Chris Lehman recently finished four weeks playing in the 14U IMG Wood Bat League. He had to write a summer essay for school on someone who has made an impact on his life. Here's what Chris wrote:
Many people can make an impact on our lives in one way or another. However, it's the person who goes out and does the right thing you want to stay associated with. One special person who I've recently met this past year is my baseball coach, Coach Lawson. We didn't get to spend too much time together as a team, but it didn't matter because what he taught us in those four weeks of baseball was amazing. I wouldn't be wrong in saying he has changed my perspective of myself and the rest of the world around me.
Although Coach Lawson was there with our team to primarily teach us how to be better baseball players, he also did an exceptional job explaining the importance of never giving up, and always giving 100% effort towards everything we do. For example, if a player didn't sprint all the way through a base out on the field, he would most likely bench them the rest of the game. No matter how unfair it seemed at the time, it was all for a good reason. His overall message to us was that even when times are hard in life, you still have to dig deep and give everything you have.
Another way my coach was able to influence me throughout our short time together was when he told us to always be supportive of the people around you. Every time one of our players came back into the dugout after a play on the field, we would all give him a high-five and someone would usually yell something like, âHey, good job out there.â Our team had a lot of camaraderie; it was all thanks to Coach Lawson. Without the companionship of our team, there's no way we would've been as successful as we turned out to be.
One last thing that our coach did a good job getting across to us is that you need to do stuff the right way. For instance, he taught us little unwritten rules about baseball that show respect towards the sport itself and your opponent; basically the manners of baseball. I also learned that you could practice for hours and hours and hours, but if your aren't practicing the correct way, then you are doing yourself no good. There's a saying I've heard a lot, âPractice makes perfect.â That statement is true but only to a certain degree because you're not benefitting yourself if you aren't practicing correctly.
During those four weeks, Coach Lawson was an outstanding coach and leader for me to look up to. He taught me stuff that I'll be able to carry with me both on and off the field for the rest of my life.
Now maybe I can go make an impact on someone else's life.