What I Learned At T-Ball

There are three types of baseball players: Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen and those who wonder what happens. Tommy Lasorda, Major League Baseball pitcher and manager

T-Ball for boys and girls 4 and 5 years old proves this quote over and over. A few are in there making it happen (mostly the coach’s son), as the ball comes their way, some watch it happen wondering to whom it will roll, and some have no idea what’s going on, wondering which left field they are supposed to play. The good news…they all seem to be having fun…well, except the very shy boy I observed while at bat.

Here’s what I learned:

  • “Measure” (this is what my granddaughter calls practice swings) with the bat before you try to hit the ball – Practice a bit before you try something new
  • If your helmet is too big, hold onto it by the ear holes while running bases – Make do with what you have
  • Try not to hit your coach with the bat – Respect your leaders if they are worthy
  • Graciously thank your team mates’ parents for the snacks – Have an attitude of gratitude
  • Be glad when your older sibs, “Uncle” Pete, and grandparents watch your game – Never take your family for granted…they will always be there for you

Affirmation: I know how to play ball.

Coaching questions: What have you learned lately from the children in your life? How will you apply this learning?

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