This summer baseball season, I have witnessed some amazing friendships being made. The team of boys that Drew is playing on, is one of the nicest groups of boys I have encountered in all the years my boys have been playing sports. They all get along so nicely, cheering, rooting and encouraging each other on!. They have had good games and bad ones. Games they have lost by a lot and games they have won by a lot. For these kids though, the score doesn’t seem to matter. Whether they strike out, or hit a home run, they are in the dugout yelling out words of encouragement. They have come up with nicknames for each other and have chants and cheers they sing out as they get up to the plate.
Some of the boys have known each other from playing on other teams, some from school, and others just from the neighborhood. Some had never met each other before the season began, but after spending so many days a week together, at practices and games, they have started to become like a family. I had heard about “baseball families”. It is hard not to become one after spending so many hours together. This goes for the parents as well as we sit on the bleachers or seek out a shady spot five or six nights a week as we watch our boys play.
Summer ball is keeping us pretty busy but in the end, they are creating camaraderie and friendships that may never have have happened if it weren’t for the game. I had regretted not putting Drew in a summer camp this year but realize that baseball has provided him just that – interaction with peers, making new friends, and engaging him in an environment that is pushing him harder than I think he ever expected while giving him the confidence he needs to become a better ball player.
Best of all, he is making some great friends in the process.
oh…and as for the lucky bat….https://aprojectforkindness.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/confidence/ , he got another hit tonight at his first at bat. he did not have a hit at each at bat, but he was “swinging for the stars” and that new confidence was still there!
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.