There are very few things in my life that have been harder to accomplish than hitting a round ball with a round stick.
However, there aren’t many things that compare to that level of accomplishment either. For me, it is this sense of reward that fuels my desire for the game of baseball. It’s the satisfaction of knowing I’ve given my all to a sport that is so difficult, and the relationships I’ve made with coaches and players that make the ‘grind’ so much more worth it.
Whether it was a tee-ball practice at age 6, or a varsity playoff game at age 17, there has never been a time when everything I was doing as a baseball player was perfect. And, to be completely honest, I think this part of the game has contributed more to my life than anything else.
In a game where succeeding 3 out of 10 times is considered ‘doing well,’ failure is something I’ve dealt with often. Whether fielding or batting, no one is perfect. This is a foundational aspect to the game of baseball, and to life itself. Dylan Lee
This doesn’t mean that we who take up this sport aren’t striving to be perfect. It just simply means we learn to deal with this reality. It means you always have something to be working towards, and that no matter what, you can always be better. For me, learning to deal with the struggles of baseball has taught me how to deal with the struggles of life.
Just as this game has taught me how to deal with the lows, it has taught me to enjoy every single moment. I can look back over the last 12 years of my life and vividly recall just about every ‘good game’ I’ve ever played. I still remember the exact moment when my U14 travel team won the final state championship game and the pure happiness that lasted for about two weeks after.
If you don’t enjoy the good times then you can never expect to make it through the bad. There is absolutely no way I would have been able to play this game for so long if I didn’t remember and enjoy all of the amazing experiences I’ve had while playing. Nothing compares to the times I’ve spent traveling with my teammates.
The absolute madness caused by 14 kids in a hotel pool is exactly the way I remember spending the best times of my childhood. Win or lose you could always guarantee the first place you would find me or any of my teammates was in the pool. Dylan Lee
Each team has introduced me to a great new group of friends. Kids from Denver to Grand Junction; and the best part may be that each one of them has the same level of passion for baseball as I do. Yet, all of them are friends I can count on for meaningful advice not just about baseball.
Now, I get to watch a lot of these friends continue to the collegiate level. As I prepare to do the same, their support has been incredible. I’m lucky to have earned the opportunity to play for at least 4 more years – starting next fall at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA.
In all honesty, baseball might be the most influential part of my life behind my parents. It’s taught me perseverance, determination, work ethic, and much more – life skills that have made me a better person. Most importantly it’s been fun, and that is ultimately the point of playing a sport.
At the end of the day, I’m just grateful that I got to play.
Written by Dylan Lee, GWHS Class of 2019
Want to introduce your child to the sport of baseball?
Here is a rundown of Roaring Fork Valley Baseball Programs
Community Rec Department Programs
Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale & Glenwood Springs:
Pee Wee (ages 3-5. coed)
Tee-Ball (ages 5-6, coed)
Coach Pitch (ages 7-8, coed)
Softball (ages 8-10, 11-12, girls)
Baseball (ages 8-10, 11-12, coed)
Registration: by early May
Practices: begin end-of-May
Regular Season: June – July
(Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, GWS and I-70 corridor from Vail to Gypsum) Competitive youth baseball and softball for boys and girls ages 8 to 14. TRLL is a nonprofit run by nearly 100 volunteers. TRLL is a chartered member of Little League International.
Registration: by mid-February,
Sign up ends the first week in March.
Practices: begin mid-March
Regular Season: April –May
All-Stars: June – mid-July
MP Student Essay Contest
WE LOVE OUR SCHOOLS
MP’s Cover Artists: Lily and Elana Royer
Meet the mother-daughter creative team behind Lilybart
MP’s Diversity Booklist
Summer Reading 2020
A summer-long series about loving this place while flattening the curve.
Summer Camp Planner
Find the latest COVID program updates for summer camps and classes. Camps are happening!
Up-cycle an empty pet food bag for this easy project.
Roaring Fork Nature Parks
A “Wild at Heart” map of nearby places to discover (or rediscover) with your child.
Car Camping Lake Powell
You don’t need a houseboat to enjoy a getaway to our closest beaches.
Mothers Day Tribute
Three local women who exemplify Julia Ward Howe’s Proclamation of Peace.
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Good Sports: Lacrosse
With the ROARING FORK LACROSSE CLUB, everyone is included and “it’s just fun.”
Helping Hands: Lucky Day Animal Rescue
This foster-based rescue group helps connect pets with their forever families.
MP Trail Map: Winter Hut Trips
A family-friendly guide to planning an adventure to one of Colorado’s backcountry huts.
Writing By Hand
What can parents do to help their children learn this life skill?
A mother redefines HEALTHY after her daughter’s Leukodystrophy diagnosis
DIY: Upcycled Owl
Spread your wings to make this cuddly stuffed owl designed by Handmakery’s Ami Maes.
Aspen Snowmass Nordic Trail System
MP Trail Map: A guide to Roaring Fork Valley cross-country ski trails.
Meet local eco-chocolate maker Mark Burrows.
Helping Hands: Roaring Fork Valley Kids Who Care
Act Locally: A student-led effort to save Sea Turtles and Rainforests.
Good Sports: Challenge Aspen
Q&A with Special Olympics and NASTAR ski racer Tanner Jadwin
Nighttime Family Staycation
Wintertime fun after dark with the kids.
DIY: Spa Day
Make your own bath time bliss at home.
The McBride Internship: Kenya
Roaring Fork Valley students visit Kenya’s Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
Good Sports: Ski Racing
For this mother and her daughters, skiing is among their earliest memories.
Giving the best present of all: Ourselves
Helping Hands: LIFT-UP
Can you feed your family breakfast, lunch, and dinner for $4 per person per day?
Helping Hands: The Farm Collaborative
Farm-to-Table meets Food Insecurity
Q&A: Honeybee Play
Q&A with the teenage creators of a new original musical
Helping Hands: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklórico
An award-winning after school dance program that’s about more than dancing. It’s a cultural bridge.
Getting Into College
Making sense of college admission statistics
Good Sports: BMX Biking
Crown Mountain Park’s bike racing facility has expanded into a world-class race course.
Harvest Road Trip
Drive Highway 133 from Carbondale to Hotchkiss and make new friends at our nearby farms.
Helping Hands: Way of Compassion Bike Project
One man’s trash is, indeed, another man’s treasure.
MP Trail Map: Mount Elbert
Your child’s first fourteener can also be Colorado’s highest peak.
Good Sports: Sailing
Aspen Rec Department’s Don Sheeley Sailing School
Find Yourself in the Lost Forest
Discover Aspen Skiing Company’s Lost Forest adventure park.
DIY: Skateboard Swing
Turn a discarded skateboard into a big backyard hit.
MORE to FIND in the LOST FOREST
Lots to do in the Aspen Snowmass Lost Forest
DIY: Portraits of Your Children
How to capture magical frame-worthy photos
Helping Hands: Colorado Animal Rescue
C.A.R.E. can help you figure out what kind of adoptable pet is right for you and your household.
Good Sports: Baseball
A Glenwood Springs High School graduate and college baseball recruit shares what he learned at the ballpark.
Homelife Recipes: Backyard Burgers
Q&A with Jerilyn Nieslanik about how to avoided the dreaded hockey puck burger
MP Trail Map: Hartman Rocks
High desert mountain biking between Crested Butte and Gunnison
Citizens of the World
Roaring Fork High School students become world travelers through an all-inclusive club
Where to find Wildlife
Learn about the untamed creatures you might encounter in our mountain forests and meadows.
The Art of Being ENOUGH
A Motherhood Manifesto
Yampah Mountain High School’s Teen Parent Program
A campus in Glenwood Springs where each student is met exactly how they are.
LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Roaring Fork Valley Schools
A community-wide PRIDE parade + other other Valley-wide efforts to welcome everyone.
Good Sports: Soccer
Reflections from an Aspen HIgh School midfielder and member of an elite all-valley women’s team.
MP Trail Map: Navajo Rocks
A family-friendly mountain biking destination near Moab, Utah
Helping Hands: Mountain Valley Developmental Services Greenhouse
A nonprofit gardening center where developmentally disabled adults work (and bloom).
Homelife Recipes: Passover Seder
Rabbi Emily Segal of Aspen Jewish Congregation reflects on this sacred meal (and shares her recipe for Matzah crack)
Good Sports: Black Belt
A RFHS student and Rising Crane Training Center Cuong Nhu black belt shares her accomplishment.
DIY: Chinese New Year Dragon Puppet
Step-By-Step instructions for making a fun puppet at home.