Do travel ball & high school! Travel teams typically respect the high school season and will expect you to play for your school.
I played many many years before I got injured and 4 hip surgeries later I am no longer able to play. Remember to savor every moment you have because I would give just about anything to be playing again.
The best way to learn how to slide is to practice!! When you first start you are probably going to slide too late, so the earlier the better (in the beginning..and plus it helps to prevent possible injuries from sliding late). But DO NOT hesitate!!! Just DO IT! if you hesitate, trust me it is not guan be pretty. Just be confident in yourself & before you know it - sliding will be second nature. As for hitting, even the professionals still need help with swings. Everyone has their different issues but look up some drills. Hitting drills are key!! My favorite was hitting with one hand, that really helps you focus on that arms job and helps you become stronger.
Xenos are awesome. I also like Easton’s and demarinis, but the Xenos are great. The height & weight depends on what kind of hitter you are. If you are stronger (#4 spot) you are going to maybe use a drop 9, maybe swing a 34” 25. If you are a left slapper you are going to use a lighter bat. It all depends. I hit in the 3,4,5 spot.. Depends. But I swing a drop 9, 34” 24 xeno.
Marilyn Monroe and Joe Dobson at the White Sox training camp in Pasadena, CA, 1951
I feel yah! But there are sooo many indoor places. It does costa lot of money but you can get hitting/pitching/fielding/catching lessons or rent out batting cages. Look up some indoor sports complexes! But even better then that, tryout for some travel teams that practice year round at these places if you are that passionate about softball. Travel softball is perfect for girls that are in love with the best sport on the planet! 😉
Well you seem nervous so first of all, use your mind to transform those nerves into feelings of excitement. If you can do that it should help loads. Keep your eye on the ball when hitting and fielding. That’s super duper important!!! And stay positive! If you miss a ball, forget about it because there is probably another one coming soon for you to redeem yourself. Positivity is the key to everything;)