Today’s Note was written by Steve Treacy is a sophomore Science-Business major at the University of Notre Dame. Steve is a student in the Social Foundations of Coaching class taught by Play Like a Champion Founding Director Clark Power and Program Director Kristin Sheehan, and is a photographer for the Notre Dame Athletic Department.
Coach Your Kids
From the age of four up to age of eighteen, I played baseball on my dad’s team in my town’s recreational league. Through those 14 seasons, my dad helped me evolve from a little kid who ran the wrong direction around the diamond into an athlete who was hitting home runs and stealing bases. The relationship between my father and I grew stronger as we spent countless hours together out on the diamond. The stories of the memories that we created through baseball could fill the pages of a million blogs; however, there is one story in particular that I would like to share.
In my junior year of high school, I decided that I wanted to try out for the high school varsity team. After playing in the recreational league for so long, I wanted to get the chance to prove that I belonged on the same field as the top players in my town as we competed against the top baseball players throughout the state. I trained all winter long--hitting in the cages daily, going to all the extra practices and workouts, and I even practiced staying in my catcher’s stance while I watched TV in order to continue improving my strength and my form. When tryouts came, I was in the best baseball shape of my life, and put everything I had into making the team. However, I was cut on the last day of tryouts, and told to “try again next year.” I was pretty bummed out.
A few days later, I was in the cafeteria eating lunch with my buddies Ty and Jack, both of whom were on the varsity team. They were talking about their upcoming opening-day game. I told them that I wished that I could have been out there with them, playing for the varsity team. Jack looked back at me and replied that he was jealous of my position because I got to play baseball with my dad as a coach. He said that his dad never had the time to coach a team, even when he was little. He had always wished that he could have played with his dad.