Say “Hi” to Coach MaryBeth. And no, this isn’t a life-long ambition fulfilled at last – sorry, no bucket-list check-off for this one. It would be more appropriate to put this in the “No good deed goes unpunished” column. Either that or “Naivete has its price”.
Who knew (we didn’t) that Little League coaches were in such short supply! So when MaryBeth signed Junior up for Tee-Ball, she innocently checked the box on the registration form that said she would be happy to act as an assistant coach on Junior’s team. Ha! No other parent fell for that trap, so now we have a Coach in the family. After the shock wore off, she realized she really was glad to help, and was looking forward to a little special Mom-Junior time. But seriously…..the YANKEES? Many apologies to her extended Red Sox Family…..
MaryBeth’s initial jitters about being a good coach and teaching the kids the finer points of the game quickly vaporized when it became clear that for T-Ballers, the finer points include learning which way to run around the bases. And the fact that you have to run around the bases. In fact it turns out that coaching T-ball is as much about herding cats (look at the huddle ball happening, far left in the video) as it is about teaching skills, though we do slip in some basic safety skills so the kids don’t get beaned by the ball…..too often.
Fortunately, 5 and 6 year olds are a little like sponges when it comes to learning new skills. We are half-way through the season already and it is amazing to see the kids get better so quickly. Turns out, MaryBeth is having a blast at her coaching stint. And since there are no outs, no score is kept and all the kids get to bat each inning, everyone just gets to have fun….and there is nothing for the parents to get worked up about. We’ll save the dreaded “Little League” parent for the distant future. By then MaryBeth’s coaching career may have come to an end. And if it hasn’t, she can no longer blame naivete!