letters | the call of youth baseball
The role of the rookie is to watch and learn
Marie Cora writes: Being the rookie on an athletic team often does entail waiting, watching, and lugging equipment. This is because the younger, unskilled athlete is in the process of learning. One of the ways that one learns is by attending practice, working hard, and following the coach’s instructions. Another is by observing more experienced teammates engage in the complex ballet that is a baseball game.