Anyone who knows me is aware of my passion for youth sports…I have been cheering my kids on from the sidelines of football and softball for years now. Last July, my daughter’s 10 and under all star team played host to the Babe Ruth National Invitational Tournament, and this year, they are hosting the 12 and under Virginia State Tournament from July 2nd to July 6th at Woodgrove Park in Round Hill. There will be 12 teams competing from across the state, so there will be a lot of great softball going on!
I’ve watched Erika progress from playing ‘coach-pitch’ as a 5 yr old to an accomplished 12 and under all star. My husband Mike coached most of those seasons, so it has been a true family experience for us. This year, I realized that I had something to contribute too…I played softball from elementary school all the way up through college, and had the privilege of donning a Division I jersey to play for the Maryland Terrapins, as the highlight of my softball career. Erika is playing on a level now where I can really help. This summer, I stepped on the field as Coach Heather. <grin> So far, I’m thinking that coaching is just as fun.
If you’d like to come watch the Upper Loudoun Liberty 12U team play at the tournament, please stop by! I can’t wait to see how my girls play! Here’s a shoutout to our team: Big Stick (that’s my daughter), Crunch, Mouse, Bust, Shortie, Mae Mae, JoJo, Flash, Lefty, Boom Box, Wheelz, Pretzel, and Christmas. Go Liberty!