- Dec 5, 2017
She does and I am one of the ac's. I discussed it with hc first and he was 100% good with it, he actually wants me to try and get a couple of other girls to try it when we start team practices in January. Dd has always batted lead off so slapping won't effect things as far as strategy goes. Part of the decision to do this, besides her speed, is that she hates hitting. She's always been a good hitter but just hates to practice. She loves playing defense and that's what she always wants to work on. With us now working on slapping and pitching she is more excited about ball than she's been in a while and actually asks me to go practice.Is she playing travel ball?
I ask because I help coach a travel ball team and if a player came to me all of a sudden hitting lefty and trying slapping I'd be a little perturbed, to be honest. I've based the team and strategy around the players and their skills and if one batter is now going to enter all games trying new things (and getting out a lot) it might have negative results.
I'd hate your daughter to be moved the end of the line-up, or not make the team next year, etc. I'm sure many coaches (and perhaps myself too, who knows?) would be willing to help her develop that knowing full well the offense will get worse before it gets better. But at the same time, I agree you should do this 100%, not bat righty in games and work on slapping in practice.
EDIT -- I read that she is 9. Much easier on a team at that age than if she were older.