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2018 News Softball Team
December 03, 2018 : The benefit of athletics to regional campus life


By: Mariah Howell


Athletics play a major role in the college experience for many students. Ohio University Chillicothe strives to have strong athletics, as such programs help contribute to the diversity and growth of the campus population. Women’s fast pitch softball, one of the eight sports offered here at OHIO Chillicothe, is an example of how athletics help enhance the college experience.


George Beck, head coach of the women’s softball team, works hard to compile an outstanding group of girls. He remarked “I attend many travel ball tournaments to watch high school players. I attend high school games, too. I use recruitment services and social media for more info on the prospects. I meet their coaches and parents and try to get to know them on a personal level. I’m looking for quality kids who are also good softball players.” Beck also works to help his players find apartments near campus. By providing info to the girls and their families, he has found housing for five of his players.


Once players are recruited to the team, they are held to high standards on and off the field. Players are expected to show great sportsmanship towards teammates and opponents. The coaches uphold a no tolerance policy on such action. They also instill values of self-discipline and pride into the girls. The expectation of all players is to remain positive, accountable, and responsible.


Along with building a competitive team, coach Beck also works to construct a schedule which will enhance the experience of his players. He remarked “We schedule a good mix of opponents of different competitive levels. We also schedule a spring trip to Florida and Alabama each year like many of the scholarship type schools. We also conduct clinics for local softball kids as well as twice yearly clinics for special needs kids.”


Beck also shared comments on how regional campus athletics differ from those on a main campus university. “We have a reduced practice and game schedule, more consistent with the NCAA III rules. Academics is definitely the higher priority and focus as it should be.”


The athletics programs on campus draw in approximately 100 players from all over. Without athletic programs, the campus would not have some of these students around to contribute to a diverse environment. Coach Beck also commented that not having sports programs here at OHIO Chillicothe would result in “a permanent loss of great tradition at the campus.”


OHIO Chillicothe also has programs in baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, cheerleading, golf, tennis, and volleyball. Visit the campus athletics page for further information on any campus sports or contact information for coaches.