It's August and another year of Pirate baseball is beginning. We held our entrance meeting for the fall last night and got all the tedious but necessary tasks such as practice gear issue, paperwork, and team policy taken care of. It sounds like it should only take a few minutes, but against all odds, we always seem to squeeze close to 4 hours out of our intro. I suppose what it boils down to is making sure we take the time to really outline what these guys need to know before they ever suit up and step on the field for us.
Most of this week is pretty basic, we'll do some field prep, cover all of our basic systems, and get prepared to hit practice with a full head of steam. For me, especially in years like this where we have so many freshman, this is the best part of coaching. We're essentially a blank slate as a ballclub, and teaching these guys the game, the Pirate system, and how we expect the game to be played is the most exciting aspect of my job. I think anyone who has ever had the privilege of teaching would agree with me when I say that watching someone learn and grow under your care is one of the most fulfilling undertakings you can hope to embark upon.
I can already we're gonna have some characters this year. I couldn't be more excited.