We waited as long as we could, but finally the time came to sign up for spring baseball. When you are raised in a baseball family and you have a son, it's just sort of expected.
My son has had a bat in his hand since he was one, so it's nothing new to him to swing the bat and "crack the ball." Even though this was his first spring of organized ball, my husband has been throwing him baseballs ever since he can remember.
After his first practice, I could tell he loved it. He constantly asked when baseball was and to go outside and practice when he didn't have a practice with his team. He had a lot to learn, but he was up for the challenge. Basically the only thing he knew how to do was hit the ball.
As practices continued, he caught on unbelievably quick and fell in love playing the catcher position. Not sure if it was all because of the cool suit he got to wear, but I'm pretty sure it had a little to do with it! He also liked playing on the "pitcher's mountain" even though they were being pitched to by the coaches. He liked to be where the action was.
What I love about baseball is that the things it teaches you can be applied to real life as well.
Lessons Learned in Baseball
-How to work well with others
My son met eleven new people on his team. He had to learn each of their personalities, their strengths and weaknesses and basically how to be part of a team and what his role was on the team. Learning to work as a team is a critical learning skill that is used often in real life, whether it's in your career, as a parent or in your marriage. Championships aren't won alone.
-How to deal with pressure
This is another one that you can't get around in real life. There will be pressure and it's important to learn how to deal with it. When you are up to bat in the last inning with the bases loaded and two outs, that's a lot of pressure for a kid to handle, especially in tournament game. No matter what happens, a strike out or a home run, it's important for kids to figure out how to handle the outcome of pressure filled situations and baseball is a perfect platform for them to learn.
-How to win and lose and not give up
There are many times in life where things go just the way we planned. There are also times when things don't go how we planned. The same applies in baseball. Just like in life sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. The important part is to keep going and not give up. Keep swinging hard until you hit the ball. As they say, "it's not over 'til it's over." Just when you think it is, you hit a grand slam in the last inning to turn things around. That's the beauty of the game.
Truthfully, I'm not sure if my son totally grasped all of these concepts his first season even though eventually I know he will. He just played and had fun, which is what being a kid is all about!