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Old 01-12-2013, 02:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Softball - Judgment Day

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Exhausted and pushed to the edge, the Tennessee softball team found itself at gut-check time, treading water in the deep end of Allan Jones Aquatic Center early Tuesday morning.

The UT coaching staff had a surprise for the Lady Vols upon their return from the holiday break and this was it - a grueling two-day, team-building and leadership-development activity called The Program.

All 19 Lady Vols were using every muscle in their tired bodies to keep afloat after two rigorous days of this boot camp. The final task sounded relatively simple: 19 people tread water with sweatshirts on, take off the sweatshirts, hold them above their heads for two seconds, switch sweatshirts with a teammate and then put on the newly-acquired sweatshirts - all in the water and in 45 seconds.

However, after a few unsuccessful attempts to reach 45 seconds, this was the team's last chance. With mission leader Ellen Renfroe keeping her head above the water and shouting towards appointed assistants Whitney Hammond and Tory Lewis to check the status of teammates out of her line of sight, the Lady Vols functioned as one unit. With exhausted arms and legs, they maneuvered in and around the water-heavy sweatshirts, pulled and pushed on each other to help keep teammates' heads above water and accomplished the task in just over 43 seconds.

The first two days of the Tennessee softball team's 2013 preseason training would not be about softball at all. They were about pulling together, facing adversity, holding friends and teammates accountable, understanding that single actions can yield team consequences and never relenting when faced with a challenge.

"This was an amazing experience," Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly said. "Being a former military officer with two combat tours, I was able to identify closely with their tactics. Both instructors were highly qualified. The lead instructor, a major with three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and a purple heart, was tough, demanding and unyielding. This was a very realistic and challenging course resembling warrior boot camp. The instructors utilized sandbags, 100-pound telephone poles and land and water rescue drills."
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I would guess that picking your team mate up and carrying her draped across your shoulders would be good mostly for herniating a disc. But that may just be me
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I would guess that picking your team mate up and carrying her draped across your shoulders would be good mostly for herniating a disc. But that may just be me
These aren't octogenarians we're speaking about ... so I think it's just you.
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Wow. I bet those girls were thinking "I don't remember signing up for this" lol.
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they did look stressed
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I also bet that woke up those feelings of "I want mama & daddy" cause these coaches are "trying to kill us" before batting practice....lol. Can't wait for the season to start. But it will be awhile till they're on TV to watch. My guess will be around the last of March b4 we see them play? I could go & look it up to see when though.

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I'm not sure,I'm wondering if UT will be streaming any of the games,I hope they do,because the season is usually about over,before the games come on TV
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and starting on
Day: Thursday
Date: Feb. 7, 2013
Location: St. George, Utah
Time: 6:00 p.m. ET
i didn't see nothing about any type of a broadcast though

out Slydells way
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i didn't see nothing about any type of a broadcast though

out Slydells way
Yeah, I saw a couple months ago about them being on the road the first couple of games with no information on broadcast. Utah is a little bit out of the way to travel for a softball game.
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it should be on something we can listen to though,surely they wouldn't do us that way,we can all ways try to talk Slydell into attending the game and give us reports lol
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it should be on something we can listen to though,surely they wouldn't do us that way,we can all ways try to talk Slydell into attending the game and give us reports lol
Fantastic idea.
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i'm sure the OP will be out to the first few tourneys and will be able to give some feedback
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We will be in St George UT for the start of the season and in Palm Springs CA for the third weekend of the season... I will take pictures and post updates.

Unfortunately... we won't make the South Florida Tournament over the second weekend.....

will have to look into making more games & tournaments next year... Mel's senior season

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We will be in St George UT for the start of the season and in Palm Springs CA for the third weekend of the season... I will take pictures and post updates.

Unfortunately... we won't make the South Florida Tournament over the second weekend.....

will have to look into making more games & tournaments next year... Mel's senior season
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