Union University’s athletic teams work hard to be competitive during the regular season. That same drive that helps them to do well during their games is carried into their off season as well.
Even though the teams do not have cheering fans and they are not traveling from place to place to play other teams, Union’s teams stay busy maintaining their skills and working hard to improve.
The time between regular seasons is spent working on bettering fundamentals and conditioning the skills they already possess, says Kelly Robey, a senior sport management major and member of the softball team.
“We get one-on-one time with our coach, and for me that is the best time to fix something I may be doing wrong,” Robey added.
Team building is another great effect of being in off season, says junior public relations major and softball player, Whitney Christian.
“It is a great time to build chemistry and practice our skills so that we can apply them during the season,” said Christian.
Time between regular seasons can also be spent taking a look at the team as a whole. For some coaches like Heather Hall, the head softball coach, the offseason is a good time to notice the team’s chemistry.
“We have a strong team this year with an exceptional group of upperclassmen who are doing a fine job of mentoring the underclassmen,” said Hall.
This year is especially important for the athletic teams at Union because it is the first official year they get to compete as full, active members in the Gulf South Conference.
“We are aspiring to finish strong in the regular season and battle for the conference tournament title,” said Hall.
“We have started our practices this fall and are starting to piece the line up together with great anticipation moving forward to regular season.”