Thursday September 20th, 2018

An interview with Seminoles Derrick Roland




Derrick Roland

USSSA Playing History Player Page

Interview conducted on 12/15/2017

Who are you playing with in 2017?

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Outfield or Infield

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
There’s a lot of solid ball players. Some of the best have never got there chance.

Why do you like the game of softball?
The speed of the game an how it brings the competitiveness out.

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Dero.. I’ve had the name since high school

What is your height and weight?
6’2 195

Where do you call home?
Oklahoma City, OK

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Relaxing with family an friends. Can’t beat building a bonfire an fireing up the grill

What do you do for a living?
Work for Parks Coffee, but soon to be a home inspector

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Played 4 Year’s of baseball/ 2 Year’s of college baseball
3 Year’s of high school football

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Was hanging out with a good friend an he had to go play league. They happen to be short a guy an never looked back from there. Been with the Seminoles for years now an we’ve always played a few upper tournaments. Got my first conference shot with Taylormade/Mizuno

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
Wasn’t surprised because the guys are playing conference for a reason but the consistency of the whole game. You have to put up runs every inning an make the routine plays

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Not really but when I was with Taylormade Brian Floyd mentioned to me about hitting strikes an that changed my game at the plate. The conference umps for the most part are consistent on balls an strikes

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Work on the game whether your playing league or bp. Have an approach as if your playing in a tournament.

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Pinky on the knob an 26 balance

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Gym, an get quality swings in

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Atlanta Braves

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
I have a few but talking about them may jinx it!

What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Superstar by Lupe Fiasco (thinks that’s his last name lol)

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
I don’t think a player should be counted out of all conference if his team can’t make conference championship

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Snowball, you get a lot of the top ball players together for a cold all you can hit you can hit tournament. Plus it’s my bday weekend.

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
BLD is about as good as you can get. Hall of Fame Stadium in OKC is one you’ve got to go an play at if never been though.

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Don’t have a best place cause every city has different things. I’m always down for a good sports bar an grill

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
Don’t really have any secrets. A lot of people don’t know I can 2 step as good as I can lol

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