Baseball moms - get organized with free printable planner stickers & easy tips for a great season.
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Last spring marked a milestone for me - I became a baseball mom. I've been a lifelong baseball fan (all our pets are named after MLB players) and my husband played as a kid, so it's no surprise that our twin boys are turning into tiny sluggers too.
Playing baseball, like any sport, can be incredibly rewarding for kids as it gives them opportunities to be active while also learning important skills like teamwork and commitment. It can also be stressful for us baseball moms as it adds more to our schedules, especially as kids get older. But it doesn't have to! With a few simple tips and some planning, you can ensure that your family is ready to make this the best baseball season ever.
3 Things Baseball Moms Need to Do Before Opening DayI am definitely not a coach, but I'm a baseball mom. These tips won't make your kids the best athletes on the field, but they will help to ensure that your family is ready for the demands of the season so the sport can be fun and not stressful.
There is so much to do before the season even starts that the first thing you need to do is get organized. Make sure to fill out all the required paperwork, schedule a physical if needed, and pay any fees. Double check that you understand any additional volunteer or fundraising responsibilities that come as part of the season. And don't forget to put the team's practice and game schedule into your planner or family calendar.
I've made this part super easy for you with these free printable baseball planner stickers. Simply download, print on full size label or sticker paper, and cut out. Then use them to organize all your team commitments and to dos! Click the Get It Now button below to grab yours.
Establish Your Routine
Baseball practice and games are often after school and on weekends, and your family may need to adjust to a new routine to accommodate them. Establish ground rules with your baseball player such as when homework will be done and how they will balance other commitments. Figure out things like when you'll have dinner on practice days. Then start your new schedule a week or so before the season starts so you're in a good groove when it does.
Get the Right Equipment
Making sure that your child has the right equipment is key to helping them do their best in any sport, and to keeping them safe. When it comes to baseball, you need to be sure that your player has equipment that fits properly and is appropriate for their position.
How do you know what to choose for your little slugger? BaseballMonkey has you covered, with the best gear for everyone from tee ballers to travel teams.
If you're looking for a first bat or an upgrade, BaseballMonkey can help figure out the right size for any age. Check out their advice on how to measure your child for a new bat and which size is recommended based on your kid's results.
I remember my dad taking me out to buy a baseball glove and our criteria was easy - any lefty glove that fit would do. But there is so much more to it than that! Get everything you need to know on how to choose a glove for your child's size and position here. And once you've found the perfect glove, be sure to teach your child how to properly clean and care for it here.
Safety is critical when it comes to our kids and sports, so be sure that you know what to look for in a batting helmet and how to properly measure for one too.
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What's your biggest challenge as a baseball mom this year? Leave a comment below and let me know!