How to be a sideline hero... - West & Rose Farm

How to be a sideline hero...

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This baseball mama has been at the beach on vacation with her family for the last four days. It has been a glorious break from life, including baseball life...and has given me time to think and plan for the next month that will consist of my son's baseball practices and tournaments in the hot summer sun.

Currently, my son is on his county All-Star team and is also preparing to be a part of a travel ball team beginning this fall.  We have spent the last four seasons at the ball fields and it is one of our favorite places to be.  I love being a baseball mama and I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but it is utterly exhausting being on the sidelines out in the Georgia heat.  My husband and I both work full-time and, in addition to our son, we also have a baby girl.  As you can imagine, our days are packed.  We have no choice, but to be strategic and prepare ahead of time.

Here are some of the things I do the night before to prepare for an upcoming baseball game so that I can be the sideline hero that totes a baby on my hip while cheering on my son:

1. Gather all necessary baseball items (bat, glove, helmet, uniform, cleats, athletic cup, eye black, gloves, etc) Once I have everything together I place bag and equipment in back of my car so I have one less thing to worry about in the morning.

2. Pack change of clothes for myself because I do not want to be sweating buckets while wearing my "dry clean" only work clothes!

3. Pack diaper bag with diapers, wipes, toys, misting fan, water, baby food, etc... I have to be prepared with multiple ways of entertaining my baby on the sidelines so I can watch my oldest out on the field! Once diaper bag is packed, I place it in the car the night before.

4. Gather umbrella, chairs, sunscreen and bug spray, cooler and anything else that will make me slightly more comfortable in the blazing heat.

5. Ensure my snack basket is stocked

I created a snack basket to keep in my office at work.  I work from 8am-5pm, then I have to pick up both kids and have my son dressed and on the ball field by 5:45pm.  I do not have time to stop and pick up snacks and drinks on the way to the ball fields.  To give myself one less thing to worry about in the mornings I created a snack basket that I keep at work. Keeping the snack basket at work allows me to grab what I need on my way to get the kids and head to the ball field. There are plenty of concession stands at baseball tournaments, but they charge and arm and a leg...and truthfully I do not want nachos in the hot sun...blech…

Cheering on my son, with a baby on my hip is exhausting so I always need something to eat and drink that is replenishing. Some of my favorite snacks and drinks for the ball field are NABISCO RITZ BITS cracker sandwiches 12-pack and POWERADE®, both of which I purchased at my local Wal-Mart. I love the convenience of the snack pack and the ability to have portion control.  My son’s games can be intense and if I had a whole box of snacks open I am liable to eat them all just out of nervousness!!  The POWERADE® helps give me fuel while cheering on my son as it is easy to get dehydrated in the hot sun. The NABISCO RITZ BITS cracker sandwiches 12-pack and POWERADE® are also great for sharing with other parents on the sidelines who are cheering on their children while keeping up with a baby or toddler on the sidelines as well.

POWERADE® 8pk 20oz is currently on roll back at Wal-Mart.  You can also grab these in-store coupons from NABISCO:
  • coupon neck hanger on POWERADE (8pk 20oz): Save $1.50 on NABISCO 20-pack Multipack
  • coupon sticker on boxes of Nabisco snack packs : Savings of .75 when you purchase a 12-pack or larger NABISCO Multipack

Be sure to check out other ways you can be a sideline hero here!

Being a sideline hero means always being prepared! Make sure you use these steps when preparing for your child's next game!

Play ball, y'all!

1 comment

  1. Yes! Being prepared ahead of time really is a lifesaver for the last minute rush! And having delicious, affordable snacks and drinks is absolutely a better option! ~ Client