You have waited a long time, and you may have sat through countless practice sessions. Sitting shivering in the cold, or perhaps you cheated and sat in the car with the heat running. In any case, the time has finally come! This seasoned baseball Mom is sharing her 5 tips to survive the first baseball game of the season.
I think I have lost track of how many seasons my son has played baseball. I have vague memories of sitting and watching that oh-so-painful first season of t-ball. And now my son is playing in the majors. Well, not the Major League, just the majors division of our local recreational league.
In any case, over the years I have learned that a true baseball Mom needs to have multiple personalities. Team Mom, Spectator Mom, Stay-Out-Of-It Mom, and First Game Of The Season Mom.
Today I am going to discuss First Game Of The Season Mom. Whether this is your very first season, or your umpteenth season, my tips for will help you survive the first game of the season with flying colors.
5 Tips To Survive The First Baseball Game Of The Season:
- Accept the fact that someone will get hurt. Whether it is your son or someone from the other team, just be prepared for an injury of some sort. All coaches are required to carry a first aid kit to each and every game, but it never hurts to have a backup. Here I am sharing how to create a portable first aid kit. Having one will definitely help you survive the first baseball game of the season. And everyone after!
- Get to know the other parents on your team. I know that it may seem silly to mention this, but trust me, it is a very important thing to do. Chances are, at some point, your child may need a ride or someone else’s child will need a ride as well. By getting to know the other parents on your team NOW, will help make the rest of the season a little easier.
- Read the rules BEFORE the first game. Save yourself the embarrassment of yelling at the ump for something you have no idea what you are talking about. It will save your child from a lot of flak from their team mates. My husband is our organization’s representative on the baseball board, so I make it my business to know the rules!
- Make sure you have all your equipment with you. Teams can be disqualified if they don’t have enough players because the athlete forgot something at home or brought the wrong bat. My advice is to make sure you have everything ready the night before. And check again. And again.
- Know where you are going before you actually leave to go there. Again, teams can have to forfeit the game because players don’t show up or get lost. Check out your route early, and leave will extra spare time. If you show up early at the field, you can get started on tip #2.
Oh, and here is one of my best tips: make sure you dress for 4 seasons! I kid you not. Spring baseball is the most unpredictable season out there, make sure you are ready for it. I also have a great post on what Mom needs for a new baseball season. This has been my most viewed post, ever, so make sure you check it out!
Youth baseball has been one of our family’s most treasured thing to participate in. We have made friends that have spanned over the years and we are like family. One thing I would like to add is that if you are that seasoned Mom, reach out to the parents of the new players. Make them feel welcome. Get them involved. You will never regret it!
Here are a few more helpful baseball posts:
Snack Ideas For Baseball Moms
On Being A Baseball Mom
Baseball Equipment Is Expensive