Hot Summer Days on the Diamond

I remember like it was yesterday the first time one of my coaches asked me help “coach” at a summer softball clinic. I was in junior high and so excited to finally be one of the girls who were instructing the little ones, giving them pointers and tips on how to improve and be a better player. Ever since then, some of my best memories as a teacher of the game have come from summer camps and clinics, when it’s hot and sunny and there’s never enough shade, but the smiles of young players who are trying so hard keep you going and going and going…

This past week, I had over 40 girls ages 7-13 come to my camps through Blue Valley Recreation here in Overland Park. We didn’t battle the dust – we battled storm clouds and muggy temperatures! But it was a great four days of time spent doing what I really love to do – teaching young girls the fundamentals of the game. There never seems to be enough time to do all the drills and teach all of the things you want to teach at camps. My goal is always to be sure that they leave with more confidence in themselves and their game and to give them the tools to improve on their own. We only get better if we do more than what is expected – I know my campers last week left ready to become better softball players – with some fun along the way!  I can’t wait to see those smiles again next summer!

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Work Hard, Play Hard and Have Fun!    Christie A.

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