I really like this post as well as others that are for playing other sports. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I can’t wait for basketball to start for my son (7) and daughter (11) and after that, somethIng else. I know from being a three sport athlete, that I could not be the coach that I currently am without it. I don’t mean a good or bad coach, but more of being able to handle the student-athlete of today. As a coach you are so many things to these athletes. A pitching guy, a psychologist, a brother, a mentor, a disciplinarian, step-mom (unattractive one at that) an enemy, a back patter, etc. I would have had no chance at any of these without having played all those sports or by parenting. (which is coaching at it’s best)
Play different sports and grow. If you are fearful of getting hurt, you will. If you have fear? You cease all forward movement.
Because of baseball only athletes, I have considered making all take leadership courses to start. Playing other sports do a great job of teaching leadership. I won’t continue to rant. I like this post.