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My recent articles, Top 10 Tips for Players at Softball Tryouts & When Parents Wave Red Flags have been widely read and shared. It was suggested recently that I write something to help parents & players on what they should look for in a travel softball team/club. Last year I posted, Travel Softball Tryouts - Common Questions & Answers, which addresses some of what you should look for in a team/club. This article will expand upon that.

2015 Mid-Michigan Firestix - Babcock & Cruthers

Read more: Top 10 Things to Look for in a Travel Softball Team

Tryouts are anxious times for many softball players.  While some of these bits of advice may seem like common sense, there's a couple that are often overlooked.  #7 is one of them.  Parents: After you drop off your daughter, find a place to quietly sit/stand and watch.  It's okay to chat with other parents, ask questions, etc.  Just know that it is likely at some point that you're trying out too.  My best advice for parents is to help your daughter to relax, give her encouragement, ensure she has everything she'll need (equipment & waters) and stay away from her until it's over. 

I am confident that you and your daughter will find these tips to be very helpful.  Best of luck to all of you!

Read more: Top 10 Tips for Players at Softball Tryouts

Another weekend of the 2015 summer travel softball season has just passed.  And with it, sadly, more stories of the unbelievable behavior of parents.  From a coach jumping a fence to break up a fight to a mom using her vehicle to block the tournament gate, you cannot make up the kind of lunacy that happens all too frequently at youth sporting events.

I had a long conversation with a couple of Division 1 college coaches this weekend who reiterated, with emphasis, what I’ve been told over recent years:  PARENTS ARE BEING RECRUITED TOO! 

Read more: When Parents Wave Red Flags

Swartz Creek BuntingIt’s that time of the high school season when you and your daughter are feeling one of two ways: Either you’re having a great time and don’t want it to end or you couldn’t be more ready to rejoin the summer travel team.  There are seldom any fence setters.  My daughter and I have experienced both extremes.  The year that her varsity team made it to the quarterfinals was one nobody wanted to end.  Another season, well, it was like, “Is it June yet?”  Coach’s have these same emotions too.  Whether they coach high school or travel ball or both, sometimes the seasons are tough to get through.  The hard part is surviving and making the most of bad situations and experiences during the season.

The point is that we all pass judgment upon others in some way shape or form.

Read more: Surviving One of those Softball Seasons

Hayley & Me - Rocky Mountain National ParkI’ve traveled across the country for softball, business and pleasure, in all but 5 states.  I grew up in the middle of Michigan and spent many weekends of my childhood up North camping.  We didn’t get out of Michigan much.  The last job I had required me to frequently travel the country by plane and car.  It opened my eyes as to how big America is.  We planned family vacations around revisiting some of these destinations for years.  I wanted my family to see what I had seen.  After that job ended I began doing the same, mostly by car, carting my daughter around to softball tournaments.

Or is she focused on the idea of what it will be like in the future when she achieves a certain goal?

Read more: Is She Enjoying The Journey?

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