The Grand Rapids Community College softball team is looking for experienced players to join the team for the upcoming 2022 season.
The Raiders currently have seven players on their roster and are looking to recruit four players at any position by Feb. 1 to be eligible for the season.
To get involved, you can email GRCC head coach Molly McKinney at email@example.com. Following that, you will have to turn in some forms including a physical, medical paperwork, and proof of being a full-time student (minimum of 12 credit hours).
The team currently practices Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. and then Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m., and they are set to start the season on March 18.
Because of National Junior College Athletic Association rules, new players won’t be able to get a scholarship for this academic year, but if they were to continue, they could get a scholarship for the following year.
McKinney understands that committing to being a student-athlete can be a lot to take on, but she understands the importance of having a balance between personal life, school, and athletics.
“Being a student-athlete does take a lot of time,” McKinney said. “…The girls that are on the team right now would be the first person to say that if school gets in the way or something were to happen, ‘I am human first, student second, and then athlete third.’”
McKinney wants to create a fun environment for the team and most importantly wants to have the athletes enjoy their season and the college athlete experience.
“The culture of this program is changing,” McKinney said. “It’s different than it has been in the past and softball is supposed to be fun, and I think that is something that’s important and that’s something that I stress to my team everyday that we get together… We’re going to have fun (and) we’re going to work hard.”
If you are interested in joining the team, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the GRCC softball team, visit here.
“We’ve got some pretty exciting talent, the unfortunate thing is that we currently don’t have enough players to play,” McKinney said. “We’re hopeful (and) we’re working hard.”