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Belmont Bandits 10U baseball team

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The lonely, cold road

Jan. 31, 2018

We have been practicing a couple times per week recently, and trying to get as much work in as possible due to the weather conditions that have surrounded us of late. Luckily we have the indoor facility to work on pitching, hitting, baserunning, etc. We can't wait to get outside, and will feel more comfortable when we are able to do just that.

We have signed up for all our tournaments this year, and look forward to sharing that schedule with our parents. We will keep the dates when we are playing a little close to our vest, so that we avoid as many of those late calls for schedule changes as possible that a couple teams like to do. We look forward to playing everyone, no matter who it is and trying our best....win or lose. It's easy to make a call to not play someone, or play a one-day and use up the same two pitchers every tournament. We are not trying to go 40-0. We won't go 40-0, or 35-5. That's reality.

Baseball is a very humbling game. No matter your perception - be it warped or accurate - of how you view our coaches and team, we deal daily with the realities that any team can win a baseball game at any age, at any time. We don't attempt to demand respect by asking for it;  we do the exact opposite - we ask our boys to earn it through sacrifice, through fire. It sounds funny to talk about 10u sports this way, but whether anyone wants to say the truth aloud or not that is exactly what we are all involved in. The road of practice offers many valuable life lessons that help prepare the boys for these very public games where they experience both excitement and humiliation.  It's not too much baseball if you are able to do it, WANT to do it and can actually do it.

The schedule we are signing up to play sets our team up to be embarrassed, challenged, excited, happy, sad, frustrated and surprised. It's OK. It would be real easy to go find the easiest tournaments, organizations, times, dates and teams to play to make sure a W/L record stands at a certain percentage. That isn't what we are about. I look forward to seeing how these boys compete at this new age group and level of play. Baseball gets harder every year, and it is always fun to see how each individual and the team as a whole responds to these new challenges they will face.




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