It’s that time of year…baseball season. Soon, you’ll be spending more days on the baseball field than off. With two boys playing on three teams, I have got to get my act together. I need to be organized and on top of everything, from figuring out practice times and locations to game day snacks and uniform stain removal. That way, we can enjoy the season instead of being stressed out.
Over the past four years, I have a learned a thing or two that has helped me stay stress-free during baseball season. While my kids are hitting it out of the park all spring, these tips aren’t really baseball specific, so if you have kiddos playing other sports, they may help you out as well!
Baseball Mom Tips
Mom also needs a game day bag. Yup, Mom needs a game day bag, too. I keep mine stocked with extra clothes, a first aid kit, water bottles, snacks, and more! I keep it by the front door and grab it when we are off to the ball field.
Keep your car organized. If I am being honest, this will be a first for me this year. We just got a new car and I vowed that it would not be a complete disaster come baseball season. To help, I got some hooks for the trunk so the boys can hang their bags. Not only are they not taking up trunk space, we won’t forget them either! I also have some utility totes to help corral hats, water bottles, and chairs!
Have a first aid kit. While the league is required to have first aid kits for the fields, a lot of times they aren’t very close to the field you may be on. So instead of having to run to the nearest shed for a Bandaid or an ice pack, I have everything right in my game day bag. I refill it at the beginning of every season and cross my fingers that we don’t need it too often!
Print out emergency contact list. This is actually something I started to doing after an incident last year. I don’t know why it didn’t dawn on me to have a printed emergency contact list for our players. We had a player get hit last year and, thankfully, his parents were there. If they weren’t, I wouldn’t have had their number on hand. Now, I make sure I have that with me, tucked in the first aid kit.
Let them be little. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that these kids are still little. Standing at home plate with everyone looking at them is a lot of pressure. I don’t even know if I could do that at 35. So we have to focus on them trying their best and having fun. After all, that’s what it’s all about!