Grant’s first hit

I think I’ve blogged a bit before about our frustrations with Grant and his lack of responsiveness to his coaches and teammates, and even to us, during this, his first real Little League season.

In practice, and here at home, he will swing a hot bat, and get hits right and left.  Then, he gets into a game, and for reasons completely not understood by anyone but Grant, he will NOT swing the bat;  he just waits for a walk.  Which means he either walks, or gets called out on strikes, looking.  And this is for every at-bat.  “I thought he was gonna walk me,” is his standard response to our queries about him not swinging.

He cries when we tell him that we probably won’t pay for him to play baseball again.  However, it’s 110-stinkin’-bucks (plus the cost of gear, team pics, coaches’ gifts, etc.), which is a lot of money for him to totally disregard his coaches, interact inappropriately with his teammates, and to stand in the batter’s box with his bat on his shoulder every single time.

He does have Nonverbal Learning Disorder, which is basically a high-functioning form of autism, with means he lives in Grant World, and it takes a mighty blow of some sort to jolt him out of his self-focus, and his own priorities, and his own decisions, and his own… fill in the blank.  And, we haven’t really figured out what — for him, in this situation — will get him to respond to the simple command of, “Swing the bat.”

Even though he typically most often does not “get” even simple cause-and-effect relationships like, “Be coachable, or we’re not letting you play,” it may actually be having some effect, here 7/8 of the way through the season.  He’s trying — a little — to turn it around.  I must admit that he’s behaving more appropriately in the dugout.  But, up until Friday night, he still would NOT swing the bat.

Then, he did.



Then… he didn’t watch his coach at first base, and ran right past him, even though he was telling Grant to hold up and stop at first.  So, Grant got tagged out in a comical play where he tried to slide head-first and ended up flopping down in the dirt and trying to army crawl to second base.  Technically, that counts as a hit, then a “caught stealing” out.

I didn’t see any of it;  the play was reported to me by Martin and Ethan.  I was at home, takin’ it easy, trying to get healthy.

The graphic was made by a teammate’s father.  Cool, eh?  The big pic is him, after the fact, and the inset is him getting a hug from one of his coaches.

Now…  I hope in tonight’s game he swings the bat, THEN watches his coach to see if he should round the bases or not.


About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on May 4, 2009, in Baseball, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Parenting, The Kids. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. A big hooray! for G! Wish I was there to see it.


  2. Grant,

    Enjoy the Dairy Queen, you deserve it… Dylan and I have enjoyed watching you improve all season.

  3. Congrats to Grant! And yay for mama, whom I know LOVES baseball. I can certainly relate, having a child in soccer who habitually stands with his hands on his hips and watches the ball fly past him towards the goal.
    I hope Grant will be the next MLB player in your house for real!

  4. To quote the Incredibles “That is stinkin’ awesome!”. Way to go Grant! Neat pic too. That’s great that someone was able to get such a great picture of him so happy.

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