The Fort Wayne Fire
was the first travel team I ever played on...Luckily we spent 5+ years together and I've never
had more fun playing the game in my entire life.
When you start playing, it's SO important to be around people that encourage you, inspire you to be your best and you simply have a blast competing with.
LUCKILY OUR COACHES, PLAYERS AND PARENTS WERE ALL OF THAT AND MORE!
I'm not saying every team is going to be best friends, but I do think it's important to be around people to accept you for who you are --- for me that was awkward, skinny, fast and aggressive on the bases.
Sadly, I don't think many young teams now have little to no turnover like we did. The team was led by two dads (including mine) and our mission was simple: learn how to compete and have some flipping fun while doing it.
We built this team from the ground up.
We started playing in local tournaments (I'm pretty sure we played in Warsaw,...