So, please excuse me while I go back in time a couple months to share with you this snapshot in time. :)
As I've shared before, Nate started Tee Ball when he was 5 (summer before he started Kindergarten). He played again last summer (before 1st grade) and finally this year moved up to what is called (in these parts) "Coach Pitch" baseball. It was quite the adjustment for him. First of all, the people on his team take baseball very seriously. And some of these kids have been living and breathing baseball since they were born. So to say that Nate was a little behind the curve is a bit of an understatement. But what he lacked in skill he definitely made up for in heart and passion. What really hurt his game was that any practice he was getting at home was limited and, well, let's just say that Mommy pitching (at 4'10" tall) or Daddy pitching underhand is NOT the same as the 6' coach pitching overhand. So there was some learning to do there.
Good news is, he got a LOT of individual practice with one of his two coaches or other parent helpers. The other thing I really liked was the variety of positions he got to experience. They had him on 1st, outfield, and he even got to be catcher a few times. It really was good for him to get a feel for the different positions and the tasks each position is responsible for. I really think he'll continue to grow.
This year Alex got to join the Summer Rec ranks and play Tee Ball like his big brother. I also signed him up for soccer because I knew he'd be good at it and I'm glad I did. I really think he preferred soccer (it moved more than tee ball does). But we'll give him another year in both to figure it out. It was an adjustment for Nate who's never had to go and sit and watch at a game for his brother (we had a few words about that the first few practices because Alex did it for Nate's tee ball for two years, it was Nate's turn to learn the spectator role). It all worked out in the end thanks to a nearby playground and friends of his at practices who he could go off and play with on empty fields.
We had a rough go of it for tee ball and soccer this year. For the first 3 weeks or so, we kept getting rained out or cancelled for soggy fields. But once the season finally kicked off (i.e. the weather cooperated), we had fun.
I really liked the way they coordinated the tee ball teams this year. Instead of playing a long boring game that 4 & 5 year olds couldn't focus more than 5 minutes on, they rotated smaller groups of the kids through "stations" that worked on them with batting, fielding, and catching. Then for the last part of practice they'd play a "game". I really think it worked great and taught Alex a LOT more in one year than Nate learned on his teams for two years. I hope we have these coaches again next year!!
So, until next year....