Expert In Softball - Jack Chione




I began my third summer at RAC in Cabin G in 2016. My biggest goal that summer was to get my expert in softball. Even though I was just 12 years old at the time, I thought that my baseball abilities from home would allow me to achieve this feat. I signed up for softball the first two sign ups and then immediately started knocking out requirements for my expert. In the first couple days after I was eligible for the emblem, I completed just about every requirement (throwing, catching, ground balls, fly balls, fair ball hitting, and knowledge).


However, there was just one requirement that seemed impossible, place hitting. Every time softball was available as an optional, I was at the diamond trying time and time again to get my place hitting. I remember I had to get 20/25 line drives that did not bounce in the infield. Not only this, I had to hit the ball to whatever part of the field the counselor who was pitching directed. As the summer progressed, I kept getting closer and closer to completing it. However, as the last optional finished, I did not get 20/25. This put me in tears. I could not believe it. My biggest goal of the summer was not accomplished.


As my time away from camp started, the fact that I didn’t get my emblem really tore me apart. However, as I thought about it more, I realized that camp isn’t about just getting one lucky attempt where I somehow achieve the requirement. It’s about getting better. As the summer progressed, I did get better and better at place hitting and it actually really made me a better baseball player at home.


I came back to camp in 2017 and I was in Castle. Once again, I entered camp with the same goal of getting my expert. As I was one year older and one year stronger, I thought I was more capable than ever. Since it was a new summer, I once again had to do every requirement. I was able to complete all of them with ease, except of course, the place hitting. Once again, I went to every softball optional trying and trying. Finally, on one of the last mornings of camp, Maddie Magee woke up at 6 in the morning with me and finally I got the last requirement.



My path to get this star on my scarf taught me some of the most important lessons in life that you can only get at Red Arrow. It first of all taught me the importance of perseverance and how key it is in success. I had to persevere for two years through so many late nights at the softball diamond. Without this experience, I would’ve never learned this very important lesson. Thanks to Red Arrow and this experience, among so many others, I have learned so many things that are all components of the young man I am today.


My path to get this star on my scarf taught me some of the most important lessons in life that you can only get at Red Arrow. It first of all taught me the importance of perseverance and how key it is in success. I had to persevere for two years through so many late nights at the softball diamond. Without this experience, I would’ve never learned this very important lesson. Thanks to Red Arrow and this experience, among so many others, I have learned so many things that are all components of the young man I am today.




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