An Open Letter to Fastpitch Coaches & Parents About Autism
We received the following from a fan. We simply ask that you read with an open heart. This is our fanshare of the week.
Dear past and potential coach(s) and softball family,
I am glad that I have an opportunity to share my daughter. She has played softball for the last 4 years, starting from a rec team, all the way up to a b level 10u team, but currently she plays for a 12u “c” team. She has played many positions, but her focus and love is catching. It keeps her moving and involved, she has been taking weekly lessons for the last 6 months. Her skills have dramatically improved, and knowledge of that position has increased exponentially. The way she swings her bat, with so much focus and strength will leave you in awe, and you will want to help her achieve her goal of hitting a grand slam, she does have all sorts of potential, and your coaching skills could get her to that level.
We seek a coach who wants and can make the game fun, who will TRY not to yell, (we are all human and we all get frustrated to the point we resort to yelling at time) understand that children on the spectrum have extra sensitive senses. Most importantly keep an open, honest line of communication with me, her parent, especially if you have any questions, God knows that I have questions every single day, being a parent to a “special needs” child is hard, and you coaching that child may prove too much, and that is OK! However if you allow it, it could be the most eye-opening, rewarding experience in your coaching career, but again, ONLY if you accept the challenge.
A Proud softball mom!
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