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HED OF THE DAY

Filed at 8:44 am under by dcobranchi

It doesn’t get any better than this:

Opening Day: Youth baseball, softball begins season play

Jonathan’s playing PeeWee ball this year. That’s where the coaches pitch. It works quite well. I hadn’t seen that variation before we got here. Little League at this age (7-8) has the kids pitching resulting in lots of walkathons. We got a six-inning game off yesterday in 1:15. And the kids nearly pulled off a legitimate 6-4-3 DP.

4 Responses to “HED OF THE DAY”


Comment by
COD
April 22nd, 2007
at 9:16 am

We are on a regulation field this year with regular baseball rules. How many 13 year olds do you think can throw from the plate to 2nd base? How many pitchers can get off a pitch without balking. It should be an interesting season… They might as well put walks on 2nd base. The only way anybody will get thrown out stealing 2nd base is if they fall down halfway there, and even then I still give them 50 / 50 odds on making it. On the other hand, it should be a lot harder to steal home.


Comment by
COD
April 22nd, 2007
at 9:18 am

I loved coach pitch. It was my favorite variation. The kids are at the right age where they still listen to the coach and mostly just want to have fun. And they are young and inexperienced enough to provide a lot of comic relief during the game!


Comment by
christine
April 22nd, 2007
at 11:39 am

Last year in Matt’s pee-wee 7 they used a pitching machine for the 1st 3 innings then let kids “pitch” the 4-6th innings. This year (pee-wee 8) the kids pitch the entire time. At least two kids get hit by pitches each inning.

I know the boys like to pitch, but everyone but the pitcher and catcher are standing around bored. Yesterday the left-fielder was laying in the grass for a while, then he had his glove on his face. He took the glove off in time to watch a grounder roll past him all the way to the fence. And then he still just stood there.

They had to give up the field after 2 hours – they had only made it through 4 painfully long innings.


Comment by
Audrey
April 24th, 2007
at 1:45 am

Ah! We have coach pitch here, too. We regularly finish games in under 1h30, thank gods. That is good because that’s about as long as I can stand the constant inane babble of the g.d. self-proclaimed “super-mommies.” Yeah, life is sooo hard for them toting their kids around and still trying to fit in their requisite 8 hours a day of “b*tch and whine.”