Monday, September 8, 2014

First Practice

This week is a big week for the boys. Tonight - specifically, right now, as I type - is the first baseball practice for The Boy and for Little Bear. It's a once a week thing, on Monday nights, and they have enough for four small teams to play. I'm going to talk to the coach, to see if they need/want an extra grownup who owns a mitt.






The boys did pretty well. Little Bear smacked a nice ground ball through the second base hole - pulled it pretty good, and he was one of the few lefty batters. The Boy wound up hitting off the tee - he fouled off a few pitches, then hit a grounder to short.






There are no outs, no strikeouts, no score being kept. They're just watching the kids throw and hit and run. There are a handful of adults and older kids who are walking around the field and playing catch with the kids in the field to keep them into the game. I'm pretty happy with how this looks. Once they hit, they run the bases regardless of what's happened, which is fun.

Baseball is a tough game. It's the most skill-reliant, in that you need to learn to throw, to hit, to field, and that natural ability helps speed the learning process but does not circumvent it. I know that, when I was growing up, they didn't let us play recreation baseball until third grade.

What do I want from this? Hard to say. I want the boys to get an appreciation for how the game is played, and I want them to be able to tell who the first baseman, second baseman, third baseman, and shortstop are when we're watching a game. I'd like them to have a basic knowledge of the rules of the game. That's about it.

First chorus rehearsal for The Boy is Wednesday night. It's the start of a new boys chorus in town. That's pretty cool, too. Little Bear might join, if it's a younger group, otherwise it'll just be The Boy's thing.

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Update, post-practice:

Little Bear got to play "second base" during the second inning - meaning the second time the other team got to have all ten players bat. He was magnificent! His hustle was really something special to watch. He was sprinting after every ball, and he was the first or second player to every ball hit - including those hit to third base, second base, and left field. He charged hard at all the balls, which was awesome to see.






The Boy did well, too, playing catch and throw with one of the coaches in a small group of four or five boys.


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