Welcome to this week’s edition of Ask Travel Ball Parents. Today’s dilemma, well, it’s one I guarantee you’ll have an opinion on.
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Just a quick question. What are y’all’s thoughts on intentionally walking kids in 9u baseball? Seen it happen twice to the same kid this fall. I’m not against it because it shows respect, but others feel different.
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Intentionally walking players is part of the game. Some don’t agree with this as they feel it is cheating the children from hitting, but I agree that it does show respect. It’s a matter of opinion, but it shouldn’t matter at what age they start experiencing this. As long as it’s part of the rules and the rules are being followed, you just have to learn to live with it. We aren’t always going to be able to protect our children from all of the not so nice things, but we can teach them how to look at the positive and try to focus on that.—-Jessica Perry, baseball mom, Tampa, FL
It’s all part of baseball. I get that some people will say, “but they are only 9 years old.” And I agree that if a coach is doing this a bunch of times during the game just to avoid the best hitters, then that does not show much sportsmanship. But, if you are in a tight game, and an intentional walk either lets you bypass a hot hitter, OR if by intentionally walking someone, it allows for a force play and/or double play, then that is perfectly fine in the world of baseball. In fact, it is good coaching, in my opinion. I even like umpires that let a coach declare an intentional walk without the pitcher having to go through the motions of 4 useless pitches. This speeds up the game and gets to the “action” faster.—-Tony Midea, baseball coach, dad and author of Navigating Travel Baseball-7U to 14U
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My name is Angela Weight. I live in Midlothian, VA with my husband James, two sons, Andrew and Jack, dogs Katie and Ayla and cat, Callie. We’re new to the area…transplants from the Dublin, GA area, where I grew up. My husband has a job that pays the bills so I can sit around and obsess about cat food shapes and how my house smells. I also have this goal of seeing all 50 states by the time I’m 50. I’m 43 now and have been to 45 of them. If you have any friends or family in Vermont, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, North Dakota or Alaska who’d like us to come visit (and maybe pay for it) let me know.
My sons (ages 16 and 11) play a ridiculous amount of baseball. If I’m not at home or out buying scented wax warmer cubes, I’m probably at a baseball field somewhere in Suburbia. In fact, I have to leave now to take Jack to practice. I’ll write more later.
Oh, another thing you need to know. We’re SF Giants fans. Crazy, fanatical Giants fans. I grew up a Braves fan, but converted when I married James who grew up in the Bay Area. That’s important.
Great! Now Jack is late for practice.
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