At one time she looked cute as a button dressed in pink with ponytails. She had tea parties with her stuffed animals and dolls and helped Mom bake cookies. She has been, and will always be Daddy’s and Mommy’s little girl. Today the fastpitch player still has the same little girl attributes. The only difference is she looks cute in her sliders and shorts. If she’s wearing ribbons in her hair, they are the team colors. She has become Mommy and Daddy’s little hitter.
by Hal Skinner
I started playing competitive sports when I was very young. One or both of my parents came to most of my games. I learned the awful truth at the very start. My parents’ voices, coming from the stands, had a major impact on my concentration on the game.
My daughter is 10 years old. She is wanting to get into pitching. We live in a small community and our teams are always looking for pitchers. She has been a catcher for the last 2 years. What is the best way to get her started and strengthen her arm? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I have wanted to have this discussion for a long time and was looking for the best location-I’m hoping this is it. Coaches and parents must have been in the same situation as my DD and family. Our DD is a good to very good softball player (but not a stud) who has improved significantly each year, but has now played for three teams in four seasons. She always attends practice, gives 100% and is an excellent teammate. To date, she has been in consideration by the top teams during tryouts,but they decide to choose someone other than her.
Being a softball parent is probably the toughest job on the field. It is hard to do well, and seldom does anyone applaud you when you do it right. But to the team…and to your player…your job is exceptionally important. The responsibility is enormous. Do your best to be a good representative of your team…and your daughter’s #1 supporter:
I recently had a difference of opinion with another softball parent. I sometimes notice that some travel ball players do not continue to play in their local recreational league once they make a travel team. My opinion is that they should always continue to play rec league in addition to travel ball, at least until they get to high school, since most teams usually only enter 6-8 travel tournaments in a season. I believe the extra play in rec league is beneficial to the player, as well as the local league.