Sunday, July 21, 2013
T-Ball: "The Best Free Entertainment In Town"
The former president of Little League in Lubbock, Texas once told me that t-ball was the "Best Free entertainment in town." He was speaking to me as a parent then, and he was right, but what he didn't tell me was that coaching is where the real fun happens.
Back in May, Melissa and I found out that Nolan's t-ball team didn't have a coach, so we signed up for the job. I attended the parents meeting where I was informed that Provo plays what I call "Kumbaya ball," where everyone bats each inning, there's never a third out, and everyone wins. Callan played this kind of t-ball in Ohio and it was great fun. At the meeting I got a mesh bag from the city with three t-balls, two helmets, a bat, and a T.
Nolan really came into his own out on the field. About three weeks before t-ball started he said, "I don't want to play," which is the kind of thing he says two or three weeks before starting something new, but by the time practices rolled around, he was suiting up in full hand-me-down uniforms and wearing his glove around all afternoon. We made sure that every kid got to play every position, but it was always really fun to see Nolan and some of the other more coordinated kids playing infield and actually making some plays.
We had our fair share of tears from kids for all the usual reasons--getting tagged out, not getting to bat first, getting hit by the ball, getting tagged out, dropping their snack on the ground, getting tagged out---but it wouldn't be t-ball without some tears. By the end of the season all the kids were hitting pitches from me during games rather than using the tee, and every single kid had a lot of fun. Mission accomplished.
Posted by Joey at 11:50 PM