Re: Coaching Cal Ripken League Baseball
We had our 2nd practice last night. This is the most fun I have had doing anything since I played baseball. It is very rewarding thus far. The kids are having a blast and the coaches are as well.
We have had 2 practices rained out, but I just keep scheduling them until I get them in. I think I'm going to practice every other day until the season starts unless we have a tournament to go to.
As far as equipment, I asked all of the players to get their own helmets. The first practice, many of them did not have a helmet. To my knowledge, they all do now. I also stayed on the league official responsible for my team about getting catcher's equipment. We got a brand new set although I have 4 kids that can catch and 3 of them have their own gear although all but 1 is in kinda rough shape. The new gear will help.
It was amazing to see how much improved at fielding they were over the first practice. Last night was our first day of hitting and they did fine. I'm anxious to work with them more at the plate. I did notice that most of them want to hit off their front foot. Hopefully we can correct that.
Having nothing to gauge it on, I believe we will have a competitive team this season. My only 2 concerns right now are finding outfielders and being able to spend enough time with every child. I also have one in the hospital so that leaves me with 10 kids that are healthy and one of those just left for Florida for a week. I also had one just not show up last night. I'm not sure why someone wouldn't bring their child to practice unless they were sick and even then they should call you. Oh well, we will get there.
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