Monday, March 29, 2010

Do You Know What Today Was???

Austin woke up this morning very excited. He came into the living room, told me good morning and then asked, "Mom, when do I get to go to baseball practice???"
Yep, it's t-ball season again and our boy is SO excited! It's kind of bittersweet though. We'll be moving in the middle of the season and he won't be able to play all of the games. We gave him the option of playing what he can or not playing and he said he'd rather play. He's kind of bummed that he doesn't get to finish the season, though. Completely understandable!
Last year, we put him in the Bentonville League. They are the only league in the area that allows 4 year olds to play. This year, we chose to put him in the Fayetteville League. Springdale starts too late and Fayetteville was cheaper than Bentonville. Not to mention, we'll be able to go from his games or practices to the Razorback games since they play right down the street. This makes Brian very happy because there were more than couple of times when we drove from Bentonville to Fayetteville for Hog games...that's an hour drive!
So, here's Austin waiting for his turn to bat. Nope, he's not the tallest player anymore! Can't believe it, but Brian said that the boy next to him couldn't even get the helmet on!
After they batted a couple of times, they played catch with an adult.
I just happened to get this shot of him catching a ball. Kind of funny with his arm out that way, but he's definitely getting better at catching. He still needs a little work though. His throwing is pretty awesome though. In fact, when Brian took him to the Razorback game on Friday night, he was playing catch with a few 7 or 8 year olds. One of the boys ran over to Brian and said, "your son is AWESOME!" I guess he was throwing pretty hard and accurate. Pretty hard to impress another boy that's a couple of years older than you!
We realized that this league isn't as, let's say, structured as the Bentonville League. The practice was only about 30 minutes vs an hour. The coach said they wouldn't be doing any drills and it just seemed a little disorganized. I think it's more like a Daddy and Me baseball thing. However, I would take this type of team/coach over the type that's yelling at the kids the whole time and expects them to play perfect ANYDAY! At this level, the point is to get the kids to love playing and to teach them the very basics. You don't get the same affect by yelling at them. (Yes, there was a coach that was infamous last year and I was very glad that we never played that particular team).
So, what was Colten doing while Austin was practicing?
Oh, let's see...he was walking ON the bleachers.
UNDER the bleachers.
and BEHIND the dugout.
This kid was EVERYWHERE! I told Brian that this season will definitely be slightly different than last season! I'm not going to be able to take as many pictures or even watch as much! I'll be too busy keeping an eye on our little daredevil as he explores and is sure to have too many close calls.
So, for our first practice, I think we did pretty well. Other than the fact that they decided to have WHITE pants instead of grey! Why in the world do they even have white baseball pants? In a sport where they are sliding into bases and diving after balls so much, don't you think they'd know that it's really, really, really hard to get that dirt and those grass stains out of white pants? Oh well...I'll just have to treat those stains as soon as we get home and they will only be pants used for games. His gray ones will be practice pants.
So, t-ball has started and our family is excited!

1 comment:

jilljohnandhope said...

"The catch" picture is awesome. I think I remember that's how his daddy used to catch too, right? Ha! Looks like fun!