I’ve mentioned recently that this the first year that my kids have played Little League. For my son, 6, it really hasn’t been an issue – since he’s playing T-Ball and he more than has the skills to handle that. But, for my daughter, 8, it’s been a bit of a challenge since she’s never done anything like this before and is playing against (and with) girls who have more experience and who are sometimes older.
Actually, in terms of understanding the game, and its basic rules, my daughter is way ahead of my son. She knows the positions on the field and understands the concept of an inning, etc. She can watch a game and tell you who is winning, how many outs there are, etc.
He’s just doing what he’s told on the field and hacking away at the plate – having fun, etc. – which is what T-Ball is all about, for the most part.
My daughter is playing “Rookie Girls Softball” where the coaches do the pitching during the games. And, four games into her season, she’s still somewhat confused at the plate.
So, today, before her practice with the team this evening, I decided to spend some time with her – breaking down her swing and addressing areas where she has room for improvement. Specifically, this is using a balanced and workable stance, having a proper grip, using a fluid and tension free swing, and ensuring lead-arm extension. If she could learn to master these four simple things, and use better selection on when to swing, it would make a great difference in her success and overall Little League experience.
We talked about this for maybe ten minutes…taking some practice swings, indoors, to try and get some of this down for her before her practice…and…then…she said it.
She looked at me and offered these five simple words: “O.K., can I go now?”
Ouch. I’ve now become the dad who tortures his kid with baseball instruction. Talk about hitting a low point…