heart is two sizes two small
- Sep 20, 2005
I was at a tournament of 7/8 year olds, and the prevailing strategy was that pretty much all of the catchers can't throw anyone out, so the kids are stealing, successfully, all the time, even when there's not a passed ball. It becomes a game of once you get to first, you're on third within a few pitches, and at that point you're just waiting for a passed ball. It works insofar as it's the best way to win the game, but it's horrible baseball, and it's not like they're teaching the kids skills that are transferable to higher leagues. It's not as bad when you get to 11 and 12 year olds, where the good catchers can usually keep the ball in front of them and make solid throws to second, but the problem there is the delayed steal; I hate the time wasted after every pitch with the cat-and-mouse game getting the runner to go back to first, and the time wasted in practice having to teach the kids how defend this issue that never comes up once they get to a bigger field. I have no problem trying to win games or being aggressive when the situation calls for it, but there comes a point where all you are doing is exploiting the age/lack of arm strength of the kids. I don't really have a solution, just wondering if anyone else gets frustrated by this.