Ever since I could walk, my favorite thing to do was go outside and play catch with my dad. I had a bright pink Dora the Explorer-themed glove, and I knew that I loved the game just as much then as I do now. However, I didn't actually join a league until I was around the age of seven, skipping the tee-ball and coach-pitch divisions and moving straight to kid pitch. I told my dad I wanted to play, and there wasn't a doubt in his nor my mind about what game I meant. I wanted to play baseball, and that's exactly what I did.
I wasn't very good at first. In fact, I was pretty bad. I was hitting in the 8-hole and playing right field, which is practically Little League baseball terms for the worst player on the team. I didn't really know anyone, but at this point, the social side of things weren't awful. Sure, everyone was in second grade, so most of the boys treated me like I was an alien or something, but at that time you could still go to the field and see at least three girls out there. I wasn't alone, which made it all seem so much easier. I was also playing soccer, where, to be honest, I was a stud. Baseball was just a little side extracurricular for me, and I never thought I would even make it to this point. I played purely because I loved it, and I didn't stick out as much as I would later on. I also think I loved it because we were allowed to chew gum in the dugout.
The next year was actually much better for me. I had definitely improved, now as the team's shortstop, leadoff hitter, and a somewhat decent pitcher. Some of my friends from school as well as another girl were actually on this team, which made it all a lot easier. Soccer was still my main sport, but there was definitely a noticeable change in my attitude towards baseball. I was getting more and more serious about it, and you could tell.
It was my third year in the Minors, or first kid-pitch division, and you could noticeably tell that as each year of the division progressed, the social situation, my baseball skills and role on the team all radically improved.