All-stars – a team of the best athletes from a league, tournament, etc. I recently had a softball parent ask me my thoughts on her child playing for an all-stars team; with her permission here they are…
Who influences your student-athlete? I, like most parents, like to think that I am the most influential person in my children’s life. While I agree with that thought for the most part, I see other influences as well. It is not uncommon to spend
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. As a high school softball coach, I disliked sharing my athletes with other sports because it disrupted my practices/schedule for the team. If you have a daughter that’s good at softball she’s probably good at others sports as well, and the
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 [...]
As another school year begins, student-athletes are entering junior high and high school classrooms for the first time; it seems appropriate to point out some of the differences that they will find in the months (and years) ahead. Compared to elementary school, and even junior high, the transition into