Written by Niki Tuck Friday, 24 July 2009 00:00As I walk off the field for my last time as a SYAC player, I can’t believe it’s over. Over the past nine years I have looked forward to the spring time. This is when softball begins. For me it was a time that I will always treasure.
Over the years I have had many different coaches. All of them have taught me many things over those nine years, but the most important thing that my mom and Jackie taught me, as my coaches for many of those years, is that it isn’t always about winning. They always said, “Go out and have fun.” Some say we may have had too much fun.
As I advanced to each new level, I looked forward to what we were going to learn. I remember having to hit off a tee when I was in kindergarten. I wanted someone to pitch to me, but the rules were you had to hit off the tee for the first half of the season. When I got my first hit from a pitcher I was so excited, running around the bases was so much fun. As the years went on, the pitching got better and better and my confidence at the plate also improved. I really used what I learned in all those clinics over the years and started crushing the ball. I remember my first home run and that feeling I had, as not only my team congratulated me but the other team also.
Over the years, I have made many new friends by playing softball. When you see your new team at the start of the season, they say don’t worry if you don’t know anyone. By the time you start your first game you will know them and they will know you. They were so right about that.
In a way, playing softball helped me when I got to middle school. Knowing so many other girls from the other elementary schools through softball made entering a new school easier. I would walk into one of my classes and would see someone that was on my team last year or even the year before. Some of these friendships started in kindergarten.
As I enter high school I will look forward to seeing who will be in my classes from my years of playing softball. As we sit next to each other, we will think about all the fun we had playing SYAC girls softball. I hope all those girls entering kindergarten this year will be just as excited as I was to put that uniform on and go out there and play. You never know. Your best friend for life could be your pitcher or first baseman.