I’ll never forget the first year my son played Little League. Up until that point in time, his participation in basketball and soccer had followed a certain flow: practices 1-2 days during the week, and a game on the weekend. Youth sports definitely required a commitment, but the schedule was predictable and easy to plan around.
And then came Little League.
Little League brought more frequent practices. Longer practices. Rainouts — and make-up games.
And instead of a predictable schedule — say, games every Wednesday night — our games took place on Saturday, as well as any random weeknight the field happened to be available.
Baseball, I quickly learned, was an entirely different animal.
It posed quite the logistical challenge for parents who were in charge of pre-game meals, carpooling, and post-game food… and then getting your kiddo to bed at a decent time.