My 8 year old is starting out on his athletic journey and is starting to focus more on baseball, including actually thinking about the game, strategy and how he wants to play it. In his current league, the kids pitch to each other and it can go badly fairly often. As a parent, it can be painful to watch.
Andrew wants to work on being a pitcher but he keeps floundering about his decision. He gets excited about pitching, then quickly reverts to “I don’t think I want to be a pitcher anymore.” But he was looking forward to pitching his first game on Sunday. We ended up playing the superstar team, the team with the coaches that take this super-seriously and who practice 3+ times per week (we seem to have some half-hearted practice 1x per week). Our guys lost fairly quickly – mercy-ruled in the 3rd inning or so.