I have read this quote (or ones very similar) here about young baseball players, and just help but wonder if that's truly the opinion of the young players, or simply that of their well-meaning parents.
If he had played with his age group he would have been bored out of his mind.
Now this is way less than scientific, but remembering back to my youth, we had kids playing at all levels, and especially those "pick up" games on the street, where some most were well below the skill level of my buddy and myself, but we all played for hours on end having an absolute blast.....even when we were 13 and 14 (although admittedly, those "street" game at that age were held quite a bit less often).
I don't know, to me it seems that if a kid is "bored" during a baseball game....any baseball game, then maybe, baseball is the wrong sport for him/her.
Anyone think this "kid" was bored even playing here??
Baseball is what you make of it, I/we've had some of the most fun playing in the "pick up" games around the park with many lesser (even "unskilled") players....in between, or after our regular "competitive" game(s), than I/we've had in some of our supposed "elite" level games.
As far as "playing up".....IMO, it speaks as much to the egos and bragging rights of the parents, as it really does to the "need", of a particular "overly talented" youth player to actually be there.
In memory of "Catchingcoach" - Dave Weaver: February 28, 1955 - June 17, 2011