Who Wrote THAT Rule?

By Jill Wolforth-


We just concluded our 2020 “Extended Stay Summer Development Program” and have only one Elite Pitchers Boot Camp remaining for the summer.  With everything coming to an end, I’ve looked back, thinking about all that has taken place and asked myself what really stood out from the past 10+ weeks (aside from the obvious COVID-19 situation).


I’m often pulled to the mindset components and a constant message Coach Wolforth shared during the hot, humid, Houston summer which was “Who wrote THAT rule?” and “Never confuse impossible with extremely difficult or extremely challenging”.  It really is an inspiring message and I’m going to do my best to bring it to you on paper.


Take a look at the following picture of young soccer player, Gabriel Munoz.  Do you see anything missing?

The answer obviously is his feet.  He only has stubs.  If you hadn’t seen the picture and I asked you if someone without feet could run or actually play soccer, most people would say “No”.  Well, he does and at a competitive level in Brazil.  If you know anything about Brazilian soccer, you know it’s pretty good.  So, while most people would say “No, you can’t play soccer without feet” our response is “Who Wrote THAT Rule?” and “Don’t confuse impossible with extremely difficult”.


What about this young man, Liu Wei?  As you can see, he plays the piano with his feet.

He lost his arms in an accident as a young 10 year old boy.  He had a desire to play the piano and in order to do so, it had to be with his feet since he had lost his hands.  Piano teacher after piano teacher turned him down saying “You can’t play the piano with your feet.  It was made for being played with your hands.”  He basically said “Who wrote THAT rule?” and taught himself to play the piano with his feet.  He became so good he won the China’s Got Talent competition.  If you’d like too see him perform, you can do so by going to YouTube and searching “Play piano with feet”.


I’ve got many other examples but here’s a final one for you.  I think most people would say someone would have to be out of their mind to think they could shoot a bow and arrow without any arms.  Even if they managed somehow to do it, they couldn’t possibly be good enough to compete in the Olympics.  “Who wrote THAT rule?” 

Certainly not Matt Stutzman. He not only competed in the Olympics, he won a silver medal.


To me, these are three very inspiring stories.  I don’t know about you but they give me a quick reality check when I start to have any doubts about something I’m doing or finding difficult to do.


If you want a great book that illustrates a person who epitomized the breaking of the “this can’t be done or it’s never been done before” paradigms, I highly recommend you read Fearless. It’s extremely powerful.


So, I ask you, what roadblocks are you letting stand in your way?  Have you let someone, somewhere tell you it couldn’t be done?  They often mean well and are good people but you need to stop, step back and ask yourself “Who wrote THAT rule”.  Then figure out what it is you want to do or get done and get after it!


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Important TBR Updates


  • Due to several requests, we have added 2 camps in October.  We will have a Columbus Day weekend Elite Pitchers Bootcamp October 10-12 and a Youth EPBC (ages 8-12 years) October 17-18.  For more information on these popular events, please visit www.TexasBaseballRanch.com/events. 


  • Response to our “Ranch Remote” training option has been exciting. It’s a program for people that would still like to get access to, and ongoing instruction from, the TBR staff but prefer to avoid travel due to the virus. Click here to get more information on this NEW, hyper-personalized training option.  Space is limited in this program and we only have a few spots still left so if you’re interested, don’t delay.


  • Like many of you, we have heard the news that many Junior Colleges across the country have cancelled their fall season and in some cases, the entire 2020-2021 athletic season. This obviously is both disappointing and frustrating for many young men. At the Texas Baseball Ranch®, we have decided to put into place a fall training program for those young men who would like to take a ‘gap’ year, focusing on a structured developmental program that will best prepare them for college baseball when it finally does return. Please email info@TexasBaseballRanch.com if you would like more information on this option.


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