After they cancelled March Madness, Opening Day, Baseball, Track and Field, NBA and even the Olympics I found myself teaching my youngest grandson Pat-a-cake. There are different versions of the words. This is how it was done in my family. Regretfully the sports scene has come down to this for this former Little-League coach:
Pre-Game Pat-a-cake Pep-talk
Okay Jetty…this is what you gotta learn. This is your first sport. You are never too young for this sport. Most people don’t realize this, but how you come out with this sport will have far-reaching influence on all your future sports achievements.
First off…You gotta know that Pat-a-cake teaches coordination, reflex, action, speed and endurance. You gotta get this down!
Like most great sports this game has three parts: For instance: Baseball… has three bases, three outs, three strikes, etc., Basketball, the 3 point shot, Football, 3 downs to keep playing, three points for a field goal, etc. Three is the big number. So understand these three moves:
FIRST: The Pat-a-cake…Learn to clap those hands together as loud as you can….You can always clap harder than you think you can!
“Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake bakers man. Bake me a cake as fast as you can!”
SECOND: Roll- it- and- poll- it is done next with arms at perfect right angles, rolled clean and quick!
“Roll- it- and- poll- it and mark it with T”
Nobody rolls- and- polls better than kids in this family! You got this!
THIRD: Now this part is extremely important where you toss it way up…If you can’t get this down you will never toss a three pointer way up, or make that throw from right field to third, or throw that long bomb into the end-zone. Okay now..hit it with:
“Toss it way up for baby and me!”
Now look, kid…I taught this to your dad and all your uncles and even your aunt and they all turned out to be great athletes. It had to be a result of this early training. And you gotta know that other kids are doing this just like you all over the place. You might think they are better than you but know that their mothers put their diapers on the same way your’s does…one snap at a time!
So let’s get out there and do this! You can do it kid!
“PAT-A-CAKE, PAT-A-CAKE, BAKER’S MAN. BAKE ME A CAKE AS FAST AS YOU CAN!
ROLL- IT-- AND POLL- IT AND MARK IT WITH “ T”
AND TOSS IT WAY UP FOR BABY AND ME!” YEAHHHH!!!!!