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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?

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?