Practice #6

Griggs field was home to the highest population density in the state last night. There were two games (T-ball and 10U Baseball), our practice, and Isabel’s parent/child T-ball practice coinciding.

So the two games got the real fields and we were relegated to some outfield grass. This required some creative coaching. We just played catch for 10 minutes while I grasped for inspiration. Then I had an idea. Then, Ben and I discussed the merits of him crossing the street unsupervised to run home and grab a recycling bin. He conviced me he could, safely.

What I had in mind was something I remembered from the Tom Emanski’s Defensive Drills Video TV commercial. It showed a bunch of little leaguers making perfect throws from the outfield in to a trash can at home plate.

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Newsletter #5

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  • Another game cancelled
  • How to play whiffle ball!

Newsletter #4

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Game #1 Merriam Park Yankees @ Griggs

Our first game was great. The kids were on the ball and really swinging the bat!

We now officially have 19 players—that’s outrageous, and only one didn’t show up  last night. Imagine 18 fielders (without a catcher). We had at least 2 players at every position.

By the numbers

We scored 6 runs on 11 hits with 3 walks. That’s a .733 team batting average! We had 2 fly outs and 2 thrown out at first. All the hits were singles except Maria’s double to end the game (she’s signed up and officially on the team).

In the field we made a lot of nice plays (I didn’t score for the other team), including a double play. The double play was a fly out to our left fielder (well, one of our left fielders) Caleb who threw it to Ben covering second to double off the runner. I was very impressed. Unfortunately in the bottom of the inning, they got a triple play similarly. It was the first game and we haven’t covered base running and tagging up, so we let the kids stay on the bases once they went back.

Thursday we’ll split the team up at practice and work on running the bases in some tiny baseball [see glossary].

Newsletter #3

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Practice #4

I beaned a couple kids; threw behind a couple; and added 3 more players tonight—Caleb, Austin, and Cecilia. 18 players is about 8 too many. That’s very hard to manage.

We got the league rules tonight. There aren’t many.

I find it very hard to pitch at about half speed to small people. Every time I threw behind a kid though, he’d actually hit it. My best pitching of the night was to Noah and he’s one of the smaller ones. I blame tonight’s pitching on a combination of a dry contact lens, low blood sugar, and never having a good arm.


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