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It’s Not About Winning or Losing

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It’s Not About Winning or Losing 

 It’s about having fun

Just Having Fun

It’s not about winning or losing. It’s about having fun playing the game! We had an amazing opportunity with Miracle Leagues. We are so grateful for Allplay Miracle Baseball League in Omaha. For two innings our son had fun playing baseball, cheering on his teammates, and enjoying life. We aren’t able to make every game,  but when we are there he has fun! 

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This year, our girls said they wanted to be his buddy. For the first year, my husband and I sat in the stands. They tossed him balls, cheered him on when he was hitting the tee and not the ball, helped him go to first when he took off for third, raced him to the next base, and let him step on home base first. When I asked the girls what they liked the most, they said, ‘It was so much fun!’ That’s what we desire. Our son to have fun. Our girls to have fun with their brother doing something he loves. They got to see others having fun too in whatever way works for them.

 So many times sports feel too serious. We ask three questions after events, and this is what matters to us. Thanks to an amazing Coach Kykene for our daughter who taught us these.

  1. Did you have fun?
  2. We’re you a good teammate?
  3. Did you try your best?

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 No Matter Win or Lose Quotes

 “Don’t forget to have fun.” Anonymous 

“Always appreciate the gift of life. Be happy and have fun.”

As our girls get older and participate in sports, we see how the competitive nature can begin to take the fun out of the game. And honestly, this is sad.  My husband and I were both collegiate athletes and coaches, we loved the games we played and coached.

There is something absolutely refreshing about playing sports and seeing the joy and love on the faces of the players as well as the fans. No one was upset because the ball got dropped, there were no game winning shots. Everyone got on base, everyone scored and the last person at bat got the HOME RUN! Everyone cheered!

Refreshing is really what I would call the Miracle League. In a time where critiquing can be at an all time high, there was nothing but cheers and joy!

 It's Not About Winning or Losing

 It’s Not About Winning or Losing

Sure, in competitive sports it is about the score. I get it and my son might just take after his mother when it comes to his competitive spirit. Let’s also try and remember the fun of playing a sport learning how to be a great teammate, cheering for others, trying your best and being a good teammate. These are the skills that will last a lifetime.

It's Not About Winning or Losing

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