T-Ball Tales

Jun 19, 2009

I am coaching my son in T-Ball this year.  It’s his first time participating in organized sports, so I wasn’t sure how he’d do.  He is very high-energy and can be distracted.  He has some attitude and a stubborn streak in him, but can be the sweetest boy when he wants to, as evidenced by the below photos.

Mad HeathHappy Heath

Last week he didn’t appear to be that interested in practice.  At his age (4) I know that pushing him into something he doesn’t want to do is not the thing to do.  However, twice between last week’s practice and this week’s game he asked to hit some balls off the tee.  I was quite pleased. 

So yesterday we had our first game.  They warmed up for 15 minutes and played for 25 minutes or so.  Being the Coach, I have to get there a little early so I can make sure all of the kids know where we’re playing.  There are several fields and games before and after our time slot so it can be a little hectic.  My son, being the four-year old boy he is, found a puddle to play in while we were waiting for our turn to take the field.  When we warmed up he was a little disinterested.  When the game started he got a little more into it. 

We were the Home Team so we took the field first.  Each kid gets a chance to bat.  There are no outs.  Once everyone gets a chance to hit, the Away Team takes the field and the home team bats.  There were a couple kids who were more aggressive trying to field every grounder.  Some of the kids got upset that they didn’t get a chance to field the ball.  I tried to move some kids around so everybody got a shot, but the more aggressive kids would just run to the ball.  My son was a little upset that he didn’t get to field one.  It was our turn to bat though.

I set the lineup in alphabetical order, and surprisingly Heath was near the bottom of the lineup.  He was a little upset with it, and actually tried to go out into the field with his glove while we were batting, but I was able to get him back into the dugout.  When it was his turn to bat, he hit the ball fairly hard.  He was happy, but wanted to bat more.  We had some more time so we let the Away Team hit again.  This time Heath really wanted to get a ball so he played even closer.  I had to tell him to back up a few times, but he eventually stopped a ball.  He didn’t actually throw it to First Base, but that’s something we can work on for next week. 

After the game was over we lined up and shook hands.  We got him a huge blue Icee for the ride home.  He wanted to hit some more when we got home, but my wife had to water some flowers at her parents’ house, who are away on vacation.  It was sticky out so I had to give the boys a bath and then off to bed.  Heath finished up watching Everybody’s Hero, which he enjoyed despite it being about the “stinking Yankees”.  I have him trained well. 
Everyone's Hero

Then I told him a bedtime story.  He wanted it to be about baseball with all his brother, cousins, and friends.  He wanted to bat last and win the game, so naturally I loaded the bases for him and had Heath hit a Grand Slam to win the game.  Another move typical of a boy his age, he tried to extend the story and delay going to sleep so he said Big Papi didn’t get to bat.  Clever, but I didn’t take the bait.  Hopefully, this weekend the weather will cooperate so we can practice some more.  First, I have to get him a new glove.  We left his there in the commotion.

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5 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. McSpazz
    June 19th, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    Great post. Running onto the field before it’s time is classic. I can just imagine you running him down before he made it onto the field. I relish the day when my son is ready for any type of organized sport activity. He’ll probably be the same as Heath, a little pre-occupied and then into once the fun sinks in. Everybody’s Hero is good movie despite being about the Yankees. I do have to give a shout out to my daughter Brooke who has just entered pre-school soccer and has been by far the best and most serious player involved. It’s a little scary seeing your sweet little princess putting other 4 year olds on the ground with an anger and determination mainly seen among steroid freaks. Then again she’s right back to her dainty self once the games are over. So I shouldn’t worry too much, should I?

    I wish Heath the best in his quest for t-ball greatness and you for contolling all those young boys for however long the season lasts. So much fun running after energy balls and doing your best to control that energy. Isn’t it great how chaotic youth sports leagues can get just with game and field schedules. Dealing with that is almost enough to make you pull your hair out.

  2. LestersLegends
    June 19th, 2009 at 1:27 pm #

    Thanks for sharing McSpazz. That’s awesome that Brooke is tearing it up. It’s been a lot of fun. I can’t wait until he’s ready for hoops.

  3. Rad
    June 24th, 2009 at 12:02 pm #

    Hey lester, I missed this post sorry about that dude. At least he remembered his glove when he ran on the field after finding out he’d been dropped in the order. Did you tell the other parents “Thats just Heath being Heath” lol

    Good luck the rest of the way man, nice pics too.

  4. LestersLegends
    June 24th, 2009 at 12:06 pm #

    They’ll learn it’s Heath being Heath soon enough. He is a character for sure.

  5. Mom & Dad
    June 27th, 2009 at 2:26 pm #

    Ryan, I must say your life has come full circle. I remember when you were in T-Ball and the coach wasnt that “fair”.

    You would be dancing, asking for hot dogs, and getting upset by the minute until they let you play! Now, its your turn to be the coach and I know you will do great as well as my grandson, Heath. He is a special delightful 4 year old, a little stubborn but look who is dad is!

    Good luck to you and your team! They have a great coach. Love Mom

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