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Discussion: Props

in: Cristina; Cristina > 2021-04-05

Apr 6, 2021 3:08 PM # 
Pink Socks:
Thank you for stepping up to coach!

When Fjola was ~18 months old, we were at the playground and the adjacent ballfield was having what appeared to be the first day of tee ball practice for the youngest imaginable kids. Parents standing around everywhere, kids not knowing anything about anything. I remember thinking about how hard it must be to coach this many kids at this age.
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Apr 6, 2021 3:45 PM # 
Cristina:
I was actually really nervous before practice yesterday because my impression of tee ball is that it is total chaos. Or as the Norwegians might say, "helt Texas!" But Little League Baseball has a very nice Tee Ball curriculum you can download and I followed the agenda for the first practice…plus a bit of improv at the end when it turned out that their 45min plan really did take only 45min—I had assumed we'd easily fill up an hour since kids would be running around picking their noses, but they weren't!

In any case it seemed like it went really well. Nobody died or cried, they all seem to have learned which base is which, mostly understood which hand to throw with, and more or less how to hold the bat. Next practice is tomorrow and we'll actually have them hit off the tee, so I'll report back if there are any black eyes.
Apr 6, 2021 6:54 PM # 
jjcote:
I think one of the key points of coaching tee ball is developing the knack of figuring out what height to set the tee for each kid so that the ball will be in the path of the bat.
Apr 6, 2021 7:02 PM # 
bbrooke:
Sounds like fun for both of you -- especially with your softball background / expertise. :-)

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