Nichol: Whatís Up?
BSC Staff: I have a couple of
personal questions, if you donít mind?
Nichol: Just a fewÖ (LOL)
BSC Staff: What do you do
Nichol: I work in the Information Technology
(IT) department at Ford Motor Company. Iím responsible for managing
the activities required to launch Fordís Accounting & Finance IT
systems around the globe.
BSC Staff: Single?
Nichol: Iím not married but I donít consider
myself single. Iíve been in a serious relationship for almost 7 years
with a very special man who also plays softball on the circuit. So
while technically Iím single, Iím not available. (smile)
BSC STAFF: Ok, thatís it for the personal stuff. How long have you
been with Incognito?
Nichol: Iíve been with Incognito since the team
was established in 1997, however our first season as a team was in
1998. Actually it was at the Cereal City Classic BSC tournament in
Battle Creek, MI when myself, and three other women, decided we wanted
to start a more competitive team. Incognito has evolved tremendously
over the years, so much that the only original members left are the
manager, myself and one other player (#2).
BSC STAFF: Have you played
with only Incognito?
Nichol: No. Before Incognito I played with the
Hit & Run, Love Train, Uniques, Devilish Angels, and all out of
BSC STAFF: How long have been
Nichol: I started playing slow pitch softball
for the Detroit Cougars when I was 8, so I guess that means Iíve been
playing softball for 29 years.
BSC Staff: Did you play
sports in High School or College?
Nichol: I played fast pitch softball and tennis
at Cass Tech in Detroit. I went to Florida A&M on a tennis scholarship
but switched to softball the spring semester of my freshmen year.
BSC STAFF: Will we be seeing
more of Incognito on the circuit this year?
Nichol: We have six BSC tournaments on our 2006
Tournament List. We play BSC, USSSA Black American, and USSSA Class B,
so if weíre not playing BSC weíre definitely playing ball somewhere.
BSC STAFF: Of course you know, we monitor the message board daily, and
it is very obvious that Incognito is a very close bunch. You donít
have a lot to say, but when you do, your teammates are there to back
each other up.
Nichol: Yeah, thatís true! (LOL) We are a pretty
close team and spend a lot of time together during the season and
during the off season. We get together to celebrate birthdays, we have
an annual Christmas party, and we get together for fun that normally
includes Margarita and 1800! (Ha Ha) Of course we have our
differences, what group of women donít. But when the deals go down,
weíve definitely got each otherís back!
BSC STAFF: Have you made any roster changes since we last saw you
Nichol: Not really, weíve lost a few players who
were with us in 2005, and we havenít officially picked up anyone yet.
I know our coaches are in conversation with some local players and few
out of state players. All I can say is that we are definitely looking
to strengthen our roster!
BSC STAFF: Every year
Incognito wins or places pretty high in most of the BSC tournaments
you play in, yet that BSC World title has been elusive. Any thoughts
Nichol: Letís see, how do I respond to that?
2003 was our best year in the BSC World Tournament, when we finished
2nd to Enough Said. In 2004 I think we finished 6th and in 2005 I
think we finished 5th, which is not close enough to 1st for me. I
could probably give you several personal theories on the subject,
however you could argue they sound like excuses. And I donít make
excuses. I do know that weíve never had our full roster show up to a
BSC world from the first game to the last game because of individual
vacation schedules, other commitments, and/or injuries. You need a
full squad to win a world tournament because your coach will need to
call upon every player to play their role. But hopefully the
championship wonít elude us for long, because winning a BSC world
tournament is definitely one of our goals!
BSC STAFF: A lot of the top
womenís teams in the BSC are based in the South, who is your biggest
Nichol: I wouldnít say we have a rivalry with
any specific team. But I would say that every time we play GA Mixx or
Supersonics we know we must bring our ďAĒ game because itís definitely
going to be a battle.
BSC STAFF: I heard you used
to play Co-Ed, do you still play?
Nichol: I was a member of Detroit Storm until
last year. It was a hard decision to quit, especially after winning
the BSC Co-Ed world recreation division in 2003 and 2004. I was a part
of a great team and I had so much fun playing Co-Ed!!! I do miss it
from time to time because the fun and the competition is hard to let
BSC STAFF: Share with us your
thoughts on BSC over the past few years.
Nichol: This will be my 12th year playing BSC
and I love the changes I see in BSC. I think there are several factors
that have contributed to the growth. For example, 1) national
recognition from sponsors, 2) Nellyís involvement as a well respected
entertainer, and 3) utilization of the internet has definitely set BSC
apart from itís competitors. Most things mature over time and BSC is
proof of that fact.
BSC STAFF: What about the
teams, have you noticed any changes about the way teams are built and
prepared for competition?
Nichol: Teams seem to be moving towards national
teams, as opposed to traditional state based teams. By this I mean
teams seem to be recruiting more heavily from other states, thereby
making the competition tough. Iím sure this concept isnít totally new,
but I just believe itís more prevalent now. So traditional state based
teams need to change their recruiting strategy to stay competitive,
which also includes securing good sponsors.
BSC STAFF: How do you balance
softball and life? Meaning when things are not going the way you like
on the field, how do you keep things in perspective?
Nichol: Prayer and through prayer recognizing
that softball is only a game.
BSC STAFF: What are your
goals for the upcoming season?
Nichol: My number one goal is to stay healthy!!!
I got hurt in a league game towards the end of the season and I had to
keep the book at all three world tournaments. I got to pinch hit in
the last two world tournaments but in Birmingham I was definitely a
spectator. In order to achieve my first goal, my second goal is to get
in ďsoftballĒ shape. Like many, I need to drop some pounds, and I need
to seriously condition to ensure my contribution to my team is what my
teammates and coaches expect.
BSC STAFF: Have you started practicing yet?
Nichol: (LOL) We actually
started practicing three weeks ago and the first two practices were
rough!!! Iím soooo out of shape! I was sore for three days after the
first practice!!! Itís hard for the northern teams to really practice
given that the weather is horrible until about May, so we make due
with indoor facilities until weather permits us to go outside. Right
now we need to run and we can definitely do that indoors.
BSC STAFF: Hereís your chance
now, If you could change anything about BSC, what would it be?
Nichol: I would like to see more training for
umpires and Iíd like to see better utilization of the ďgoodĒ umpires.
Some games are so competitive that teams canít afford to play their
opponent and the umpires. Even though umpires canít play the game for
you, they definitely can impact the momentum of the game -- just ask
the Seattle Seahawks! (smile) There have been several posts on the
message board about umpires, and itís not solely a BSC issue. Iíd just
like to see more quality officiating and more consistent officiating
in all BSC divisions.
BSC STAFF: Thatís about it,
any shout outs?
Nichol: I would like to give a
shout out to my family and Mr. Latimer!! I would like to give a
special shout out to my Incognito family (Max, Momma Maggie, Kool J,
Bo, Tee T, #2, Ms Yo Yo, Anna Mae, Marcy, Kim,April, BJ, Smitty,
Keisha, & Tippy). Of course, I must give a shout out to my Detroit
Storm family (Dawn, Gee, Slice, Rod, Ed, Ervon, Joe, Roosevelt &
Travis). I would also like to show some "Detroit Love" and give a
shout out all the other men and women teams from the "D". I'd like to
applaud BSC (Arthur, Hercle, &Carmen) on bringing softball to the
internet and making a great organization even greater!!! Lastly, I'd
like to live a shout to the entire BSC family, and most definitely the
BSC message board family. Even though I don't personally know all of
the regular posters and I don't post very often, I do read the board
just about everyday. Church, Homecoming, Smallz, Davida, Ms.
Nashville, NKO, Ms. DAT, Terrance McDaniel, S. FLEMING, #21, Diggs,
and the rest of the posters keep making the board what it is!! On
behalf of Incognito, I'd like to wish all the BSC teams good luck in
the 2006 season.