BUDDY TIPS FOR SUMMERVILLE MIRACLE LEAGUE General Guidelines for SML “Buddies” . Introduce yourself to the child if you are meeting for the first time. The child should have a name tag if not ask the child’s coach for one. . If the child’s parent is present, ask the parent if there are any special considerations you need to be aware of for the child. . Be fun and playful! . Be attentive to the child’s water needs: periodically see if the child would like some water (especially on the hot days!) Tips at the plate: . Help the child select a bat before it is time to go to the plate. . See if the child wants to hit from the coach pitch tee or would they like the pitcher to pitch to him/her. . Help the child position at the plate, look for the batters box to guide you. . First, help the child hold the bat and LET the child swing by him/her self if possible. . Only run ONE BASE at a time. Help the child if he/she needs it. You can usually guide a child gently by the shoulder or maybe hand but be careful you have a different stride.. Tips in the Field: . #1 – Protect the child from fast flying balls. Be pre- pared. . Let the child field the ball without assistance if possible. . If you do field the ball, give it to the child to try and throw to pitcher or coach. . Make sure while children are batting that your buddy does not run across the field. Please remain in dug out area or head toward outfield if needed.
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