Drew tried out for the baseball summer league in town. He found out this week that he made the B team. He is so excited!! What I love most about the make up of the team, is that the coaches looked for more than just ability. They also based it on how well the kids worked together and respected one another. This has always been a huge factor in the way Dave and I have raised our boys to play sports – and not only in sports, but in life. They need to know how to be good people, good friends and demonstrate a positive attitude. I did not attend the tryouts, so I do not know if Drew was actually a better hitter, catcher or thrower, but I do know that he has an amazing and positive way of working with his team. He is always the one of the kids out on the field calling out to his teammates, encouraging them and rooting them on.
Drew respects his coaches and the coaches decisions, and he respects his teammates too. This seems to be evident of the entire team this year, I hope that they have a winning season, but if they all go into the season with the attitudes they are showing now, and all getting along and rooting for one another, they will be learning something that is much more important than winning. They are going to learn the importance of perseverance and endurance. Losing will teach them just as much as winning, and although winning is much more fun, they will learn how to get through rough patches and hopefully to realize that it is important to never give up.
The kids, coaches, and parents are going to be spending a lot of time together this summer. Our team is lucky to have dedicated, thoughtful, and skilled coaches who will have an extremely positive impact on the boys. They are offering them their time. Not only just for games, but for practices too and in doing so, they are giving them the chance to play in a non-threatening environment where the entire team will be engaged. They are giving them a chance to play, have fun, learn and hopefully pull off a few wins as a result.