Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
Blog Entry

0-5

Posted on: May 15, 2008 5:32 pm
Edited on: May 28, 2008 1:41 pm
 

Yes, sad to say that my team has not won a game. 0-5. I keep it all in perspective as I am coaching 9 & 10 year old boys. That's not to say that I don't joke about my winning percentage or coaching abilities.

We had a great game the other night. Yes, obvioulsy, we lost (7-5). A really close game but a few late errors cost us. We were winning for the better part of it but in the end the other team prevailed. The remarkable thing is that my kids were not devestated. Perhaps, the fact that they had a chance to win the game was satisfaction enough. Is that possible in this day and age?

Most of our games have been close with the exception of the one game we lost 16-9 but even then my guys were ecstatic about scoring nine runs. Yes, they were thrilled because they scored a bunch of runs.

I find it amazing as I'm learning a real lesson while trying to teach these kids sportmanship & baseball skills.That's life for you, I guess. Here I was worried about teaching these kids and they are teaching me things in the process. Never to late to teach an old dog new tricks?

BTW, Our team motto...have fun, play hard & smart.

Update - May 19th

We lost again tonight 14-11. It was an amazing game. We were actually down 12-0 after two innings, playing the best team in the league.

A funny thing happened though. Similar to what my cyber friend,  bigtenboy, described in his comment. I very calmly told the boys to sit down in the dugout and started encouraging them to play hard & have fun. It was interesting because they all seemed to relax and started to play the game.

Next thing you know we start chipping away, five runs here and then we start playing well in the field. We actually had a 1,2,3 inning. You know three up, three down.

Hold onto your hats but by the fourth inning it's 12-11 and my guys are smiling and having a great time. I hear a few kids exclaim, we can win this one coach.

Unfortunately, we couldn't pull it out in the end but we had the winning run at bat and our star player on deck in the last inning.

Like Bigtenboy mentioned kids are resilient but I could sense that they were a little disappointed by being so close to their first win. I gave quite the pep talk afterwards and praised these kids to high heaven and you know what, I watched them all walk off the field laughing, hugging, wrestling (they are boys after all) and in great spirits.

The other great part is when I tucked my son in bed tonight. I asked him if he was disappointed. He said "no, we played a great game Dad but the other team just played a little better"...0-6 but Wednesday is another day and we'll have another chance at that elusive "W"

IrishNY

May 28th update - 0-6 and holding...

Actually, no real updates to speak of. We haven't had a game since last Monday, the last update. We have a game tonight though, against the second best team in the league. We also have about 4 games in the next week so let's hope the boys continue to have fun and play well in search of the elusive "W". If we win tonight, I'm sure I'll have more to add. Stay tuned.

 

Category: MLB
Comments

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2008 4:00 pm
 

0-5

I response to your question it is possble for your team to not win but have a lot of fun at that age. Unless you have a really good team ( Not skill but character wise) some kids really will start showing terrible attitudes at around 11-13. This is coming from first hand experience, because it was only a few years ago that I myself was playing in leagues similar to this one. Maybe you guys can pull one win out, having been on a couple of teams like that, I know it is the best feeling in the world to get your first "W".

Good luck man




Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2008 10:07 pm
 

0-5

Update -

We lost again tonight 14-11. It was an amazing game. We were actually down 12-0 after two innings, playing the best team in the league.

A funny thing happened though. Similar to what my cyber friend,  bigtenboy, described. I very calmly told the boys to sit down and started encouraging them to play hard & have fun. It was interesting because they all relaxed and just started to play the game.

Next thing you know we start chipping away and then we start playing well in the field. Hold onto your hats but by the fourth inning it's 12-11 and my guys are smiling and having a great time. I hear a few kids exclaim, we can win this one coach.

Unfortunately, we couldn't pull it out in the end but we had the winning run at bat and our star player on deck in the last inning.

Like Bigtenboy mentioned kids are resilient but I could sense that they were a little disappointed by being so close to their first win. I gave quite the pep talk afterwards and praised these kids to high heaven and you know what, I watched them all walk off the field laughing, hugging, wrestling (they are boys after all) in great spirits.

The other great part is when I tucked my son in bed tonight. I asked him if he was disappointed and he said no, we played a great game Dad but the other team just played a little better...0-6 but Wednesday is another day and we'll have another chance at that elusive "W"

IrishNY

 

 




Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2008 4:37 pm
 

0-5

It is too bad that you guys have not won a game yet, it sounds like you guys are doing it the right way and having fun.

One of the coolest things is for the kids to learn things in practice and then you see them use them in the games. The growth of kids that age is just amazing.

You are a good man for not going on the tirade either. The other day the team I am coaching was winning 6-0 and then in the bottom of the inning we gave up 9 runs (on 6 errors). Just fell apart. Once things go bad it is tough to get the guys back on track. They came in and they were upset...and kinda scared about what was going to be said to them. Told them to take off their cleats and put their shoes on and line up. They were stunned. It was interesting to see them respond during our half of the inning. They responded with 9 runs. That was great to see.

The kids are very resilient. They want to win, but about 20 minutes later they have forgotten about it and are worried about playing video games or what their buddies are doing.

Best of luck the rest of the season and keep the updates coming!




Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2008 12:40 pm
 

0-5

Steve, Thanks! You have quickly became a very valuable contributor to these boards. A very knowledgeable level headed fan who I appreciate and try to emulate.

Anhyow, it has been a thrill catching these kids...two game this week, Monday & Wednesday...the losing streak should end but even if it doesn't my kids & I will have a blast...




Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2008 3:28 am
 

0-5

Very interesting. I especially enjoyed the reaction of the kids in the 16-9 game. I just found your blog and started reading some of the posts, I'll definitely be back to read more. There must be a lot of enjoyment in coaching kids to play the game you love. Keep it up! We need people like you, to bring rise to the next generation of baseball players.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2008 6:32 pm
 

0-5

LMAO, yup, no pulling a Steinbrenner like tirade.

Happy Birthday to your little guy! It's a buddy of mines bday tomorrow as well...ENJOY.

 




Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2008 6:03 pm
 

0-5

What? No Steinbrennerian tirade? LOL

My little guy turns 2 tomorrow, so I have a few years yet. I think I'll keep reading this blog for pointers though.




Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2008 1:55 pm
 

0-5

The kids remind me all the time what sports are really about. I'm not trying to discount winning because it is important. It is not the most important thing though. Sure, it's a thrill to watch your team win or even better win a championship. Yet, most of us will lose more than we win in life.

Anyhow, thanks for the comments. You and a few others inspired me to write more about these kids. They sure are a special group and I feel honored to have been chosen to coach them...

IrishNY

Next game on Moday night against the best team in the league... 0-6 is a distinct possibility but regardless, I will make sure the kids have a great experience!




Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2008 8:26 pm
 

0-5

thanks for the up date hope they win won soon.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com