The Pirates are a group of inner city 10 -12 year old boys, most of which are playing organized baseball for the first time. Many are just learning the fundamentals of the game such as the proper way of catching, throwing, and hitting a baseball. Sponsored by the Kansas City Kansas Athletic Association, the team’s coaches were weaned on the game playing in the area’s youth baseball leagues during the 1960’s and 1970’s. The team plays in a league funded by Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in Inner City Program (RBI), whose purpose is to revive the interest of inner city boys and girls in playing baseball.Making too many throwing errors and failing to catch the ball cost the Pirates their first game, they lost 16 – 2 to a team with more experienced players. From the lost it was obvious the team needs more practice on the game’s fundamentals. In addition, the coaches will be challenged to keep the players’ spirits up and continue to make baseball a fun experience for them in the face of stiff competition from opposing teams. It is not important whether the players will be another Willie Mays or Roberto Clemente of the coaches’ generation, but that they have fun learning to play baseball. Hopefully, part of that fun includes winning games.
What advice would you give the Pirate’s coaches?