I think about this title and it's a bit ironic. Yes, I just finished coaching my softball team of sixth and seventh graders, but we didn't keep a score book. Many may think that's odd, but when you're competition is usually a year older than most of your players looking back at scores is kind of a moot point.
The junior high school across the parking lot from my high school building fields two softball teams. I assist with the older "A-team" and I am charged with teaching the younger group about the rules and fundamentals of fast-pitch softball. We play a modest eleven game schedule and most of our games come after the "A" game and have a strict 60 or 75 minute time limit attached to them.
We may have not have had a very successful year in the overrated Win Column, but in my eyes it was a really good season and here's why:
1. the fifteen girls learned quite a bit about the game (base running, fielding, hitting, & etc.)
2. I saw marked improvement in their skill sets
3. they had fun and it seems that most will be back for another go next year
Boy, when I see them again next July I hope they've all added twenty-five pounds and three inches to their frames. Sixth graders are tiny!
I can't believe this was my thirteenth year coaching junior high softball and that another season has already come and gone. Time sure does fly when you're having fun.