I spent five long years in “higher JC” education “earning” my AA...when I finally qualified, I realized it was the first two A’s I had ever earned so I quit while I was ahead.
I am still getting over a softball player being able to pass a bar😁😁
As for coaching your kids..I understand...my dad has six children and coached everyone of them in baseball, softball, basketball and soccer. He passed recently but before he went he said one of the biggest joys in his life were the countless hours he was gifted to spend coaching his children.
I understand time restrictions for your own hobby’s when you have kids but...that’s another reason softball was much better when dad’s were able to move up the softball division ladder while staying local/regional.
When I got to watch my dad respectfully play softball it was worth millions of words, every frame of the mental movie I have of him enjoying the game has lead me in a better more respectful direction on how I should play the game.
I will admit that early on I was not a good follower of the examples he set coaching or playing but..those examples of him on a softball field and my experiences of his coaching has slooowly lead me to be a much better teammate...
It’s great to hear you pack up the whole family and head to a tourney once in a while.....doing that holds a lot of responsibility ...your actions, or what you allow to happen on and off the field will outweigh any words you can preach. In my very short time going back and forth with you my guess would be you most likely handle this stuff well.
Right now..in the prime of your family activities and softball life you must be feeling firsthand how usssa evolving from a local/regional driven program into a nationalized one is hurtful to their game. Many top talent players are forced to decide family or softball travel commitments.