2009 Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy – Rounding Third

Rounding Third
by Richard Dresser

The Story: This is the tumultuous journey of two Little League coaches through an entire season. Don is the tough, blue-collar, win-at-all-costs veteran coach whose son is the star pitcher. Michael is a newcomer both to the town and to baseball. Despite their differences, Michael and Don form an uneasy alliance for the benefit of the team. Michael believes that the job of the coaches is to shield the kids from the intense pressure of competition while making sure everyone has a good time. Don thinks they should be teaching the kids how to win. Out of these conflicting philosophies, deeper issues of the play emerge: how should we raise our children? And what does it mean to be an American man?