We had some extremely successful fundraisers this season - we have sold doughnuts, bread, held an iPad raffle and had 2 very successful BBQs this past spring.
Thank you VERY much to everyone who supports the Vipers organization.
Just some thoughts about where we are. Most of this was talked about on 5-17-2012 meeting.
1. Our greatest challenge is not winning games, but making sure our kids still love this game at 18. Many of us had chances and we as parents want our kids to learn from our experiences, missed chances or mistakes and do better. I heard once that the best and most successfull teachers are those who inspire kids to go further, maybe faster and better than they ever did. We need to keep in mind that being a superstar at 12 is not worth a burnt out kid at 18.
2. We are growing fast. We have a waiting list of kids at each age group. Winning will help as well, but please, if your interested in joining us, please leave where you are now with character, love and respect. Please do not burn bridges. Our grass may not be greener over here. We also are interested in building this the right way, so please speak positively, put past behind you and then come be an encourager.
3. As we grow your son has to grow as well. The way we play at 9u is a lot different than at the high school level. By the time your son is a teenager he has to be able to accept criticism and make the changes needed. He really needs to be able to hear the truth and handle it the right way. There are tangible skill scouts look for that have to do with talent but they also look for intanglible skills such as additude and how they handle failure and success. Winning hides a lot of flaws, losing brings it all out and forward. By the teens your son should not be showing up to practice and that is the ony practice he gets. By that age he's not going to improve with out extra effort and work ethic outside of the organized practices. There is no crying in baseball. Hard but true. As much as we want everyone to be a part of what we are trying to do not everyone can make the cut. We provide developmental players opportunities on Saturdays to play some and those who take advantage of that have been improving. Sundays are seeded play for tournament winners - we will often use them as subs that day. It does not mean your son is a poor player, he just is not ready or may be in a slump. It happens to everyone. Parents you have to be tough too. Perception is often what parents react to. Ask questions and find out what is going on before you let "Stinking Thinking" ruin this experience and opportunity for you and your son.