Frustration with T-Ball
Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:34 PM
It's been forever since I have been able to log on. I am the "nana" of Cameron and Corey who turned 5 in November. So here is our dilema regarding t-ball. DD/SIL have been super excited about the prospect of the boys playing this year and I agreed to pay the $200.00 for them to join. The team they are on has a volunteer coach who has never coached before. The practices have not gone very well and the fathers are expected to teach their own kid/kids how to play. Of course sil has two to contend with. There are no short drills or anything- it's totally disorganized with no real structure. So.. C&C lose interest very quickly and go running off the field to DD. They (dd/sil) are super frustrated, feel like inadaquate parents, and feel like they are letting the team down. They are ready to give up. I have talked to a friend who's son is also on the team and his parents feel the same way.
So, does anyone have any magical words to make this situation better? It really makes me sad because everyone (including the boys) have been excited about it. The boys have not one time said they don't want to play.
Anyway, sorry to ramble..
Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:11 PM
I'm wondering if anyone has talked to the coach? Are they approachable? There are a bunch of drills that can be found on google, I looked at some myself last year, but honestly we were pretty low key and just trying to get the kiddos to not all leave their positions on the field and go after everyball that was hit was a major accomplishment! But we did some basic fielding drills (there were three of us). If the coach is approachable, I would ask them if they would like some help and offer specific drills that have been found. I know it was pretty over whelming for me to be trying to coach/teach the kids, and I've been playing since I was pretty much that age. There is so much that is just second nature that trying to teach it, is hard!
If the coach is not approachable, I would talk to the league organizer, and in a nonconfrontational way, suggest that the coach might need a little more direction. I think that most of the organizers of kids sports really do want them to have a good time, and if they or the parents have a bad experience, that's going to be less kids in the program.
Hope you guys figure it out So hard when you're looking so forward to something and it doesn't go as planned! I hope that the above made sense...
PS ~ I'm jealous you guys are playing already! I have to wait until May!
Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:55 PM
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 07:59 AM
And then even when he had gotten everything together and had parents involved there were still kids during the game that were sitting on the ground playing in the dirt, etc. They are still young.
My DS has his first t-ball practice today and I have to say my hubby is definitely feeling better about it all this year and knows what to expect and has a game plan, where as last year being brand new (and like I said no guidance at all), did not.
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:48 AM
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 09:04 AM
For us, we found that parent support was a necessity. Without 4-5 parents to help at practice (with the two of us), things ran horrible. We basically tried to have a 1-3or4 ratio of kids to adults. we would plan games/drills based on what we learned from the internet/the official Little leagues T-ball book (bought from Chapters (or probably amazon in the US) We also bought a little league book with games in it.
If the coach is inexperienced, they may not realize these resources are out there. By our last year of coaching(son switched to soccer, daughter waterpolo), we had finally gotten a routine down. We also owned a lot of our own equipment that we used for practices (wiffle balls, extra T-balls, extra T's, pieces of carpet to use for bases, a rebound net, pylons, etc). If the coache does not have theses resources, he is going to struggle.
We also would have kids that would go back to the parents, so that is not uncommon. Maybe your Daughter or SIL can ask if they can assist the coach, and that might help the kids stay with the team? Not sure what the rules are.
We would change up the tasks every 10 minutes, and generally have 4-5 stations running, so that there were not long lines to do things.
BTW the first year my daughter played (at age 4) she sat in the gravel and dug holes. At least it was not disruptive to the team :-)
Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:16 AM
Here is a link, you might print some of them out and suggest the kids try those.
Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:11 PM
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 06:23 PM
They are both signed up for baseball but no more t-ball... I will miss the laughs of last year.
*quick funny....one of the kids from the other team on t-ball had just hit the ball towards first base. All the parents in the outfield were yelling to the kid on our team to get the ball, so the kid from the other team hears that, stops running towards first and grabs the ball from the ground and hands it to the first baseman. omg so cute. That pretty much sums up how it was playing here. So everyone is there, it will get better!
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:11 PM
I'll keep you all posted!
Marchl, thank you for the link-good info!
Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:14 PM
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