Learning from Champions!
Congratulations to the 2015 Kansas City Royals on an exciting and fruitful end to a quest that began so many months ago! How do these guys get to be the best in the business? Size? Talent? Luck? All of the above?
A-Rod once said, “Enjoy your sweat because hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but without it, you don’t have a chance.” And that’s from a guy who’s got top-tier talent.
I was thinking about the final game of the season last night on my way home and I stopped in at an indoor training facility in the area and my answer stared me right in the face. Here it was, Monday evening at 7 pm and there are 40 kids, mostly under the age of 13, having a blast.
Most were batting, doing tee work or soft toss. Some were taking live BP. A few bullpens and lessons were going on. Another group of guys were running laps around the facility and others were grabbing a sip of water in between drills.
It was great to watch players training to become better ballplayers for the upcoming season and having fun doing it.
For the Fun of the Game
In the end, it’s a game, and it’s got to be treated as such. If our players are getting better and having fun doing it, then they’ve found the formula for success. Hopefully, our young athletes can strike the balance between the two, learn how to be competitive, and play ball at the next level if they so choose.
If we, as their parents and coaches, can support them through that by keeping the game fun and helping them develop their skills, I’d say we’ve done our job.