How Do They Do It?
Jossi de la Torre
COCOA BEACH,FL -- This past October weekend PGYFL hosted The Cocoa Invitational and we were able to gain some insight on how PG Youth Florida players balance their social life, school work, and baseball. Every player participating in our tournaments, are all in either middle school or high school. As we know, these can be very demanding years for a student and require their 100% dedication and focus. Enjoying a social life while simultaneously finding time for baseball can present a challenge for these student athletes. So, how do they do it?
Bobby Fasulo, 14
Palm Beach Select 2022
Fasulo practices almost four days out of the week and plays almost every weekend of the month. He manages to find some time to finish homework after practices and still is able to hang out with his friends on his street.
When asked, if his rigorous schedule ever becomes overwhelming Fasulo answered, "I love playing baseball so it's alright." Fasulo pitched eight innings this past weekend with NINE strike outs and only gave up TWO hits.
AJ Wydra, 13
Mets Scout Team 2022
Wydra believes the hardest thing about playing travel ball is finding time to finish homework on the weekends. However, Wydra says he finds time to get it done during his lunch break at school and his car rides to and from tournaments.
Wydra isn't so worried about having a social life outside of baseball because he considers his teammates to be his closest friends.
"They are all just great people. They respect me and listen. They're just fun to be around."
Joshua Boyd, 14
Boyd greatly enjoys playing baseball year-round and isn't too fond of taking time off from baseball and finds life to be "pretty boring."
Although he finds it kind of difficult to balance school and baseball Boyd uses any free time possible to focus on his studies so that he may have more time to play baseball.
When asked, how he finds time for a social life outside of baseball, Boyd expressed how he does not need a social life away from baseball because of his relationship he has with his team.
"They're not my friends, they're my brothers."