Dear son is playing travel baseball this fall and had his first weekend tournament at Sports at the Beach. He had a super time with his new teammates and we never felt uncomfortable about his safety.
What made this weekend work?
- Coaches are comfortable with Epipen use and fine to have dear son ride with them.
- Kids don’t seem to eat in the dugouts.
- One other boy on the team has a peanut allergy.
- Sports at the Beach doesn’t sell loose peanuts or peanut butter sandwiches.
- Mom was there for her food knowledge – definitely not her baseball skills!
- The travel mom picked an Italian place for dinner – Nicola Pizza at Rehoboth Beach. They were very careful with son’s order, even though we dined with a group of over 30 people! I was very impressed.
- We already had lots of experience at breakfast buffets. We avoid the danishes and bulk cereals. Son goes with the make-your-own waffle. We also have cereal in the car just in case.
When son was younger, I never thought he would be able to participate in something like this. I know there are some trips not open to him – the middle school science trip which:
- Does not allow parent chaperones
- Explicitly discourages participants with food allergies
- Involves scrambling for meals at a theme park
- Includes handling meals for birds, reptiles and mammals, some which contain son’s allergens
I think son would rather take a baseball trip anyway than hang out with science geeks. So thanks to the Mets’ coaches, Sports at the Beach and Nicola Pizza for making a fun baseball weekend away possible.