this month. I know it will be a great experience with some awesome young ladies and wonderful coaches. We will be playing in Florida, Virginia and Maryland. Come check us out if you happen to be in the neighborhood.

Until next time,

Cheyenne Cordes
USA Softball