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Old 01-21-2012, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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You should expect the dads to be WAY more ready for their sons to be playing than the sons are. There will be a lot of frustration as the kids can't do the things that seem SO simple, like standing correctly in the batter's box, running the right way, catching the ball, even hitting the ball on the tee.

Of course, there will be one kid who is a phenom, who can hit the ball into the outfield and even catch pretty well. He'll play first base.

Your child will love T-ball until the first time a pitch hits his thumb as he's holding the bat, ready to swing. Then he will never want to play again. But you can talk him back into it and get him back out there.

Oh, and it takes WAY longer to get the uniform on and lace up those cleats, so start getting ready earlier than you might think.

The snack will be the highlight of the game. And when it's your turn to bring snack, bring enough for all the little brothers and sisters who tag along.
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:28 PM
 
Location: The Hall of Justice
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We had a phenom! He could hit pretty well and throw too. His dad was coach, of course. The other kids were your basic goofy five-year-olds.
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Jersey
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Your child will love T-ball until the first time a pitch hits his thumb as he's holding the bat, ready to swing. Then he will never want to play again. But you can talk him back into it and get him back out there.

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I thought it was t-ball? like with a t and a ball on the t? its not?
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Rockwall
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yes, either that, or they all run to the ball and fight over it.
Yes, this!

Be sure your video recorder is charged and you have a good zoom. It will be hilarious
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Sorry, I advanced forward a season. Sometimes the eager dad coaches will try to pitch to them in T-ball practice.

I have three boys. It all runs together after a while.

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Old 01-21-2012, 09:50 PM
 
Location: here
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We had a phenom! He could hit pretty well and throw too. His dad was coach, of course. The other kids were your basic goofy five-year-olds.
oh my gosh, so did we! I would have sworn that kid was 2 years older than the rest of the team! He moved on to bigger and better things after one season.
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Old 01-21-2012, 10:34 PM
 
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What to expect??

Whining, crying, pouting, temper tantrums, poor sportsmanship.....

From the parents.

The kids will have a blast!!
Ugh, anit that truth! My husband coached my son's little league team. He said the parents were the worst! lol.
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Old 01-22-2012, 01:00 AM
 
Location: BK All Day
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Ugh I never did T-ball but I have so many fond memories of picking dandelions in the outfield of 6,7,8 year old coach-pitch soft ball. Then finally my parents let me stop. Not sure why I had to play to begin with. My sister was all about it.

Everyone WILL get a trophy and a hit and a run.
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Old 01-22-2012, 06:23 AM
 
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My son is 4, just turned in October. In 2 weeks we are registering for T-ball. For the first season of organized sports what should we expect?
You live in Jersey Dave? Are you going to get him into hockey? 4 years old is the perfect age. Of all the sports my boys played, hockey was the most fun IMO.

T-ball is great. They probably won't keep score and they'll let your son swing the bat until he hits the ball because I don't think they actually record "outs" the first season. If I remember right everyone get's to bat once and then switch to outfield and do that for like 4 innings.

Soccer is also a great sport for a 4 year old. Soccer helps prepare them for almost any other sport as it teaches them balance and footwork.
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Old 01-22-2012, 06:35 AM
 
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Personally, when our kids were that age we signed them up for T-ball so we could sit in the stands and chat with other moms .

Have no expectations, none. Your life with children's sports will be MUCH easier that way. You can expect your child to finish what they start and to be at practice on time and listen to the coach but after that, just let them play. If they happen to be good at it, great, if not, so what. Kids handle these things WAY better than parents ever do.
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