Wednesday, June 11, 2008
The baseball season has begun. I really like the program they offer in our community. The community rec program goes from age 4 through 6th grade. There are no try-outs, everybody plays. In the pee-wee t-ball program, everybody bats, everybody runs the bases & everybody gets to play in the field every inning.
Beginning in 3rd grade, they move up to a pitching machine, and there are 3 outs & 7 run rule, but everybody is in the line-up & although some kids may have to sit on the bench when there are more than 10 kids, every inning they switch positions so everybody still has equal playing time.
In 5th & 6th grade, they advance to the kids actually pitching, but everything else is the same. These games can get a little long, because there end up being a lot of walks, but it is still a fun experience for the kids.
I think my favorite part about this program is that everyone has a very positive attitude. In the 8 years Tyler has been involved, I have only heard one negative comment. It was a kid who said something to the effect that somebody always strikes out. The coach heard him and informed the child that if he ever made a comment like that again he would be sitting on the bench because that attitude is not being a team player.
The only thing I don't like about it is that the games are played on Tuesday & Thursday nights, which means we miss Hell's Kitchen, and possibly Survivor depending on the year.
Cameron has not played baseball since he got hit with a ball a few years ago, but Tyler goes out every year. He's not bad, if I do say so myself. Last night he had a walk, a run & a strike out. (Of course by this age the boys "have" to have the baseball pants, because everybody else does.)
He was put in the outfield for this game, though, which he finds pretty boring. The last couple of years he played at 2nd base, which he does well at. Hopefully the coach will switch it up next time.
Caleb did not appear to be enjoying it very much at first. Which was odd, because he usually loves to watch baseball.
But once he & Cameron moved a little closer to the action he warmed up.
Amata & Baylee had a good time, although they were not real interested in the actual game. Not when there is grass to eat & pictures of themselves to look at on the camera. (A girls got to have priorities)