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    thinking back on your involvement in sports, what influence did it have on you? i coach a fastpitch team. most of the girls are 18 & high school seniors now, but we've been together for close to 6 years. i've seen the progression from 13 years up. the sport seems to have an empowering affect & the team interactions certainly are learning experiences. the game (softball) has most of the same logic to it as baseball. could be i want to ascribe more to it than is really there, actually there are times the team meals & hotel stays seem more important than the actual games.

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    by rasbobbo on Sun Apr 24, 2005 at 07:29:21 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks Ras (none)
      I think softball or any team endeavor teaches an enormous amount to kids.  Young women seem to gain an awful lot in the comraderie and learning of working together as a team, a unit, with the same goals.  I don't know about your group, but I suspect it is pretty much the same.  We cared more about the team effort than about if or when we got to play or how much we got to play when we did. (And make no mistake, we all wanted to play every inning of every game). Our focus was on winning in the best way we could.  Egos were pretty well under control and self esteem seemed to blossom.

      Yeah, the social parts of traveling and eating out together were the greatest.  We were very cohesive.  It also enhanced our understanding of each other.  We learned who might become a little weak in the knees if the pressure was too great, who you could always depend on, who would come up with that extra something just when you needed it.

      A fabulous experience and friendships that lasted for decades.  

      "Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes."

      by shirlstars on Sun Apr 24, 2005 at 07:40:04 PM PDT

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