What a month we have had! Games at Stockton, Concord, San Jose, Hayward! We won some and we lost some games. But the girls had fun. Our 10’s and 12’s were split up quite a bit over this last month, but this weekend’s games were great. Our 10’s,12’s and 14’s were all at the same location. It was great to have had the opportunity to watch bits and pieces of both kids games and the 14’s this weekend.
Hayward was a pleasant change compared to hot Stockton. The weather was great and cool for softball games, but the parents were freezing of course. It was great today to see all 3 age groups to come to the championship games. Out of the 4 fields, 3 were completely covered with red since our team jersey was red today. While the 14’s won the game with ease, the 12’s and 10’s lost. But every lost game is great learning opportunity for the girls.
At one point we had 2 of our 12 U teams playing each other and it was really fun to watch. My husband got me a Fitbit for mother’s day and I noticed my heart rate monitor was 101 bpm at one point when my daughter was up to bat. Never knew watching my kids games would be equivalent to a brisk walk. Later on when she was pitching, I noticed my monitor again and now, the heart rate was flat. No, I hadn’t died of heart attack, my fitbit was malfunctioning since it got stuck to my wrist from sweat and sunscreen. I had to loosen it before it started working again. But we had a good laugh about it.
I couldn’t be happier this weekend, both my girls got to pitch and they did well considering my 13 year old coming back to pitching after the little leaguer’s shoulder was a great feeling. She almost took a year off from pitching. Parents from both our team and other team came and told them that they pitched well.
We have a weekend off next week. I wanted to take a moment and thank all the coaches who volunteer their time for Travel Softball. Without their time and effort there would be no travel softball.
Thanks Coaches! and enjoy the weekend off.
Oh..we survived another weekend in Hot Stockton & Manteca. This weekend our 10U and 12U/14U got split into two locations, so I was unable to truly watch the entire 10U tournament. Remember, last week the 10’s lost early but this week they fought really hard and were runner ups in their age group. The 12’s and 14’s struggled this weekend when they played at Ronald McNair High school, Stockton, CA. I will write a review of that park when I get some time. Both the 12’s and 14’s had some high and low moments this weekend.
The best thing about kids playing softball games is the learning experience they get from winning and losing . I am so proud of each and every kid that played in these tournaments, regardless which team they are from. It was very brave of them to come out and play hard and do their best even when the weather is not so nice. In this day and age when the media portrays show after show of spoilt brat type people (adults & teens) who act like idiots, these kids choose to do something completely different. While playing with the team, they learn team work and how to count on members of their team as well as be counted on by their team mates.
Our coaches also ask the kids what they did wrong or what they should have done after a play on the spot and it teaches kids to think quick and respond quick. Of course when they make a great play, they are encouraged by praise.
Funny story..when my oldest daughter was 9 years old, she was afraid to slide, so I told her she will get $5 for every slide she makes and lo and behold, she earned $25 that game. She also overcame her fear of sliding. So this time, I figured, I will bribe them again and give them something to think about when they are standing out there facing the pressure. Both my kids are starting to pitch in their games and the pressures of pitching is tremendous. This weekend they both got to pitch one inning. Have you ever noticed the young pitchers and how many times they get 2 strikes and then walk the kids? I told my kids that they will earn $5 every time they strike out a player and both of them earned $10 each this weekend. Not bad for beginning pitchers. I was just happy they got to pitch and did not crumble under pressure.
Somehow this methodology doesn’t work at home to make them do chores 😉
We get mother’s day off next weekend! Happy Mother’s day Softball moms. I hope you get to enjoy your day with the ones that are near and dear to you.
Thanks for reading!