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It Would be a Long Day

Greg Cruthers & Hayley Cruthers - Ball State University SoftballMy wife and I left the house around 6:00am Saturday morning to watch our baby's first games as a Ball State Cardinal.  The drive takes us just under 4 hours to get to Muncie, Indiana.  It was a chilly morning, but not a cloud in the sky as the day went on to become almost 70 degrees. 

They would be playing a double header, but we had no idea whether she would get to play or not.  They've got 20 very talented girls on their roster and are expected to contend for another Mid American Conference Championship next spring, so the incoming freshman will have an uphill battle to get any playing time.

One thing for sure is that it was going to be a long day as at some point after the games we would have to say goodbye to our baby and drive back home.  It's something parents just like us have been doing for many years before us and will continue to do after this part of our journey is over.

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No Time for Breaks?

You and your daughter may have heard this advice from a coach, player or another parent, "If you want to be the best you can be, you've got to practice and put the time in.  There's no time for breaks."  The problem with this well-intentioned pearl of wisdom is that it is partially true.  Your daughter will need to practice a lot to be the best she can be.  However, if she doesn't take a break now and then, she will either risk becoming burned out or injured.

If you don't believe me, try swinging the bat 100 times off the tee every night of the week and let me know how that works out for you.


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