For a young athlete, it's a journey to learn and understand the game. They often need the rules of the game repeated for them, shown to them, explained to them. It's part of the learning process.
I'm used to just watching the game, taking some pictures, not really understanding the game. The standing joke among my trusted softball circle is "I don't know what an infield fly is..."
I've realized that one of the best ways to support my daughter is to read the rules and to better understand the game, then to use the information to guide her, to help her understand when she can run, if she needs to tag up and when home plate is open.
For many young players, practice may not be something they look forward to. As a mom, our goal is to help our kids understand it's practice where they are creating the magic. That subconscious muscle memory that will take over when they have the butterflies fluttering in their stomachs during the game.
And, we get to help them practice new skills too! We can encourage them to learn more, try a new skill out.
Habit Forming Tips: 1. Set a specific time to practice each day, week. 2. Create a routine with your practice where you do a certain number of repetitions then move on to the next skill.