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OK guys I got roped into coaching my kids T ball team. I have only 7 players (6 for the first game) and no assistant coach. The basic rules are coach pitches three balls then the T comes out, No balls and strikes.

So I have kids from 41/2 to almost 8. One cant even hod the bat up. Two can hit it out of the infield on a good pitch. Most cant catch worth a damn but most can throw pretty good, just not so very straight.

Put them in position for me please!!!

Ryan: Lousy glove, #2 bat and a friggen cannon for an arm. Straight and long. Center or third?
Cam: Improving glove #1 bat, decent arm but wrong zip code.
Ian: Decent glove, #5 bat decent arm.
John: decent glove, #6 bat, average arm
Mathew: Best glove, #3 bat, speedy. wild arm
Jack. Little guy but tough. not a bad glove. #4 bat, cant throw far but throws friggen hard and straight.
Caleb: Tiny little dude but cool. Southpaw. Like 41/2 YO. He can stop a grounder now (thanks coach) and can hold a bat and sometimes hit it past the mound. No real gun here or any sense of the game. Not a clue really. (you think mom could have told me he was left handed and gotten him a right hand glove huh?) He hits much better on the other side of the plate. I think Ill put out feelers for a RH kids glove to try.

So. Time is a wasting boys. I am calling all my chips on you knowledge sucking THT ers.


Field my Team!

The only ones I have half-pegged are Mathew at 1st and Jack on second.
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You ain't gettin' no help unless we like the name of the team -- what is it?
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Originally Posted by baitkiller View Post
with player positions.



OK guys I got roped into coaching my kids T ball team. I have only 7 players (6 for the first game) and no assistant coach. The basic rules are coach pitches three balls then the T comes out, No balls and strikes.

So I have kids from 41/2 to almost 8. One cant even hod the bat up. Two can hit it out of the infield on a good pitch. Most cant catch worth a damn but most can throw pretty good, just not so very straight.

Put them in position for me please!!!

Ryan: Lousy glove, #2 bat and a friggen cannon for an arm. Straight and long. Center or third?
Cam: Improving glove #1 bat, decent arm but wrong zip code.
Ian: Decent glove, #5 bat decent arm.
John: decent glove, #6 bat, average arm
Mathew: Best glove, #3 bat, speedy. wild arm
Jack. Little guy but tough. not a bad glove. #4 bat, cant throw far but throws friggen hard and straight.
Caleb: Tiny little dude but cool. Southpaw. Like 41/2 YO. He can stop a grounder now (thanks coach) and can hold a bat and sometimes hit it past the mound. No real gun here or any sense of the game. Not a clue really. (you think mom could have told me he was left handed and gotten him a right hand glove huh?) He hits much better on the other side of the plate. I think Ill put out feelers for a RH kids glove to try.

So. Time is a wasting boys. I am calling all my chips on you knowledge sucking THT ers.


Field my Team!

The only ones I have half-pegged are Mathew at 1st and Jack on second.
Ryan at short (a little more time to get in position than third)
Cam at second (you can work on 30' throws)
Mathew at first (gonna need an athlete over there)
Ian at third (most kids don't pull the ball to third right away
John in Center (platoon to the infield)
jack in Left (work on getting in front of the ball)
Caleb in Right (ditto, don't let him get hit with the ball or its chess team for him forever)
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1st - Mathew
2nd - Jack
3rd - Cam
Short - John
Left - Ian
Center - Ryan
Right - Caleb
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Tell ya what palsie. help me out and ill name the team after you.

How about "the myopics"? Dude this is serious chit to me. I got no help and no time. First game is Sat. and (john) is the player not fielding.


I'm coaching T ball for Chists sake. I have enough smart Aleks to deal with.:b ashhh:

So HELP!
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Good work fellas. I am feeling the love and like the reasoning. I think most agree on the key positions. Thank you so much.
Coach.
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Another option is to rotate the positions every inning and see who fits best where based on some playing time.
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Nope! No help unless we like the team's colors -- what are the colors?


Dude, it's T-ball, it does not matter who plays what positions or batting order. It's about kids gettin' out there and having fun. They don't even keep score, or didn't anyone tell you that?

This is about the kids -- not about the parents. DO NOT MAKE IT ABOUT THE PARENTS!!!

Suggestion: the Little f's is a fine name. Put a little 'f' on each kid's uniform ...
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You need to get Wiley to sponsor you
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I feel for you man. It is hard stuff. I am lucky, my town has an AWESOME youth league. My son Alec just turned 7. Played T-Ball last year and just started coach-pitch this year.

Eyeball is right. Do not have set positions. rotate them every inning. this gives all of the kids a great feeling. First base and pitcher (or standing where the pitcher normally is) are the most sought after. I does not matter at this age how good they are - just as long as they are having fun and look forward to the next game. If you give them set positions, you are going to have kids that get bored and lose interest. 90% of the hits are in the infield between 2nd and short and most do not make it that far. I strongly suggest that you keep track of who plays where and who bats in what order as it really stinks for the kid that gets stuck in the outfield for the whole game and sees NO action

I try to stress the basics and the sportsmanship. I tell the kids to hustle in and out of the dugout and off the field at the end of the inning. I have the Team Mom kkeping them intersted when the team is at bat - making sure that they cheer for their teamates

Our T- ball and coach-pitch leagues do not keep score. the team bats around each inning. the 2nsd inning the batting order is reversed. The order gets switched for the next game. On a hit, in the infield it is one base. if it makes it to the outfield it is 2. that is it. Reason being is the kids can't really field yet and if they keep running, it becomes a comedey of errors (no pun intended). We have had coaches have the kids keeo running - it gets old quick, seeing a ground ball that barely makes it past the pitchers mound have a kid go around the bases as the ball is missed at every bag. That is why we instituted the limits. last batter of the innning runs all the way around. another important reason to change the order each week.

The goal at this stage is just to get the kids to have fun and learn the basics. We give out a "game ball" each game -first to the best player of the game - and then again in a rotation, but find a positive reason to point to. "that ground ball you stopped on that hard hit" etc.

I do not go overboard - my team learns that winning is important. too much "politically correct" nonsense from too many parents. So I stress being good and being a winner, but sportsmanship is key.

By the way, I am not the coach. Just one of the dads that help out. I wish my schedule would allow me to coach. Thank you for what you are doing!
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Originally Posted by kingair View Post
You need to get Wiley to sponsor you

I DO need a sponsor! I can see it now...........

team colors should be Dupont Jeff Gordan rainbow with "INLET CAM.COM"
across the shoulders.

HEY WILEY! 350 clams sucka! pony up! We are printing the shirts next week!

Ohh Oh what about.../ Ludicrous cam.com? Like it?
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Makosteve thanks pal. That was more help than you can imagine. I have mentally committed to rotating positions and batting orders. The game ball gimmick is a nice touch. I also see the sense in the double rule. We practiced infield grounds to first then outfield flies with cut-offs to second today. And lets just say we made improvements.

Thanks again for the insight.

As for volunteering? The amazing thing is that I tell clients don't call me on Wednesday between 3 and 4 pm because I coach T ball and I don't believe it has cost me a nickle or a single job. AND MY PHONE DOESN'T RING FOR A WHOLE HOUR!

YOU GUYS ROCK, THANKS.
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Put the best player at the pitcher's position. He will be responsible for 2/3's of your outs. Someone tall with a good glove at first - he can be the big slow kid if he can catch. You need someone fast in the outfield - does not matter if they can catch - he will be like the free safety in football - run everything down and that makes it to the outfield and throw it back in. Short needs to have a good glove, but there will be very few thrown out at first from short. Good luck and best wishes to the pitcher - he will make or break the game. And while the kids may be playing for fun - the T-Ball parents are dam serious.
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I feel for you man. It is hard stuff. I am lucky, my town has an AWESOME youth league. My son Alec just turned 7. Played T-Ball last year and just started coach-pitch this year.

Eyeball is right. Do not have set positions. rotate them every inning. this gives all of the kids a great feeling. First base and pitcher (or standing where the pitcher normally is) are the most sought after. I does not matter at this age how good they are - just as long as they are having fun and look forward to the next game. If you give them set positions, you are going to have kids that get bored and lose interest. 90% of the hits are in the infield between 2nd and short and most do not make it that far. I strongly suggest that you keep track of who plays where and who bats in what order as it really stinks for the kid that gets stuck in the outfield for the whole game and sees NO action

I try to stress the basics and the sportsmanship. I tell the kids to hustle in and out of the dugout and off the field at the end of the inning. I have the Team Mom kkeping them intersted when the team is at bat - making sure that they cheer for their teamates

Our T- ball and coach-pitch leagues do not keep score. the team bats around each inning. the 2nsd inning the batting order is reversed. The order gets switched for the next game. On a hit, in the infield it is one base. if it makes it to the outfield it is 2. that is it. Reason being is the kids can't really field yet and if they keep running, it becomes a comedey of errors (no pun intended). We have had coaches have the kids keeo running - it gets old quick, seeing a ground ball that barely makes it past the pitchers mound have a kid go around the bases as the ball is missed at every bag. That is why we instituted the limits. last batter of the innning runs all the way around. another important reason to change the order each week.

The goal at this stage is just to get the kids to have fun and learn the basics. We give out a "game ball" each game -first to the best player of the game - and then again in a rotation, but find a positive reason to point to. "that ground ball you stopped on that hard hit" etc.

I do not go overboard - my team learns that winning is important. too much "politically correct" nonsense from too many parents. So I stress being good and being a winner, but sportsmanship is key.

By the way, I am not the coach. Just one of the dads that help out. I wish my schedule would allow me to coach. Thank you for what you are doing!

'nough said right there....

I coached little league (10-12 yrs) and I gotta tell you, best experience ever. I got no kids, which made it more fun...
But...

Teaching the parents to keep their mouths shut was way tougher than teaching a kid how to have fun outside their living room or not on their skateboard..

I agree with teaching winning and losing, maybe not at 5 years old, don't know...but if you didn't want them to figure out who the winner was, you shouldn't have taught them to count....Trust me, they keep score regardless of what the parents say..

Have fun...you'll remember it longer than those kids probably
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I don't envy you, but good job on stepping up to manage. My son is playing two 12 yo teams now (travel and LL) and I remember the T ball years as just about the most fun of any year.

I swore we'd never do travel, but somehow we got sucked in.

Have fun and don't worry about it too much. Just let all the kids play every position. There are plenty of years ahead to stack the rotation and stick the un-skilled kids in right. This will be the only year some of those kids ever get to play first base or pitcher.

Oh, and the parents only get worse every year, so enjoy it while you can.
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More important than anything.....

Make it so these kids are having FUN!!!!! Don't be like some coaches I know and they think they are playing the world series.

You pick some positions then some games let them pick it. Ya gotta remember how their attention span is and if they are not enjoying it, it's going to be really, really short!!!
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Good point. I've heard of coaches having the players draw positions out of a hat every inning.
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Good comments from all. A few additional items:
1- Meet with the parents and get some help. You need help and should not be the only coach on the field.
2- T-Ball is an "instructional" league so you should rotate the players BUT you need someone that can catch at first. Be safe and only rotate the players that can catch the ball at first.
3- Call your local high school and ask the baseball coach if some of his players can help with a little instruction. T-Ball kids love high school players showing them how to hit, field, etc.

Good luck and have fun.
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congrats, i was a t ball coach for 4 years and really miss it. beachbum43 is right, you will need some help in the dug-out when at bat. the good thing about coaching is i got to know all the kids in the neighborhood and who my son was running with. came in handy later on in the teenage years. its kinda fun to be checking out of the grocery store and the cashier say "hey coach" and it s one of your former players.
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Great idea about getting the high school kids to help out. I love the game ball concept. it works great. Last week I was having a catch with my son after work (he did not have the greatest game last week and was a little down on his game). My wife told me that he was so excited that he wanted to call me every five minutes to see where I was.

Got home, my wife hands me my old glove and a ball and we go out back. I live in a townhouse, si there is not much room in the back to have a catch, but we gave it a shot. Well, after about 5 minutes he misses a toss and the ball rolls into the lake. He has a complete meltdown. I am trying to find out what is wrong, and he finally tells me that "That was my first game ball." Needless to say, I did what we had to do to get it out, and he put it back in the DISPLAY BOX he has for it. I asked why were we using it and he said it was the only one he had.

Needless to say, the next night found us in Sports Authority doing my share of the "economic stimulus" 1 glove, bat, helmet and sak of practice balls and $120.00 later we went home for dinner. He is small for his age and finding him a bat was not easy. The T-ball bat from last year would not cut it. And I though fishing tackle was expensive - $60.00 for a 29" bat!. Well the old T-Ball bat is my new fish billy! Here is the All Star playing 1st base on saturday. have to work a little on his "baseball ready"


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