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T-BALL IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Dear Tom,
I would be interested to find out how people respond to this question ? OK WE ARE TALKING ABOUT 5-6 YEAR OLD T-BALL PLAYERS , THEY WIN THIER LEAGUE AND GET TO GO TO the all star tournament., THEY ARE ALL EXCITED TO BE #1 ..OK HERE IS MY QUESTION , IF THE COACHES PICK UP 2 PLAYERS WHO DID NOT PLAY ON THE TEAM SHOULD HE PUT THESE BOYS ON THE FIELD FIRST GAME 1ST. INNING AND LEAVE 2 BOYS THAT WORKED FOR THIS TEAM AND HELPED MAKE IT TO ALL-STARS SITTING ON the BENCH JUST BECAUSE HE THINKs THESE BOYS ARE BETTER PLAYERS ,, SO IS THIS WHAT T-BALL IS ALL ABOUT …………..CONCERNED GRANDMOTHER

O.K. Everyone, a grandma needs our help out there, so let’s all step up to the plate and share our opinions and experiences.

I’ll go first… No! No! No! These two extra players should not be put in the game ahead of two players who have worked hard and been on the team all season. Not only am I against this coaching decision, but I don’t even think these two players should have been added to the roster. What kind of message is this sending the original team?

I am assuming that you mean a post season tournament when you say “all-stars” (Kids who are five and six years old do not need to be singled out as being “the best” and put on an “all-star- team”. This is for kids who have had a lot more playing experience; at least eight or nine.)

I have a problem with the fact that you say your grandson’s team won their league. A T-Ball team filled with five and six year old kids should be focusing on much more than wins and losses. The fact that anyone even knows who won a T-Ball conference title tells me that the emphasis has been misdirected.

At five and six years of age, the real emphasis should be on learning the basic fundamentals of baseball, equal playing time, kids getting to try all the positions on a rotating system, and building that foundation of fun that motivates kids to keep on playing.

Let’s get back to your question, assuming that the tournament is already in the works.
Let the kids who got them there have the privilege and honor of playing with the same team. They are learning the power of teamwork, and have hopefully had a blast together up to this point. Let the established team take on that fierce team of five and six year olds from across the county line!

By picking up two new little “ringers”, you also send the message that winning is the goal. Should five and six year olds be entering into this pressure already at this age? They will have to compete their whole lives. Let them relax and enjoy the snow cones.

Come on coaches, not even George Steinbrenner and the New York Yankees can add players just before the world series.

There’s got to be more exciting things going on in Montgomery County than a five and six year old T-Ball tournament! What about having all the dads join the kids on the field for a massive tickling festival. It’s that kind of “ringing” that you want in your ears for years to come. (Laughter I mean.)

Please send your thoughts and stories to tomkuyper@athletesintraining.com

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