Sunday, July 13, 2008
I spent most Tuesday and Thursday evenings in June at Plum Creek Park watching Sam and his team learn and play T-ball. This picture shows Rob helping Sam get ready to bat. I think Rob must have done this particular routine about 1,000 times in June because as a coach he would get each kid ready to bat. Sometimes the batter would be successful on the first attempt, but usually Rob would have to retrieve the ball, set up the batting tee, and line up the batter. By the end of the season a lot of kids could hit a ball past the pitcher and one little guy could hit it out of the infield. Their defensive play improved a lot also as they moved from every player on the field converging on the ball after it was hit, to one person fielding the ball and throwing it to first. Teams don't keep score, three innings are played, everyone bats in every inning, and most teams have as many parents in the field as 5-year-olds.