Alex had his first T-Ball game yesterday. We didn’t really know what to expect. It turns out that when you’re five, a T-Ball game is just another kind of T-Ball practice. It’s all about learning the rhythm and expectations and not at all about a score. We did three innings because that’s what fit in an hour. Every kid gets to bat once in an inning. No matter how well you hit the ball, you run only as far as first base. Even if the fielders manage to get the ball to a base before a runner (which happened exactly one time in the game), the runner’s safe: Everybody gets to go around the bases, one hit at a time. The last hitter clears the plates: Everybody runs all the way to home.
The score isn’t important. What’s important: Learning to take turns batting. Learning that when you field, you need to keep watching the ball. If you catch it, throw it to first base. You’re part of a team, and you need to listen to the coach. And of course: Have fun! (Alex did.)