In last week’s post, Why I Don’t Pay for Sports, baseball mom, Jenifer Armstrong gave a list of valuable life lessons her kids have gotten from playing sports, lessons that have nothing to do with the actual sports themselves. Lessons about hard work, earning your place on a team, how to lose gracefully, how to win with humility, how to respond when the umpire blows a call. You know, the kinds of things that will go on to define them as people long after they’ve put away their cleats.
While watching our kids on the ball field, I get as excited as any parent over a flawless play, a clutch hit or a stellar pitching performance. But what stands out more than anything to me is the good (and sometimes bad) sportsmanship that players exhibit. These small, often overlooked gestures can tell us more about a kid than his or her batting average, on-base percentage and ERA combined.
Over the years, I’ve heard hundreds of excuses from parents dismissing their kids’ bad behavior during games.
Player throws his helmet to the ground after the third strike.
MOM: “TERRIBLE!!! That umpire has no business behind the plate!”
The rest of us are thinking, “That may be true, but your kid’s acting like a punk…and you’re allowing it.”
I could give plenty more examples like this. We all could! But, instead, I’d rather focus on good sportsmanship, those positive gestures that make us smile and say “what a great kid!”
You guys have shared so many with us on our Facebook page. No doubt as you scroll through these, you’ll be nodding, saying to yourself, “now that’s cool! What great kids!”…(and parents and coaches too). If you don’t see a photo that you’ve submitted in this post, keep checking back. We’ll be doing more in this series.
ME: “Good for you, Andrew! Did your coach ask you to help?”
HIM: “Nah, I just noticed that he needed a hand.”Yeah, I know that’s a little thing, but it made me proud. And Andrew liked the feeling of being appreciated by the coach…so much so, that he waits in the dugout every game now to carry equipment back to the coach’s truck.
Keep sharing those great sportsmanship moments with us! We love celebrating these just as much as the home runs, strike outs and great plays at the plate. We’ll also be doing a post on great sportsmanship in coaches. Share your proud coaching stories about the guys and gals who’ve made a positive difference in your kids’ lives.
Now, I’m going to hit “publish” and go play some ball with my kid.
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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