A few weeks ago, I did a post on organized sports. It was around when my grand daughter’s t-ball league started.
Having been raised in a Navy family, we were constantly on the move until my dad retired. The only time I had a chance to do organized sports outside of school was when we lived in Hawaii. In Hawaii my sister and I both did cheer leading.
My grand daughter, on the other hand, has done gymnastics, bowling, and now t-ball. She swims like a fish but has not been on a team or anything organized.
She was in a league called the Junior Giants. The kids were given reading challenges. They also had fruit and vegetable goals. As they achieved their individual goals, they were given rewards like Giants branded school supplies.
After each game they also got rewarded with a snack, drink, and a trinket of some sort. After the final game, the kids got a bobble head!
At the start of the season, we joked around about which way to run when you hit the ball. I don’t think anyone ran the wrong way. They would hit the ball and just stand there. Everyone would cheer for them to run and point the direction.
One of the nice things about this level was everyone got to play. Everyone got to bat. They didn’t keep score. It was more about learning the skills and working as a team.
They worked on form.
As they got better, some would bat without the t. The coach would throw the ball and they would swing.
There was always plenty to drink and keep the players well hydrated.
My grand daughter thought keeping the pitchers mound clean was important the whole season. We joked that we should buy her a little whisk broom to put in her back pocket.
As you can see, some felt like the field was a good place to take a nap.
The kids ran hard.
They got in position to catch balls with their gloves.
They swung the bat with all their might.
Sometimes the T and the ball still won. The kids would try again.
They ran to first base as hard as they could even though there were no outs.
Everyone of the kids crossed home plate.
My grand daughter, the comedian, was always proud to show you her slide.
They showed good sportsmanship and would congratulate the members of the other team at the end of the game.
The coaches were amazing. The took kids who didn’t know anything about baseball and transformed them into Jr. Giants.