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!