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Uniform Update

Collection of Jerseys with names on the back will be available at Castle Glen this Saturday 7 Sept from 10am to noon. 
 

Please note sizes 2, 10, 12 & 14 are on back order.

I have been advise these may not be available for the start of the season being Saturday 14 September.  If you are new or cant squeeze into the one from last year can you please pop down on Saturday and we will loan you a sample one to wear. 
They should be available for the second week.
I do apologise for the delay.

All new Tee ballers if you haven’t got your uniform yet.
Please come down this Saturday to purchase.


Our new eftpos machine will be available or you can pay cash.

Chiara


The Card Ride Home Pt-6

The final installment in this 6 part series, the entire series can be re-visited in the archive section.

THE CAR RIDE HOME (that takes 5 minutes)

6) The car ride home is an experience that helps define a parent / child relationship. Here are six topics that have helped me improve myself, understand my son better and allow him to challenge himself to be the best athlete he can. This is your sixth ride sitting in the backseat of my car listening in on our relationship. And if you’re wondering… yes, he did agree to everything written.

Why your patience is a huge key with your child.

A while back I spoke with a high performance coach who also happened to be a scout for a Major League club. He had observed for many years the anxiety parents struggle with as they watch their kids develop in the game.

He asked me to write something on patience. He just wished parents could be more patient with their young athletes and the process. He wished parents could understand that some kids are not skilled or mentally tough enough for professional baseball. They maybe more suited to different levels of college or even being content with being a valuable player in a state team or a club team.

It’s very hard to see clearly where our child sits in the big scheme of things—next to impossible, actually. I find it hard. I like to think I have an understanding of my son but I know I’m blinded. If I applied the odds to my son making it to the top I should be locked up; fancy allowing him to throw away many years of his life striving for a goal that only 6% of those signed professionally ever run onto a major league field. That’s why young athletes are encouraged to have backup plans.

I justify my son’s position: he’s an ‘all or nothing’ guy. I know that’s my characteristic so I don’t know how much it’s me being ‘all or nothing’ for him or him believing it himself. I tell others he’s shooting for the stars and when he falls—as everyone falls at some point—that though the fall will be hard and discouraging, even depressing, family will be there to support him.

This is his reckless adventure.

If my wife and I aren’t patient we will be of no help keeping him on the rails, and he will not listen to our words when we do have something to say.

There must be calmness and a resolute smile about our long suffering. Yes, long suffering, an old English interpretation of what patience means. A parent once said to me, we need to happily suffer together on the sideline.

Be realistic. This sounds hypocritical coming from a parent who encourages his kid on a reckless adventure, but I’ve sort feedback of where my kid sits in comparison to others: skill wise, mentally, and with his work ethic. I’ve been offended by some truths and wanted to be defensive. Fortunately, I chose to say nothing, feel the internal suffering, and take it as positive input for my son to learn from.

Bottom line, if I don’t show patience, if I don’t seek realistic input from outsiders who can observe my son better than me, I am not helping him and am only holding him back. Hard truth to swallow.

Allow your child to become a better you.

Allow your child to find their way.

With patience they will listen to you. With impatience they will ignore you.

Mark Maguire

(You can contact me at maguireonfire@bigpond.com if you would like to discuss your experience or dilemma. I’m always open to learning something new and I’m always open to giving time and thought to help)

Teams Update (Live Ball Only)

For 10’s and up ONLY (Not TeeBall)

We will be finalising our teams shortly and most coaches should have their team lists sent to them by tonight. 
REMINDER – You need to be REGISTERED to be allocated into a team

We are hoping teams can begin their own training sessions ASAP, however we may continue to do age based training for some groups for the rest of the week. Posts will go up daily with info relating to age based training

We are looking for a Coach for our 17U Div 2 Team – if anyone knows anyone that would like to coach please let me know.

We also need a few players for our 11/2’s team which only has 7 players – spread the word! 

The Car Ride Home Pt-5

THE CAR RIDE HOME (that takes 5 minutes)

5) The car ride home is an experience that helps define a parent / child relationship. Here are six topics that have helped me improve myself, understand my son better and allow him to challenge himself to be the best athlete he can. This is your fifth ride sitting in the backseat of my car listening in on our relationship. And if you’re wondering… yes, he did agree to everything written.

How to ask those difficult questions.

For the first time in my life I recently had the thought my son might of just hit his peak. I dreaded the thought. My world of believing he is going to become a great baseball player was in turmoil.

It came about when I heard of other similar aged baseball players in the USA and Latin America clocking times in their sixty-yard dash that blew my son’s times off the track. Though he is one of the fastest players in this country, over in the centre of baseball universe he wasn’t turning any heads there with his time.

I considered asking him do you think you’ve hit your peak. But I couldn’t ask him that. Does that send a message I don’t believe in him. Surely I can’t ask him that. I know he was still recovering from a hamstring injury when he was recently time trialled and I know he was very disappointed with his time. Yet, I felt like I was betraying him by doubting him.

Though I was feeling confused I didn’t need to blurt out whatever I was feeling. I’ve done that too many times before. I thought about it and decided to rephrase and reframe any questions I wanted to ask.

“What do you think of that time that Dominican kid hit in his sixty?” I asked.

“Very impressive, no wonder the Dominican was offered 5.1mil’,” he said.

“But 6.3, how is that possible?”

“I know, it’s unbelievable, isn’t it.”

“I know your target was 6.4, but could you ever hit 6.3.”

“Dad, get me a sprint coach and I’ll get close to equalling that time.”

“Really, do you believe that you can compete with that time?”

“Yes I do. Speed is my number one tool and I see where I need to be.”

“So you have no doubts about yourself that you haven’t hit your peak.”

“No way! I want to train harder now and get my body in better condition.”

At the end of the conversation I was slightly embarrassed suggesting if he doubted himself. Fortunately, because the conversation was framed around the Dominican’s time, my son took it as an inspiration and something positive to strive for.

Often times, when we ask or tell our kids things it’s out of our frustration. We care; we care deeply; we care too much. We care to the point that clouds our view of what’s really going on. And as much as it is good to ask questions (and not blurt our presumptive statements), if we ask when we are not calm and have applied little thought to our words, it is very obvious the issue is really all about us and not about our child.

It’s ok, we’ve all done this. It doesn’t take much to turn this around. Suffer for a bit longer and ask yourself what do I want my child to take out of this conversation. If it is about you getting something off your chest you’ll only pass your suffering onto them. If you want to pass on calmness and encouragement to your child, make sure you’re first calm and your questions are framed in an encouraging way.

Mark Maguire

(You can contact me at maguireonfire@bigpond.com if you would like to discuss your experience or dilemma. I’m always open to learning something new and I’m always open to giving time and thought to help)