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[QUOTE]Originally posted by IWISHIHAD: [QB] Tex, you said it the way i wish i could write it, we have both seen the same things just different versions from kids and parents. Full time job for me now, i said that a little wrong, meant full time commitment to the team, did not want to be main man and all the responsibilites by myself this time, getting a little old for that, i just wanted to help with the kids that needed the most help. You really did have a full time job, i did remember that. They wanted me to take over and run the AAU baseball program a lot of years ago, but decided not to, so i kind of know what you mean. The nice part about soccer and basketball, you can run the kids a lot more to get some of that energy out of them, baseball is a little harder to keep them as busy. Girls in general seem to have that better attention span in those younger ages. I love that pharse "the light bulb snaps on". I still think back on some of the funny stories, a few maybe not so funny at the time. I learned a big lesson one day, at the end of practice just after throwing batting practice to the kids, the parents were there to pick them up, so i told them to spend some time throwing to their kids at home, so they could get more reps at batting. For several practices after this, one player seem to be shying away from the ball, his dad asked if he could throw batting practice, i said sure, he hits the batter, he could not throw the ball, so from then on i always suggested throwing tennis balls, unless i knew the dad could throw. I always used tennis balls on the kids all thru my coaching years, except maybe 20 reps each at practice with hard balls. I had an old Dudley Pitching Machine(i do not know if i told you the story of the pitching machine) in the batting cage i set up in the back yard, and thats all i used in it, then i would throw live arm with tennis balls also. One of my friends borrowed a radar gun from the police department one day, he worked there, he was curious how fast i could throw them. I was throwing them at 82mph little league distance(or a little under) and those tennis balls can move around to. I had kids over at my house for batting practice all thru high school, and a lot of these kids had since gone on to other high schools to play. I would get those calls quite often from the kids asking me if they could come over to hit, they were in a slump or wanted more reps. It was great fun, all those years the time spent was so worth it. So many parents miss so much by not getting involved in their kids activities. [/QB][/QUOTE]
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