PGF Midwest Regional Championship 14uA – Runner Up!

PGF Midwest Regional Championship – Runner up – out of 66 teams. We were one of 2 teams to receive these shirts.  This has turned out to be one of the best weekends I can recall in a VERY long time.  It validates my thoughts completely that we’re becoming a powerhouse team.  The journey has been AWESOME!

I went into the season wanting to play half 16uA & the tougher tournaments at the 14uA level.  Our season ending total in the win loss column amounts to: 54-25-4 (.683 winning percentage).  I wanted to be .750 at the 14uA level and above .500 at the 16uA level. We’ve surpassed both goals.  I can throw out a bunch of “wow” stats but the proof is in the pudding.  This weekend, before we ended up losing the championship game to a very good Nebraska Gold team, we had only given up 3 total runs in our first 6 bracket games.

Words cannot describe how proud I am of these girls. They’ve consistently put it all together from the start this year.  Not only that… the parental support for these girls has been AMAZING. This is, by far, the best season I’ve had as a coach.  We’re getting to the point, where all I have to do now is fine tune things and not feel so overwhelmed about having to do everything.

These girls make it all worth it!  I know it’s cliche but I really couldn’t ask for a better group of girls (unless another one of them pitched).  Win or lose, we’re doing it TOGETHER and they’re so loyal to each other, they wouldn’t have it any other way. Perfect mixture of great families (not just kids).   The entire week, the parents were getting stopped and complimented about how awesome these girls were.

I wish I could give them more as they deserved every compliment the received.

The best part…

The girls are all huddled up with tears down their faces while trying to make the best of losing the championship game.  I’m giving our season ending speech telling the girls they’ve “done a good job”, they “have absolutely nothing to be upset about as they tried their best”  and “I’m absolutely thrilled about where we are at that moment”. I’m running out of things to say and one player interrupts with, “are you proud of us Roger?”  I wanted to group hug at that point as it made my mindset completely shift from consoling to assurance that I couldn’t be more happier for them.

That question shows that in the midst of their disappointing loss, all they’re worried about is if they made me proud.  The true definition of selfless.  I LOVE MY TEAM!