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USA softball and gold medal aspirations

Interview with Keilani Ricketts

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THE PRODUCT OF HARD WORK, DETERMINATION AND DOING ALL YOU CAN FOR THE TEAMMATES YOU LOVE TO PLAY WITH

Today’s guest is widely regarded as one of the best softball players in the world. She became a softball household name at the University of Oklahoma. There she became a Two-Time USA Softball Collegiate Softball Player of the Year, 4 time NFCA All-American and National Champion .

She began her international career with the USA Women’s national team in 2011 and 2012 helping the team to a Pan American gold medal and an ISF World Championship silver medal. In 2013, she was drafted in the National Professional Fastpitch first round as fourth overall pick to the USSSA Pride. She has been a part of 5 regular season championships as well as 3 Cowles Cup championships with the Pride.She also played overseas from 2013-2018 in the Japan Softball League for Toyota Industries.

Now she volunteers at her alma mater, mentoring and teaching players on the current number one team in the nation. She throws batting practice to the players to stay in shape and test her skills as she prepares for the final Olympic team tryouts early next year.

Please welcome College phenom, Professional Athlete, National Team Member and Olympic hopeful, Keilani Ricketts!


Today we discuss …

  • Her goals for making the USA Olympic roster 
  • How pitching BP to the Oklahoma hitters is helping her prepare
  • How she built her own confidence through putting in the work and controlling the controllables
  • Her advice to young players
  • The secret to Oklahoma’s success so far
  • How to keep up with her and the National Team!

Follow Keilani on Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook If you’d like to learn more about her camps, lessons, and where she’ll be playing with Team USA, head to keilaniricketts.com!


COACHING CHALLENGE | Show your girls the possibilities

Regardless of whether or not your players will ever have the chance to play at the level Keilani does, seeing this level of play in inspiring. So our challenge to you this week is to get your girls to see Team USA and Pro League games.

You can watch the Pro League games on FloSoftball starting later this month or see them in person if you live near Mankato, MN (Aussie Peppers), Daytona Beach, FL (Beijing Shougang Eagles), Marion, IL (Canadian Wild), Chicago, IL (Bandits), Cleveland, OH (Comets), or Melbourne, FL (USSSA Pride). 

Team USA events can be found on their site. They’ll be playing throughout the summer and gearing for their final tryout some time around the New Year. This is an exciting time for softball as NCAA ball is gaining unprecedented popularity, making softball an official revenue sport now. But we can’t stop there. Supporting the Pro and National teams is how we keep Olympic dreams alive for the sport and players we love. 

So go right now and make plans to watch a game live or pay less than you would for one Minor League baseball ticket for an entire season’s worth of games on FloSoftball. Let’s grow this sport even more!

Another way to grow this sport is to keep more girls in the game longer. We work toward that goal every day by helping coaching like you teach the mental and emotional skills our athletes need. Our goal is to help all softball players develop unshakable confidence, be able to bounce back from any failure, and have the time of their lives playing this amazing sport.

We do that with the Dream Team Blueprint. To learn more about the system coaches are using to help players get out of their own way, play their best, and get even closer with their teammates, head to mentalsweetspot.com/blueprint

That’s it for today!

Next week we’ll be back with our Mastermind, catching up with Alicia and Wilma as they cruise through season! 

Mel & Alicia


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As a new coach that believes in the mental game being so important, the podcasts and group discussions online have been amazing. Thank you ladies so much! Just knowing that the day to day struggles and doubts are felt by so many others has been remarkably reassuring. Thank you for what you are giving to others in the sport.

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As a softball coach and a teacher, I appreciate all of the strategies and advice that Melanie shares each week! She is so inspiring, knowledgeable about the mental game, and willing to help in any way! One tip that really resonates with me is learning how to understand which things in life you are able to control, and what is out of your control. I teach these skills on the field and in the classroom! Thank you for all of the support and encouragement!

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