I am a mom who didn’t set a good example this week…
I have a firm rule that if you join a team, or play a sport, you are committing to it. All of it. You don’t just participate when you feel like it. You’re in or you’re out.
I played hooky from Grant’s T-ball practice. I just wasn’t feeling up to helping herd a bunch of cats, er, kids. I didn’t want to stand in the outfield and help Grant stay focused. I didn’t want to listen to him whine that the only fun part is hitting the ball, or listen to him cry when someone else fielded a ball that he wasn’t paying attention to anyway.
Do not volunteer as a baseball coach for 5 year olds if you don’t understand 1) the fundamentals of baseball; or 2) the fundamentals of 5 year olds.
- Please do not manually move my kid’s legs so far apart that it looks like he’s ready to do the splits, rather than hit a baseball at the plate.
- My child is right handed. Please do not place the bat in his hands and move his left hand so that it is the top hand. Hellllooooo? I’m a girl and I know this.
- Do not pitch the ball to him from the side and call it a “toss-up.” Why not just call it a “freak him out, make him back away from the plate because that isn’t where the ball come from when you’re batting” exercise?
- Do not try to explain to my 5 year old the difference between an inside pitch and an outside pitch. Don’t tell him where the ball will go, when hit, based on those assessments. He’s 5. Just be happy he hit it at all and runs in the right direction.
- Do not show 5 year olds the “proper” finger positions on the laces of the baseball. At this age, the goal is to get them to pick the ball up and throw it to first base. What we have is a team of 5 year olds who fight for the ball and then take 2 minutes to get their fingers into position on the ball before they throw it. By the time they do it, the batter not only has reached first base, but he’s crossed home plate and is back in the dugout getting his Gatorade.
I am a horrible person to criticize volunteers. Horrible! These coaches have the very best of intentions and are putting up with crazy 5 year olds who are OPKs. (Other People’s Kids.) They are freely giving their time, energy, enthusiasm and expertise.
This is actually one of Grant’s better-behaved practices…. there’s no crying, whining or fighting with the Evans twins.
Maybe soccer season will be better.