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College coaches and high school athletic associations are constantly extolling the virtues of the multi-sport athlete. The local AM radio station airs a commercial every time I listen on my morning commute from the Michigan high school athletic association (MHSAA). It goes something like this, “…high school athletes playing multiple sports do better in school, experience less injuries, etc.” and then adds, “…number of high school athletes going pro….not many….” Then it ends with the evils of sports specialization. Add to that the virtuous college coaches claiming their love of the multi-sport athlete.
They have been babied their entire lives by their parent(s), by schools and have been taught how special they are, just perfect the way they are.
I used to quietly shake my head and disregard the nonsense. These days I will call it what it really is: Propaganda. Why?
I read an article a couple years ago, where “Hutch,” the head coach of Michigan softball was featured concerning the lack of female head coaches in college softball. This new article in the New York Times (and video) expands upon that question asking why there are so much fewer woman coaches in all sports in college and the pros. I answered this question before in private discussions with friends, but will do so now for all to see. But first…..please watch the video and/or read the article from the NYTimes.
Before I state my opinion, which is based solely on my experience in softball, know that this opinion has only grown stronger since I first contemplated the question a couple years ago. My opinion will only be about college softball, not any other college or professional sport. It is based upon what I’ve seen and heard and from personal experiences. That said it is likely going to offend many people.
(Disclaimer: If you are easily offended, incapable of critical thinking or cannot agree to disagree, this opinion may trigger your emotions. Proceed with caution.)
I read this article today, “Year-Round Sports: Growing Old and Wearing Thin?”, and felt compelled to write about it. Those outside of the travel sports (softball) world often do not understand why parents, players and coaches do it. While the author offers an outsider’s view to travel sports, she does not do so in a condescending manner and brings up some good points and questions. I would encourage you to read her article before my response.
I wanted to share with you some of the things I’ve experienced during my daughter’s college and softball years. Whether it was her car breaking down, family emergencies, health concerns, bad weather, etc., there will be things that come up during yours and your daughter’s journeys. Here are some of the things that have been part of our journey.
Right Fielder Last Year
I’ve been putting off writing this article for a few reasons. It will likely be misinterpreted by some people, while possibly offending others. Regardless, I can’t put if off any longer. My goal for this post is to help parents make the best decisions for their daughters and families concerning their options on playing travel softball. I will even share with you how much I paid for my youngest daughter's travel softball career.
First of all, I am a strong advocate for travel softball. Two of my daughters played travel softball at different levels for years. That is where they learned the game, fundamental and advanced skills, how to handle failure and success, how to deal with getting cut, how to earn playing time and to compete against other teams. They did not learn these things in the recreation league and certainly not in school.
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