You have waited a long time, and you may have sat through countless practice sessions. Sitting shivering in the cold, or perhaps you cheated and sat in the car with the heat running. In any case, the time has finally come! This seasoned baseball Mom is sharing her 5 tips to survive the first game of the Spring baseball season.
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I think I have lost track of how many seasons my son has played baseball. I have vague memories of sitting and watching that oh-so-painful first season of t-ball. And the progression from t-ball to Majors(recreational baseball, not the actual Majors), this Mom has been through it all!
over the years I have learned that a true baseball Mom needs to have multiple personalities. Team Mom, Spectator Mom, Stay-Out-Of-It Mom, and First Game Of The Spring Baseball Season Mom. Today I will share about the latter.
Tip #1: Accept That Someone Will Get Hurt During The First Game Of The Spring Baseball Season
Whether it is your son or someone from the other team, just be prepared for an injury of some sort. Sometimes it is as simple as a bump on the elbow, a skinned knee, or even a twisted ankle. As a parent, you need to be prepared for the inevitable.
Your coach should have a league-approved first aid kit with them. But it doesn’t hurt to have one of your own. Here is a great post about preparing a portable first aid kit.
Tip #2: Get To Know Your Fellow Baseball Parents
I know that it may seem silly to mention this, but trust me, it is a very important thing to do. Chances are, at some point, your child may need a ride or someone else’s child will need a ride as well. By getting to know the other parents on your team NOW, will help make the rest of the season a little easier.
Tips #3: Learn The Rules BEFORE The First Game Of The Spring Baseball Season
Save yourself the embarrassment of yelling at the ump for something you have no idea what you are talking about. It will save your child from a lot of flak from their team mates. My husband was part of the baseball board, so I made it my business to know the rules!
Tip #4: Make Sure You Have All Your Game Equipment With You
Teams can be disqualified if they don’t have enough players because your athlete forgot something at home or brought the wrong bat. My advice is to make sure you have everything ready the night before. And check again. And again.
In fact, as soon as you are done checking for the third time, stick the bag right in your car! Or, if you aren’t driving, place it right next to your front door so your player can grab it on their way out the door.
And don’t forget YOUR equipment: a comfy chair, an umbrella, an old towel(to mop up wet bleachers AND to gently shoo away bees and other flying pests), and a big cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
Tip #5: Know Where You Need To Be For This First Game
Again, teams can have to forfeit the game because players don’t show up or get lost. Check out your route early, and leave will extra spare time. If you show up early at the field, you can get started on tip #2.
Bonus tip: Make sure you dress for 4 seasons! I kid you not. Spring baseball is the most unpredictable season out there, make sure you are ready for it.
Youth baseball has been one of our family’s most treasured activity to participate in. We have made friends that have spanned over the years and we are like family. One thing I would like to add is that if you are that seasoned Mom, reach out to the parents of the new players. Make them feel welcome. Get them involved. You will never regret it!
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