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Title: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 20, 2020, 10:34:18 PM
lil sd is 7 and plays baseball and is kind of good. he has competitive travel tryouts and if he gets in we have to commit just an incredible amount of time every week/all year to it and travel all over the place and he's 7 and just started 2nd grade (wtf). I played all the sports but I lived in a town of 1,400 people so fielding a full roster was the biggest challenge and we played only as many games as the white trash kids drunk dad could schedule us outside of regular school sports. this actual city stuff seems crazy. but he loves TF out of baseball suddenly (like ONLY last 4 months). the last thing I'm going to do is keep him from doing it if he wants to so we're all in no matter what. how do people deal with this? do you seriously commit a 7 year old to that amount of time/effort to one sport?
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Trim on August 20, 2020, 10:50:02 PM
No.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on August 20, 2020, 11:03:05 PM
lil sd is 7 and plays baseball and is kind of good. he has competitive travel tryouts and if he gets in we have to commit just an incredible amount of time every week/all year to it and travel all over the place and he's 7 and just started 2nd grade (wtf). I played all the sports but I lived in a town of 1,400 people so fielding a full roster was the biggest challenge and we played only as many games as the white trash kids drunk dad could schedule us outside of regular school sports. this actual city stuff seems crazy. but he loves TF out of baseball suddenly (like ONLY last 4 months). the last thing I'm going to do is keep him from doing it if he wants to so we're all in no matter what. how do people deal with this? do you seriously commit a 7 year old to that amount of time/effort to one sport?

I mean if you like your kid and hanging out with him and you like baseball as well then it’s honestly probably a pretty great deal.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Cire on August 20, 2020, 11:15:11 PM
I have a friend who does. I think it’s crazy and he is living vicariously.


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Cire on August 20, 2020, 11:16:53 PM
Baseball academies/clubs are just trying to tie up your money in them. Capitalism and all. But if you want a great little league player, that’s the way to go


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: michigancat on August 20, 2020, 11:24:58 PM
Does he like other sports? At 7, I'd encourage you/him to try everything in the least competitive/funnest way possible. Don't stress about being "left behind" as long as he's having fun. Just my $.02, but you'll be good with whatever.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: michigancat on August 20, 2020, 11:27:04 PM
Does he like other sports? At 7, I'd encourage you/him to try everything in the least competitive/funnest way possible. Don't stress about being "left behind" as long as he's having fun. Just my $.02, but you'll be good with whatever.
Also just one sport at a time if possible
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Institutional Control on August 21, 2020, 07:36:29 AM
My kid has been going to competitive cheer practices 6 days a week since 2nd grade. Overall, it's been a great experience for her but it's been a big pain in the ass for me. And it's very expensive.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 21, 2020, 07:57:32 AM
My kid has been going to competitive cheer practices 6 days a week since 2nd grade. Overall, it's been a great experience for her but it's been a big pain in the ass for me. And it's very expensive.

my 4 year old is in "dance" and I can see this in my future. this is all just baffling to me as a cow farm raised person.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: michigancat on August 21, 2020, 08:40:59 AM
My kid has been going to competitive cheer practices 6 days a week since 2nd grade. Overall, it's been a great experience for her but it's been a big pain in the ass for me. And it's very expensive.

my 4 year old is in "dance" and I can see this in my future. this is all just baffling to me as a cow farm raised person.
One of our daughters was asked to try out for the competitive dance troupe after a year of classes when she was like 5 and we just didn't tell her because we didn't want to pay the money or deal with competitive dance culture. We had her drop dance completely and just kept her busy with something else and she's happy.

We have friends with a daughter who was in the same class and is in "elite" ballet and she's like wanting to be privately home schooled for half of high school so she can do the ballet 24/7
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: ben ji on August 21, 2020, 08:53:48 AM
I'd try and hold out for a couple more years until lil sd jr is at least in 4th or 5th grade, 7 seems pretty young.

I never played travel ball but some of my friends did and they all grew to hate baseball, most quit playing by their senior year of HS.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Fedor on August 21, 2020, 10:35:16 AM
I never thought there was much ROI in youth baseball.  You spend more time and money on it than anything else and it is boring af. 
Also not great if you have delusions of "paying for your education" The local super stud that had all the accolades you would ever want ended up at Cowley County.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: michigancat on August 21, 2020, 10:38:39 AM


I never thought there was much ROI in youth baseball.  You spend more time and money on it than anything else and it is boring af. 
Also not great if you have delusions of "paying for your education" The local super stud that had all the accolades you would ever want ended up at Cowley County.

There is no ROI in youth sports or kids in general
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: kstate4life on August 21, 2020, 10:40:45 AM
As long as your kid doesn't know how good he is, then you are probably good to delay.  Once he gets old enough to recognize that he is better than most the other kids, holding him back from playing in leagues that are more competitive might create some resentment later in life.  Just speaking from experience...
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: yoga-like_abana on August 21, 2020, 10:49:06 AM
What does the practice schedule, season and travel schedule look like?
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: meow meow on August 21, 2020, 11:26:34 AM
soccer practice 3 nights a week and games sat/sun or both each week for my daughter.  also plays basketball, wants to play volleyball.  didn't like softball.  also has done dance/gymnastics, likes but not currently doing thank the Good Lord.  she just turned 8.  i'm into soccer now so i don't mind it at all.  biggest thing is make sure they truly enjoy it, and not having douche parents on your team, then it's pretty enjoyable.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Fedor on August 21, 2020, 11:31:45 AM


I never thought there was much ROI in youth baseball.  You spend more time and money on it than anything else and it is boring af. 
Also not great if you have delusions of "paying for your education" The local super stud that had all the accolades you would ever want ended up at Cowley County.

There is no ROI in youth sports or kids in general

My first sentence speaks to the never ending stream of time and money for equipment, travel, team memberships, tourney and coaching fees vs. the enjoyment of watching said sporting event.  Even high school teams are pretty shitty.

I think everyone understands that having children does represent a net inflow of cash.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: michigancat on August 21, 2020, 11:44:01 AM


I never thought there was much ROI in youth baseball.  You spend more time and money on it than anything else and it is boring af. 
Also not great if you have delusions of "paying for your education" The local super stud that had all the accolades you would ever want ended up at Cowley County.

There is no ROI in youth sports or kids in general

My first sentence speaks to the never ending stream of time and money for equipment, travel, team memberships, tourney and coaching fees vs. the enjoyment of watching said sporting event.  Even high school teams are pretty shitty.

I think everyone understands that having children does represent a net inflow of cash.


:thumbs: that's fair

I think the worst ROI when you factor in enjoyment that I know of is our ballet friend because like the only performances are the Nutcracker with the SF ballet and they have to pay like normal SF Ballet prices for them.

I went one year and she was a rat so I couldn't even tell where she was.

I've also sat through some unbearably shitty musical theater productions.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Trim on August 21, 2020, 11:59:53 AM
https://www.google.com/search?q=should+kids+play+one+sport+or+multiple
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: 8manpick on August 21, 2020, 12:00:10 PM


I never thought there was much ROI in youth baseball.  You spend more time and money on it than anything else and it is boring af. 
Also not great if you have delusions of "paying for your education" The local super stud that had all the accolades you would ever want ended up at Cowley County.

There is no ROI in youth sports or kids in general

My first sentence speaks to the never ending stream of time and money for equipment, travel, team memberships, tourney and coaching fees vs. the enjoyment of watching said sporting event.  Even high school teams are pretty shitty.

I think everyone understands that having children does represent a net inflow of cash.

I mean, if your kids youth sports are somehow about your enjoyment rather than theirs, its pretty obvious there are going to be issues...
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: chum1 on August 21, 2020, 12:10:48 PM
I love the crap out of watching my kids. I hear other parents complain that it is boring and must acknowledge that maybe their kids are not as awesome as mine.

In my experience, kids don't normally stick with something for very long. And when they do, and there's a big time commitment, being part of that little community of kids and parents can be fun. (And I'm not even a super social person and still kinda keep some distance.) There are a lot of really great people out there!
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Fedor on August 21, 2020, 12:22:49 PM


I never thought there was much ROI in youth baseball.  You spend more time and money on it than anything else and it is boring af. 
Also not great if you have delusions of "paying for your education" The local super stud that had all the accolades you would ever want ended up at Cowley County.

There is no ROI in youth sports or kids in general

My first sentence speaks to the never ending stream of time and money for equipment, travel, team memberships, tourney and coaching fees vs. the enjoyment of watching said sporting event.  Even high school teams are pretty shitty.

I think everyone understands that having children does represent a net inflow of cash.

I mean, if your kids youth sports are somehow about your enjoyment rather than theirs, its pretty obvious there are going to be issues...
It's all factored in, chief.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: 8manpick on August 21, 2020, 12:24:23 PM


I never thought there was much ROI in youth baseball.  You spend more time and money on it than anything else and it is boring af. 
Also not great if you have delusions of "paying for your education" The local super stud that had all the accolades you would ever want ended up at Cowley County.

There is no ROI in youth sports or kids in general

My first sentence speaks to the never ending stream of time and money for equipment, travel, team memberships, tourney and coaching fees vs. the enjoyment of watching said sporting event.  Even high school teams are pretty shitty.

I think everyone understands that having children does represent a net inflow of cash.

I mean, if your kids youth sports are somehow about your enjoyment rather than theirs, its pretty obvious there are going to be issues...
It's all factored in, chief.
What’s all factored in, pal?
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: michigancat on August 21, 2020, 12:27:51 PM
https://www.google.com/search?q=should+kids+play+one+sport+or+multiple

yeah pretty much every kid would be better off playing multiple sports for their health, enjoyment, and overall athletic development.

I love the crap out of watching my kids. I hear other parents complain that it is boring and must acknowledge that maybe their kids are not as awesome as mine.

In my experience, kids don't normally stick with something for very long. And when they do, and there's a big time commitment, being part of that little community of kids and parents can be fun. (And I'm not even a super social person and still kinda keep some distance.) There are a lot of really great people out there!

agreed but swim meets are still pretty boring because it's mostly sitting around. But I like just reading a book for an afternoon!
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Fedor on August 21, 2020, 12:44:19 PM


I never thought there was much ROI in youth baseball.  You spend more time and money on it than anything else and it is boring af. 
Also not great if you have delusions of "paying for your education" The local super stud that had all the accolades you would ever want ended up at Cowley County.

There is no ROI in youth sports or kids in general

My first sentence speaks to the never ending stream of time and money for equipment, travel, team memberships, tourney and coaching fees vs. the enjoyment of watching said sporting event.  Even high school teams are pretty shitty.

I think everyone understands that having children does represent a net inflow of cash.

I mean, if your kids youth sports are somehow about your enjoyment rather than theirs, its pretty obvious there are going to be issues...
It's all factored in, chief.
What’s all factored in, pal?
The enjoyment side of the equation, amigo.

I forgot to mention the games are played through the heat of the summer.  If you are in a tourney you get to have a double header and get and play as soon as it is light and then again at 3 when it's 108°.  Who signs up for this?
 
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Institutional Control on August 21, 2020, 01:18:11 PM
As someone who has been attending cheer competitions for the past 8 years I don't have any sympathy for someone sitting thru a baseball/softball tournament.  On a cheer weekend, my daughter's team will compete for a total of 6 minutes (3 minutes on Sat. and 3 minutes on Sunday) and I will spend no less than 10 hours at the competition.  There are annual trips to Atlanta, Indianapolis and Orlando. 

Last year, she broke her hand, and I went through all that above to watch her stand in the back of the stage with a cast on her hand.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: chum1 on August 21, 2020, 01:22:22 PM
I don't usually sit there and watch when my kid isn't out there.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Institutional Control on August 21, 2020, 01:24:02 PM
I don't usually sit there and watch when my kid isn't out there.

My daughter has to be at the competition 2 hours before they go on the mat.  And then on the second day we have to hang around for the awards ceremony.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: MakeItRain on August 21, 2020, 02:07:52 PM
Popular topic, were olds, lol.

I don't see any value to playing travel sports at that age. They certainly aren't getting any sustainable instructional advantage. At that age reps and building love of the sport and being around the team are the most important things they can get. My now 11 year old played rec soccer from 4-9, I coached her and she had fun playing and with her teammates. Last year we had her playing travel soccer. Professional coaches, individual instruction, uniforms even for practices, but she hated it. This very well may be different for girls than boys, but because of the pressure of always having to compete for your spot the social aspect of the team wasn't nearly as close. Also those travel teams have a high burn out rate. She is back to rec soccer this year. I just need to make sure she loves the sport enough to play when she gets to high school.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 21, 2020, 02:17:58 PM
Good stuff guys, thanks


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: MakeItRain on August 21, 2020, 02:21:06 PM
Pay for play youth sports is in the top 5 of things I'd reform about America if I were the king.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Brock Landers on August 21, 2020, 03:32:05 PM
Agree with MIR and others.  Travelling teams for 7 year olds is insane.  They are barely learning basic fundamentals at that age and were probably playing T ball 1 or 2 years prior.

A married couple that I'm friends with basically vanished off the face of the planet for a few years while they took their daughter all over the midwest for travel teams.  Between gymnastics/dance and softball it was year round for them.  One of them always had a crappy part time job in the evenings to help pay for the expenses so forget about getting to socialize with them.  Of course the daughter eventually got sick of it all and quit in her junior year.  It's too bad because she was good at softball and could have easily had some scholarships.
 
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: meow meow on August 21, 2020, 03:44:29 PM
Popular topic, were olds, lol.

I don't see any value to playing travel sports at that age. They certainly aren't getting any sustainable instructional advantage. At that age reps and building love of the sport and being around the team are the most important things they can get. My now 11 year old played rec soccer from 4-9, I coached her and she had fun playing and with her teammates. Last year we had her playing travel soccer. Professional coaches, individual instruction, uniforms even for practices, but she hated it. This very well may be different for girls than boys, but because of the pressure of always having to compete for your spot the social aspect of the team wasn't nearly as close. Also those travel teams have a high burn out rate. She is back to rec soccer this year. I just need to make sure she loves the sport enough to play when she gets to high school.

agree on a lot of these points.  i think it depends on what coach you get.  my niece is in the same academy as my daughter and hated her coach last year, i saw who the coach was at tryouts this year and i can see why.  my daughter's coach has an entirely different demeanor, and she has 3 other girls from a prior team on her team, so she's getting the fun social side, and they are already learning more than their previous parent coach was teaching them.  it's definitely a hard decision, my hometown was smaller than steve dave's so wasn't something i had to deal with growing up.  i think if they want to do it, and you have the $ and time, let them do it.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: gatoveintisiete on August 21, 2020, 04:04:06 PM
travel team tip
1. why does your team have to travel?  is it because your team can't find good competition locally? If you live in a reasonably populated city quit stacking your team with all the talent.

This will save everyone lots of time and money.

Don't tell me about how good lil weirdo is, if he needs more exposure in high school take him to some perfect game showcases.

Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: MakeItRain on August 21, 2020, 04:09:58 PM
I also grew up in a small town and I'm old so I didn't even play organized sports until Babe Ruth baseball, summer after either 7th or 8th grade. My playing sports before that were neighborhood games of baseball, football, basketball, and soccer. We'd play baseball for hours, sometimes 2 on 2 until dark. So kids even play backyard/sandlot baseball anymore? Dead serious, is it a thing? My son is 1 and my daughters hate baseball. We can't even get the kids to play pickup basketball or soccer. We have a 60x35 yard field in our backyard and we're hosted one game and the boys quit because the girls were beating their asses.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: michigancat on August 21, 2020, 04:16:39 PM
I never played sandlot baseball when I was a kid. When I coached basketball and soccer I tried to get the kids to play pickup, but it was a hassle because kids had such rigid schedules and parents today of letting their kids walk to the park solo
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on August 21, 2020, 05:24:59 PM
I have two boys. One has played a ton of sports included traveling baseball his whole life and the other one played only one year of tball when he was in kindergarten.  Why is that? One wanted to play all those different sports and the other absolutely did not. So here’s a hot take- if your kid wants to do competitive baseball and is good enough and you have the money and think it would be a decent time, then let him. If any of those things aren’t true then don’t.

Also and for a million reasons, yes to multiple sports if sports are something he’s kind of into.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Pete on August 21, 2020, 05:47:17 PM
I have two boys. One has played a ton of sports included traveling baseball his whole life and the other one played only one year of tball when he was in kindergarten.  Why is that? One wanted to play all those different sports and the other absolutely did not. So here’s a hot take- if your kid wants to do competitive baseball and is good enough and you have the money and think it would be a decent time, then let him. If any of those things aren’t true then don’t.

Also and for a million reasons, yes to multiple sports if sports are something he’s kind of into.

Mostly, I agree with Rick.  But, I guess I'd just add that if one kid is super into an activity that requires way more investment and time from parents than the other kid, just watch out for building future resentments in the other kid who might feel neglected despite all the while saying "i'm cool with it." 
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Pete on August 21, 2020, 05:50:47 PM
I should add that I know that RD and his wife are NOT that way, but some "sporty" families are criminal how they treat the kid who simply doesn't like sports.  I've seen some really sad cases.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Pete on August 21, 2020, 05:51:58 PM
Also, also, for me personally as a person, travel team ball and having to talk to travel team dads is a fate worse than death itself. go cats.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Institutional Control on August 21, 2020, 06:00:42 PM
Man, I feel bad for RD’s neglected child.


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 21, 2020, 06:18:05 PM
As someone who knows RDs family you shouldn’t feel bad for anyone there. Go cats.


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: wetwillie on August 21, 2020, 08:13:38 PM
Traveling as in you have to go to Chicago or traveling as in you just play a crap ton of tournaments in Omaha and KC?  My son is in an academy system in the KC metro and just played in a league in OP and we played about 5 or 6 tournaments around the Metro.  My parents used to follow my brother all over the damn country playing baseball it was nuts.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 21, 2020, 08:31:25 PM
Traveling as in you have to go to Chicago or traveling as in you just play a crap ton of tournaments in Omaha and KC?  My son is in an academy system in the KC metro and just played in a league in OP and we played about 5 or 6 tournaments around the Metro.  My parents used to follow my brother all over the damn country playing baseball it was nuts.
Tournaments in Omaha is not traveling as I live here. Traveling to KC is traveling. I think ours is mostly the Omaha/KC/Des Moin (sp) and surrounding areas but not sure.


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: michigancat on August 21, 2020, 08:44:33 PM
Traveling as in you have to go to Chicago or traveling as in you just play a crap ton of tournaments in Omaha and KC?  My son is in an academy system in the KC metro and just played in a league in OP and we played about 5 or 6 tournaments around the Metro.  My parents used to follow my brother all over the damn country playing baseball it was nuts.
Tournaments in Omaha is not traveling as I live here. Traveling to KC is traveling. I think ours is mostly the Omaha/KC/Des Moin (sp) and surrounding areas but not sure.


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I didn't realize kids that young traveled that far for baseball. fwiw, I know you're committed if he makes the team, but I don't think you would be doing him a disservice if you told him he had to stick to the local leagues for a season or two. Especially considering he's only been into it for a few months.
Title: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 21, 2020, 08:53:49 PM
He’s played awhile now but not every single day we have to be out doing BP and me hitting him grounders and all that. He even watches every single royals game and has told me he’s an Astros fan despite everyone hating them and him having hung out with George Brett a dozen times. He’s just got the fever which may pass in a week for all I know. I sucked crap at baseball so it’s not genetics.


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: michigancat on August 21, 2020, 08:58:57 PM
He’s played awhile now but not every single day we have to be out doing BP and me hitting him grounders and all that. He even watches every single royals game and has told me he’s an Astros fan despite everyone hating them and him having hung out with George Brett a dozen times.


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That sounds awesome, so why change it up? It sounds way better than hauling him to a professional coach a few times a week who will just be throwing him bp and hitting him grounders instead of you.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 21, 2020, 09:01:32 PM
He’s played awhile now but not every single day we have to be out doing BP and me hitting him grounders and all that. He even watches every single royals game and has told me he’s an Astros fan despite everyone hating them and him having hung out with George Brett a dozen times.


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That sounds awesome, so why change it up? It sounds way better than hauling him to a professional coach a few times a week who will just be throwing him bp and hitting him grounders instead of you.

yeah, it's awesome now. I have FOMO.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: KST8FAN on August 21, 2020, 10:16:56 PM
Keep hitting him grounder and throwing BP to him SD.  When I was coaching the coaches I listened to said kids under 10 should be 2;1 practice to games.  Unfortunately we have become tournament crazy. 

You can hit him and a couple kids grounders and simulate game situations and he gets 25-30 reps.  Or you can drive to Des Moines and maybe see him field 5 balls in a weekend.


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: michigancat on August 21, 2020, 10:25:26 PM
Des Moines weekends will always be there with money from you and drive from little SD but playing catch with dad will not
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: MakeItRain on August 21, 2020, 11:24:13 PM
I have two boys. One has played a ton of sports included traveling baseball his whole life and the other one played only one year of tball when he was in kindergarten.  Why is that? One wanted to play all those different sports and the other absolutely did not. So here’s a hot take- if your kid wants to do competitive baseball and is good enough and you have the money and think it would be a decent time, then let him. If any of those things aren’t true then don’t.

Also and for a million reasons, yes to multiple sports if sports are something he’s kind of into.

Honest question, no judgement from me to anyone posting here but at 7 did your kid play travel sports instead of rec sports and if so, how did they make the distinction? Don't kids at that age just want to play with their friends?
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 22, 2020, 02:53:34 AM
I have two boys. One has played a ton of sports included traveling baseball his whole life and the other one played only one year of tball when he was in kindergarten.  Why is that? One wanted to play all those different sports and the other absolutely did not. So here’s a hot take- if your kid wants to do competitive baseball and is good enough and you have the money and think it would be a decent time, then let him. If any of those things aren’t true then don’t.

Also and for a million reasons, yes to multiple sports if sports are something he’s kind of into.

Honest question, no judgement from me to anyone posting here but at 7 did your kid play travel sports instead of rec sports and if so, how did they make the distinction? Don't kids at that age just want to play with their friends?

The last sentence is the saddest part. Most kids don’t really play anymore. They don’t run around. They don’t play sandlot sports or pickup. They don’t learn all the social crap they need to learn and sort out on their own. Most basically sit at home and get shuffled from activity to activity. Imo kids need to be free range to an extent. The old “get out of here after lunch and don’t come back until dinner.”
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Pete on August 22, 2020, 07:32:38 AM
Keep hitting him grounder and throwing BP to him SD.  When I was coaching the coaches I listened to said kids under 10 should be 2;1 practice to games.  Unfortunately we have become tournament crazy. 

You can hit him and a couple kids grounders and simulate game situations and he gets 25-30 reps.  Or you can drive to Des Moines and maybe see him field 5 balls in a weekend.


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This is smart.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: ben ji on August 22, 2020, 07:37:45 AM
Des Moines weekends will always be there with money from you and drive from little SD but playing catch with dad will not

Great quote here. "Des Moines weekends will always be there"  :)
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 22, 2020, 08:35:38 AM
Keep hitting him grounder and throwing BP to him SD.  When I was coaching the coaches I listened to said kids under 10 should be 2;1 practice to games.  Unfortunately we have become tournament crazy. 

You can hit him and a couple kids grounders and simulate game situations and he gets 25-30 reps.  Or you can drive to Des Moines and maybe see him field 5 balls in a weekend.


Tom

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This is smart.

Yep. This is it to a T.

Man, 7 is young, but if lil sd loves it and wants to do it, go ahead. That is unless the time and travel commitment is too much.

But imo, like Tom said, reps with dad are where the kid can really learn to love the game. Tons of low pressure reps playing catch, taking grounders, hitting soft toss and bp. Play wiffle ball, stickball whatever. Introduce it all to him and his buddies. What’s best is if you can get two or three of his buddies to join and for them to actually want to go to the field or backyard and ask you to go, not the other way around.

Nicname JR made our towns “top” 12u team this year, which was really surprising to us as he isn’t a standout athlete and only going to be 11 next summer.

Tryouts or “skills evaluation” was last weekend and we didn’t even know what it was for. We just hoped he wouldn’t embarrass himself and feel bad.

Our “competitive” team though is just regular league double headers once a week + 4-5 weekend tournaments. All the league games are in Hutch, Newton, Mac  or Buhler. I don’t know where the tournaments are but I imagine they are pretty local (Salina, Wichita, Hutch, Russell, etc.).

Burnout is real though, and for every kid that intense travel sports help, imo there are 10 that it destroys their love and passion for sports and being part of a team. Imo, the most important thing is love for your teammates and passion for the games. Imo club sports are inherently self centered and focused on the player not the group. It’s can I get to the next level? How can I maximize my kid’s potential. Is this the right coach or group of kids for my kid? That’s all ass backward.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 22, 2020, 08:40:16 AM
Honestly, I hate the shift to sports being seen as a tool for something else (college, pro lol), which has been accelerated by club/elite youth sports. It should be about the game and loving the sports and brotherhood/sisterhood being on a team brings.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 22, 2020, 08:59:31 AM
Man, gE already has the best threads on everything...

Tball thread
https://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?topic=37660.0

Kids sports thread
https://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?topic=37870.msg1591089#msg1591089

Kid football + bad person coach dads thread
https://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?topic=28384.0

Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: MakeItRain on August 22, 2020, 01:56:26 PM
My kid has "learn softball"on her summer list of things to accomplish, we have two weekends left. I decided this morning I wanted to take her to a batting cage today. Des Moines has no outdoor batting cages that I can find. If I want to take her to a batting cage I have to book time at any one of four indoor academies. crap is sad.
Title: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 22, 2020, 01:57:40 PM
All of our baseball complexes have outdoor cages next to them. I bet if you just drive by some of the fields they will have them. We have a membership at an Indoor facility and it’s great in winter.


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: MakeItRain on August 22, 2020, 02:32:24 PM
I'll give that a shot, thanks friend.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 22, 2020, 02:37:14 PM
Ours are just cages though. No balls or machines. If that’s what you’re looking for.


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: MakeItRain on August 22, 2020, 04:04:28 PM
Yeah was looking for machines, apparently old school with tokens and like only 1/3 of them thrown for strikes. Fortunately I found a blitzball bat, and various types of blitzballs, wiffle balls, and junk balls to throw to her. This was the better way for her to get her first cuts anyway.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 22, 2020, 04:10:25 PM
I make little sd hit whiffle balls in the yard all the time but make him use his game bat. we also bought the big hitting net for soft toss and so he can throw at it when I'm working and can't catch him.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 22, 2020, 04:29:23 PM
Just go to a no-machine cage and use it until theY kick you off. Then ask if you can still use it.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: KST8FAN on August 22, 2020, 04:41:39 PM
https://images.app.goo.gl/v1sQvJ3kMyKMErqt6

I bought one of these used and farm engineered the crap out of it.  Got us thru 5-6 grade for basic BP.

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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 22, 2020, 05:59:08 PM
I make little sd hit whiffle balls in the yard all the time but make him use his game bat. we also bought the big hitting net for soft toss and so he can throw at it when I'm working and can't catch him.

Those big 7x7 nets are the best.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 22, 2020, 09:46:12 PM
I make little sd hit whiffle balls in the yard all the time but make him use his game bat. we also bought the big hitting net for soft toss and so he can throw at it when I'm working and can't catch him.

and just for clarification I never MAKE him do any of this stuff, I make him hit whiffle balls instead of actual baseballs which he was hitting before I instituted the whiffle ball only rule.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 22, 2020, 09:46:50 PM
and expanding on this one is right now in my neighbors gutter and I'm going to be on a giant ladder fishing it out tomorrow.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: MakeItRain on August 22, 2020, 10:26:42 PM
All of that is a lot of work. Here's to hoping she hates softball. Soccer, volleyball, basketball, and cross country is enough.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Fedor on August 24, 2020, 11:57:52 AM
I realized I may have come across as pooping all over lil' sd's chosen sport.  That is not what I intended.   I am sure you are a great dad, SD.  You will enjoy the crap out of watching lil' SD do his thing while keeping everything in the proper perspective.    My only point was, oof that was a tough draw for a chosen sport.

One final tidbit, and I am sure this is not unique to baseball.  When the coaches let everyone know what you owe for the tournament, uniforms, or whatever needs paid for, you are for sure subsidizing the coaches kids share.   
Title: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 24, 2020, 12:53:31 PM
Yeah, the money part isn’t a concern for me. Time a moderate concern just based on work commitments/travel in a non-Covid work environment. I love watching and coaching him though. Except Sunday for a double header when I was a lvl 6 hungover and it was 100 degrees and I was backstop/throw the ball back to the pitcher guy and I almost died.


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: MakeItRain on August 24, 2020, 04:06:15 PM
Except Sunday for a double header when I was a lvl 6 hungover and it was 100 degrees and I was backstop/throw the ball back to the pitcher guy and I almost died.


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Gah.

BTW, is this coach pitch?
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 24, 2020, 04:06:50 PM
Yes, we start kid pitch in fall


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: MakeItRain on August 24, 2020, 04:08:20 PM
Yes, we start kid pitch in fall


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How's your BP?
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 24, 2020, 04:48:14 PM
Good, we fire them in there to the kids so they hit hard stuff. We do three stations during practice. Tee into a net. Soft toss into net. Live BP with the rest of the kids fielding.


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: IPA4Me on August 24, 2020, 04:54:35 PM
I know you're a professional drinker, SD, but I found quarter pounder, fries, and a sweet tea a quick cure for a level 6 hangover.

Back to travel ball discussion.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: MakeItRain on August 24, 2020, 07:59:35 PM
While delicious sounding, I'm not sure that's going to help much while chasing baseballs around in the heat of a plains summer day. Yuck :Yuck:
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: pissclams on August 24, 2020, 09:01:37 PM
kids travel sports just seem to be money making operations
at lil sd’s age I cannot help but believe his time would be better spent with sd rather than stanky jim the travel 7 yr old kid baseball coach
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: chum1 on August 25, 2020, 08:45:57 AM
My first kid did a variety of different sports and activities, none for very long or taken very seriously. When she got into jr high, she picked something new on her own and LOVES it. It's totally her thing and obviously will be throughout high school. I feel like that worked out really well.

I wonder about maybe trying a different approach with my second kid, who just started 4th grade. Maybe I'll just be like, "Swimming or tennis? Pick one." And just force him to go to lessons and competitions for the next 4-5 years with the idea that he'll do it in high school because I'll basically force him to.

I'll probably just do the same as I did with the first kid. I do wonder about it, though.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: michigancat on August 25, 2020, 08:52:06 AM
kids travel sports just seem to be money making operations

yeah thinking about it the only people who would benefit from U8 travel baseball are paid travel coaches and tournament operators and suburban Des Moines hoteliers.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Rage Against the McKee on August 25, 2020, 09:28:26 AM
My first kid did a variety of different sports and activities, none for very long or taken very seriously. When she got into jr high, she picked something new on her own and LOVES it. It's totally her thing and obviously will be throughout high school. I feel like that worked out really well.

I wonder about maybe trying a different approach with my second kid, who just started 4th grade. Maybe I'll just be like, "Swimming or tennis? Pick one." And just force him to go to lessons and competitions for the next 4-5 years with the idea that he'll do it in high school because I'll basically force him to.

I'll probably just do the same as I did with the first kid. I do wonder about it, though.

Your second kid will never play in Wimbledon with that attitude.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on August 25, 2020, 12:04:27 PM
I have two boys. One has played a ton of sports included traveling baseball his whole life and the other one played only one year of tball when he was in kindergarten.  Why is that? One wanted to play all those different sports and the other absolutely did not. So here’s a hot take- if your kid wants to do competitive baseball and is good enough and you have the money and think it would be a decent time, then let him. If any of those things aren’t true then don’t.

Also and for a million reasons, yes to multiple sports if sports are something he’s kind of into.

Honest question, no judgement from me to anyone posting here but at 7 did your kid play travel sports instead of rec sports and if so, how did they make the distinction? Don't kids at that age just want to play with their friends?

The last sentence is the saddest part. Most kids don’t really play anymore. They don’t run around. They don’t play sandlot sports or pickup. They don’t learn all the social crap they need to learn and sort out on their own. Most basically sit at home and get shuffled from activity to activity. Imo kids need to be free range to an extent. The old “get out of here after lunch and don’t come back until dinner.”

Mir response- age seven was his first year of travel baseball. There were two travel teams in mhk for that age. Seven boys (his closest friends) in his grade school class played on one of those two teams, five on his team and two kids played on the other team. So yeah he was playing with his friends. My kid made the team because he was pretty athletic and I knew the dad putting it together. Anybody can play city league. Traveling you either have to try out or know someone. Usually both.  Hilariously enough, they had a hostile take over by one of the parents at the end of the year. three kids got cut, the team changed names and old coach was out. Mine was one that got cut. He just ended up going and playing for the other team. Little kid travel baseball is hilariously serious and I was not prepared for the weirdness of it all all. About 1/2 of baseball parents are rough ridin' insane. Overall it’s been pretty great though. It allowed him to meet and play and hangout with a million kids his age from all over town and even outside of town at an early age. Every year I warn him that he’s going to have to start taking it more seriously and improve if he wants to keep playing traveling ball because his bat is on the weak side and hitting is a fairly important part of baseball. He keeps making traveling teams though and keeps wanting to play so I indulge him on it. At some point in time though his good won’t be good enough and baseball will be over. I’m guessing 10th grade but who knows. It’s mainly a social thing for him and I think there’s also some mhk street cred that comes with playing traveling ball but who knows. From a personal standpoint I am old with not a ton of close friends in mhk and almost non existent hobbies so the tournaments on a weekend don’t really bother me like it would some parents.

Nickname response- idk. I personally don’t see that. At least not with my kids or their bros in our neighborhood. Not to say that it isn’t true to a larger extent but even when my kids were young they had friends and would be outside and going from house to house and yard to yard 24/7. Reminded me exactly of my youth/

Also, some of you guys are dorks. Most traveling Baseball teams are just run by dads who like their kids and like baseball. Also, you don’t have to sign a contract stating that you will no longer play catch with your kid or show interest in them if they belong to a team. My kid is 13, baseball was done with over a month ago and we just went outside the other day and played catch for a good thirty minutes. Good grief on this either/or stuff.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: pissclams on August 25, 2020, 01:50:23 PM
most people have limited time to dedicate to kids sports but not rowdy boy rick daris i guess is the point of that post
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: michigancat on August 25, 2020, 02:14:18 PM

Also, some of you guys are dorks. Most traveling Baseball teams are just run by dads who like their kids and like baseball. Also, you don’t have to sign a contract stating that you will no longer play catch with your kid or show interest in them if they belong to a team. My kid is 13, baseball was done with over a month ago and we just went outside the other day and played catch for a good thirty minutes. Good grief on this either/or stuff.

You shouldn't take our thoughts as attacks on what you did - you know your son and situation better than we ever could and I'm sure you made good choices. But I don't think it's dorky to stop and look at the dynamic SD and Lil sd have now and wonder why you would change that  Who gains what? What's lost if they wait a year or two?

Also having a bunch of friends on the team is a pretty good reason to join a more competitive team. Our daughter that's into swim took a summer off, then came back and her good friends in the group got promoted up and now she never wants to take any time off of swimming at all so I totally get it

Also also I bet there's a pretty wide range in travel team commitments and sd might have been exaggerate the commitment requirement juuuuust a bit.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: gatoveintisiete on August 25, 2020, 03:41:00 PM
Good coaching in youth baseball is rare and is what should be valued.  In my area travel ball academies that you tryout and pay to play for that are usually coached by a kid fresh off his small timey college career, they have an indoor facility and range from average to crap in terms of competitiveness.  The best coaches usually have their own team with their son on it and attract the best players because they win and everybody wants to play for them, these teams cost less to play for cuz no coach or facility or profit margin to pay for.  Parents of studs generally don't pay the academy upcharge.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 25, 2020, 03:52:51 PM
As has been said a bazillion times itt, the parents are the worst part.

@RD - yeah, I know it isn’t all neighborhoods. I just wish I saw more of it. Free, unsupervised play, whether sports or just doing whatever outside is where kids get a lot of development.

The absolute worst thing to see is coach/dad ruining the sport for their own kid by being too serious.

A big part of me feels bad that nicname jr didn’t grow up in a small town like sd, I and others did. It takes most of the bs out of it. You just play on the team (all your bros anyway) or don’t. No better feeling as a kid imo.

@MakeItRain is spot on. Pay for play imo is generally terrible for a bazillion reasons.



Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: michigancat on August 25, 2020, 04:27:22 PM
I ran around more when I was a kid in a small town but also outside of summer baseball there weren't really organized sports in my town until junior high. Kids where I live start organized soccer at like 4 and get overscheduled early and also parents are really worried about their kids getting kidnapped and molested at the local park.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: chum1 on August 25, 2020, 04:33:04 PM
Based on my casual observations, I wouldn't be surprised if there is a strong correlation between unsupervised outdoor play with other kids and athletic ability.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Institutional Control on August 25, 2020, 04:33:19 PM
I ran around more when I was a kid in a small town but also outside of summer baseball there weren't really organized sports in my town until junior high. Kids where I live start organized soccer at like 4 and get overscheduled early and also parents are really worried about their kids getting kidnapped and molested at the local park.

#savethechildren
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on August 25, 2020, 04:35:51 PM
most people have limited time to dedicate to kids sports but not rowdy boy rick daris i guess is the point of that post

The point was that it made/makes sense for him/us. My other kid doesn’t play a single sport at all and never has. that also makes sense for him/us.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on August 25, 2020, 04:53:25 PM

Also, some of you guys are dorks. Most traveling Baseball teams are just run by dads who like their kids and like baseball. Also, you don’t have to sign a contract stating that you will no longer play catch with your kid or show interest in them if they belong to a team. My kid is 13, baseball was done with over a month ago and we just went outside the other day and played catch for a good thirty minutes. Good grief on this either/or stuff.

You shouldn't take our thoughts as attacks on what you did - you know your son and situation better than we ever could and I'm sure you made good choices. But I don't think it's dorky to stop and look at the dynamic SD and Lil sd have now and wonder why you would change that  Who gains what? What's lost if they wait a year or two?

Also having a bunch of friends on the team is a pretty good reason to join a more competitive team. Our daughter that's into swim took a summer off, then came back and her good friends in the group got promoted up and now she never wants to take any time off of swimming at all so I totally get it

Also also I bet there's a pretty wide range in travel team commitments and sd might have been exaggerate the commitment requirement juuuuust a bit.

I didn’t take anything as an attack at all. Overall it’s been a positive for him and for the most part I’ve enjoyed it as well. I don’t take it seriously either though. It’s a fun hobby for he and I, but he’ll be pretty lucky to even make the high school team based on his skill and level of give a crap.

I was just saying that it doesn’t have to be either/or. Too many people were talking like you could either continue to play catch with your kid and do stuff with them or get super serious and hand them over to some nazi travel team and never interact with them again. That’s silly. He’s also done a billion other sports and has started and stopped all of them at some point in time except baseball. Tackle football for two years then stopped. No football for two. Then flag football for one. Wrestled for two and then stopped for two and then wrestled again last year. He plays if he wants and doesn’t it he doesn’t. Not my life so I have no real opinion.

Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: yoga-like_abana on August 25, 2020, 04:59:35 PM

Also, some of you guys are dorks. Most traveling Baseball teams are just run by dads who like their kids and like baseball. Also, you don’t have to sign a contract stating that you will no longer play catch with your kid or show interest in them if they belong to a team. My kid is 13, baseball was done with over a month ago and we just went outside the other day and played catch for a good thirty minutes. Good grief on this either/or stuff.

You shouldn't take our thoughts as attacks on what you did - you know your son and situation better than we ever could and I'm sure you made good choices. But I don't think it's dorky to stop and look at the dynamic SD and Lil sd have now and wonder why you would change that  Who gains what? What's lost if they wait a year or two?

Also having a bunch of friends on the team is a pretty good reason to join a more competitive team. Our daughter that's into swim took a summer off, then came back and her good friends in the group got promoted up and now she never wants to take any time off of swimming at all so I totally get it

Also also I bet there's a pretty wide range in travel team commitments and sd might have been exaggerate the commitment requirement juuuuust a bit.

I didn’t take anything as an attack at all. Overall it’s been a positive for him and for the most part I’ve enjoyed it as well. I don’t take it seriously either though. It’s a fun hobby for he and I, but he’ll be pretty lucky to even make the high school team based on his skill and level of give a crap.

I was just saying that it doesn’t have to be either/or. Too many people were talking like you could either continue to play catch with your kid and do stuff with them or get super serious and hand them over to some nazi travel team and never interact with them again. That’s silly. He’s also done a billion other sports and has started and stopped all of them at some point in time except baseball. Tackle football for two years then stopped. No football for two. Then flag football for one. Wrestled for two and then stopped for two and then wrestled again last year. He plays if he wants and doesn’t it he doesn’t. Not my life so I have no real opinion.
Not to mention those little bastards bike all over this town
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: michigancat on August 25, 2020, 05:19:49 PM
I was just saying that it doesn’t have to be either/or. Too many people were talking like you could either continue to play catch with your kid and do stuff with them or get super serious and hand them over to some nazi travel team and never interact with them again. That’s silly.

of course it's not a 100% either/or but increasing the amount of time dedicated to "serious" practice will likely change the dynamic in some way and that's worth considering. also clams' stanky jim the baseball coach post was funny
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 25, 2020, 06:28:01 PM
I ran around more when I was a kid in a small town but also outside of summer baseball there weren't really organized sports in my town until junior high. Kids where I live start organized soccer at like 4 and get overscheduled early and also parents are really worried about their kids getting kidnapped and molested at the local park.

Word. It sucks.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 25, 2020, 06:31:06 PM

Also, some of you guys are dorks. Most traveling Baseball teams are just run by dads who like their kids and like baseball. Also, you don’t have to sign a contract stating that you will no longer play catch with your kid or show interest in them if they belong to a team. My kid is 13, baseball was done with over a month ago and we just went outside the other day and played catch for a good thirty minutes. Good grief on this either/or stuff.

You shouldn't take our thoughts as attacks on what you did - you know your son and situation better than we ever could and I'm sure you made good choices. But I don't think it's dorky to stop and look at the dynamic SD and Lil sd have now and wonder why you would change that  Who gains what? What's lost if they wait a year or two?

Also having a bunch of friends on the team is a pretty good reason to join a more competitive team. Our daughter that's into swim took a summer off, then came back and her good friends in the group got promoted up and now she never wants to take any time off of swimming at all so I totally get it

Also also I bet there's a pretty wide range in travel team commitments and sd might have been exaggerate the commitment requirement juuuuust a bit.

I didn’t take anything as an attack at all. Overall it’s been a positive for him and for the most part I’ve enjoyed it as well. I don’t take it seriously either though. It’s a fun hobby for he and I, but he’ll be pretty lucky to even make the high school team based on his skill and level of give a crap.

I was just saying that it doesn’t have to be either/or. Too many people were talking like you could either continue to play catch with your kid and do stuff with them or get super serious and hand them over to some nazi travel team and never interact with them again. That’s silly. He’s also done a billion other sports and has started and stopped all of them at some point in time except baseball. Tackle football for two years then stopped. No football for two. Then flag football for one. Wrestled for two and then stopped for two and then wrestled again last year. He plays if he wants and doesn’t it he doesn’t. Not my life so I have no real opinion.

I think you make really good distinction between the types of “club” teams there are and the different types of experience. I hope my word diarrhea didn’t come of as either or.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 25, 2020, 06:34:06 PM

Also, some of you guys are dorks. Most traveling Baseball teams are just run by dads who like their kids and like baseball. Also, you don’t have to sign a contract stating that you will no longer play catch with your kid or show interest in them if they belong to a team. My kid is 13, baseball was done with over a month ago and we just went outside the other day and played catch for a good thirty minutes. Good grief on this either/or stuff.

You shouldn't take our thoughts as attacks on what you did - you know your son and situation better than we ever could and I'm sure you made good choices. But I don't think it's dorky to stop and look at the dynamic SD and Lil sd have now and wonder why you would change that  Who gains what? What's lost if they wait a year or two?

Also having a bunch of friends on the team is a pretty good reason to join a more competitive team. Our daughter that's into swim took a summer off, then came back and her good friends in the group got promoted up and now she never wants to take any time off of swimming at all so I totally get it

Also also I bet there's a pretty wide range in travel team commitments and sd might have been exaggerate the commitment requirement juuuuust a bit.

I didn’t take anything as an attack at all. Overall it’s been a positive for him and for the most part I’ve enjoyed it as well. I don’t take it seriously either though. It’s a fun hobby for he and I, but he’ll be pretty lucky to even make the high school team based on his skill and level of give a crap.

I was just saying that it doesn’t have to be either/or. Too many people were talking like you could either continue to play catch with your kid and do stuff with them or get super serious and hand them over to some nazi travel team and never interact with them again. That’s silly. He’s also done a billion other sports and has started and stopped all of them at some point in time except baseball. Tackle football for two years then stopped. No football for two. Then flag football for one. Wrestled for two and then stopped for two and then wrestled again last year. He plays if he wants and doesn’t it he doesn’t. Not my life so I have no real opinion.
Not to mention those little bastards bike all over this town

 :emawkid:
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 25, 2020, 06:46:18 PM
If we all lived in the same town, I’m confident that team #gE would have to most fun and be very successful. It would be the team all the kids would want to play on.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on August 26, 2020, 07:09:07 AM

Also, some of you guys are dorks. Most traveling Baseball teams are just run by dads who like their kids and like baseball. Also, you don’t have to sign a contract stating that you will no longer play catch with your kid or show interest in them if they belong to a team. My kid is 13, baseball was done with over a month ago and we just went outside the other day and played catch for a good thirty minutes. Good grief on this either/or stuff.

You shouldn't take our thoughts as attacks on what you did - you know your son and situation better than we ever could and I'm sure you made good choices. But I don't think it's dorky to stop and look at the dynamic SD and Lil sd have now and wonder why you would change that  Who gains what? What's lost if they wait a year or two?

Also having a bunch of friends on the team is a pretty good reason to join a more competitive team. Our daughter that's into swim took a summer off, then came back and her good friends in the group got promoted up and now she never wants to take any time off of swimming at all so I totally get it

Also also I bet there's a pretty wide range in travel team commitments and sd might have been exaggerate the commitment requirement juuuuust a bit.

I didn’t take anything as an attack at all. Overall it’s been a positive for him and for the most part I’ve enjoyed it as well. I don’t take it seriously either though. It’s a fun hobby for he and I, but he’ll be pretty lucky to even make the high school team based on his skill and level of give a crap.

I was just saying that it doesn’t have to be either/or. Too many people were talking like you could either continue to play catch with your kid and do stuff with them or get super serious and hand them over to some nazi travel team and never interact with them again. That’s silly. He’s also done a billion other sports and has started and stopped all of them at some point in time except baseball. Tackle football for two years then stopped. No football for two. Then flag football for one. Wrestled for two and then stopped for two and then wrestled again last year. He plays if he wants and doesn’t it he doesn’t. Not my life so I have no real opinion.
Not to mention those little bastards bike all over this town


Haha. I’ve probably had five different adults come up to me and tell me that they saw little daris on his bike down by the mall or something and act surprised and definitely look down on me and the fact that I would let him have free range of the town with his bros on their bikes.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 26, 2020, 10:23:50 AM

Also, some of you guys are dorks. Most traveling Baseball teams are just run by dads who like their kids and like baseball. Also, you don’t have to sign a contract stating that you will no longer play catch with your kid or show interest in them if they belong to a team. My kid is 13, baseball was done with over a month ago and we just went outside the other day and played catch for a good thirty minutes. Good grief on this either/or stuff.

You shouldn't take our thoughts as attacks on what you did - you know your son and situation better than we ever could and I'm sure you made good choices. But I don't think it's dorky to stop and look at the dynamic SD and Lil sd have now and wonder why you would change that  Who gains what? What's lost if they wait a year or two?

Also having a bunch of friends on the team is a pretty good reason to join a more competitive team. Our daughter that's into swim took a summer off, then came back and her good friends in the group got promoted up and now she never wants to take any time off of swimming at all so I totally get it

Also also I bet there's a pretty wide range in travel team commitments and sd might have been exaggerate the commitment requirement juuuuust a bit.

I didn’t take anything as an attack at all. Overall it’s been a positive for him and for the most part I’ve enjoyed it as well. I don’t take it seriously either though. It’s a fun hobby for he and I, but he’ll be pretty lucky to even make the high school team based on his skill and level of give a crap.

I was just saying that it doesn’t have to be either/or. Too many people were talking like you could either continue to play catch with your kid and do stuff with them or get super serious and hand them over to some nazi travel team and never interact with them again. That’s silly. He’s also done a billion other sports and has started and stopped all of them at some point in time except baseball. Tackle football for two years then stopped. No football for two. Then flag football for one. Wrestled for two and then stopped for two and then wrestled again last year. He plays if he wants and doesn’t it he doesn’t. Not my life so I have no real opinion.
Not to mention those little bastards bike all over this town


Haha. I’ve probably had five different adults come up to me and tell me that they saw little daris on his bike down by the mall or something and act surprised and definitely look down on me and the fact that I would let him have free range of the town with his bros on their bikes.

You’re an awesome dad, rd.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on August 26, 2020, 08:30:25 PM
Probably just a pretty average dad. That kid does ride the crap out of his bike though. Yla was not fabricating that gE content.
Title: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 26, 2020, 08:52:02 PM
MHK seems like the perfect bike sized town for a kid. Tons to explore and do. But not so big you’re riding for 45 minutes before you’re even out of the suburbs. If lil sd started riding he’d be in the 45 minute camp before he got to anything more interesting than a suburban ballfield or sports bar with Big Buck Hunter.


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Kat Kid on August 26, 2020, 09:02:40 PM
yes. my kids currently bike throughout the neighborhood, but they will be tearing up the town on their bikes in like 4 years.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 26, 2020, 10:15:59 PM
Probably just a pretty average dad. That kid does ride the crap out of his bike though. Yla was not fabricating that gE content.

I’m no authority, but place great value in parents trusting kids to operate unsupervised.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: MakeItRain on August 26, 2020, 10:30:36 PM
Probably just a pretty average dad. That kid does ride the crap out of his bike though. Yla was not fabricating that gE content.

I’m no authority, but place great value in parents trusting kids to operate unsupervised.

That's real different if you have young girls. It's also different if you have kids who are reckless a.f., like totally oblivious to the world. I have one of those.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: michigancat on August 26, 2020, 10:46:28 PM
We let our daughters ride bikes wherever they wanted to at 11 or 12. Kinda depended on strength and responsibility of them. They also started riding the city bus at that age at least within town which I'm kinda jealous that they have (or at least had when they could go places)
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 27, 2020, 07:52:42 AM
Probably just a pretty average dad. That kid does ride the crap out of his bike though. Yla was not fabricating that gE content.

I’m no authority, but place great value in parents trusting kids to operate unsupervised.

That's real different if you have young girls. It's also different if you have kids who are reckless a.f., like totally oblivious to the world. I have one of those.

For me, I don’t think it would make much difference. I could be wrong in that assumption.

I also tend to maybe oversimplify the world as a safe place for kids, because my world (pop. 2000 North Central KS town) was basically a playground for kids of any age to do anything.

It’s gotten me into trouble as an adult. For instance dropping my 7 year old son off at the pool by himself while I ran errands (I planned to go back and join him in a couple hours). The pool here didn’t allow unsupervised kids under 9 at the pool. My kid simply left, walked to his grandmas beauty salon several blocks away, and I caught endless crap — rightfully so.

Note: I carried this confidence to explore elsewhere as well, always wandering off in malls and stores, getting “lost” and freaking my relatives out as a 12 year old wandering the streets of SF.

Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 27, 2020, 08:06:39 AM
We let our daughters ride bikes wherever they wanted to at 11 or 12. Kinda depended on strength and responsibility of them. They also started riding the city bus at that age at least within town which I'm kinda jealous that they have (or at least had when they could go places)

Reminds me of Jonathan Haidt telling Joe Rogan he lets his 8-year-old daughter run around Greenwich Village on her own and blowing Joe’s mind.

Similarly, when my dad was 10-11, he would go around SF, making money sharpening knives for people, then use it to buy bus or train tickets to Candlestick
then using the rest for a ticket to Giants games, which he attended alone or with his little brother.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 27, 2020, 08:16:38 AM
when I was like 10 my parents would let me ride my bike 2.5 miles on a highway to Meade to play pool and arcade games at the local burger place (number 1 of 5 eateries in Meade, KS https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g38894-d1171571-Reviews-Bob_s_Drive_In-Meade_Kansas.html) . Also I had to walk home if I got in trouble and had to stay after school. I'd cut through a dryland field though so it was closer to 2 miles. also don't do that because walking on farm ground is like being stuck in mud but I was a kid so obviously a huge idiot.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: star seed 7 on August 27, 2020, 08:38:13 AM
There was a thread on shaggy once about a guy asking if he was a bad parent because he went to the grocery store and left his 11yr old daughter home alone (security system on of course) and the responses were about equally mixed and I was pretty shocked because I started coming home to an empty house after school in first grade.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Kat Kid on August 27, 2020, 08:47:16 AM
There was a thread on shaggy once about a guy asking if he was a bad parent because he went to the grocery store and left his 11yr old daughter home alone (security system on of course) and the responses were about equally mixed and I was pretty shocked because I started coming home to an empty house after school in first grade.

my kids are riding the bus this year, 3rd and 1st grade.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Institutional Control on August 27, 2020, 09:25:39 AM
There was a thread on shaggy once about a guy asking if he was a bad parent because he went to the grocery store and left his 11yr old daughter home alone (security system on of course) and the responses were about equally mixed and I was pretty shocked because I started coming home to an empty house after school in first grade.

And look how you turned out.

j/k
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Institutional Control on August 27, 2020, 09:29:00 AM
Have you ever noticed that about 95% of the people who post pics of paddles and belts on Facebook and brag that their parents beat the crap out of them when they were kids and they turned out "just fine" are really kind of mumped up mental cases?
Title: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 27, 2020, 10:05:28 AM
Have you ever noticed that about 95% of the people who post pics of paddles and belts on Facebook and brag that their parents beat the crap out of them when they were kids and they turned out "just fine" are really kind of mumped up mental cases?

I think people that post about parenting on social media in general are weirdos. Unless it’s asking for advice or something like that.


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: star seed 7 on August 27, 2020, 10:07:49 AM
There was a thread on shaggy once about a guy asking if he was a bad parent because he went to the grocery store and left his 11yr old daughter home alone (security system on of course) and the responses were about equally mixed and I was pretty shocked because I started coming home to an empty house after school in first grade.

And look how you turned out.

j/k

I know!
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: yoga-like_abana on August 27, 2020, 10:20:38 AM
Probably just a pretty average dad. That kid does ride the crap out of his bike though. Yla was not fabricating that gE content.
Yeah.. I think it's awesome. I've had buddies tell me they spot them and they thinks its great as well.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 27, 2020, 04:45:10 PM
Have you ever noticed that about 95% of the people who post pics of paddles and belts on Facebook and brag that their parents beat the crap out of them when they were kids and they turned out "just fine" are really kind of mumped up mental cases?

I think people that post about parenting on social media in general are weirdos. Unless it’s asking for advice or something like that.


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I’m a blah, blah, but most of all I’m a DAD and a HUSBAND who loves his family!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 29, 2020, 04:23:50 PM
Nicname Jr finally got the bat he’s been pining for! (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200829/82d558eb96949d65df28853649b19a82.jpg)


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 29, 2020, 04:24:13 PM
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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 29, 2020, 04:36:55 PM
That thing is a monster


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Title: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 29, 2020, 04:39:58 PM
We lost in the semi final today for spring ball(delayed season obv). Had a “baseball dad” coach on the other team. Main ump had to come in from the complex and make him stfu. Lotta that in my future I assume. Not my scene at all. May kick his entire ass when not in front of kids and families and grandparents though.


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 29, 2020, 04:45:12 PM
Or get my entire ass kicked. He was pretty beefy. Could go either way.


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: mocat on August 29, 2020, 04:51:45 PM
What was baseball guy dad saying
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 29, 2020, 04:53:44 PM
We had an ump kick out an opposing team dad this season for multiple loud f-bombs directed at said ump and  co-ump. Was pretty humorous, but also   :surprised:
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 29, 2020, 05:00:50 PM
What was baseball guy dad saying
Yelling at our junior ump (18’ish yo girl) about calls, yelling “why this if last inning that!?”, pushing the boundaries of 6/7 yo baseball rules. I’m definitely a “have fun” dad which probably doesn’t bode well for my son’s competitive future though.


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 29, 2020, 05:10:57 PM
That thing is a monster


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Yes, it’s a little too long 31 inches, but it’s only -10 and he will grow into the length. I thought it prob most practical to get like a 30/22 or 29/21, but who care about transitioning to -5 in 2 years anyway? I want him to have as much fun hitting now as possible.

His previous bat was the crappy USA Baseball certified, which are specifically designed to mimick Wood bats (smaller sweet spot, less pop, less forgiving). All the other kids on his team had regular usssa bats and were ripping liners off the end and knob all the time. I had no idea when I bought it.

Usssa bats average about 3.5% more exit velocity and 15-20 feet more distance on contact.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 29, 2020, 05:18:43 PM
What was baseball guy dad saying
Yelling at our junior ump (18’ish yo girl) about calls, yelling “why this if last inning that!?”, pushing the boundaries of 6/7 yo baseball rules. I’m definitely a “have fun” dad which probably doesn’t bode well for my son’s competitive future though.


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Find out what actual league/organizations there are. Little League, Pony Baseball all those kind. Might be more fun.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: gatoveintisiete on August 29, 2020, 09:18:07 PM
We lost in the semi final today for spring ball(delayed season obv). Had a “baseball dad” coach on the other team. Main ump had to come in from the complex and make him stfu. Lotta that in my future I assume. Not my scene at all. May kick his entire ass when not in front of kids and families and grandparents though.


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post pictures of guys like this and lets see what interesting patterns develop, you will encounter plenty
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 29, 2020, 09:21:44 PM
We lost in the semi final today for spring ball(delayed season obv). Had a “baseball dad” coach on the other team. Main ump had to come in from the complex and make him stfu. Lotta that in my future I assume. Not my scene at all. May kick his entire ass when not in front of kids and families and grandparents though.


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post pictures of guys like this and lets see what interesting patterns develop, you will encounter plenty

wish I would have gotten one. will next time. :thumbs:
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 29, 2020, 09:25:04 PM
That thing is a monster


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Yes, it’s a little too long 31 inches, but it’s only -10 and he will grow into the length. I thought it prob most practical to get like a 30/22 or 29/21, but who care about transitioning to -5 in 2 years anyway? I want him to have as much fun hitting now as possible.

His previous bat was the crappy USA Baseball certified, which are specifically designed to mimick Wood bats (smaller sweet spot, less pop, less forgiving). All the other kids on his team had regular usssa bats and were ripping liners off the end and knob all the time. I had no idea when I bought it.

Usssa bats average about 3.5% more exit velocity and 15-20 feet more distance on contact.

also congrats on exactly cloning yourself.

bet he hits bombs with it.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: MakeItRain on August 30, 2020, 01:44:04 PM
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Holy crap, spitting image
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on August 30, 2020, 09:38:07 PM
That thing is a monster


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Yes, it’s a little too long 31 inches, but it’s only -10 and he will grow into the length. I thought it prob most practical to get like a 30/22 or 29/21, but who care about transitioning to -5 in 2 years anyway? I want him to have as much fun hitting now as possible.

His previous bat was the crappy USA Baseball certified, which are specifically designed to mimick Wood bats (smaller sweet spot, less pop, less forgiving). All the other kids on his team had regular usssa bats and were ripping liners off the end and knob all the time. I had no idea when I bought it.

Usssa bats average about 3.5% more exit velocity and 15-20 feet more distance on contact.

I have a barely used cat7 30inch drop 8 sitting in my garage that I paid $150 for ten months ago and would give to you for free if you come by my house in mhk to pick it up sometime. Also a very sexy barely used Rawlings Quattro 29inch drop 11.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 30, 2020, 11:38:48 PM
That thing is a monster


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Yes, it’s a little too long 31 inches, but it’s only -10 and he will grow into the length. I thought it prob most practical to get like a 30/22 or 29/21, but who care about transitioning to -5 in 2 years anyway? I want him to have as much fun hitting now as possible.

His previous bat was the crappy USA Baseball certified, which are specifically designed to mimick Wood bats (smaller sweet spot, less pop, less forgiving). All the other kids on his team had regular usssa bats and were ripping liners off the end and knob all the time. I had no idea when I bought it.

Usssa bats average about 3.5% more exit velocity and 15-20 feet more distance on contact.

I have a barely used cat7 30inch drop 8 sitting in my garage that I paid $150 for ten months ago and would give to you for free if you come by my house in mhk to pick it up sometime. Also a very sexy barely used Rawlings Quattro 29inch drop 11.

For real, I’d make that trip. PM me your address.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 30, 2020, 11:40:57 PM
@MakeItRain
@stevedave

 :lol: :lol:
I must have the strongest recessive genes ever.  :dunno:
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 30, 2020, 11:57:23 PM
Also, hilarious thing at nicname jr’s (Max) first fall ball game today.

We were the home team today, and heading into the bottom of the first and I look down and like every kid on the team is outside of the dugout with their own bat “timing” the pitcher on his warmup pitches. I was like wtf is this? I’ve been to a million games and never seen anything like it.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on August 31, 2020, 09:06:27 AM
That thing is a monster


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Yes, it’s a little too long 31 inches, but it’s only -10 and he will grow into the length. I thought it prob most practical to get like a 30/22 or 29/21, but who care about transitioning to -5 in 2 years anyway? I want him to have as much fun hitting now as possible.

His previous bat was the crappy USA Baseball certified, which are specifically designed to mimick Wood bats (smaller sweet spot, less pop, less forgiving). All the other kids on his team had regular usssa bats and were ripping liners off the end and knob all the time. I had no idea when I bought it.

Usssa bats average about 3.5% more exit velocity and 15-20 feet more distance on contact.

I have a barely used cat7 30inch drop 8 sitting in my garage that I paid $150 for ten months ago and would give to you for free if you come by my house in mhk to pick it up sometime. Also a very sexy barely used Rawlings Quattro 29inch drop 11.
If anyone else has gear like this available please let me know!


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: yoga-like_abana on August 31, 2020, 10:04:42 AM
Also, hilarious thing at nicname jr’s (Max) first fall ball game today.

We were the home team today, and heading into the bottom of the first and I look down and like every kid on the team is outside of the dugout with their own bat “timing” the pitcher on his warmup pitches. I was like wtf is this? I’ve been to a million games and never seen anything like it.
serious clark?
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: michigancat on August 31, 2020, 10:30:44 AM
daughter just got bumped up a swim level and now the coaches are having them do "dryland" workouts in addition to an extra half hour of swimming. (and of course paying for dryland is extra). also the head coach is a goddam squawk (how the eff did that happen). smdh
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 31, 2020, 11:30:52 AM
Also, hilarious thing at nicname jr’s (Max) first fall ball game today.

We were the home team today, and heading into the bottom of the first and I look down and like every kid on the team is outside of the dugout with their own bat “timing” the pitcher on his warmup pitches. I was like wtf is this? I’ve been to a million games and never seen anything like it.
serious clark?

Yes, Mrs nicname and I were very confused. I think it’s supposed to be a team unity/intimidation thing, but just seemed very dorky to me.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: KST8FAN on August 31, 2020, 04:17:47 PM
I've got a Louisville 125 fungo bat if any of you dad coaches need one.

JK...  I carry this thing around like Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men.  It helps me think


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on August 31, 2020, 04:56:07 PM
Hitting fungos, especially flies, is a delicate art. Fun to practice tho. Got myself a Mizuno elite a few months back.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: KST8FAN on August 31, 2020, 05:12:06 PM
Hitting fungos, especially flies, is a delicate art. Fine to practice tho. Got myself a Mizuno elite a few months back.
Our other assistant was a magician... he coached hs jv for 20 years.  He could hit a ball straight up in the air at home plate for catchers at will.


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: MakeItRain on September 01, 2020, 12:02:48 AM
That fungo is hot, tom
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: DaBigTrain on September 01, 2020, 11:47:51 AM
That fungo is hot, tom
Yeah it is. I always got the shorter fungo and was pinpoint accurate with it
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on September 22, 2020, 06:51:25 PM
Check out this hot POA

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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on September 22, 2020, 06:52:25 PM
I can personally confirm it can put whiffle balls in the creek


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: wetwillie on September 22, 2020, 07:05:14 PM
I’ve only heard about the cat 9 never seen one in person. Drop 10 = crushed balls
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on September 22, 2020, 10:17:48 PM
Check out this hot POA

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Oh good god damn, the Cat 9!  That wood looking bat nicname jr has is just a fancy painted Cat8. Isn’t that thing like $350?? Maybe not for the lil kid version.

Literally no bat sounds cooler than a Cat.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/GQtwr-80KdA[/youtube]

Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on September 22, 2020, 10:23:51 PM
Btw, the baseball bat bro’s YouTube channel is great and super addictive
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on September 22, 2020, 10:38:32 PM
Btw, the baseball bat bro’s YouTube channel is great and super addictive
Yes, lil sd will watch this 24/7/365. Also this is the best job.

the kid one doesn't cost $350. iirc I got it for like $225. Still expensive but I'm coaching the team again next year and all the kids can swing it (assuming virus free in spring).


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: michigancat on September 23, 2020, 04:12:17 PM
just saw this today!

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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on September 23, 2020, 05:38:36 PM
lmao


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on September 23, 2020, 06:31:03 PM
That meme is 100% accurate, which is both funny and sad.

@stevedave check out YouTube channel Ultimate baseball training. The vids are great and easy for kids to digest. The coaches are great as well.

[youtube] https://youtu.be/WdbqY-glNxA[/youtube]

[youtube] https://youtu.be/7xgsFdgbaMI[/youtube]
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on September 23, 2020, 11:53:33 PM
Also....  https://sidelineswap.com/ (https://sidelineswap.com/)

They have an app too
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: MakeItRain on September 25, 2020, 12:14:53 AM
Check out this hot POA

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Oh good god damn, the Cat 9!  That wood looking bat nicname jr has is just a fancy painted Cat8. Isn’t that thing like $350?? Maybe not for the lil kid version.

Literally no bat sounds cooler than a Cat.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/GQtwr-80KdA[/youtube]

Why is that [redacted] screaming? Jesus Christ.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on October 07, 2020, 12:55:43 PM
 :surprised:

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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: yoga-like_abana on October 07, 2020, 02:22:53 PM
holy crap.. also I think you could fit like 4 racquetballs in one of those just fyi
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on October 07, 2020, 10:49:07 PM
nicname, your kid currently plays 1b for the Yankees. FYI


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on October 07, 2020, 10:54:09 PM
holy crap.. also I think you could fit like 4 racquetballs in one of those just fyi
lmao


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on October 07, 2020, 11:02:35 PM
:surprised:

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Looks incred. Bat bros don’t love the performance tho.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on October 07, 2020, 11:09:40 PM
nicname, your kid currently plays 1b for the Yankees. FYI


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https://youtu.be/viQcNyegAuY

This dood? I can see the resemblance. Lol. Would take!
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on October 07, 2020, 11:16:15 PM
Luke Voit. Was watching them with lil sd today.


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Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: nicname on October 07, 2020, 11:20:02 PM
Luke Voit. Was watching them with lil sd today.


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Lol, Lil nicname will have to beef up to match that dude. I’ll check back in a couple years when puberty hits.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: MakeItRain on October 08, 2020, 08:42:43 PM
:surprised:

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 :love: :love: :love: I think every team I played on had that bat
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: 8manpick on October 08, 2020, 10:16:03 PM
nicname, your kid currently plays 1b for the Yankees. FYI


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Luke Voit is definitely a very tall and jacked Nicname doppelgänger
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: steve dave on October 09, 2020, 07:43:04 AM
nicname, your kid currently plays 1b for the Yankees. FYI


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Luke Voit is definitely a very tall and jacked Nicname doppelgänger

YES!
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: Rage Against the McKee on October 09, 2020, 09:00:44 AM
:surprised:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EjvmQNUXYAE-Avi?format=jpg&name=4096x4096)

 :love: :love: :love: I think every team I played on had that bat

I owned that bat. My parents might still have it in their garage.
Title: Re: competitive little kid sports
Post by: star seed 7 on October 09, 2020, 08:37:21 PM
My bat was blue and I don't remember anything else about it. Prob Walmart crap