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#296473 - 03/13/10 10:33 PM First Tee-Ball Game
bigwill2 Offline
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A couple shots from todays opener:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/bigwill/DSCN3360.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/bigwill/DSCN3368.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v155/bigwill/DSCN3371.jpg

It's my personal opinion that we're starting them too young now, but not much I can do about it, huh?

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#296475 - 03/13/10 10:40 PM Re: First Tee-Ball Game [Re: bigwill2]
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Very good, Mark, but give'm a football, too.
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#296476 - 03/13/10 10:43 PM Re: First Tee-Ball Game [Re: bigwill2]
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My son (6 yo) had beginners basketball lessons this winter. I had my hand over my face for most of them, but he did get a pretty good dribble down after the third and last class.

I think starting kids early is fine as long as there's no performance pressure. If they show any talent early, though, you gotta milk that and start pimping them out to scouts so you can live off them when they hit the pros.

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#296491 - 03/14/10 03:02 AM Re: First Tee-Ball Game [Re: pmbuko]
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My oldest(9yr old) has tried baseball, soccer and last fall football He seems to try things once and that's it, done, never to try again so it appears. I can't figure him out, but at least he is trying something. I get the feeling some instruments might be his next thing and he is hinting at drums, oh boy......
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#296502 - 03/14/10 08:15 AM Re: First Tee-Ball Game [Re: jakewash]
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 Originally Posted By: jakewash
My oldest(9yr old) has tried baseball, soccer and last fall football He seems to try things once and that's it, done, never to try again so it appears.

I gave up on sports for my son after soccer. He just isn't inclined that way. Its hard to get used to because I was really into sports as a kid, but thats just the way it is. He kicks my ass at pretty much any video game though...
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#296505 - 03/14/10 09:34 AM Re: First Tee-Ball Game [Re: fredk]
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Just Wait til you see your first parent confrontation. During a Coach Pitch Game where I was the "Dad behind the catcher" I had a dad from the opposing team tell me "If I want your opinion, I'll beat it out of you". My Brother-in-Law (Big Dude) was coaching first base for the opposing team. He called time, ran down to Home Plate, Grabbed me in a head lock and said in a low voice. "I haven't had my Prozac today - let's go get that A$$__le. (I love my Brother-in-Law - btw). I said "no...we'll just keep playin".

Nothing like a Saturday Morning Little League game after a Big Friday night.....
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#296508 - 03/14/10 09:43 AM Re: First Tee-Ball Game [Re: Argon]
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And thats the big reason I'm happy that neither of my kids are much into sports. When I was a kid, it was about getting together to have some fun. These days, everybody things their kids should be headed to the pros on a big contract.

One of my nieces was really into soccer, but refused to play in the competitive league because of the jerk parents.
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#296512 - 03/14/10 10:15 AM Re: First Tee-Ball Game [Re: fredk]
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Nice pics, Mark! Thanks for sharing. You know? Those fields look very familiar. Think we must've played softball after work on those fields a couple years ago. Are the fields close to Milliken Ave?


And, I know what everyone means about sports being more competitive for the parents than the kids. Shoot, back when I played community soccer, they had to start separating the parents to different sidelines to avoid any confrontations.
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#296516 - 03/14/10 10:27 AM Re: First Tee-Ball Game [Re: St_PatGuy]
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I remember playing Tee-ball as a kid. I had a hard time with swinging too low and knocking the stinkin' Tee over... I always wanted to smack it outta the park!
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#296520 - 03/14/10 11:50 AM Re: First Tee-Ball Game [Re: terzaghi]
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Cool pics, Mark! Thank you!

My kids swim. While it is clearly NOT immune from "Little League Parent Syndrome", it is a pretty good sport in that respect. There's no bitching about playing time, there's no bitching about officials, and there's no bitching about the final outcome. There's your water, go swim in it. Also a pretty high correlation between hard work and success.
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