What a whirlwind of a week! We just returned from 7 long, hot days in Jensen Beach, Florida with the Longwood Rage 14U Softball team. They were playing in the Babe Ruth World Series. What an amazing opportunity, achievement, and experience.
These girls played their hearts out. We played a total of 13 games not including 2 full warmup games. The last game we played was a full 12 innings!
It all started on day 1 with “media day”. We met with the media for interviews, had our pictures taken, checked into our hotel, and checked out the local fields we would be frequenting over the next week. Day 2 started our warm-up games to get us in game mode.
Day 3 brought the last of the warmup games and opening ceremonies.
Day 4 began with our first real game. We battled and won quite a few games. The days were long and hot. They consisted of a quick breakfast at the hotel, an hour of team braiding in one of the girls rooms, and then off to the fields for the day. Some days started at 530am, others at 8am. We were back in our rooms by 10pm each night.
Two of the hardest things to keep on top of was hydration and keeping the girls fueled. With some games back to back, there were many days that we couldn’t leave the park to grab a meal. We had a cooler full of waters and Gatorade. As concerned parents, we racked our brains the weeks leading up to the games to figure out how to keep the girls fueled and hydrated. We didn’t want them buying sugary drinks, candy, or chips at the concession stand.
I was very grateful to Crispy Green for providing a large box of crispy fruit for the team. The girls fell in love with them and snacked on them on the way to the game, between games, in the dugout, and even in the hotel room!
What is Crispy Fruit? 100% pure fruit, nothing else! This mom LOVES the fact that nothing else is added to the fruit. Yet, it’s easily transported, not needing to be refrigerated or kept in the cooler that gets packed with ice and water, leaving little to no room for anything else.
Crispy Fruit snacks are 100% freeze-dried fruit slices that are made of real fruit and nothing else. The taste in Crispy Fruit comes from the fresh fruit itself. There is no sugar, sweeteners or other additives used to enhance the taste or appearance! Crispy Fruit is truly guilt-free snacking.
While there were 7 delicious flavors for the girls to snack on, their top picks were apple, pineapple, and mango. The apple was gone the second day. Yes, they really enjoyed it!
We had other team parents asking where to purchase these handy snack packs. I caught quite a few strangers picking up the bags and reading the nutrition facts and ingredients. Then asking where to buy!
All in all, we had an amazing time. We stayed hydrated and fueled. We played hard, fought hard, and made a lot of new friends. We didn’t win first place, but the experience was unforgettable.