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

Founder and publisher of Travel Ball, Angela Weight is still a little shocked to be running one of the most popular youth sports parenting sites on the web. Click the ABOUT US tab to read her story.

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