It seems like the baseball season just starts. You are busy driving your son/daughter to baseball/softball at least 3 days a week, if not more. There are times it seems like you live in your car, and survive on snack stand food or drive-thru fare. You come home at night exhausted and bitten up from all the bugs. Sitting on the bench makes your behind permanently sore. But after all the runs are scored, and the last piece of equipment is put away, what then? What happens when the season is over?
As a well-seasoned baseball Mom, I can certainly help you out with some great tips for post-season wrap up. They are fast and easy, and will have you ready to go when the next season starts.
- Sit down and relax. You earned it! Being a baseball parent is one of the most rewarding things. You get to have fun, learn a few things, and watch your children learn perseverance and hard work pays off. No matter if your child’s team wins or loses, the lessons learned will last a lifetime. Kick back with your favorite drink and reflect on the fact that you were a big part of this lesson, because you showed them dedication and seeing things through.
- Prepare the uniform to be returned. Take some time to carefully go over the uniform, checking for tears and loose buttons. Take a few minutes to repair them before you wash the uniform thoroughly. Our uniform shirts belong to the organization and need to be returned in a timely manner. Getting this done first will ensure that it is ready to go when the time comes. Our kids purchase their own pants, so I am usually not as concerned about those. I do take time to soak them in a bucket before I wash them. I have yet to see a single pair of my son’s pants without grass stains.
- Clean your child’s cleats. Good cleats are an important part of playing baseball. Taking time to clean them well, get rid of the dirt accumulated, and checking for rips and loose parts makes it easier to store them for the winter season. Using a cloth with a little bit of Dawn detergent makes the job much easier. After they are completely dry, take a moment to spray them with Lysol, you will be glad you did when they get pulled out in the Spring.
- Empty out their bat bag. Take a few moments to turn it inside out and shake out all the dirt. Wipe it down and let it dry before you put it away. If possible, store it empty during the winter if you have room to put their equipment somewhere else.
- Properly clean and store the glove. Most baseball kids know how to take care of their glove during a game, but don’t always remember to season it for the winter. Get some glove cleaner from your local sporting goods store, and clean using the directions. Before you store it, stick a clean baseball in it, and then rubber band it. That will help it hold its shape during the off-season.
As much fun as baseball is, there is the time when it has to come to an end. Keep track of equipment and keeping it in good shape can seem like a daunting task. But, it really can be easy, and not take a lot of time. I have been a baseball Mom for the past 7 years, so this is all things that work each and every season. In the end, the time spent caring for the equipment will save you time and money in the future.