I Get to Coach My Five-Year-Old Daughter in Coach Pitch Baseball!
The things we end up doing for our kids, often unexpectedly!
Following in the footsteps of her big brother Dhylan, our five-year-old Harley is going to play baseball. (and, she says she’s going to play football too! but I digress).
My wife Ange and I signed her up for Kennewick National Coach-Pitch, which is basically a “welcome to baseball” league. Mostly 5 and 6-year-olds, most of whom have never played before. Many have never touched a bat and ball before, either.
I received a call from the KN organizers with the unfortunate news that some other options for coaching the team had not worked out. The likely candidate was restricted by unchangeable job requirements. After a short discussion with Ange, I decided to take the plunge.
Now, I’ve spent the last five years helping coach my son’s Grid Kid football team, as one of the line coaches. Having played football, that’s a no-brainer. But baseball is another matter. My son Dhylan, now 14, spends a ton of time at The Batters Box working on his swing, and every now and then he demands I get in the fast baseball cage and take my hacks to he can stand outside and laugh! Funny boy!
But he has agreed to help me. He played KN for two years, made the Tournament Team, and prior to breaking his wrist last summer, was hitting .515 halfway through his 13-year old Babe Ruth season. He’s also a catcher, so he can help with that as well.
But I think it’s going to be a fun, interesting challenge. When we told Harley I was going to be her coach, she ran up to me, threw out her arms, and yelled “Daddy!!!” and gave me a big hug. So, starting Monday, I get to be in charge of 10 little people. If we get them to learn how to swing a bat, throw a ball in a straight line, and stop the ball in front of them, it will be a success.
More updates coming in the near future. Here she is seen a year and a half ago when she first got a pink and black baseball glove so she could be just like her big brother and play baseball!