Take the initiative to work hard; not because of possible consequences, but to help our team succeed. It is a strong desire and will from within to make sacrifices to prepare ourselves not only for competition but in our every day responsibilities. True discipline manifests itself in every facet of life.
"Discipline is knowing what to do, knowing when to do it, doing it to the best of your abilities, and doing it that way every time."
Integrity is what the decisions we make say about ourselves, our team and Ohio University. As Bobcat softball players, we take pride in what we do and never settle for less than our best. We always strive to make tomorrow better than today. When we do these things, we know that we have given all that we have to offer of ourselves to our team.
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
"Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do."
By realizing that we are blessed to play the sport that we love, we respect the game we play and all that it entails. In order to get respect, we have to give it. We need to be respectful of our opponents, our practice facilities, our coaches and our teammates. This means showing up on time, respect for others talents, personalities, and good mannerisms when dealing with other people. By living by the Golden Rule, we cannot go wrong.
"Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter by your promotion."
Even though softball is a game that relies heavily on individual performances, our goals can be achieved only when we rely on the communication, instinct, and intensity of our teammates. Teamwork is less "me" and more "we". When we work together, we can achieve together. Our team is a selfless group, working together toward one common goal. It is truly amazing what we can accomplish when it doesn't matter who receives the credit.
"Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is a progress, and working together is a success."
DIRT promotes and is a commitment to excellence. It initiates ways to improve ourselves both on and off of the field.
"If what you did yesterday still seems big to you today, you haven't done much."