Done With Travel Ball

After 22 years and three sons, I realized on our drive home from Jupiter last night that we were done with travel/showcase ball.  I have three sons who all played to some level and it has been a huge part of our lives for two decades.  From coaching to being a fan/dad, it has been the driving force for our springs through fall for 22 years. 

It began with a state championship for a bunch of kids from a little league in Toccoa Georgia and ended on the biggest platform the same way it started.  Youngest son, 2019, pitched against Toronto Blue Jays Scout Team yesterday in first game of World Championship.   Was supposed to only throw enough to get by and be available for first round of playoffs.  Ended up pitching a complete game 87 pitch shutout, 2 hits, no walks, 8 strikeout game topping at 87 after way too many innings this year, my fault and no one elses.  With over 50 pro scouts watching at one point he did what he does.  He hit his spots and threw 5 pitches for strikes only throwing 5 pitches in the fifth inning. 

He will now put the ball down and not pick it up until January.  Ready for whatever the future holds, whether it is UT in the Summer or getting drafted.  We ended this journey of our lives with great joy and passion.  I told him when he got out of the car that this was the biggest game he had ever thrown to this point when it comes to possible results and he performed. 

Thanks to everyone here for being part of this journey.  Along the way this has been a great resource, release place on bad days, friendships made, and the team he ended up finishing with was the team I found on here 11 years ago looking for a team for my middle son to play WWBA with.  We hear this all the time but this site is a great place for baseball parents.

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Sounds like you had a great ride and you certainly have passed on a lot of valuable information.  Congratulations to your son and best of luck to him.

The kids growing up is real rough.  Yesterday was senior day for my twins.  My daughter posted pictures on her FB account and I literally broke down in tears, in between bench press sets at the gym.

The last spring games for the two of them is gonna be brutal...

Pitchingfan, sounds like a great outing and a great ride. Congrats to your son and hope you enjoyed every minute of it.

I know it will hit me like a ton of bricks too, especially since my 2019 is my youngest...will be empty nesting it and looking for 10 year olds with sub-7 second 60-times to adopt.

 

PitchingFan posted:

After 22 years and three sons, I realized on our drive home from Jupiter last night that we were done with travel/showcase ball.  I have three sons who all played to some level and it has been a huge part of our lives for two decades.  From coaching to being a fan/dad, it has been the driving force for our springs through fall for 22 years. 

It began with a state championship for a bunch of kids from a little league in Toccoa Georgia and ended on the biggest platform the same way it started.  Youngest son, 2019, pitched against Toronto Blue Jays Scout Team yesterday in first game of World Championship.   Was supposed to only throw enough to get by and be available for first round of playoffs.  Ended up pitching a complete game 87 pitch shutout, 2 hits, no walks, 8 strikeout game topping at 87 after way too many innings this year, my fault and no one elses.  With over 50 pro scouts watching at one point he did what he does.  He hit his spots and threw 5 pitches for strikes only throwing 5 pitches in the fifth inning. 

He will now put the ball down and not pick it up until January.  Ready for whatever the future holds, whether it is UT in the Summer or getting drafted.  We ended this journey of our lives with great joy and passion.  I told him when he got out of the car that this was the biggest game he had ever thrown to this point when it comes to possible results and he performed. 

Thanks to everyone here for being part of this journey.  Along the way this has been a great resource, release place on bad days, friendships made, and the team he ended up finishing with was the team I found on here 11 years ago looking for a team for my middle son to play WWBA with.  We hear this all the time but this site is a great place for baseball parents.

Wow. There’s something in my eye....must be allergies...

PitchingFan I remember that same feeling.You will be on to your next chapter following your son in college or in the mlb.It is quite different then travel ball but very enjoyable as well. Good luck and Congratulations to your son and family.

For the love of the game!!!⚾️⚾️⚾️

 

I had a bit of an epiphany in this area the other day. Although we all "figuratively" cheer for our kids every day, we support and encourage them, these events are some of the only places that we can LITERALLY cheer them on as they are engaging in something they love. And as a parent, it feels really good to do that. I'll be sad when that last tournament or game comes along. I just hope I see it coming, not one of those "Hey Dad, I don't think I want to play [insert sport here] anymore."

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