The last few week’s have met us with a series of unprecedented events and I know that we all feel a little anxious. Here are some things that I know are on everyone’s mind:

-How do I keep myself and my family safe?

-How do I keep from being bored?

-How do I use this time off from school/work productively?

-Will there be a varsity season?

I know there is a lot of uncertainty right now and that is always hard. The truth of the matter is this, however: life in general can be very uncertain. The best we can do is to prepare within our abilities and take things as they come. With that in mind, I am sharing something that my dad had sent me that was sent to him by a doctor friend. Beneath that, I am sharing some things you can do as pitchers to help keep your game sharp from the safety of your home.

In order to help prevent yourself from acquiring the virus, you should ensure your mouth & throat are moist, never dry. Take a few sips of water every 15 minutes because even if the virus gets into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids will wash it down through your throat and into the stomach. Once there, your stomach acid will likely kill the virus. If you don’t drink enough water more regularly, the virus can enter your windpipe and get into the lungs.

* This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27C degrees. It hates the Sun.
*If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne. 
* If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours – so if you come into contact with any metal surface – wash your hands as soon as you can. 
*On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will kill it. 
* Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice. 
* Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but – a lot can happen during that time – you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on. 
* You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice. 

The new Coronavirus may not show sign of infection for many days. Knowing the initial signs are very important because by the time a person has fever and/or cough and go to the hospital, the lung is usually 50% Fibrosis. To be more proactive, Taiwan experts provide a simple self-check that we can do every morning: 

*Take a deep breath and hold your breath for more than 10 seconds. If you complete it successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stiffness or tightness, etc., it proves there is no Fibrosis in the lungs, basically indicates no infection. In critical time, please self-check every morning in an environment with clean air.

* If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold 
* Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose. 
*It will first infect the throat, so you’ll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days 
* The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further. 
* With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing. 
*The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you’re drowning. 
It’s imperative you then seek immediate attention. 

So now on to pitching. How do we make the most of this time without coming into contact with a lot of people? For my community, I am offering several options for online training- all starting this Monday.

The Elite Pitcher’s Blueprint. Of the four girls who initially beta-tested this program, 2 have gone on to earn Division I scholarships and Pitcher of the Year accolades. It is a very extensive, 26-day program that you can do from the comfort of your home. It also includes a lot of information on the mental game and an opportunity to upload video footage for me to critique every day. You have unlimited lifetime access to the material and it is appropriate for any skill level since there are different modifications for every day.

Pre-Season Pitching Perfection: This is a short program (only 7 days) that focuses on getting ready for the season. It is also appropriate for all levels. You also have unlimited lifetime access.

-Video Footage exchange (2x a week required): Send footage of the things that you most need help with via video footage (please send from 3 angles: behind the pitcher, behind the catcher, and from the throwing hand side). I will then help you via written instructions, video or phone. You can message me for more information on this.

Please be safe. I know that this is a very challenging time for everyone and the softball community is very down about the delayed season. We will all be playing together before you know it! In the meantime, be productive with your time and let me know how I can help.