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This “A-League” is sure doing that!! We all knew we were missing something in our lives…& now that we have found ourselves at the ballpark. EUREKA!! We have found “IT” and we are not budging!! The feelings we are all having are just getting better with each practice and game! You’de have to be crazy to think we’de give this up now!! Last weekend we were at the Rosebowl for the Autism-walk. So today the players were ready, willing and able!!

The Yankees and Angels were swinging away BIG-TIME! These players are really amazing EVERYONE coaches and family alike!! Watching any kid master something is very gratifying …but watching the efforts of our “A-Leaguers” is something to behold! Yes, I am biased as the proud mother of Wyatt. Heck, I am feeling so proud of all of these kids!! It takes the term… “Team MOM” to a whole new level! We are all very at home with each other …& those “good vibrations” are just so infectious!!

As I was saying …the younger division really went after the ball agressively! Every player was making good contact. More and more the tee is being phased out! So neat to see these kids progressing with COMPLETE love and acceptance. Absolutely NO PRESSURE! Perfect recipe for success! Yes and it tastes sweet! The kids actually were going for those outs today…with several tosses to 1st base. A time or two they actually got the ball there before the runner arrived! AWESOME!! I love the end of each game …as they line-up and slap all the high~fives!! Very COOL!

Soon after their fans cleared out…it was The Braves & Dodgers show!! Game~ON! The day was the best yet perfect mix of sun and breeze. I made a batting line-up and away we went. Our lead-off hitter is a spark plug Zach he bounced right out hit & off to 1st w/ ease! Wyatt came up and did his “finger-roll” today…whatever floats his boat is fine by me!! The Zapata Twins got there sticks on the ball!! Line- drives today & BIG SMILES!! What could be better??

Our guys are always going for that out at 1st base. Today was no exception…more than a few tosses beat the runner.Speaking of runners we had a little news in that department. Eric on the Braves…also known as “E-Rod” has had some pains as of late so he utilized a pinch runner. Which turned out to be cute little Emily in her sunny yellow and green out-fit! Very Fun! Cosmo from the Dodgers was in an exceptional mood today!! He ran the bases like a champ!! With a spring in his step that I have never seen before! GREAT!!

I must tell you being out on the field with these players is exhilerating! To see the unsolicited support THEY ARE GIVING Each Other is priceless. Encouraging their OPPONENTS as they touch all bases. Unbelievable, phenomonal … Goosebumps, Chills, Tears …ALL GOOD!! Just another week in the life of the “A~LEAGUE“!

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The relation of comrades. Friendship. Companionship!

Sounds so SIMPLE Right?!! For someone with AUTISM Simply NOT. In theory yes…in practice , well WE HOPE. Thus the constant summer camps and “social skills groups.” Which our kids NEED!(PLEASE DON”T Cut our SUMMER ACTIVITY BUDGETS!) If left alone they may not seek enough interaction. Depending on the level they function at…which can be a very wide A~to~Z range! Naturally the more verbal kids will seek more interaction but, there are alot of non-verbal skills in BASEBALL! So that levels the playing field!!

I am seeing some very animated and happy individuals!Wyatt vascilates between happy and irritable. He did something today that was HUGE for him. When it was his turn to bat HE… put the helmet on . He hates the helmet MORE than he dislikes the hat. Without any cue, he put it on …he also RIPPED IT OFF when he got to 1st base! And that’s just FINE ! So, Wyatt has learned a non-verbal cue! I am impressed with much MORE …than my boy Wyatt’s warming up to the game!

Today it was SO CLEAR that these kids are looking forward to the togetherness! I watched kids “light-up” upon seeing their team-mates AND opponents! Slappin 5′s and smiles a’plenty!! The NEAT THING about our “A-league” is that your opponents are also …your COMRADES! Practice commenced with GROUP CALISTHENICS . Very fun! The S.D. J.V. Girls softball team was out in force with a few of their friends! The more the merrier. After a great warm-up the older division split up and began rounds of hitting, fielding and base running! I shadowed Wyatt… and watched SO MUCH great interaction between players and buddies! For this group of kids…SIMPLY PROFOUND!

After that, the Angels took the field and did their mix of pitch or tee-ball…taking their choice ! No Pressure…just support and comfort! Just like my FAVORITE SAYING from the 70′s…IF IT FEELS GOOD…DO IT ! For that team “WIND IN THEIR HAIR” must be what feels good because they have wheels!!You can see the “SMOKE” as they spin around the base paths!! A good time was had by all that made it out today! A real co-hesive feel is starting to GEL amongst the FAMILIES as well! WE will follow suit and ENJOY this “ON THE SAME TEAM” feel.This COMRADSHIP that our kids are EXPERIENCING… for the first time in their short lives!


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