SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Belated wishes for dads

Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 05:29 PM.

Father’s Day slipped up on me this year. No, I didn’t forget to call my dad and share a few minutes on the phone with him. And I’ll see him sometime in the next few weeks when I head to DeLand for vacation.

But I usually like to honor all the dads out there with some thoughts in this column. Since I believe that every day should be one that we honor and pay tribute to our dads, it’s not too late to wish all the dads, step-dads and surrogate dads out there all the best.

I love watching our local coaches as they coach their sons and daughters. There is something special about watching the bond between parent and child strengthen on a baseball diamond, football field or basketball court.

For many of us, our dad was our first coach who taught us the finer points of the sports we love today. Maybe he didn’t get it right all the time, but he tried to teach us the basics. If we were lucky, our dad was even more interested in teaching us the basic skills needed to succeed in life.

When we were kids, I doubt many of us understood how tired our dad was after work, when he took time to play catch with us in the backyard before supper. I can think of better ways for a father to spend his time than coaching Little League baseball, YMCA basketball or Pop Warner football.

Through the years, my dad coached dozens of other boys on countless teams, just as many of your dads have done. I’m sure many of you share similar memories of an old duffel bag used to hold baseball bats, balls and the catcher’s equipment of shin guards, a chest protector and mask.

That bag of baseball stuff stayed in the trunk of Dad’s car so he would have it if he was running late to practice or a game.

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