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anne_berryhill_head_shot_fitnessAn Interview With Big League Mom - Anne Berryhill

Anne Berryhill has been an involved wife and parent in baseball for much of her life. Married to major league catcher Damon Berryhill and raising two sons who played both football and baseball growing up, her experience as a "Baseball Mom" brings a wealth of knowledge to TeachingBetterBaseballTM.

Coach Corral recently sat down with Big League Mom Anne Berryhill to discuss her life as a "Baseball Mom".

Coach Corral: "Anne, what is always your biggest struggle as a ‘Baseball Mom'? "

Anne Berryhill: "February and March are interesting months for us. Ever since the beginning of our marriage, those months were always the start of baseball season. February started Big League Spring Training for my husband, and March definitely meant things were in full swing for our boys and baseball. I have always had mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, it was a beginning, a start. That always meant hope and excitement for what might be. But it also filled me with a little dread because I knew that this would be the hardest time of the year for me. "


CC: "How did that affect you?"


AB: "Once Damon left (always right around Valentines Day), I was a full-time single parent. That meant in addition to my employment and household duties I had the laborious task of juggling the baseball schedules of 2 active boys who were 4 years apart."adberryhill_formal

CC: "Shuttling two boys around must get tricky at do you deal?"

AB: "If I was lucky, they would play at a similar time so I could stand in between the 2 fields and watch them simultaneously. But most of the time, I would drop one kid off one place, then feed the other one, then get the other to practice and watch the game of the first boy only to leave that game early to pick up the other. My situation is not unique. All of us parents experience this same thing."

CC: "Any worries or concerns from day to day?"

AB: "First there is the guilt. One kid would always get less of me on any given day. I would tell you it was probably my younger son. Once you have watched faster, better baseball, it is challenging to watch T-ball because is can be so slow and crazy! There is also guilt about the amount of time we spent in the car driving and eating food that was not fit for growing children's bodies. Yeah, that definitely kept me up at night."

CC: "How about life at home during the season?"

AB: "At times, I was just too tired to put the hammer down and remind one or both of them about their homework. I just wanted to be off duty, and to not have to think about any other responsibility. Sometimes I would let it slide and sometimes I would have to dig deep to find the strength to be the clear-thinking, responsible adult, and make them do their work."

CC: "How do you view youth baseball as it has evolved into a "lifestyle" so to speak...what is your take on today's youth game?"

AB: "Unfortunately, I learned that the competition starts very, VERY early. It seems as if you don't have your kids on a club team or in lessons by the time they are 8 years old, you feel as if they don't stand a chance of making it to the next level of little league. Even for the moms, there is a ton of pressure being the parent of the kid who is the best player on the team. I had to hold my tongue on many occasions because of the environment that surrounded Little League Baseball. The foundation for fun, sportsmanship and skill development is there, but so are the seeds of insecurity, confusion about personal worth and pressure. It can sometimes be too much from my perspective for both the player and the parents."

CC: "Any small tips of advice for parents today?"

AB: "Remember to keep baseball in the GAME category, because first and foremost it is supposed to be FUN. Let's get back to letting the kids have fun and forget all about what we as parents did not accomplish in our youth sports experiences. Our kids have all kinds of gifts and talents that we won't even notice if all we do is put them in countless baseball activities. The lesson? Work on growing your WHOLE child. Let them have a say in what they participate in and they will naturally gravitate towards what they love and what they were wired to do."

Last Updated ( Thursday, August 20 2009 11:11 )