By DAVID TEPERA | Posted: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Two years ago, when my daughter Daylyn was 12 years old, she fell in love with the game of volleyball.
In previous years, she played in many recreation leagues. We decided to step up her game, and try to join one of the club leagues. This would give her the opportunity to improve her skills and knowledge of the game.
Daylyn had missed the first set of tryouts, but one particular team allowed her to join a practice. The coach wanted to determine if she was good enough to make the team.
Oh my goodness, all these girls were very skilled with a fast-paced practice. Everyone knew what they were doing except for Daylyn. She was spinning in circles trying to keep up. It was obvious, she was a sheep thrown to the wolves.
Daylyn would glance at me every once in a while with tear-swollen eyes, biting her lip to keep from showing her emotions. But, my little girl never gave up, producing her best and battling through each drill. All I could do was to keep giving a thumbs-up signal for encouragement.
I’m glad she couldn’t see my face, for I had a steady stream of tears flowing down the crevices of my cheeks.
The real message here is for all you parents who put your kids in competitive youth sports. Just know, through all the bumps, bruises, scratches and falling down to get back up in the game, that your child will grow up with an edge in the competitive game of life.
We understand, it can be a cruel and challenging world, but with a sports background, you learn the drive to win and be your best.
Just so you know, Daylyn did make the team. She was chosen for possessing strong will and perseverance.
Through the season, Daylyn went from the only girl who struggled with overhand serves, to one of the team’s power servers