Another softball season is drawing to a close.
Rec ball and all-star teams are finishing up their state tournaments; the top teams will then be headed to their respective locations for national tournaments.
Plus, the travel ball season will conclude with more national championships within the next month. It looks like the sun is beginning to set on another summer.
Further, it’s time to take a well-needed break from softball; yet most parents and players will only take one-to-two weeks off before preparing for the upcoming winter ball season.
It’s understood there is always something to work on: speed, strength, skill development, etc. It’s also no accident that the skill level of student-athletes is improving year-after-year.
I like to work during the off-season as much as the next parent or coach, but we need to make sure that we take time to let our children be children.
If we forget that this is supposed to be fun, and turn it into a job, by the age-of-14 or 15 you will wonder why your child wants to quit the sport.
Remember, parents focus on the future and improvement of their student-athlete while the athlete usually focuses on the moment and having fun.
I would guess that most 10-t0-12 year olds don’t think about getting a college scholarship.