Win or lose, the season is over. Now what?

Another softball season is drawing to a close.

Rec ball and all-star teams are finishing up their state tournaments; the top teams will then be headed to their respective locations for national tournaments.

Plus, the travel ball season will conclude with more national championships within the next month. It looks like the sun is beginning to set on another summer.

Further, it’s time to take a well-needed break from softball; yet most parents and players will only take one-to-two weeks off before preparing for the upcoming winter ball season.

It’s understood there is always something to work on: speed, strength, skill development, etc. It’s also no accident that the skill level of student-athletes is improving year-after-year.

I like to work during the off-season as much as the next parent or coach, but we need to make sure that we take time to let our children be children.

If we forget that this is supposed to be fun, and turn it into a job, by the age-of-14 or 15 you will wonder why your child wants to quit the sport.

Remember, parents focus on the future and improvement of their student-athlete while the athlete usually focuses on the moment and having fun.

I would guess that most 10-t0-12 year olds don’t think about getting a college scholarship.

This is a marathon; not a sprint. Let them rest.
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2 Responses to “Win or lose, the season is over. Now what?”

  1. Jerry Kirkpatrick July 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Right on, Mike, about the scholarships! The odds of a getting a college softball scholarship, I read recently, are 500 to one. I’m sure we’d all like to see our daughters go to UCLA or U. of Arizona, but college without a scholarship is still doable. I teach at Cal Poly Pomona and many of my students take their first two years at a very affordable community college. When they come to Cal Poly they work twenty, thirty, or in some cases forty hours a week to pay for their schooling. Even with annual tuition increases in these budget-crunched times, California is still one of the cheapest places to get a college degree.

  2. Joe July 30, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    You are right. most parents forget it’s about the kids having fun not the parents. We need to remind ourself as parents to think about the kids let them be kids first then softball players second.and let’s just have fun with our kids

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