Composition Paper on How I Learned Literacy through Baseball

Sports are a major part of the culture. My favorite game is baseball. This game is played with a hard ball and a bat and requires two participating teams, each with nine players. One of the things that I love about this game is that it is an active sport with elaborate rules and requires effective communication and collaboration between the players. Baseball is also an entertaining game that is adored by many people. Like many other children, while growing up, I had the chance to try out different sporting activities, including baseball. Even at a young age, I was taller and stronger than most of my age-mates, which game as an advantage in the field. No one in my family expected me to develop an interest in baseball and most of them were surprised that was not interested in other sports. I played baseball for seven years during my elementary years and started practicing with high school baseball teams after reaching the eighth grade. As such, baseball was a huge part of my early childhood. While I appreciate the game for its social benefits, I also recognize the opportunity it gave me develop my literacy, leadership, and effective interpersonal communication skills through the relationships I formed with my teammates.

I started playing baseball when I was five years old. I was fascinated by all the practicing sessions and the different skills that the coaches taught players based on their position and role within the team. After my parents signed me up for baseball lessons with different coaches, I practiced baseball every day. The coaches I was assigned to teach me all that I know today about baseball. I had an additional advantage over some of my team members because I trained daily thus learned the basics of hitting and fielding the ball before them. Practicing with other coaches also earned me a leadership position in my team due to the skills I gained. Although my coaches were not the best in baseball, I learned from them the right approaches to take during the game. The coaches would provide us with basic guidelines that helped us improve our skills. They also encouraged us and called us out for our mistakes so that we could learn from them.

I was a natural at team leadership. While I had fun playing on my team and enjoyed interacting with other team members, teaching them what I had learned from the coaches gave me increased my love for the game. This role greatly influenced my literacy abilities as I learned to communicate with my teammates and coaches during practice. I would use sketches to outline the field and show my team members the importance of each position during the game, a variety of strategic moves that they could apply, and defense mechanisms that we could utilize. This promoted the development of my vocabulary. Whenever I was not clear in my directives, my team members would ask for clarification. My baseball knowledge helped me apply the literacy skills I had developed in other areas.

Baseball became more competitive when I joined a new team that had better players than my previous one and coaches who pushed everyone to excel in the game. I learned the most, in terms of communication before and after a game, how to interact with my teammates during practice, and the need to employ baseball vocabulary during a match. Through my interaction with the coaches, I learned to be confident and express myself better using speech. My coaches improved my baseball skills by correcting me whenever I was wrong, and I applied the same tactic while playing with the rest of the team. I would help my teammates by pointing out what they did well and direct them in areas on which they needed to improve. Similarly, whenever I said something wrong, my coaches would correct me and help me articulate my words.

When I started gaining an interest in baseball, it took months of private lessons from high school and college coaches, who lived around the area, to perfect my skills. At first, I did not understand how much time and energy I would be required to put in to improve my baseball skills. My main motivation was my father as he pushed me every day to practice and develop my skills. According to him, the practice was the only route to success. I also applied his viewpoint in perfecting my literacy skills to ensure that I communicated well with my teammates.

Although I had never thought about playing baseball with students who played for high school teams, the opportunity to practice with them contributed to my literacy and baseball skill development. I enjoyed the lessons I got from college coaches. I never thought sports had so many components to it before I started playing baseball. I am grateful for the coaches I worked with because they would give me tips and tricks to keep in mind while practicing on my own. My father also worked with me during our free time, and his contribution to the game was what pushed me to become better. He made sure that I perfected what the coaches had taught me and would ask me to transfer theoretical baseball concepts to practice.

Although I was initially scared of joining the new team because I was not conversant with most of them, practicing with that team taught me a lot. For example, I learned to communicate with people with who I was not familiar. Communicating with people outside my ordinary circle improved my interpersonal relationship with others. Practice sessions in the new team were taken seriously, and the communication was effective. It was during my junior year in high school that I felt most accomplished. My coach lived by the philosophy, “It is easier said than done, so get it done,” which encouraged me to practice our techniques harder. Whenever my teammates inquired about a technique or when they were doing the wrong thing, I would help them in getting it right.

Baseball has been a major part of my life. I would not give it up for any other sport. It has also improved my literacy skills through my communication with the team members, coaches, and any other person I interacted with while practicing or playing. Although not much attention is paid to the role of sports in promoting, literacy, I have noted that without baseball, my literacy skills would have developed much slower. Aside from baseball, I owe my coaches and teammates gratitude for helping me develop my literacy and leadership skills.