Baseball starts in HS.
All the year round team baseball prior to that is counter productive.
A kid can (mine has) stay connected to baseball year round AND participate in many other activities.
What blows kids up is way too much emphasis on the present. The present is a time to buy into the philosophy that what matters is - Having Fun and Getting Better. Not their's or mom and dad's craziness about pecking order, stats, and lofty projections.
My son's focus has rarely been on what's happening now. He'd give up an all-star season in a heartbeat to participate in something else that he felt would more improve his knowledge and skills if it were only offered up at the same time.
Baseball IS fun. Not Baseball is supposed to be fun. When people say too much baseball is bad, I immediately feel like they are bolting down a rabbit hole into a different world. What's bad is the wrong perspective and priorities.
IMHO the right perspective ought to be that spending the time getting better is where the fun lies for a kid. They play and do other things with the intent of being good at them. Don't make it more complicated than it really is. That's the problem.
Last edited by shake-n-bake; 07-03-2011 at 12:13 PM.
There are two kinds of losers.....Those that don't do what they are told, and those that do only what they are told.