Mother Nature is a ________!


They play high school softball during the fall in Georgia, which means we all have to recreate our lesson schedules for the back to school transition period. I understand that this first couple weeks is going to be an exercise in patience, frustration and accommodation.  


My clients and their parents are very conscientious about my time and let me know as soon as they can when things change. They are quick to text with the changes and inquire about optional times that might work later in the week. I’m very lucky to have such good people working with me.


However, that doesn’t mean I like Mother Nature and all she does to make everyone crazy this time of year.


What’s so tough you ask?


I think Mary Poppins sang about ” a few of her favorite things”, well Mary didn’t play, coach or give lessons during the fall season in Georgia!!


A few of my “not favorite things”:

  • Rained out, lighteninged out, or just plain too wet to play

  • Played so poorly coach has added an extra practice or two

  • Tryouts

  • Played so poorly coach added a “team bonding” event

  • Played so well coach added a “team bonding” event

And on the list goes…


Trust me when I say I am not really complaining, maybe, just whining a little bit. I’m very lucky to have a full schedule working with a bunch of great kids.  No one is crying too many tears over the difficulties this transition period presents for me or any other instructor.


Just don’t expect me to get too excited when the storm clouds roll in, my phone will be blowing up shortly after.


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.