There’s nothing better than a mother’s love; luckily for the Thomasville High School baseball team, they get the opportunity to receive that love twice. Thanks to the Peer Leadership class, the idea of “Baseball Moms,” came to the plate. Teachers from around the school were given the option to “adopt a player” and become their “mom” for the entire season.
The whole idea stemmed from a way for a teacher to be the baseball player’s personal mentor. For example, if a baseball player is acting up in class then the teachers have been told to report any problems to their ‘mom’ before going to the coach. From there the teacher is supposed to give the player advice and offer him support, but if the problem is continuous then the teachers are allowed to go directly to the coach. This way, if a problem reaches the coach then the coach knows that the problem has been happening frequently and has become a major problem.
Hopefully no player will have the go through this, but if it does somehow seem to occur then this process allows the teachers and students to create healthy relationships between each other, and will create a more responsible student-athlete. The moms are like a second line of defense for the boys, but apart from all that negativity, Baseball Moms also get to become their player’s number one fan!!
When signing up to be a Baseball Mom, the volunteer has also committed to providing the boys with goody bags (with a $7 cap) before every away game. The boys were given a sheet to fill out with options on them such as “favorite flavor Gatorade” or “favorite snacks” in which the player would list out a few options for the moms to choose from, so that the boys can have a pregame snack on the bus ride over.
Each teacher has been given a jersey to wear on game day with their player's number on it. Not many women can pull off a high school baseball jersey, but luckily the THS Baseball Moms can do it with ease. Plus it means a lot to the players when they see them wearing the jerseys and supporting the team. The teachers have committed to attend three of the eleven home games, but can attend as many as they like.
“I kinda like the whole idea of having a baseball mom; it's something we’ve never had before and it's nice seeing someone wearing my jersey number on game day,” said junior baseball player Jared Smith.
The spotlight game that the moms must attend is on April 11, when the Bulldogs take on the Brooks County Trojans. This game is the 2017’s version of senior night, since the team has no seniors to honor. they have decided to take some time to honor their “moms” on that night. On that night the Baseball Moms will walk out onto the field with their player and be recognized in front of the fans, pictures will be taken, and awards will be given. Players compete for awards such a “best hair” and other fun awards, so may the best player win!