I think one of the funniest and most fun things I have ever watched is preschool t-ball.
This is Mini Me's first year playing and he is in a small-town organized league. Each team gets matching team t-shirts and a hat (each team is named for an MLB team). Games are two innings long. Everyone bats and gets on base. Everyone runs all the bases (advancing one batter at a time). No one gets out and of course there is no score. I have yet to hear or see one of those crazy, uber competitive parents, and hopefully we won't see that at all.
It is awesome. Some of my favorite moments include:
A coach on the other team carrying off one of our base runners yelling, "Parents! He says he
has to go potty! Which ones are his parents?"
Mini Me playing second base by standing with his toes touching the bag. Each runner must be asked something like, "Does it hurt when you smack your head like this?" because we saw every runner that stopped on second base smacking his hand against his helmet as Mini Me simultaneously smacked his hand on his hat/head.
The free-for-all "herd fielding" the kids do. No matter where the ball is hit, all the kids run for it. Recently, a player had a good whack that rolled to right field and half the kids on the team ran (some from as far away as third base) to dive - yes, dive - on the ball. The mere thought of it still makes me laugh.
Sometimes the coaches assign a kid
to the pitching mound position and only that kid is able to field the
ball and throw to first base. Then they rotate kids with each batter, so
everyone gets to field. But sometimes, with the "herd fielding" and resulting football-like tackles, I'm never sure if I should be proud of when Mini Me emerges victorious from the melee, covered in dust with the ball in his hand. Should I cheer for that? He beams like crazy about it.
The kids are learning to field the ball and throw it to first. One inning the first base player ran toward short stop to, of course, get the ball. He grabs the ball then turns to throw it to first base and we could see on his face the realization.... "Oh... I should be on first base!"
It's hilarious. And so sweet. And good for Mini Me to play and learn and have fun in a relaxed way. What a blessing!
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