Pressure. The pressure that parents put on their kids. It is sad.
Today our 2 kids played 3 games again. 1 baseball/2 softball.
The Situation… Bases loaded… 2 outs… Bottom of the final inning. The team is down by one run. The count is 3-2… The batter hasn’t swung at any of the first 5 pitches. Her parents begin yelling at her to “SWING THE BAT! SWING THE BAT!” She glares at her parents…
On the next pitch, a ball out of the strike zone, a pitch she normally wouldn’t swing at, she started her swing but stopped it… called strike 3 on the check swing! Game Over…
What would have been a base on balls and tie game…
All because her parents were putting heated pressure on her to swing the bat.
I find this sad. This is supposed to be fun.
Last week we heard a coach completely LOSE it on the field because he was SCREAMING at HIS OWN CHILD during a practice! Why? This is supposed to be fun.
We also heard another mom last week, who was a self-proclaimed softball superstar in college, telling her daughter whether or not to swing at a pitch as the ball IS IN MID-FLIGHT!
Why? This is supposed to be fun.
With this tremendous pressure that parents are placing on their kids, it is going to drive them away from doing something they love, or something that they are really good at.
Why can’t they be there to celebrate in the good times and encourage in the bad times?
I wish parents could just enjoy watching their kids play…
At this game today, not only did this girl feel like she let her parents down, she felt like she let her team down. That is too much responsibility for one to have because her parents put tremendous pressure on her to do something she wasn’t comfortable doing… She is a decent hitter and had a good chance to make the right decision at the plate.
My kids have both struggled at the plate recently… it’s been hard for them. But today our daughter went 2-2 in her first game and walked twice in her second game. Why? Because of her HARD WORK! She has been taking extra batting practice and working with “Coach Dad” to get better. She could have easily gotten discouraged and walked away from softball forever! But no! We have encouraged her. She knows that her parents believe in her and support her. NO MATTER WHAT! In good times and in bad times! Today, we CELEBRATED with her! We TRUSTED her and she BLOSSOMED!
There was definitely no screaming involved.
Kids need just their parents to BELIEVE in them!
One day these high pressure parents are going to be surprised at the answer when they ask, “You don’t want to play ball anymore?”