Police officer walks new beat as WRALL manager

awoolen@macon.comMarch 27, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- When David Hale isn’t out protecting Warner Robins with the police department, he is encouraging a group of young children on a baseball diamond.

Hale is in his first year of managing a team at Warner Robins American Little League where his son Tucker Hale, 6, plays for the Rookie ball Braves.

Tucker has been playing at WRALL for three years, since the league had a Wee ball team, which started at age 3.

“I wanted to coach my son,” Hale said of his decision to be in charge.

He said he thinks Tucker sometimes likes that his dad manages the team, but at other times, he doesn’t.

“I’m harder on him because I can be,” Hale said.

Ashley Hale, David’s wife, is also in the dugout.

She’s a first-time team mom, although she helped during the previous seasons.

Although he strives to win, David Hale is aware the group of children he coaches is very young.

He teaches them concepts he hopes will help in their future baseball careers.

During the game, Hale directs each player with a tap on their caps to tell them where to go on the field.

“You have to remember their age,” said Hale.

Some of his favorite moments this year have been when a child finally applies something learned in a game situation.

Getting through to a player sometimes takes multiple times and multiple approaches.

“You’re nervous, they’re nervous and then they finally get it,” Hale said. “They light up and know they can do it.”

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