We're just one practice into the season for the Cardinals, my son's pee-wee baseball team of highly distractable first- and second-graders, and already I've encountered my first youth-coaching dilemma. We're doing some base-running, mostly to work off some of the kids' manic energy, and it falls to me to demonstrate the proper way to round first base and make the turn toward second. I'm trotting through my demonstration when I hear from the team assembled behind me one of the kids say, "Faster, grandpa!"
a) Take the occasion to remind the team about the importance of supporting and respecting each other?
b) Challenge the kid to a foot race?
c) Have him drop and do 20 pushups?
d) Reassign him to our team's minor-league affiliate in Rockford?
Or are there other options I haven't considered? All who respond win free admission to the Cardinals' season opener on April 19.