At the age of five, my kid began playing T-Ball. He wasn’t the finest athlete on the squad, but he gave it his all and enjoyed the game. He’ll be eight years old soon, and he’ll be starting his second year on our town’s minor league baseball club. Last year was a whirlwind for all of us, as he played in around 16 games, both at home and away, with us playing three times a week on average. My kid may not have been the best player on the team, but the experience helped him grow as a person.
I feel that sports, particularly baseball, provide tremendous developmental advantages for youngsters. It’s more than simply hitting a home run and swiping second base. It’s all about progressing as an athlete and as a person.
Baseball looks to be an individual event each time you take the field, but it is more about the team than the person. Have you ever noticed why a hitter intentionally strikes out? It’s known as TEAMWORK! Children learn early on that being a member of a team is more essential than being the star. Children learn to collaborate and support one another.
My son had a rocky start to the season last year. He took more tries than I’d want to count to really hit the ball when it was tossed to him, but by the conclusion of the season, he had considerably improved. He enhanced his abilities and helped him gain self-confidence by pushing him to keep trying and not giving up. Despite his struggles at the plate, he performed admirably at second base. His face lit up with pride every time he got someone out, and I could tell his self-esteem and confidence were growing.
Enhances Gross Motor Skills
Sports can help you improve your gross motor abilities. Baseball, in particular, aids in the development of core muscular strength, leg muscle strength, and upper body strength in children. Kids develop more balance and control as they grow stronger, which enhances their overall ability and degree of success. Improving gross motor abilities can also help youngsters prepare for other sports.
Promotes Family Involvement
Baseball necessitates a lot of motor planning. Children must understand where to hold the bat, how to balance it, and when to swing it. It isn’t simply about physical strength. It necessitates focus and precise motor planning. It might be difficult for some children to get their heads to tell their bodies exactly what to do when they want them to do it.
Encourages a Healthy Lifestyle
Baseball is a great method for youngsters to be fit and healthy. Kids gain stamina and endurance, as well as muscular strength and coordination when playing. Cardiovascular activity performed during practice and games can assist enhance lung capacity and metabolism. Baseball also keeps youngsters moving and pushes them to disconnect from technology.
Enhances Social Skills
Joining local leisure or school baseball team is a great opportunity for youngsters to meet new people and strengthen old ones. Socially acceptable behaviors such as respect, taking turns, and following directions are also taught to children. They also learn to help one another and create a pleasant atmosphere for the entire team.