We had a great time in baseball this year. Jeff hadn't planned on coaching this year but was more than happy to when they asked him to do it. As always, I was so proud of the job he did with the boys and the team. He took a team that did not win any games the year before and had an amazing season...holding 1st place in our league for most of the games. He was so patient with the boys and so good at combining discipline with encouragement. He, as well as the other coaches, focused so much on attitude, even when it meant sitting the boys out to teach them consequences of bad behaviors during the game. I was so proud of how well our team did but even more proud of how they learned to play together and encourage one another. This was one of the best seasons that we have ever had! I hope that Jeff will be coaching this team again next year.
One of the coaches is missing in this photo. Coach Toby was in a terrible accident shortly after the season started, causing him to miss part of the season and spend the other part coaching from the sidelines in a wheelchair. We are all just so thankful that he was okay and able to be there at all. The players and coaches are all wearing green ribbons in the photo in honor of Toby.
I loved listening to Jeff's talks with the team before and after the games. He always had encouraging words for them, even when they lost. He gave them stickers to put on their helmets for different things, like good attitude, hitting, great plays, etc. At the end of the season, he gave a $50 gift card to the player with the most stickers. I think this is so much funner for the boys than handing out game balls every game.
Carter hit very well this year. He has always had his moments of hitting in past years, but he really seemed to get it this year. He hit more and hit harder than ever before. So much of it came from Jeff's willingness to spend the time working with and encouraging him...building confidence. Carter is so lucky to have a dad who will do that!