Why play BASEBALL

For more than a century, baseball has been a sport for young and old to play, but it also is a form of exercise. ... The most important reason to play baseball is because you love the sport, but absent that reason, the sport offers other benefits that are reason enough to step between the baselines.

Playing baseball is a great full-body cardiovascular workout. Baseball strengthens the muscles of the heart, arms, and legs, and improves hand-eye coordination. Baseball athletes receive many physical and mental benefits while participating in the game.

,For more than a century, baseball has been a sport for young and old to play, but it also is a form of exercise. ... The most important reason to play baseball is because you love the sport, but absent that reason, the sport offers other benefits that are reason enough to step between the baselines. Playing baseball is a great full-body cardiovascular workout. Baseball strengthens the muscles of the heart, arms, and legs, and improves hand-eye coordination. Baseball athletes receive many physical and mental benefits while participating in the game.

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8 Reasons Why Youth Baseball is Great for Your Kids

1. Youth baseball is good for a child’s health

It might not always look like it when you’re sitting down and watching a game. But there are many movements that take place in youth baseball that will benefit your child’s health.

From swinging a bat to throwing a ball to running around the bases, your child will be in motion all the time while playing baseball. This will get their heart rate going and help them build up their endurance. It will also help their muscles get stronger and make them more flexible.

2. It will help them improve their coordination

Kids aren’t born with good hand-eye coordination. They need to learn how to be coordinated, and playing youth baseball is one of the best ways for them to do it.

Just about every single aspect of playing baseball involves some level of coordination. Whether you’re judging where a fly ball is going to land or keeping a close eye on a pitch coming towards the plate, you need to be able to demonstrate good coordination to be a successful baseball player.

Kids who play baseball at a young age are able to develop coordination skills that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

3. It will force them to put their electronics down

There are far too many kids today who spend their entire lives playing on electronics. And while there are some benefits to doing it, there is also a long list of negative effects that kids can suffer from if they spend too much time looking at a screen.

Some of these negative effects include:

  • An increased risk of obesity
  • Increased levels of aggression
  • Problems with sleep
  • Shorter attention spans
  • The potential for mental health issues

It can feel almost impossible to get kids to put their electronics down these days. But offering them the opportunity to play youth baseball is one effective way to do it.

4. It will teach them about working with a team

When kids grow up, they will likely need to be a part of a team every day at work. But unfortunately, many kids don’t learn how to demonstrate teamwork when they’re younger.

Baseball is a sport that requires teamwork during each and every inning. You need to be able to rely on others to do their job out on the field, and you also need to make sure you’re reliable and your teammates can trust you to do your job.

From the moment your child starts playing baseball, their coach will preach about the values of teamwork and show your kid why teamwork is such a beneficial part of the game.

5. It will allow them to make friends

Not every kid is going to be a star Little League player. There will be some kids who, quite frankly, don’t blossom into excellent players. But that doesn’t mean they won’t walk away from the game with something!

There are many kids who make lifelong friends by playing youth baseball for even just a few years. When your child plays baseball, he or she will need to communicate with others on and off the field. This will help them form strong bonds and will, in all likelihood, translate to them making good friends.

6. It will show them the value of good sportsmanship

There are going to be times when your child wins in life. There are also going to be times when they lose. They need to know how to act in both scenarios, and more importantly, they need to know how to be good sports.

This is another thing your child isn’t going to be able to learn without experiencing both winning and losing from a young age. Playing baseball will allow your child to see what the highs and lows of life feel like.

It will also give you the chance to talk to your child about showing good sportsmanship at all times. It will show you how your kid handles winning and losing and allow you to step in and speak about the importance of treating everyone with respect, regardless of whether you win or lose a game.

7. It will educate them about respecting authority

While youth baseball players will ultimately decide the outcomes of games, there will be several adults who will play a part in their success. Coaches and umpires will be at every game to help guide the way, and it will be important for kids to show the proper respect to these adults.

When your child plays baseball, he or she will need to learn how to listen to instructions from the coach. Your child will also have to learn how to listen to what umpires say and treat them respectfully, even if they make calls that don’t go their way.

8. It will be, above all else, fun

While all of the reasons listed here are important, this is really the most important one of all. Youth baseball can teach kids a lot about life. But at the end of the day, it’s the fun that kids have that they will remember for a long time.

If your child doesn’t have enough fun in their life, sign them up for baseball. It won’t be long before they’re having a great time every time they step on to the baseball diamond.

The Beauty of Baseball

The Beauty of Baseball

"Because baseball is everything in sport. It requires strength, endurance, intelligence, finesse, agility, speed, balance and skill. It is a team sport and an individual sport. It is literally timeless; there is no clock. You can see the faces of the players. The fields they play on are unique and beautiful. The chaos in baseball is small. The complexity of the game is small. The drama is always present. It is a marathon. There is hope for success in every team. There is not time to hype because the next game is tomorrow. The game is an allegory for life. We play as long as we can as hard as we can, not until the clock winds down, but until the last inning is played." - Dallas McKay, Lifelong baseball fan, die hard member of the Redsox Nation

Baseball Quotes

  • "Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too."  - Yogi Berra 
  • "Nothing's ever been as fun as baseball." - Mickey Mantle
  • "Remember these two things: play hard and have fun." - Tony Gwynn
  • "You could be a kid for as long as you want when you play baseball." - Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • "Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer." - Ted Williams
  • "Baseball is more than a game. It's like life played out on a field." - Musician, Juliana Hatfield
  • "As a kid, before I could play music, I remember baseball being the one thing that could always make me happy." Country Singer, Garth Brooks
  • “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.” – Yogi Berra
  • “There are three types of baseball players: Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen and those who wonder what happens.” – Tommy Lasorda
  • “Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it’s business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don’t love what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You’ll be an old man before you know it.” – Al Lopez