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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?

kelsey shifferdeckerIn February I wrote, What Hockey Pucks and Softballs Have in Common, which has over 30,000 reads to date.  My daughter's teammate took a line drive to the face in the first game of their 2015 season in Nashville.  As I said, "I just witnessed the most frightening event I’ve ever seen in the game of softball this past weekend."   It has forever changed my opinion concerning pitchers wearing face masks.  This is a follow up article to Kelsey's amazing recovery.  

Playing sports has taught me that when faced with adversity, you can choose who you want to be and how you respond to each test you face.

***Photos courtesy of Ball State***

Read more: The Amazing Return of the "Fighter"

I just witnessed the most frightening event I’ve ever seen in the game of softball this past weekend.  I firmly believe it is time for the powers that be in the game of Fastpitch Softball to step up and do something about it.  My daughter’s college teammate Kelsey, a junior pitcher from Belton, MO, was struck in the face by a line drive in the first game of the 2015 season.  It was horrific and those watching will never forget that moment or the sound it made when the ball hit her.  In the past I’ve been reluctant to call for rules concerning masks.  This experience has changed my point of view and the entire point of this article is to change yours too.

A hockey puck and softball off the bat can travel at speeds of over 100mph. 

Read more: What Hockey Pucks and Softballs have in Common?

WhisperI still remember the day we played a game back in school where the teacher asked all of the students to form a single-file line at the front of the class.  We did so wondering what the teacher was up to.  She said, “Class, I’m going to whisper something to the first student at this end of the line.  That student will whisper what I said to the next student and so on until we get to other the end of the line.”  She then whispered something into the first student’s ear and on down the line it went.  

Adults can be every bit as childish when it comes to gossip and rumors.

**Picture courtesy of ikeepsafe.org**

Read more: Dealing With Gossip & Rumors