If You Get the Chance, Take It…Maybe

By Jill E. Wolforth  –



Life is certainly interesting, isn’t it?  It is full of opportunities and with those opportunities come choices which aren’t always easy to make.


I often write about current things with The Ranch and the Wolforth’s and this week will follow suit as I breach the subject of playing versus training in the summer.


At the Ranch, we are frequently asked whether we think a young man should play or train during the summer.  We reply with one of Coach Wolforth’s most common phrases, “It depends.”  And it does, on a lot of things.


Our son Garrett had to personally make that decision this summer.  He was invited back to the Cape Cod Collegiate Summer League.  For those of you who don’t know much about the collegiate summer leagues, the Cape Cod League is considered the most prestigious.  It is the place, in the summer, where you find the best college players, which in turn means the place where you will find professional scouts spending a good portion of their time seeking out those players. 


Obviously playing in Cape is viewed as a big deal and conventional wisdom would say, “If you get the chance, take it.”  Garrett, however, passed on The Cape to return to The Ranch and train this summer.


Why would he do that?


For starters, he has played in collegiate leagues for the past two summers, including right out of high school and knows exactly what they entail, both their strengths and their weaknesses.


For him personally, after playing in just under 60 games this spring, he had a really good idea of the skills he needed to work on to make his next gains and to best be prepared for his upcoming Junior season and the 2018 draft.  In his opinion, he believed the development of those skills wasn’t going to occur simply by playing in more games.  He knew it would take some specific focus, along with extra time and energy, in a training environment.


For other individuals, especially those who played few innings during the regular season, the summer is a great opportunity to get some at bats or to face some hitters and see how your stuff plays.


We have another young man training at The Ranch right now, who is committed to the University of Arizona and was selected for a second Area Code tryout in California.  This young man is 90+ off the mound and likely to make the team, but passed on the tryouts in order to be at The Ranch and work at cleaning up a couple things in his delivery.


Both Coach Wolforth & I even encouraged him to go to the tryout because Area Code is a very special event and the conventional wisdom would say, “If you get the chance, take it.”  This young man and his family have a focus on something different and one that is more long term.  Watching them make their decision was very impressive.


Here at The Texas Baseball Ranch®, we use the old adage a lot, “If you do what everyone else does, you’re going to get what everyone else gets…and that’s not much.”


It doesn’t matter what area of life we’re taking about (sports, business, medicine, etc), conventional wisdom is not always the best option.  It’s an option, but that doesn’t make it the right one.  You have to evaluate your own situation and make a decision that’s best for you, especially when it’s difficult.



If you know that conventional thought and training is not what you need right now, we encourage you to take a serious look at joining us here at The Ranch this summer.  There are still several opportunities available with our Elite Pitchers Boot Camps and Extended Stay Summer Program.  You can learn more at www.TexasBaseballRanch.com/events.

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