Tuesday, December 10, 2019
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HI Tom,
FYI- Jake’s little league team went 3-9 during the season but the kids kept working and we kept working with them. The result is now they’re a much better team and they’ve won 2 straight playoff games, beating 2 of the top 3 teams in the league. Last game they scored 4 runs on 5 hits for a walk-off win after having 2 outs and no one on base in the last inning. The team they beat lost only one game all year and averaged 25 runs a game and we held them to 8!! Jake is having a great time and doing very well both at the plate and in the field. He even accepted a move to left field for the playoffs because the team needs him there, so he learned that the team comes first and he embraced that. I’m so proud of him!

This is one of the many ways in which youth sports are so good for kids. They learned that if they keep practicing, keep working hard and keep fighting then things always have a chance of going their way. They’ve also learned to trust and depend on one another for success. It’s been so much fun to see them accomplish so much. Tonight they go for 3 in a row and if they win they can finish no worse than 3rd. Like Bill Murray said in Caddy shack, “it’s a shinderella story…” LOL

Have a great day man!

The redemptive story here is not the fact that they won some games after some hard work and affirmation from the coaches, but in the life skills that they have learned and discovered.
Being okay with moving to left field for the sake of other people is a humble move that he will take with him for a lifetime.
Learning that it’s not what happened up until now that matters but what where we are and who we are now that really counts. This is the kind of life skill that they have in their hip pocket; an experience that they can refer back to and use as needed.
Learning that it takes hard work, practice, and perseverance to get to where they want to be is more valuable than words can say. They have learned this through the actual experience rather than being lectured about it. This is the way life lessons really stick.
I love that these guys have learned the value of relationships through working together and trusting in their teammates to change things around for the good. They are experiencing the significance of having people in their lives.
They have learned that submitting to authority figures who have their best interest in mind is not only important, but really pays off.
I know that they have learned first hand how motivating true affirmation used to give honest praise can be, as opposed to manipulation, which gives to get. Can you see 20 years from now that they will be good managers and parents because they have known and learned how to affirm?
Thank you Jim for being a role model for all those other coaches who are also coaching the “bad news bears” by saying, “let’s love these kids and never give up on them”.
Here’s for hoping that every kid in youth sports gets to be on a team that finds themselves in last place, so they too can know the feeling of redeeming a lost season by staying in there and watching things turn around!

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