On September 24, the Stinger Battalion of the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (Army ROTC) invited the Georgia Tech softball team for a day of leadership drills and team building .
The primary objective of Army ROTC is to develop future leaders through discipline and training events. The Yellow Jackets softball team, along with some of the battalion cadets, split into teams to tackle two different practice events: the Field Leader Reaction Course (FLRC) and the of speed.
The day began with a brief explanation of Army leadership values and how squads would be evaluated at the first event. Then the teams separated to start the FLRC. Each squad passed through mission obstacles that required quick thinking and teamwork. For each iteration, a different squad leader was in charge. Obstacles ranged from moving a casualty through dangerous gaps to delivering payloads across makeshift bridges. Each of the iterations was graded by a senior cadet in the program.
“It was great to work with the softball team at Tech and share his leadership knowledge with them,” said cadet Jay Fluet, who helped mark participants during drills. “One of the best skills you can pick up from the military is how to lead a group of your peers, and sharing what I spent three years learning and developing felt like it came full circle.”
In the speed course, teams tested their teamwork and leadership skills in a fast-paced endurance-based challenge. The course featured obstacles that required teams to climb, crawl, and sprint while maintaining their integrity and motivating their teammates. The course also required teams to memorize a puzzle at the start and then replicate it at the end, after pushing their physical limits, to test their mental agility.
After the sprint course, cadets and team members gathered to watch a demonstration by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in skeet and trap shooting. In addition to an entertaining and informative presentation, two units of Olympic soldier-athletes spoke about their experiences, pursuing their goals and techniques for developing perseverance.
“I think we learned a lot about each other and our communication and teamwork strategies,” said Yellow Jackets infielder Meghan Cassidy.
The opportunity to develop leadership skills and teamwork was invaluable, and the team embraced the Army spirit of navigating through difficult circumstances and excelling in stressful environments.
“I’m glad we all got to come together as a team for this opportunity,” catcher Emma Kauf said. “It was really cool working with the cadets and meeting a lot of new people.”