The team your child is on can have a powerful influence on them. It can be positive , or potentially, but hopefully not, a negative experience. This softball team has been a very powerful, and positive influence on my girlie this season.
The coaches help her try hard and are encouraging when she's not perfect and misses a catch, or strikes out. This entire fall season, she's excited to go to practice, and the games, which hasn't always been the case in past experiences. As a parent, it is so encouraging to see your child want to do well, to work at it, and to like what she's doing.
And because we've focused on baby-steps this season, even though she ended up getting out at first base, because she swung the bat, and HIT THE BALL, she still had a smile on her face on her way back to the dugout. You just can't ask for more.