5 Things You Hear at a Kid’s Baseball Game

by Alli

A few weeks ago I was watching my grandsons play Dixie Youth Baseball while listening to parents, grandparents, fans and coaches yell out words of encouragement to the kids when the thought occurred to me to write a post about 5 things you hear at a kid’s baseball game.

Every baseball game I attend (and I try not to miss any) takes me back to my youth . . .

I’ve been a big fan of baseball ever since I was a toddler!  My sister and I didn’t play house as much as we pretended we were at a Braves baseball game with our baby dolls because we spent a lot of days in Atlanta watching our Braves play! (Go Braves!)

My mom and dad actually started the Little League program in the small Georgia town that I grew up in. They built the first fields and my dad coached the team for years.  Mom would keep the score and I ran the concession stand alongside my sister when we were in elementary and middle school.  I even remember announcing the batter’s names over the loudspeaker.

What You Hear at a Baseball Game

My dad (now in his early 80’s) can’t walk into a local grocery store without someone in their 30’s or 40’s coming up to him and asking, “Do you remember coaching me?” or “Do you still have a copy of my birth certificate? I need a copy.”  He did and he does!

Baseball, along with hot dogs and apple pie, is the great American past time!  So this post is for my dad!

5 Things You Hear at a Kid's Baseball Game

5 Things You Hear at a Kid’s Baseball Game

1.  Good eye – This simply means that a ball (instead of a strike) was thrown and the batter didn’t swing at it, which is a good thing.

2.  Way to Watch – See #1 – Means the exact same thing.

3.  That’s all right – This is said to a batter when he strikes out or to a pitcher when he throws a wild pitch.

4.  Good Swing – He missed the ball, but the swing was good.

5.  Wait on It – Stop swinging too soon!

Personally, I try to stay positive when I’m cheering for a kid’s baseball game and I never yell anything negative towards the opposing team.  I mean, come on, they’re kids.

Things You Hear at a Kid's Baseball Game

But, when the coach from the visitor’s team starts yelling insults at my grandson (12 years old) to try to mess with him while he’s pitching, I have to try and stay calm when I really want to jump the fence and let him hold it.  And when an umpire makes ridiculously bad calls over and over, I may be tempted to yell, “My grandma can see better than that and she’s blind in one eye.”

Do you yell at games or remain quiet? What can you add to the list of 5 Things You Hear at a Kid’s Baseball Game?

Check out the flip flops I made to wear to the games!

DIY Baseball Flip Flops

 

28 comments

Mary May 27, 2016 - 6:36 am

OH Alli, you are too stickin cute! I could just picture you in those flip flops. Your Dad sounds like a gem. Such good memories he passed to you and now you to your grandkids. Such a gift

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Shirley Wood May 27, 2016 - 7:00 am

🙂 I’m smiling because our grandson’s high school team just won the Georgia State Championship. I heard a lot of ugly stuff being yelled and even saw some even uglier stuff happen. Two of the coaches on the opposing team were ejected from the game and several of their fans were ejected for yelling obscenities at one of our players while he was playing infield. One of their fans even threw a baseball at said player during the game! Those are probably the worst incidents I’ve ever seen.
I LOVE watching my grandchildren play ball. Your Mom and Dad have left a fabulous legacy.

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Alli May 27, 2016 - 11:15 am

I saw where your grandson’s team won the state championship. Congrats! My oldest grandson’s team (he’s 12) was playing an away game a few weeks ago when the other team’s coach went off on the umpire (hired by them) and they were about to fight. Our coach had to jump between them and finally someone in authority came over and broke it up. It was scary. They called the game and our team left. I had never seen anything to that degree – cursing, wanting to fight – in Dixie Youth before. We were winning anyway and of course, we won by default, but it left a really bad taste in my mouth.

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zan May 27, 2016 - 7:57 am

How amazing it is that your parents started the Little League and that your love for baseball goes way back as a child:) Honestly, I really do not know the in and out of baseball and been to only a couple games back at the Greenville stadium when we lived there. But the games were adults.

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Jeanette May 27, 2016 - 9:17 am

I miss going to Little League games! I need to sign my son up so that I can enjoy a game or two. They are fun.

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Dawn gibson-thigpen May 27, 2016 - 9:56 am

haha. right. when i used to go to my brothers games i heard all those all the time. ha i love it.

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Taylor Ebner May 27, 2016 - 10:15 am

With a little boy on the way, I cannot wait to go and watch Little League games!

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Alli May 27, 2016 - 11:11 am

It’s so much fun!

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Kita May 27, 2016 - 11:52 am

My son is into wrestling. Total different sport and terms but we hear so many of the same things but in reference to body position and attack position. I really do love baseball. Maybe my son will try it out this summer.

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Pam May 27, 2016 - 12:00 pm

My niece played softball for several years. I am pretty sure I heard all of these. I always didn’t like when people yelled negative things at the opposing team. They are all kids having fun and trying their best..

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tiaras and tantrums May 27, 2016 - 12:30 pm

My son played little league when he was much younger – but much coaxing from us was needed! Thankfully we live in Chicoag and can pop downtown when we need a baseball fix

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Heather @ Kraus House Mom May 27, 2016 - 12:39 pm

In my son’s VERY brief stint as a Tball player I had to yell, “Look alive!” quite a bit whenever someone came up to bat. Once I did he would look at the batter and pay attention, after that he was back to the worms he and his teammates found in the field.

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Alli June 3, 2016 - 9:52 am

T-Ball and Wee-Ball can be a hoot! Most of the kids are not into the game at all. It’s so much fun to watch.

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Heather lawrence May 27, 2016 - 1:38 pm

LOL!! We aren’t much for baseball but I can totally relate!
I spend every Monday and Wednesday night out at the soccer field!
So much fun watching your kids play 🙂

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Liz Mays May 27, 2016 - 2:55 pm

This kind of makes me miss going to my son’s games. I remember some of these things! I like the baseball flipflops!

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Jeanine May 27, 2016 - 7:01 pm

So fun. I haven’t been to a kids baseball game since I was a little kid myself! Totally forgot about all of this!

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Sarah May 27, 2016 - 8:56 pm

What a cute list of things you hear at a baseball game, nothing like watching a good game of baseball 🙂

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Melinda May 27, 2016 - 11:21 pm

Love it!!!! Those were the days!!! Sis ?

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Alli June 3, 2016 - 9:51 am

I know! We learned so much and had so much fun helping out during those baseball games.

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Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai May 28, 2016 - 1:54 am

RUN!!! Oh, I loved the days when my son played baseball. So much fun, and great memories too. Love this post. 🙂

~Lorelai
Life With Lorelai

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Mommy Pehpot May 28, 2016 - 3:57 pm

My kids are interested in baseball too. Too bad we don’t have too much baseball field in my place, ours is more on basketball where there is basketball court everywhere!

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michele d May 29, 2016 - 7:22 am

Those diy flip flops are just the cutest! I remember when my father played softball with his team. I always tagged along but you’re right, I’ve heard many of those sayings at a kids baseball game.

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brianna May 31, 2016 - 11:21 pm

Oh man! Yes! I am a baseball mom. Let me tell ya one thing I HATE to hear is 3 up 3 down. I feel like it is so insulting to the kids on the other team. I am a positive cheerer. I certainly don’t like bad calls either, but I also cheer for other kids on the opposite team if they are my kiddos friend. Many baseball is hard to watch as my boys gets older — but he loves it and I love him.:)

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Alli June 3, 2016 - 9:49 am

I hate to hear that too! One of my grandsons has the best coach. When a kid on the opposing team gets thrown out at first or hit’s a pop up that’s caught, or strikes out, he always says something positive like, “great try!” or something else that’s so encouraging.

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Tanisha @ MamiNeedsCoffee June 7, 2016 - 12:10 am

My grandfather was a big baseball fanatic and that’s actually the only sport I can tolerate, lol. I am not a fan like he was but I do enjoy catching a game here & there. My son was in a special needs baseball program last year & the year before, and it was a very positive experience for him + all the other families involved. These are great ways to encourage the kids without making it super competitive + making it an overall a positive experience for them.

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McKenzie January 10, 2017 - 10:41 am

It really is so hard to hold your tongue when others are being unfair! Thank you for this list, and the pictures were great!

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Richard Robertson January 19, 2017 - 6:14 am

I really enjoy watching kids baseball games. As a father of a little baseball player, I’ve to go the playground. Al the first time it was to bored for me to stay at kids baseball game. But when I continued to going there I find out pleasure to kids game.
Thanks for sharing!

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