We have all had the unfortunate experience at some point in our lives to see the Flight for Life helicopter hovering in to do everything they can to save someone who has been in a terrible accident and needs immediate care. Knowing that this resource is there when you need it is very comforting and allows people to have hope in what might have been a hopeless situation.
Well, we have a situation on the softball field that is not life-threatening but is certainly is starting to feel a little hopeless!
We need to create a “No Fly Zone” at the softball field! And the No fly Zone will keep low flying parents from helicoptering around the dugout, bullpen and team meetings.
I appreciate parents and all the support they provide their kids to play our great game. I understand that they invest a tremendous amount of time, energy and money. I know they all want what is best for their kids. We all know you love your kid but…
You chose this team for a reason…let these coaches coach it.
Your child needs to learn some responsibility…they can pack a snack or bring a drink to the dugout.
You wanted this coach to help motivate your child. Let them coach your kid, even when it includes a little butt chewing!
Your child wants to become more independent. Let them!
Your child loves you. Your hovering around their every move won’t change that.
Your child hears and sees everything you say and do. Don’t embarrass them.
Parents stop helicoptering around your kid and let them play the game. All you are doing is creating a scene, that isn’t life-threatening but it certainly is fun-threatening.
About the Author: Tory Acheson brings a wealth of knowledge to the Fastpitch Prep staff. He has coached at all levels of the game, including the last 25 years at the college level at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside, Tennessee Tech and Kennesaw State. He began his coaching career at the high school level spending 9 years Whitnall High School in Greenfield, Wis. and is now working as a professional softball instructor.