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My son is WAY behind the rest of the kids in tee ball. He has the shortest throw, puts his glove on his wrong hand, and has to be corrected on how to hold the bat each and every time.
His coach lined the kids up and measured each of their throws on Saturday. Great, I thought. Here we go again. Let's focus on the strong kids and leave my son with a "oh well, maybe next year" only letting him play because you have to. But that didn't happen.
He took the kids who could throw the furthest and set them up catching and throwing with one of his other "coaches" (he has named 4 of the dads his assistant coaches). Did the same all of the way down. Then he personally took my son aside and spent the ENTIRE 1 1/2 hour practice working one on one with my son!
My son was in a BAD mood. He was flinging around, not really doing his best. But he was patient and he kept trying. They only quit because it started to rain.
Afterwards the coach came to me. Great, here it comes. The "maybe next year" "are you sure he wants to do this?" "maybe another sport would suit him better?" Nope, not from him. He came to me and he said "your son is a very special boy. He may have the shortest throw and need the most help but I can see a passion in him that can take him to greatness. The kids who start on top don't always end that way because they've never had to work for it so they continue not to work for it. But your son, he will have to work for it. And because of that he will always work for it. That is what leads you to the top." Then he showed me exactly how to help him practice at home.
Just thinking about it makes me want to cry all over again. For someone to finally not just ignore my son as "the incapable one" and just leave him out is amazing. We are still seeking a diagnosis so they know nothing about his possible autism. He is teaching my son how to do everything just the right way. The throw they use in the majors. The proper way to hold a bat. Not just the "kid friendly" way that a lot of coaches teach saying they can learn the next step later but the full out step, and while stepping with the other foot (to the point where your feet are even and not beyond) bring your arm forward flicking your wrist as you let go. And he teaches it in steps the kids can truly understand.
It's so nice to see a coach support my son and treat him like he is part of the team. I'm so thankful for his coach.