Last fall, Connor told me that instead of playing soccer, he wanted to try t-ball. Sure, I thought. That sounds like fun. I got online, found a Little League team right in our area, and signed him up.
I am having signers-up remorse right now.
Red flag number 1: My neighbor and I were talking a few weeks ago. Baseball came up in conversation, and when I told her which league Connor was playing in, she said, “ohhh….that’s a really competitive league. We like this other league better.” My stomach did a little flip-competitive sports and my 5 year old (quasi-nonathletic) son do not go together. I chose the wrong league for him.
Red Flag number 2-I just got an email from the coach. Let me quote part of this for you:
Until the games begin, we will practice twice a week – Thursday nights (5:30 pm – 7:00 pm) and Saturday mornings (9:30 am – 11:00 am). I know several of you may not make it to practice on Saturday mornings until the end of basketball season. (Because the practice field does not have lights, we will start at 5:30 on Thursdays and go until darkness hits at ~7. We’ll change practice times when we can have more daylight.)
There are 3 key things that bug me about this.
–3 hours of practice a week?? For 1.5 hours at a time?? Am I the only one that thinks this is a little over the top for a bunch of 5 year olds playing t-ball for the first time? There isn’t much that Connor likes to do for that length of time, and I have a suspicion that baseball practice is not going to fall into the “I love this and want to do it for hours” category. I mean, the kid was sick of soccer practice after only 45 minutes, and that’s way more active. And do you think that Derek or I really want to be at practice for that long with our preschooler?
—“I know several of you may not make it to practice on Saturday mornings until the end of basketball season.” As I was reading this sentence, I was thinking to myself, you’re right some of us won’t make it to Saturday practices since it’s ridiculous to be practicing that much. But no. Some won’t make it because apparently they are all-star athletes in training, and baseball season conflicts with their other sports. Keep in mind, we are not talking about adolescents. We are talking about a group of 5 year olds.
—Because the practice field does not have lights, we will start at 5:30 on Thursdays and go until darkness hits at ~7. We’ll change practice times when we can have more daylight. Um, please don’t change the practice times. My kid normally gets in the tub at 6:30 and hits the hay at 7:30. Bedtime is pretty sacred around here. He certainly doesn’t need to be practicing t-ball until 7:30 or 8:00 at night.
There is a big part of me that wants to quit this before we even begin. I don’t even want to tell him that t-ball is starting, but I am sure he will remember at some point, so I guess I have to give it a go. But if he hates it, I will not hesitate to end his season a bit early.
Is this normal? Do I just need to grow up and realize that this is what it’s like for kids to play sports? At five years old? Our only sports experience has been soccer with a local rec center. There was no score keeping, no refs, just kids having fun at one practice and one game per week.
This is so over the top. I am kicking myself for signing up for this league, especially now that I know there is another, less competitive league right around the corner.