Today, Drew had a playoff game for his Spring Recreation baseball team.  Unfortunately, they didn’t win, but we did get to witness his team pull off TRIPLE PLAY!!  They were so pleased with themselves.  They worked hard this season and despite a record number of rain outs and makeup games, they wound up playing really well together.  This is also true for his soccer team.  Tomorrow is the semi-final game for that team.  As the boys on his teams have gotten older, it has been a treat to watch them play and work cohesively with each other.   There is so much more teamwork and collaboration displayed rather than an “all me” attitude.

When they were younger, games could go on for hours.  Parents would sit on the sidelines and laugh as their children would lose focus, spin in circles, pick dandelions and meander away after getting bored waiting for their turn.  With the “no strike rule” in tee-ball and “coach pitch” games, every child had a chance to score and get up to bat and games would go on f.o.r.e.v.e.r….  As the kids got older, they are learning more and more rules.  This season’s big rule to learn about was “the balk,”  which sadly caused runs to score for both teams.

The balk rule in Major League Baseball was introduced in 1898. Balk actions[edit] A pitcher is restricted to a certain set of motions and one of two basic pitching positions before and during a pitch; if these regulations are violated with one or more runners on base, an umpire may call a balk. (Wikipedia)

At the end of this game though, we still saw our little boys come back as a few shed tears and others got angry about losing.  Summer ball is just around the corner and although this same group of boys may not all be together, they will all still be learning the rules and growing into better ball players but more importantly, they will be growing into good sports.  Every young ball player dreams about making it to the pros, but with such a small percentage of that actually happening, it is more important that they are developing character and a positive spirit when it comes to playing.


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2 thoughts on “Sportsmanship

  1. Jeff June 8, 2014 at 9:57 pm Reply

    Claire – thanks for sharing. While the loss was bittersweet, Chris and I really enjoyed coaching this team. Due to the weather, our first game was our first time ever on the field together as a team. Over the season, we came together as a team and, as you say, “developed character and a positive spirit”. They learned to pick each other up and cheered each other on. They played remarkably well in the last week, especially considering they played 5 games in 6 days last week + club & travel baseball games + soccer & lax games that some had.

    And it was a real treat to see them pull off the triple play, a rare feats in sports. I was fortunate to see the Phillies pull off the first ever game-ending unassisted triple play in the National League, in a game against the New York Mets a couple years ago with my boys.

    As bittersweet as the baseball playoff loss was, it was thrilling to watch them win the semi-final soccer game today. Dave is a terrific coach and we’re excited for next week’s championship game.

    Thanks again,

    • clairesinclair June 9, 2014 at 6:29 am Reply

      Jeff, they were a great bunch of boys and I hope they all wind up on teams together in the future!!

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