It depends on many factors which are different in every city and state. In NoCal my son played LL from age 5-10. He was a top 5 player in the league. The last two years as an 11 and 12 he played travel. This season which just finished he played 60 games from February to the end of July. We also practiced twice a week and most of the kids practiced individually with private lessons on the side. He ended up with 150 AB's against very good competition.
Some people will say that's way too much, it's not necessary or it's plain crazy. In my case I believe it's been the best thing that has happened for my son. He loves it and has improved tremendously.
With that said there are some travel programs I would never want my son to play for - if you get in the right situation travel is a great thing. But just as all organizations it has it's problems. There is no way to make a blanket statement about whats right or wrong - every one of us faces a unique and different situation. Whats good for my son is terrible for another..........
I will say that if you want to succeed in high school in our area it's not imperative you play travel but I can say with certainty you will have a better chance than the ones that don't. There is that big of a difference between rec ball and travel in my area.
Last edited by Stealth; 08-09-2007 at 04:22 PM.
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