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Discussion: Does anyone here play ball with their son(s)?

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April 4, 2009
328 posts
Does anyone here play ball with their son(s)?
I am sure a lot of you do.

I play league ball with my son. He is the one to get me involved in softball and I know several local guys that play ball with their sons.

My REAL question is....does anyone play SENIOR ball with their offspring?

It occurred to me the other day that, if I can hang on for another 13 years and play @ age 70, I could play with my son.

If I can hang on for another 10-12 years, I could play league ball with my son AND grandsons.
April 5, 2009
62 posts
I had the great pleasure of playing in a league with my sons for the first time last year. We even had an all Jetboy family double play. My youngest at short, me at second and my oldest son finishing the play at first. The season could have ended right there and I would have been happy.

I also must keep playing for another 13 years for my oldest to turn 50 so that we could play in a senior league together.
April 5, 2009
19 posts
Joncon I also play with my 2 sons, but I was the one that got them to start playing with me. We have played as high as class B in USSSA. It is and has been a lot of fun playing with them. I do hope I will have the chance to play Senior ball with them, but not sure they will make it that long. LOL
April 5, 2009
Men's 65
3146 posts
My son and I played together about 5 or 6 years ago. He now has different "priorities". The last tournament we played he played right and I first. I told him that many hitters would round first and then turn their back on the ball and walk back to first. We agreed that when anyone got a single to right I'd be on first and he was to throw behing the runner. He threw out two runners that weekend!
April 5, 2009
328 posts
"""He threw out two runners that weekend!"""

I LOVE that play but can't seem to get other people to pay attention. Very often the infielders miss an opportunity, especially when there is no base coach and the opposing team is on the 3rd base side dugout.

I am always casually standing close to the bag, just in case.

One time, playing catcher with the youngsters, I worksed out a great plan with right field and 1B.

There was a kid who would hit to RF and he waould always turn 1B really far. 1B would encourage this behavior by standing about 15' away from the bag. RF would "overthrow" 1b to me as I had snuck up the line. Runner saw the "overthrow" and broke for 2b as I was standing there with the ball in my glove, a few yards behind 1B.

Of course, in a panic I threw the ball over 2B and the runner advanced to 3B...... but it was a great plan :)
April 5, 2009
59 posts
I have three sons that play softball. My oldest plays at the major level, and my youngest will too one day. I have had several opportunities to play with my two younger sons, both in leagues and in tournaments. I think my highlight was in a tournament in Las Vegas in 2005, it was Dan, Mike, then me in the batting order, we went back to back to back Home runs for outs. And they were inning ending outs! We still won the game.
April 5, 2009
Men's 65
440 posts
One of the leagues I play in here (Vancouver, BC) is a men's competitive and my 20-year son old plays with us.

They also have a "Father & Son Tournament here that is great fun.
April 5, 2009
mad dog
Men's 65
4153 posts
joncon,when playing catcher i'll do the same except have the 1b not even get close to first.i'll come down the line and wait for the throw back as the runner doesn't think anyone will be covering.another one i've tried is on a late play to the plate i'll make a turn like i've missed the ball and yell an oh crap,and come back around throwing to first,but ended up doing the same thing you did,oops.LOL bad thing,like you,the kid was like a deer in headlights.dang LOL

to answer the question ,no not yet,i don't live close to my son(me= texas,him =cali),:(:(
April 6, 2009
18 posts
Here in Houston we have one father and two sons combination and one father and daughter combination in our senior league.
April 6, 2009
Men's 65
81 posts
several seasons ago,my son, grandson and myself played on my sons league in prescott. I pitched, son was short and grandson played left field. felt good to look behind me and see them there. now I,m the only one still playing the game.....
April 6, 2009
Omar Khayyam
1243 posts
Fifteen years ago, I played several years in a rec league with my son. The problem was that we both were pitchers, and I was the better one! His life got busier and he no longer plays softball. There is a nearby association that was sponsoring a father/son tournament with multiple father/sons on a team. Problem #1 was to fill out a team, they had to import players ("ringer" alert) and problem #2 was the difficulty of getting insurance with guys in their 70s playing against gung-ho 30-somethings. Don't know if the tournament ever got off the ground.
April 6, 2009
Men's 70
326 posts
Played with oldest son and grandson in a wooden bat league. A wonderful time...Played with youngest son who crushed the ball but had the "Attitude" homers or nothing...Not so wonderful. My three sons and daughter continue to play but not with dad...To much pressure for them...LOL
April 8, 2009
57 posts
I've played with my son in three different leagues .... usually as a fill in when his team was short players. I'm not sure what I like more, when I put up better numbers than him or when he does really well.
April 8, 2009
Men's 60
246 posts
A couple of years ago I had the pleasure to play league ball with my 2 sons. Also, on the "ALL Hollis" team were my brother Curt and his 3 sons and my brother Clay and his 2 sons. We started 10 Hollis' and went undefeated for the season. The 3 worst players on the team were the 3 dads but all three of us out hit the sons in average!

One of my favorite photos is the 10 of us poising after a game. I will cherish that forever.
April 8, 2009
Men's 60
32 posts
My son and I played together on a mission team called Sports Reach and went on 6 mission trips most were to Florida, Mississippi and Alabama where we went to a prison each day and played 4 to 5 games for 30 to 40 for the week. In 2002 we went with Sports Reach to play in the first slowpitch softball tournament in China. We beat the team from China and Tiawan which were there National baseball teams. It was a great time playing with my son except I always played the outfield and he played first. Softball is the one of the only sports that a father and son can compete.
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