Last Spring, in the middle of New Hampshire’s short-lived softball season, an awful thing happened. My daughter broke her arm.
Now, it wasn’t a severe break, or one that required surgery but it was enough to require a cast for 3.5 weeks and ensure that softball season was over for her.
Not to sound harsh but my mind went to “how do we keep her involved”after the initial chaos of the break. I was taught you never quit or leave your team before the season is done. Granted, this was more to the thought of “I don’t like this” but this felt like a good opportunity to teach Paige how to be involved when she couldn’t be on the field.
First thing we did was to contact her coaches. They truly made her still feel like part of the team, even with her cast. After meeting and talking with them, we came up with a game plan.
How to Have Your Injured Player Still Be Part of the Team
Attend practice anyways. This kept her in the loop of hanging out with her teammates. While she couldn’t catch/throw/hit/run, she was there. She could watch the coach demonstrate a technique, carefully pick up balls in the outfield, and provide an extra body when needed.
Be at the games and in uniform. While her bright blue cast clashed with the neon green of her uniform, she was there. She helped coaches with the roster, she’d wear a helmet and round up the balls behind the catcher and high five her teammates on their way out of the dugout. She became the team cheerleader without being a cheerleader.
Talk about it. An injury is hard on you. Sometimes your self-esteem can take a blow when you can’t do what you want to. Be patient and remind your player that this isn’t forever. Promises of batting cages once the cast was off and doctor approval don’t hurt either.
Participate in league activities. Not much goes on for our town as a league besides fundraisers and opening/closing ceremonies but she was involved. She wore her uniform and sold her calendars and she was there to receive her participation trophy and celebrate the end of the season.
As much as it stinks to have a broken arm the day of your birthday and to spend the first part of summer with a cast and strict instructions on “what to do”, it was a lesson on how you’re still important even when not an active member of a team.
There are so many great baseball mom t-shirts on the market. And my favorites can be found on Amazon. With Amazon Prime, I can find the perfect t-shirt for an upcoming weekend of baseball and get my shirts in two days.
There are hundreds and hundreds on Amazon but I am sharing my favorites with you! These are my go-to shirts to wear during baseball season, and, well ok, all year round! Just because my boys aren’t playing doesn’t mean I’m not a baseball mom 365 days a year.
The Best Baseball Mom T-Shirts You Can Get on Amazon
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Baseball Love Shirt – This is a must-have t-shirt! Every baseball mom needs this one.
Hey Batter, Batter – This 3/4 sleeve Raglan shirt is perfect for Fall Ball!
Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend – Yes they are!
Baseball and Bats American Flag Tank – Every baseball mom needs a good tank for those hot days at the fields!
Summer Nights and Ball Park Lights – This is my all-time favorite baseball mom shirt! You can easily wear this all year round.
But First Baseball – This is seriously the baseball moms motto!
Maternity Baby Bump Tee – If you are expecting another ball player, this maternity shirt is for you!
Swing for the Fences – This scoop neck sleeveless tank looks great layered or worn alone and are softly shaped to flatter a woman’s curves.
“I’m A Baseball Mom I Dont Keep Calm” – It’s so hard to keep calm when you are baseball mom!
Love my Baseball Player – Show off how much you love your ball player!
It’s a Sliding Into Home Kinda Day – Another great shirt that you can wear all year long.
Sorry I Can’t My Son Has Baseball – We’ve all been there!
Baseball All Day – This shirt is perfect for a tournament.
While these shirts are great, make sure you remember to support your team and league and grab a shirt from them too!
As we all head to the local sporting goods store to stock up on our baseball gear, don’t forget that there are new bat rules for this year! Remember, you can’t use last year’s bat unless it has the USA Baseball log on it so double check your bats before using them.
If your child plays in any of the following leagues, as of January 1st, 2018 they must be using a bat that falls under the new USA baseball bat standard (USABat).
- American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC)
- Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball
- Dixie Youth Baseball
- Little League Baseball
- Pony Baseball
So why the change in the bat rules?
In order to maintain the integrity of youth baseball, the USABat Standard will create wood-like performance in youth bats while allowing younger players to use light-weight bats that could not be achieved with wood bats.
Ready to pick the right bat for your ball player?
When looking for your new bat, the number one thing you need to look for is the USA Baseball logo. It will look like one of these:
The new rules state that the leagues listed above will allow new USAbat approved bats in both 2 1/4″ and 2 5/8″ for ages 14 and under (not including Tee-ball). The new standard “will not have a drop weight limit so young players can use bats made with light weight materials.”
Tee ball bats (lengths 26″ and shorter) are not affected by this new rule. However, participating leagues will require them to have the USA Baseball mark on them. Tee Ball bats that were produced and/or purchased prior to the implementation of the new standard can be certified using an Approved Tee Ball Sticker via the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program.
All new bats that bear the USABat licensing mark will be permissible for play in the leagues and tournaments of the participating youth baseball organizations. A full list of certified bats can be found here.
Wood bats are still ok, too! Solid, one piece wood bats are approved for use under USABat with or without the USA Baseball Certification Mark. Multi-piece and composite wood bats must feature the USA Baseball Certification Mark to be approved for play.
For more information on the USABat standard and a complete list of bats approved through the USABat Standard, visit usabat.com.