It is that time of year again. You guessed correctly, I am referring to the GU intramural softball season. Now you may think that the title of this article is a no brainer. Obviously there is only one way to “win” your softball league and that is to literally win right? Well that is where you would be incorrect. There are many ways for you to “win” aside from the literal definition of winning the game. Here are five ways to be the winners out on Mulligan, besides getting that W.
- The Team Itself Now you must be strategic here. There are two ways I see this working out. One is that you are looking to have a good time. Your team may not be full of all-stars but you are there for the fun. It is crucial that you decide what kind of team you are going to be. No one likes a team where everyone is out there to have fun and there is that one person yelling at everyone to step it up. That being said if you are looking to win based off of pure talent, then I recommend you stack your team wisely.
- The Team Name This may be the only piece of information the opposing team will have on your team. This means that your team name will influence how they perceive the game ahead. Are you going with a funny name? Inside joke humor that you think is funny but no one else gets? Or some cliché intense name, like the Cobras or the Tigers. This is crucial. I have provided you with the Top 10 Co-Ed names of 2013, to help spark a little imagination for you:
- The Outfit Take this very very seriously. If your team comes out matching and intense, you will give off a very serious “don’t mess with us” vibe. If your team is one of those non-all-star teams, you may want to consider doing this to throw off the other team. If you are confident in your talent you may not think you need to dress intimidating. Maybe you should do a different themed look each week, or dress in Hawaiian shirts each week.
- The Commitment No one likes to get prepared for a 10:00 pm game, only to show up and find out that the other team forfeited. DO NOT BE THAT TEAM! Make sure you have committed individuals on your team, and if you do not have that, then make sure you have a lot of people on your team to compensate for those noncommittal individuals.
- The Strategy The goal for IM softball is to score more runs than the other team (if you didn’t know that by now, you should probably not be playing…). That being said, there’s more than one way to outscore the other team. Unless the team has Randy Johnson on the mound, the number of strike outs in IM softball should average around 0.6 per game. So if you want to get on base, your best bet is to not swing. Sure it’s not fun to watch, but it gets the job done.