I went to a tee ball game the other day with some friends of ours and while it was a lot of fun, at the end the coach told them how well they did and offered no insight to what it means to play hard and win. They were very unorganized and playing anything but baseball. The question is - when do you start teaching them the importance of doing your best and trying to win?
When my now 12yo daughter turned 5, a group of moms thought I would make a great tee ball coach. I reluctantly agreed. The first day of practice all the little girls showed up in their finest, hair bows and all. It was about the cutest thing I had seen. I started talking to them with my rendition of how the season would go.
"We are going to learn to stop the ball, hit the ball, catch the ball, throw the ball, and run bases. We are going to have a ton of fun and win some baseball games."
Thats when on of the "BULL" moms raised her hand and said, "in tee ball they don't keep score, we are just out here to have fun."
I thought about that for about a second and just couldn't help myself. I asked the girls - Who thinks it is fun to loose.
The mom got ****** and took her daughter home. We had a lot of fun that year and the next. There were several families that didn't want their kids on my teams.
I know I am an idiot, so no need to tell me, but if you choose to tell me, I could give a **** less.