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.