Monday, June 07, 2010

The Utter Chaos that is T-Ball

Yes, it was my first official practice as one of the assistant coaches of T-Ball. Here is what I learned:

1. Even if one of the other coaches says they have coached multiple levels of t-ball and baseball before, that doesn't mean they have done it in the last 20 years, or remembered what kids know. Or don't know.

2. Six-year-olds who have never played baseball or T-Ball before have no idea what the field positions are. Or what a base is.

3. 11 out of 12 six-year-olds have never played baseball or T-Ball. At least, on our team that is true.

4. The 1 child who has played before still doesn't know the field positions, or what a base is.

5. 11 out of 12 six-year-olds don't own a baseball glove or hat, and therefore must borrow the coach's.

6. Even if you have no idea what a base is, or where to stand, or how to catch, or even to run around the bases, hitting the ball is fun. So as long as everyone gets to hit the ball, we're all good.


Niksmom said...

You're a brave and wonderful woman to take this on! And tha last sentence? PERFECT! Glad it's fun.

Susan from the Pacific Northwest said...

See!! You are perfectly qualified to coach! You ARE the expert.

SeaThreePeeO said...

Sounds like lots of fun to me. But then I have no knowledge of T ball or Baseball being from the UK

christophersmom said...

It sounds like the parents in your team need to do some work. Each one needs at least a ball and a glove for practices. Plus they have to talk to the children at home about the basic concepts of the game and practice catching and throwing in the backyard or at the park at least a few times before the season starts.

My son has finished this T-Ball season here in California (it started back in February) and it was kind of a challenge, after all he was the only autistic kid in a regular team of kids who were REALLY good (because they had been practicing with their parents since they were little). But even my son showed a lot of progress and learned (more than he cared to) about the game.