This is the Raleigh Hills Little League AA Twins and they were coached by a group of dads. Matt W. Our head coach and Matt V. Our assistant coach asked for volunteers to help out during practices and games. Three of us stepped up to the challenge, myself, David and Jesse. Coaching a team of young boys, with a wide spectrum of personalities, is a challenge, a huge learning experience, and very rewarding. I think we learned just as much about ourselves and coaching as the kids learned about playing baseball. The five of us would often huddle during practices and games to strategize our next move for coaching the fundamentals of baseball. It was a lot of fun.
Today is Father’s Day and after watching a news report on the ever evolving role dads play in their children’s lives I decided to write this post.
Dads get a bad rap. We’re seen as uncaring, insensitive, harsh, an not aligned with mothers when it come to parenting styles. This is a good thing and its time for dads to get more recognition as a contributing parent. We tend to let our children take risks, do things that most mothers wouldn’t, and most of all we allow them to fail. “Don’t let your mother know!” Just like mothers, dads bring talents to the parenting table that mothers don't. We play to our strengths, typically learned from our fathers. As a divorced father, that had to fight to parent my children, this is even more evident in the parenting my children receive from both of their parents. Our two households are very different and I think its good for our children to have both of our styles as part of their parenting.
As a seven year old, baseball was a scary sport for me. You try standing at the plate while another 7 year old throws a baseball as hard as they can. I played little league for two years until I was hit in the nose by an errant ball during warm ups. After that incident I never returned to the game. Watching my son and his friends play baseball the past two years, I often think to myself that I wish I had gone back to the game. Like all sports, it teaches us to be a contributing member of a team, practice and preparation pay off, success is awesome, and most of all it teaches us about failure. Without failure we cannot have success. Failure is how we learn. It teaches us to learn from our mistakes and how to get up, dust ourselves off and keep moving towards the goals we want to achieve. Thanks for all of the dads out there who are teaching their children that failure is the key to sucess.
Matt, Matt, David, and Jesse, thanks for a great season and Happy Father’s Day!