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Pre-Game Rituals Q&A With the Bears
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/23/2012

Jan. 23, 2012

BERKELEY - What do not stepping on the chalk line, swinging the bat three times before stepping into the batter's box and putting on the left cleat before the right have in common? They're all superstitions that are commonplace in the sport of softball. CalBears.com caught up with the 2012 Golden Bears to find out about their pre-game rituals and superstitions.

Valerie Arioto -
I am not superstitious, but I do enjoy listening to music before the game! You have to get pumped up!

Cheyenne Cordes -
I do have pre-game rituals but they are constantly changing according to how my team and I do in each and every game.

Ashley Decker -
I always say a prayer before every game.

Frani Echavarria -
My first pre-game ritual is to set small goals I want to accomplish in the game that day. Second, I listen to my pre-game playlist which is normally nothing but R&B.

Arianna Erceg -
One game last year, Jolene [Henderson] and I decided to switch ribbons. Ever since then, before every game we make sure she has one of mine and I have hers.

Danielle Henderson -
I always tape my forearm, listen to my music and write my number in the on-deck circle.

Jolene Henderson -
I just sit on the bus on the way to the game or in the dugout before I go out and listen to my iPod. Before I go out to warm up, I make sure I listen to the song "Only Hope" by Switchfoot and then I stretch a lot. That's just the way I get into my mindset.

Angie Jacobs -
I always double, triple and quadruple check my bag to make sure I have everything - charts, signs, directions, pencils and all my stuff. I don't want to get somewhere and have Coach ask for something and not have it. I'm total type A in double-checking things.

LaRisa Jones -
Playing a few rounds of Ninja with the team. One day I'll beat Val.

Victoria Jones -
I listen to music before every game. The same play list.

Mary Lee -
I just always braid my hair the same way and don't step on the baselines before the game starts.

Tammy Lohmann -
I don't have any real superstitions, but I do have things I do pregame. I definitely have to have my hair in a ponytail and a visor on. One time I had my hair down with no visor, we lost. I was informed by Coach that I wear my hair up in a pony tail with a visor. At the World Series, I always took out my photo of Bebe and then put it in my right pocket so she was always with me.

Diane Ninemire -
I always wear and kiss my lucky necklace. One of the girls in a camp, Lauren, gave me a necklace that she said would bring us good luck. I told her that if it would bring us enough good luck, she'd be my bat girl at the World Series. And wouldn't you know it, but that happened last year and she came out to Oklahoma City. She sent me a new one for this year.

Nikki Owens -
Before a game, I have to listen to good music to get me pumped up. I also make sure my hair looks good so my swag isn't thrown off.

John Reeves -
I don't have any pre-game superstitions. I never have.

Jamia Reid -
I would say my pre-game ritual would be listening to my iPod and just trying not to actually think about the game.

Alex Robben -
The first thing I do is plug in my iPod to slow jams and listen to that the whole warm up.

Taylor Vincent -
One of my pre-game rituals is to hold onto my lucky Superman action figure.

Britt Vonk -
I always wear ankle socks underneath my softball socks. I always used to do that because I had holes in my socks but then I got used to it and kept doing it. Besides that, I always listen to techno music.

Jordan Wallace -
I do have several pre-game rituals that I practice. First I wake up, and make sure to turn my swag on. I also eat the same thing and get ready the same way for each game. My dad always told me that you play how you look, so if you look good you will play good, so I take that into strong consideration. I listen to a specific playlist on my iPod and eat a bag of purple Skittles during warm ups.

Jace Williams -
I always listen to my techno iPod playlist during warm ups. Before home games, I like to have lunch with my aunt, uncle and boyfriend; so I guess that can be considered a ritual. When we play in Arizona or anywhere warm I like to read by the pool and catch some rays before a night game.

Lindsey Ziegenhirt -
I don't really have a ritual, but I do enjoy listening to music on the bus before a game. John Mayer is one of my go-to artists.

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