Keep Smiling, Kid; It’s a Game After All!

rob monacoAnother great message from our friend, baseball coach and commissioner, Rob Monaco. 

With baseball season right around the corner, this is just to remind you of one important thing… no pressure kid… it’s a game!

Sure, you’re on a travel team and you need to be committed. Yes, you will need to work hard. And yes, you will need to respect your coaches, your peers and your opponents. But don’t put so much pressure on yourself!

Baseball is a game of failure. Know that going into the season. You will not hit the ball every time. You will not get on base every time. You will not strike out every batter you face and you sure as hell won’t win every game. And so what!

The sooner you understand that baseball is full of obstacles, the sooner you will be able to relax and enjoy the game.smiling kid

Practice. You will get better if you do. Bring professionalism to your dugout. That means treat your teammates the way you want to be treated. Root hard for your teammates, give those high fives and always listen to your coach.

Gain confidence within yourself. That means with practice comes the courage to work harder. As you do, you get better and as you get better, your confidence grows! But it doesn’t stop with one achievement. Keep working… keep growing as a ball player and I promise you, if you do… the pressure is less, because you will know exactly how to tackle each obstacle going forward.

So smile, kid. You are talented enough to play the greatest game in the world and you’re darn good at it. But keep working and keep respecting and one day soon… you will be the best… there is no doubt about it.

Angela Weight

Angela Weight

Founder, Admin, Editor - TravelBallParents.com

Angela is also a freelance writer known to tackle the tougher topics…like why do cat food makers shape the morsels like fish or chicken? Do cats really care? Exactly how many of something is “more than you can shake a stick at?” And then there’s her ongoing paranoia that her house smells like animals and she's gone nose blind.

WordPress says that I’m supposed to tell you a few things about myself so that you’ll want to read more of my posts. Here goes.

My name is Angela Weight. I live in Midlothian, VA with my husband James, two sons, Andrew and Jack, dogs Katie and Ayla and cat, Callie. We’re new to the area…transplants from the Dublin, GA area, where I grew up. My husband has a job that pays the bills so I can sit around and obsess about cat food shapes and how my house smells. I also have this goal of seeing all 50 states by the time I’m 50. I’m 43 now and have been to 45 of them. If you have any friends or family in Vermont, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, North Dakota or Alaska who’d like us to come visit (and maybe pay for it) let me know.

My sons (ages 16 and 11) play a ridiculous amount of baseball. If I’m not at home or out buying scented wax warmer cubes, I’m probably at a baseball field somewhere in Suburbia. In fact, I have to leave now to take Jack to practice. I’ll write more later.

Oh, another thing you need to know. We’re SF Giants fans. Crazy, fanatical Giants fans. I grew up a Braves fan, but converted when I married James who grew up in the Bay Area. That’s important.

Great! Now Jack is late for practice.
Angela Weight

Angela Weight

Founder, Admin, Editor - TravelBallParents.com Angela is also a freelance writer known to tackle the tougher topics…like why do cat food makers shape the morsels like fish or chicken? Do cats really care? Exactly how many of something is “more than you can shake a stick at?” And then there’s her ongoing paranoia that her house smells like animals and she's gone nose blind. WordPress says that I’m supposed to tell you a few things about myself so that you’ll want to read more of my posts. Here goes. My name is Angela Weight. I live in Midlothian, VA with my husband James, two sons, Andrew and Jack, dogs Katie and Ayla and cat, Callie. We’re new to the area…transplants from the Dublin, GA area, where I grew up. My husband has a job that pays the bills so I can sit around and obsess about cat food shapes and how my house smells. I also have this goal of seeing all 50 states by the time I’m 50. I’m 43 now and have been to 45 of them. If you have any friends or family in Vermont, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, North Dakota or Alaska who’d like us to come visit (and maybe pay for it) let me know. My sons (ages 16 and 11) play a ridiculous amount of baseball. If I’m not at home or out buying scented wax warmer cubes, I’m probably at a baseball field somewhere in Suburbia. In fact, I have to leave now to take Jack to practice. I’ll write more later. Oh, another thing you need to know. We’re SF Giants fans. Crazy, fanatical Giants fans. I grew up a Braves fan, but converted when I married James who grew up in the Bay Area. That’s important. Great! Now Jack is late for practice.

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