"Offseason" becoming a thing of the past




A full-time firefighter, Shane West has two other part-time jobs to keep his kids on the ball fields.
Daughter Peyton West, an Eastern Hancock sophomore, is a softball standout and up-and-coming basketball player. Senior son Parker West is among the Royals’ top track and field and cross country distance runners.
Both West children take part in summer sports, with Peyton heavily involved with the travel softball circuit and Parker entering as many five-kilometer races as possible. 
The distance races all come with entry fees and travel softball – the same as travel baseball, basketball and so on – requires team tourney and camp registration fees, and funds for hotels, fuel, extra food, equipment and activities for downtime, if there is any.
Combined, expenses for the summer alone can run into the thousands. So, Shane West does what is necessary.
“The time he sacrifices is great, and sometimes it’s hard to let him do that, but there is nothing he wouldn’t do to make it work for the kids,” said wife and mom, Amy West, who also has a full-time job.
The Wests are very much a modern, ordinary sports family. Across Hancock County and across the country, folks are putting more time and more money into their kids’ summer sports endeavors.

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