In Part 2 of this series on how a baseball summer camp can improve your season (Part 1 was on throwing accuracy), we talk about the value of sportsmanship and team play and how a summer camp can help with these skills. (And YES, they are skills)
Throughout every season players experience the trials and tribulations of success and failure, both as a team and as an individual. Learning how to deal with these ups and downs are what will allow you maintain good sportsmanship and be a team player all season long.
So how can a baseball summer camp help with this?
Winning versus Losing – with lots of fun individual competitions and team games over the course of the camp you learn to deal with disappointment and success. They are going to happen during the season and in life, let's learn about it here!
Coaches stress skills like hustle, fair play, and sportsmanship - They always reiterate how important these characteristics are not only for your development as a player but in everyday life. Wins and losses fade away, but you are always remembered how you carried yourself in these categories.
Learning how to work as a team - to achieve specific goals. Baseball and life are both team sports. What a great place to work on it!
Understand and find the balance between competition and enjoyment - Not every day is the Olympics! There are times to turn up the intensity and times to enjoy the moment. Mental Performance Coach Jen Scorniaenchi also writes - What is More Important? Winning or Having Fun?
When you return to your team you will have spent a whole week with constructive feedback about how you can take your game to the next level and help your team regardless of the situation.
If you have a moment please share with everyone how you teach your child about sportsmanship and team play. Or if you have any good stories or examples of sportmanship we'd like to hear them.
Attending a summer baseball camp and learning about good sportsmanship is something that can improve not only this season but also stick with them for their entire life. Make sure you get to at least one this summer!