After an interesting season of spring baseball, Peter decided he would like to play fall baseball.
When he announced this over the summer I was a little leery. Practices would begin as the new school year was beginning and it seemed like too much to handle. And he would be moving up from coach pitch to machine pitch.
Before registration, I asked him repeatedly if he really wanted to play and his answer was always yes. And since fewer boys play in the fall I figured this would give him a leg up in the spring (if he decided to play then as well) as he would already be familiar with the pitching machine and might do a little better.
We practiced hitting and fielding over the summer and by September he was ready to start the season. He had a great coach who emphasized listening to and respecting the coaching staff and he emphasized supporting your team and most importantly having fun.
The older boys on the team were great to Peter and did not give him a hard time when he had trouble throwing or hitting.
Hitting a ball that has been thrown by a machine is so much harder than hitting one that is being lobbed to you by your coach. And while he hit the ball occasionally for the most part he struck out. It was very demoralizing for him.
And because is still isn't a great fielder, he was stuck playing in the outfield. Although frankly I think he was a little relieved at this because he has finally realized that you are supposed to know where to throw the ball when it comes to you to try to get an out. And even though he knows this, he still hasn't really learned where to make the plays.
But through all of these issues, one thing kept him going back game after game - the knowledge that he would receive a trophy at the end of the season.
And just like at the end of every season before, he said he didn't want to play baseball next season. And I told him that would be okay. But this time, I think he means it. Because right after his end of year party he asked me if "they give trophies to the people that eat all those hot dogs in those food eating races."
Sounds to me like he's looking for other ways to add to his trophy collection!