When my son David started playing in a youth baseball league, we wanted to get in certain extra practice. We are now living in a rural area not even close to a park, so we practiced in our large back yard. As batted balls kept rolling in to the high grass surrounding our yard, I took action and began mowing the high grass down seriously to minimize the amount of balls lost. Mowing led to cutting brush, which led to cutting small trees, which led to installing netting extending 15 feet as much as stop hard hit bola tangkas. Before we knew it, we had our individual Field of Dreams!
We now had a location where 4 of my kids and myself could play a game of “first base” after supper on just about any summer evening. In the game of “first base”, each batter hits the ball, but they just run to first base. They go back to home and keep batting until they get 3 outs. Then, another batter is up. The non-batting kids play first base and outfield. As dad, I am all-time pitcher aside from when I am as much as bat. Also as dad, I bunt the ball to the pitcher or infield and try to get to first base before being tagged out.
In another game appropriately called 2 bases, ideal for 6 to 8 players, a typical baseball game is played except 2 bases are used as opposed to 3 due to the small number of players. Sometimes, I will undoubtedly be all-time pitcher for the youngsters and also serve as umpire to create a final unbiased ruling on disputed plays. My kids love this game and it even beats out their flashy video gaming, something tough to do in this day and age!
My father-in-law, visiting friends and family, and neighbors have joined in for these backyard baseball games. These games have now been a crank! Our new backyard ball field truly has proven to become a “Field of Dreams “.
Michael Sakowski works full time and volunteers as an assistant coach for his son’s youth league baseball team. He also offers researched effective youth baseball methods and has published an internet site, Youth Baseball Basics that provides helpful information to very first time baseball players and very first time baseball parents.