Quotes from story by Stephanie Cary, San Gabriel Valley Tribune “…despite the obvious benefits, competitive sports have innate risks. There are safety issues parents need to consider.”
Softball is something I fell in love with when my daughter started playing the sport; she was 12-years old. Since we both believed in practice we would spend countless hours working on improving her skills. Some of my fondest memories are when she started playing travel ball, but not for the reasons you might think.
The following is a response to a reader’s suggestion. To date, I have coached boys and girls sports for 17-years, and in that time I have had my share of difficult parents and players. One event that comes to mind involved one of my players, her parent, my assistant coach, and the principal of our school. The [...]
Two weeks ago today, Jennie Finch announced her retirement from the sport of softball as a player. Her decision affected not only her family, but the lives of fans as well. Change happened. As I reflect it was not that long ago that I sat in the stands cheering on my sons, and daughter in [...]
“When is it okay for my daughter to quit softball?” My first reaction is…never! But after I take a step back I realize that there are things in my life I’ve tried, and quit along the way. For example, I don’t golf or bowl anymore. I bet if you thought about it you would think [...]
Talented student-athletes leave the sport of softball every year. But why? My observation is the enjoyment of the game is being replaced by the pressure to be the absolute best at a younger, and younger age. The intent of playing youth sports was never to obtain a scholarship later in life. The purpose of youth [...]