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The facts of Tball/Baseball from a mom's point of view
Rookie, Tball, Little Kids Playing Ball Here is what I learned after a season
Both my boys joined baseball and tball teams this year, this is a very proud terrifying moment. You look forward to seeing them hit the ball but you dread thinking of them getting hit with the ball.You want to see them get a homerun but you want them to feel great even if they strike out. I am going to share with you The top Ten things that I know now,that I didn't know before.
1.Aside from registration fee of approx 50.00 per season, the only other expense you have is a glove which is between 10 and 20 dollars and baseball pants which average 15 to 20 dollars. The registration covers Hat, Uniform Shirt, Socks,bats,and helmets. You also can purchase Cleats although,not required (those you can pick up fairly cheap secondhand and they don't see much use.)
2. Tball is practice is usually once a week for 1 hour, no sweat right? lol but it is hard keeping age 4-6 concentrating that long on the ball and not playing in the dirt. On the other hand a slightly older age group of 7-9 yrs old,practices twice a week for approx 2 hours a nite and usually the concentration is higher although they still like to play in the dirt.
3. Tball and Little league practice runs through average time that people eat dinner around 5:30 to 7:30 PM. which can be tricky, you have to plan meals earlier or later.
4.Practice usually goes even if it is drizzly rain or a little on the chilly or hot side. so be prepared for no cancellations unless it is a downpour or blizzard.
5.Your child getting hit with the ball does not mean that they will have a concussion my son got hit 3 times on the first practice day and survived. I know as a mom it is tempting to wrap them in bubble wrap before they play but really isn't necessary.
6.Playing on a youth team is a great way to build great sportsmanship and to make friends.
7. Baseball games are sometimes in the town that you live in, but more likely to be away games in surrounding towns. usually last for 2-3 hours.
8. Tball does not keep score everyone wins, this is to teach them the basics, in rookie they do keep score but they don't broadcast it unless asked to decrease the chances of hurt feelings.
9. During a game at some point your child will be benched just so that everyone gets a chance to play, do not take this in a bad way it has nothing to do with skill of game just routine.
10. Most Important of all---Always bring a water bottle or Gatorade to practice and games because this is a very physical sport
You will not regret enrolling your child into baseball it is a wonderful sport and has been a great experience