When sports shut down, we all had some downtime to refresh, but quickly we missed seeing our kids compete. Chet Arnold, the author of Bean and Baseball in Time Flies, reminds us to enjoy the journey and embrace the ups and downs.


We talk about some really important ways parents can develop a positive perspective as they navigate life with their athlete.


Chet and I discuss...

  • Bean and Baseball as a book about the youth baseball experience and how quickly time flies from the first practice to High School Graduation and the milestones in between.


  • Why Chet wrote Bean and Baseball?


  • How youth sports can teach parents humility, patience, and understanding.


  • What advice/tips would you give our sports moms/parents as they help their athletes navigate their own sports journey?



Meet Chet D. Arnold

I am an Army infantry Veteran, a product of Sand Hill from July 1989 through July 31, 1992, 4/30th Infantry. Ft. Benning, Georgia.


Growing up in East Texas during the 70s and as a teenager in the 80s was a lot of fun. Football is king in East Texas—it has always been and it will always be.


A few stars emerged as baseball players in the 80s, but that was only a drop in the hat compared to football. Friday nights in Tyler, Texas, were a no brainer during the fall; football at home or on the road was the plan. High school graduation was bittersweet. I would be leaving my family and friends, and the known for the unknown. After training was complete, I was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division, and I spent the next two years and nine months stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. We held each other accountable, and that brotherhood from 1989 continues on in 2020.


I raised boys. I loved our community and I loved being a part of whatever was going on. One day, my son brought a football flier home from school. Our lives would forever be changed; our weekends now belonged to Mesquite Pee Wee Football. It didn't take long before the majority of our friends became the parents of the other children.


One day, a parent asked if we were available to guest play; it turns out, they had a player unavailable due to football happening during the time the baseball game was scheduled to be played. Reluctantly, we agreed to guest play. This one weekend, a chance opportunity to play, started our obsession with baseball.


I am a youth baseball fan. I started writing the idea for a book, stage play, and a movie awhile ago. Baseball came to an abrupt halt in March of 2020 and like so many others I was suddenly home with nothing to do. I worked on Bean and Baseball during what would have been my office hours.



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Order the Book: Bean and Baseball in Time Flies HERE



If you have a question about today’s episode (or want to ask a question of your own for the podcast), you can email me at beth@sportsmomsunited.com or head on over to the Sports Moms United Facebook Community