2015 16u Mid-Michigan Firestix Coach Greg CruthersWell it's official.  I will be coaching fastpitch travel softball again: The 2015 16u Mid-Michigan Firestix.  I am really excited to continue my softball journey working with an old friend, Kevin Babcock, who I played baseball with from little league to varsity to the adult league after graduating high school.  Kevin took over the club years ago and has turned it into a respectable and successful organization. 

My daughter Hayley recognized this last fall and decided to play with the 18u team this summer.  As I wrote after our first tournament, "They're all a lot of fun and there's no drama.  I'm going to play with them next summer," she said.  She didn't say anything about what kind of team they were or if she thought they'd win tournaments."  This summer has been a lot of fun with great girls, coaches and parents.  I've spent the weekends as a parent watching his daughter having fun playing the game she loves.  How awesome is that?

Coaching is not a egotistical venture for me.

kevin babcockDuring the 2 years I was an assistant coach with Finesse Fastpitch I made it clear that I would not coach my daughter even though she was on the team.  And I didn't begin helping coach the Swartz Creek Varsity until my daughter graduated.  I've mentioned that before on this blog.  She plays her final 18u tournament this weekend.  With her future summers focused on her career, she'll probably not play 23u.  With her moving on and after watching the Firestix teams from different age groups this summer, I told Kevin (left) that I thought I could help the club.  Long story short, he and I will be coaching 16u.

Giving Back

Coaching is not an egotistical venture for me.  It is a means for me to give back to the sport that has brought so much joy and numerous fond memories to our family.  We have been fortunate to have had great people in our community and beyond who have taken the time to help my daughters and me during our softball journeys.  I feel obligated to help as many players and families as possible throughout their journeys.  I am going to do my best to use the knowledge and experience I've acquired over the years to help the Mid-Michigan Firestix Softball Club

When my daughter was getting started in travel softball 10 years ago, I did not feel there were any clubs in the area who could help her develop into the player she is today.  That is no longer the case.  The recent success that the Firestix have enjoyed proves you no longer have to take your daughter to Southeastern Michigan to help her learn, excel and gain exposure in softball.

I will be teaching the fundamentals of the game, advanced skills and most importantly good sportsmanship; to compete with class.  I will help the older girls and their parents with all aspects of the college recruiting process from dealing with the emotional roller coaster ride to what to expect when they're in college.  I will do the best I can to help each girl be the best they can be by controlling their attitude, effort and focus. 

For those of you who are interested in becoming a part of a quality fastpitch travel softball club, the Firestix Tryouts are the weekend of August 16th and 17th.  I hope to see you there!  For new readers if you'd like to learn a little more about me and my experience check out the Mission of Softball Journey.

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