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Keeping the Joy in Youth Sports

By Ken Krause, Fastpitch Lane, 01/21/19, 12:00PM CST

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Studies have shown that the #1 reason players quit youth sports is that it isn’t fun anymore

By now I’m sure many of you have seen this video that went viral after last weekend (January 2019 for those reading this much later). It’s UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi scoring a perfect 10 on her floor routine during a competition.

If you haven’t, stop right now and watch this video. You will be glad you did. While the sheer athleticism and artistry of her performance are incredible, that’s not what drew me to writing about it. After all, this is a fastpitch softball blog, so not much of what she does applies to hitting or throwing a softball. But if you didn’t notice it the first time, go back and watch it again. Only this time watch her face and see how much fun she is having. (And how much fun her teammates seem to be having watching her.)