Wednesday, June 2, 2010

T-Ball!!

T-Ball!!! Is there anything cuter than watching little kids play T-ball? I don't think so. Faye and Drew have never played ball before, so today was definitely a first for them. I wanted to sign them up last year with the Champaign Park District, but the age for the class said 5-7 years old and they weren't quite 5, and based on their performance tonight they were almost certainly not ready last year.

We picked out some T-ball gloves at the store a few days ago (purple for Faye of course) and the kids tried them on. They were a little worried about the gloves - and had a lot of trouble getting them on by themselves. Faye was asking me questions all day about T-Ball and the gloves. Would they have to wear them to the park? What if they couldn't get the gloves on quickly enough? Etc. Etc.

We arrived and they got their official T-Ball shirts. They put them on, and in a few minutes started their class. The kids ran the bases and did stretches, and then had to stand in a circle and yell out their name when it was their turn. Faye and Drew both had trouble with this one, as they are just a tad shy(OK, really shy). But I was still so proud of them, they went out there on their own and did their best and listened to their instructor, which I know they would not have done a year or two before. Next they separated into groups to work on some T-ball skills. I counted 12 kids, and 6 instructors, which was wonderful! Each instructor worked with 2 kids at a time, which was really what they needed.

Here the kids are running the bases(I realize now I should have moved to a different spot to take the picture).



From what we could tell, they were all at about the same skill level, which was no skill whatsoever, but really fun to watch! Next the instructors went over the bases and where to run, then put the kids in positions and 'played' a little. Drew was up almost first as a runner while Faye was in the outfield. She was standing with her knees bent and glove ready - she was being so serious about it! When it was Drew's turn to run, he didn't actually run. They had to tell him about 3 times to run to first base. Same with running to 2nd base and 3rd base and home. The other kids were just as confused. At one time there were about 3 or 4 kids all on 3rd base. The instructors were all great with the kids and very patient!

Faye somehow ended up on the pitchers mound after Drew made it to 1st. She's so cute.



Faye told me after her class was over, "T-ball is hard." They both had a great time and asked if they could play every day. It is about a 6 or 7 week class, meeting twice a week, so hopefully their skills will improve by the end.



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