What Youth Sports Is All About

It’s nights like tonight that are, in my opinion, what youth sports are all about!  Before I elaborate let me go back a little bit.

At the beginning of the softball season for our youngest my wife and I were wondering if there would be enough girls to field a team and a parent willing to coach it.  As luck would have it we got both… 12 girls and a coach.

The coach asked if I would be willing to be an assistant.  I agreed to help out but admitted my knowledge and coaching ability is very limited.  That was OK and before you know it I was helping at a few practices and had the official hat and shirt.

Tonight was our first game of the season.  I was a little nervous as to how we would do.  We have a team with busy girls who couldn’t make every practice and Mother Nature forced us to miss some practices too.

You couldn’t have asked for a better night for a game.  Not too hot. Not too cold.  No bugs.

Perfect night for Little League Softball

My job was to keep the dug out organized, make sure the girls knew the batting order, and to help the catcher get geared up.

Here’s why I think tonight’s game is what youth sports should be about:

* Every girl played and appeared to have fun doing it.

* The girls supported each other without cutting down the other team.

* They listened.  They took direction… and they learned.

* They made a few good plays and the ones they missed they at least knew what they should have done.

* They hustled and worked hard.

* The parents were very supportive of the team

* They left the field smiling.  Happy with their effort.

Tonight’s game really was fun and even though we won 9-6 I believe had the score been reversed I would still feel the same way and written the same blog post.

I now also have a greater appreciation for coaches who volunteer their time.  It was hard for me to keep up with the action in the dug out and on the field… especially when you want to watch your kid play.

I did see my daughter get a hit, score a run, and have fun and do well playing one of her favorite positions: catcher.

Little League Softball Catcher

Rather than be apprehensive, tonight’s game has me looking forward to the rest of the season.  It’s going to be fun watching the girls work together and improve.

What do you think youth sports is (or should be) all about?

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