For the past 11 years, I've been a soccer mom. At least 3 days a week, I have small people at soccer practices. Every weekend usually means at least 1 soccer game, sometimes as many at 12 among all 3 soccer players. I'm used to my soccer mom status. I've even come to embrace it.
Technically I've been a softball mom for a couple of years now. Sassy and Little Red both started playing in spring 2012. Sassy's played 2 spring seasons of t-ball, and Little Red has played 2 spring seasons of coach pitch.
For the first time, Little Red decided to play fall ball this year. Not only that, but she moved up from coach pitch to fast pitch. It's been quite a leap. There is a HUGE difference between a coach pitching to you and a 9 or 10 year old girl pitching to you.
The first couple of games this season were extremely difficult. The other team had some incredibly good pitchers. I think it intimidated poor Little Red. Each time she faced a pitcher who was her age, she just stood there, watching each pitch go by. Thankfully she was walked each time.
At the beginning of this week, she faced a team that was more like her team - a bunch of average 9 and 10 year old girls. The pitchers weren't ringers, just average pitchers. Once a pitcher walks 4 girls, the coach of the team at bat goes out to pitch. Little Red's coach pitched to her, and she actually swung at the ball! Not only did she swing, but she hit in 2 girls who scored runs 4 and 5 for that inning. A team is only allowed 5 runs in an inning, so then they switched sides. Her team won their first game of the season that night.
Little Red left that game very excited. I think I'm now a softball mom because she wants to keep on playing.
Here's a picture of her team after their first win.