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.
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.
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.