Welcome to the newest series on my blog called SportsMOMship! This is such a great fit for me that I can’t believe I didn’t start it sooner. We are a total sports family, going from karate to soccer to baseball in one day isn’t abnormal for our family. My son Derek is 8 and loves baseball, like he eats/sleeps/dreams/reads/talks baseball all day and all night. He also has a strong passion for soccer, karate and basketball. Hayley is a soccer player, she is 5 and I call her a beast on the field. She just goes and goes and gets hers. I think being a younger sibling has taught her how to to fight for hers. This year she is starting soccer with only girls and I know it will be her break out year. I know she is 5, I am slightly joking about the break out thing, but I think she will play even more competitively when there aren’t boys on the field. The best thing about it all is that the kids are always having FUN!! I always tell them before, during and after the game to HAVE FUN!! They are smiling, happy and playing hard.
Last week after winning a baseball tournament game, both teams were called back onto the field. My husband and I had no idea what was going on but I saw all the kids lined up and thought it would make a cute photo. I hurried onto the field and began snapping photos and as I was going I heard the coach say “and the Sportsman of the Game medal goes to Derek” WHAT!! Tears of joy and pride started streaming out of my eyes while my pointer finger was snapping as quickly as my Canon EOS would allow! They just called up Derek, he was awarded Sportsman of the Game. To many haters out there that are anti trophies and medals, it’s ok, but let me have my moment and hear me out.
Derek is on a team that has ridiculous talent, though Derek earned his way onto the team he is playing with kids that are all very strong players and he has been struggling with understanding that playing the outfield is a necessary position and not a punishment. He also has a new found love for the position of catcher. I think for his very active personality it’s a great fit as catcher since he is involved in all the plays he won’t lose focus and so on. I also love hearing him scream things like “1 out plays to 1st base”
Derek has been struggling a bit with his batting, in a mini-slump of dropping his back shoulder and such. The thing about Derek is all of that pushes him to try harder and harder. Every single night Derek asks my husband Rob to practice, every single night. He hits off the tee, he works on his fielding, catching, pitching and more. Every single night he does this and he is the initiating it, begging to do it and trying hard. He talks about the why too. Derek always wants to know why Rob wants him to try a new stance . Like WHY should he keep his shoulder up. If he keeps the should up, what will it change? how will it change? how can he keep it up? and so on and on and on and omg the boy asks so many questions
My point is, he has been working so hard. He’s even watching baseball on tv and asking Rob about different swings and plays and how Derek could possibly try things or what might help. It’s amazing to watch him study his sport. So when they said Derek’s name for Sportsman of the Game, I cried and I was so proud and I know that Derek saw at that exact moment that hard work pays off. He knew that he worked very hard and that his hard work was helping him play better. He also felt validated more as a player, a teammate and the pride was beaming off him.
Did I mention I caught it all on camera?? Because I also caught the amazing play he made at catcher on camera to