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December 27, 2017

                “Hustle and Do Your Best” are the 2 rules I used as a coach for kids in baseball and wrestling and any other activity when needed.

          I think those rules say it all!

·       To hustle means to me – to get with it – running, not walking: performing in a determined fashion. It’s a frame of mind.

·       “Do your best” is a test question. We each know the answer immediately without much thought.

          In almost any situation I could ask a youngster – Were you hustling? Or, Was that your best? And amazingly we’d be on the same page.

          Pretty cool how those same rules helped me explain a few things for some parents along the way.

          Two years ago middle son TJ was about to turn 40 and his wife asked if I could produce one of our Valu Line Developmental Baseball team shirts that said “Hustle and Do Your Best” on it. She surprised him with it and I decided I wanted to share those rules with my grandsons at some point.

          Last Saturday in their Christmas stocking at Bobbi and Papa’s house they, in fact everyone, got a “Hustle and Do Your Best” t-shirt.

We took a bunch of pictures, posted on Face Book a few hundred times and hopefully the kids and their dad will have a discussion about those rules.

          What was really fun for me was the reaction from a bunch of former players saying, “I had that shirt; I still use those rules; those were the days” and one even suggesting I made TJ run around Jones Field for missing a grounder!”

          Coaching kids was as much fun as anything I’ve ever done. I learned early from my dad and a rival coach that hard work was the key to success in team sports. If you worked harder at your task than anyone and still got beat you tipped your hat. Losing wasn’t the worst thing, but not doing your best  was!

          I assume there a few folks who remember me as a coach and admittedly I was not a good loser, but I tried my hardest to instill in my teams the importance of always hustling and doing their best. I might have been a jerk towards the other coach or maybe even an umpire, but the kids on my teams knew I had their back if they gave it their best!

          Like everyone else I worry about lots of things in the future, but not about my grand kids because I see them competing in many ways and I see their parents judging them by their effort not always by the results.

          Two rules: Hustle and Do Your Best” you know you could do worse!

          I’m Steve Sauder

 

          “Hustle and Do Your Best” are the 2 rules I used as a coach for kids in baseball and wrestling and any other activity when needed.

          I think those rules say it all!

·       To hustle means to me – to get with it – running, not walking: performing in a determined fashion. It’s a frame of mind.

·       “Do your best” is a test question. We each know the answer immediately without much thought.

          In almost any situation I could ask a youngster – Were you hustling? Or, Was that your best? And amazingly we’d be on the same page.

          Pretty cool how those same rules helped me explain a few things for some parents along the way.

          Two years ago middle son TJ was about to turn 40 and his wife asked if I could produce one of our Valu Line Developmental Baseball team shirts that said “Hustle and Do Your Best” on it. She surprised him with it and I decided I wanted to share those rules with my grandsons at some point.

          Last Saturday in their Christmas stocking at Bobbi and Papa’s house they, in fact everyone, got a “Hustle and Do Your Best” t-shirt.

We took a bunch of pictures, posted on Face Book a few hundred times and hopefully the kids and their dad will have a discussion about those rules.

          What was really fun for me was the reaction from a bunch of former players saying, “I had that shirt; I still use those rules; those were the days” and one even suggesting I made TJ run around Jones Field for missing a grounder!”

          Coaching kids was as much fun as anything I’ve ever done. I learned early from my dad and a rival coach that hard work was the key to success in team sports. If you worked harder at your task than anyone and still got beat you tipped your hat. Losing wasn’t the worst thing, but not doing your best  was!

          I assume there a few folks who remember me as a coach and admittedly I was not a good loser, but I tried my hardest to instill in my teams the importance of always hustling and doing their best. I might have been a jerk towards the other coach or maybe even an umpire, but the kids on my teams knew I had their back if they gave it their best!

          Like everyone else I worry about lots of things in the future, but not about my grand kids because I see them competing in many ways and I see their parents judging them by their effort not always by the results.

          Two rules: Hustle and Do Your Best” you know you could do worse!

          I’m Steve Sauder