“She has the intangibles, she has the athleticism and she has a chance to be really good. She can be as good as she wants to be. ... she has to dare to be great and work at it.
“Still, she’s young and she has other interests so I try not to push her too much.”
Nevertheless, Colby welcomes whatever instruction or advice her father is willing to give her.
“I feel like he has a lot of experience so he can teach me things that I need to know,” said Colby, who is also a fine basketball player. “I like it when he helps me.”
One thing that Jason would surely say is that, no matter how successful, there is always something to work on, and Colby knows she has limitations that need strengthening.
“Bo always tells me to stay down when I field grounders so I’m working on that,” she said. “And I have to work on my throws.”
At this point, Colby is willing and eager to put in the time to refine her skills, which is something her father welcomes. But — and he certainly learned this — she also wants to keep softball in perspective.
“She has good balance with her academics and other interests,’ he said. “I slacked off a little in high school, but we stress academics and she’s done a good job. “