If she is having fun and loves it..... then nothing else matters. If she isn't have her moved.
Nearly everyone of us on the board has had the same journey. Go to Tincher pitching and read about a legendary athlete and her fathers jpurney. He had all the same feeling as you. My DD came to this late on the cusp of 13 and I always felt she was going to be behind the curve. But she has battled to learn, battled expectations and injuries. I still feel that college ball is outside her grasp (but who knows), but for me the lessons of those battles are incaculable going forward in life. So Bucket On!
BTW, if you stick around here, you get to watch others' journeys as well. And while they are not yours, who cant be happy for stories like BT3100. It is why we are a nation of sports addicts!
Thanks - We go to a Tincher Coach...... And that's the other thing..... for a 9/10 year old to learn that Rotation throw.... Jesus!!!!! So many things to go wrong.
I almost also regret starting her with Tincher - But, again, we'll see. I think Denny is coming to our town in a few months so, we'll see him... And I read his blog.
What also sucks about youth Sports and Pitching is that in the Rec leagues I see... the team that celebrates, Carries the trophy off the field and gets all the glory on Facebook is the same team coaches that cried all year about having no pitching and it not being fair..... So instead of Growing pains of working thru 2-3 girls learn a windmill, they trot out Girls just lobbing the ball and Win it all.....
So, the girls that Work at it 100x more get Zero Reward.....
The other issue I have to overcome it.... I'm the Rec coach and have been asst..... I could always go out there and lighten things up.... Now I signed some from that says I can't even yell stuff....lol
If she is enjoying it, learning, growing, she'll do nothing but get better. Have her back, keep everything positive, even when she has a tough outing.
The best advice I ever got from a Wise Old Coach: "Spend more time doing what she wants to do and less time making her do what your want to do."
Some kids like to fish. Some kids like to ski. Some kids likes to pitch.
You've spent most of your life doing what you want to do. Spend some time doing what she wants to do. It is a fantastic experience if you open yourself up to it.
"We" never started pitching? Uh...how many pitches have you thrown during a game? Your DD is pitching. You are helping her.I wish we never started pitching - seemed like fun.. "Daddy I want to pitch"... Oh Sureeeeeee.. Good Times...
You know, my kids were in the band. I can't count how many sucky concerts I went to. It took years before they could play a song that was close to right...but, I went anyway.I don't let her know my feelings but, It's not enjoyable at all....
News flash: People enjoy different things.I really don't know why anyone pitches other than some sick Mega Athlete...
A lot of great athletes don't like to pitch...my DD#3, e.g. Loved softball, hated pitching...although she had the natural ability for pitching that most people only dream about.
DD#1 is a different story. She had little interest in playing 1B...hitting was OK. But, she *loved* to pitch.
Pitchers unfairly get blamed for losses and unfairly get credit for wins.And I know kids experience "Failure" at other sports but, do you need to be THE ONE out there all alone with the entire Game / Season / Team on your back????
If that is what she wants, great. It is up to your DD, not you. She is taking on the responsibility, not you.
You have a bad case of not being able to separate yourself from her.So, we're spending every other day of a kids life throwing a ball just to be the freaking Pinata????
You aren't going to be the pinata....she is. It is her problem, not yours.
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Every softball parent has a chef's knife and a hockey mask in the trunk of the car.
Just think the OP will be a pitcher princess dad in a few years. Coaches from all over the land will be bugging him to bring his DD to their team.
No need to buy a chair for the games since you will be pacing up down the base lines during her games!