This post is sponsored by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
My husband grew up playing baseball…so when he had the opportunity to coach a softball team for our 12-year-old daughter, he jumped on it.
At the beginning of the season, he met his group of girls and discovered quickly that most of them had little to no experience playing softball. He knew that many of the teams that they’d be playing against that season had been together for years, and their combined lack of experience would not be in their favor.
They worked hard. They lost a lot of games, but by the end of the season each one of the girls was scoring. They could all hit the ball. A few had stepped up and found their favorite positions. He was so proud of each of them.
But perhaps most importantly, by the end of the season, each one of the girls and their parents were asking if they could keep this team together for next year. They loved playing together so much and recognized the progress that they’d made together – and the fun that they’d had – that they were eager to continue past this season. Next year, they won’t be a team of misfits, but a team that has worked hard and stayed together.
Have your kids had an experience with a sports team like that? Sometimes it’s not about winning, but about learning and growing together. And having fun.
What techniques and rituals have helped your kids’ teams to develop a strong sense of team spirit? What habits have helped your kids learn good sportsmanship?
As the Official Breakfast Sponsor of Little League, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes knows it’s not all about winning, but about how you Show Your Stripes – your passion, pregame rituals, team spirit, and good sportsmanship.
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