The next step after level 1 balls are level 5 balls , which are used in our league by the year old division. My son started playing baseball at the very young age of 20 months. Before the age of 3 he wanted me to start pitching hard baseballs to him but I refused.

Thousands of ducked whiffle balls later, he could duck well. So we started using level 1 balls at about the age of 3. So I bought a toy bat and ball that were both very soft.

That worked fine. A few months later, he got his first glove. The ball popped out some at first, and I have since seen this repeated many times with new players. The glove pocket must be easy to open and close in order to squeeze and hold onto a caught ball.

The single biggest point of equipment failure in young kids is the bat. But most kids of any age are eager to move up to longer and heavier bats. Quite often the coach insists they use a lighter bat, and they immediately swing faster and get better hits.

I wrote a very detailed bat guide which explains the physics behind this. It also includes a section for 5 to 6-year-olds. The other piece of equipment is a batting tee, and possibly a hitting net as well.

Elsewhere, I discuss why and how to use a tee along with recommended models. In the U. Perhaps this is part of the reason why there are so many youth sports injuries in the U. It had to do with the lesson plans.

What really caught my eye was the emphasis on general physical conditioning. The 5- to 7-year-old class was not permitted to play tennis for the first three years of training.

They just did a variety of muscle strengthening exercises and ballet-like tennis moves to learn form. The culture in the U.

Nonetheless, you can at least nudge your kid in that direction with exercises particularly helpful for baseball, such as:.

Jump rope: Baseball is all about coordinating various body parts together gracefully. Any activity which does this is helpful, including juggling, dancing, skateboarding, pogo sticking, etc. But jumping rope is particularly good as it quickly gets the heart going and requires quite a bit of coordination as you learn various tricks.

In retrospect, I wish he had started at the age of 8, or perhaps even earlier with really simple exercises. Pick 3 or 4 common calisthenics and do them as part of the morning wake-up routine.

My son does 25 push-ups, 5 one-armed planks from each side reaches under his chest , and 5 leg lifts from each side.

Numerous studies support balanced physical development. Many kids will do this somewhat naturally by running around and playing physical games or sports with school friends at recess or neighborhood friends at home.

They will also have less need for calisthenics to ensure balanced physical development. You hear it from experienced baseball coaches.

You hear it from players who made the major leagues. Pitchers will want to experiment with goofy grips and funny windups. Fielders may want to spend excessive time trying to dive for the ball or execute a Derek Jeter throw.

Encourage them to pursue their passions, not yours. You can tell which kids are being forced to play. For beginning baseball players at the early ages, nothing matters more than having fun.

I now make my living from this blog, supplemented with occasional consulting gigs. View all posts by Joe Golton.

Thank you so much for your article! My son is 5 will be 6 in March and will be starting his first organized sport. Our township does not offer regular tee ball but instead offers Ripken Quickball.

I want to set my son up for success. Thank you!!! From the description it sounds great! Kids have short attention spans but all of them enjoy running around the bases. From the description, it seems to me like Quickball is fun and age appropriate.

Great info and I appreciate your honesty and reality-based although not always popular advice and insight. Hi Kara — Thanks for your thoughts. It gets more complicated as they get older. Travel ball or Rec ball?

For your older kids, I address some of those questions in:. Wow, terrific write-up, especially for a mother of a new player. I want somehting he can grow into, but not so big that he looks ridiculous out there!

Hi Penny — At the young ages, I would not invest in an expensive glove. The kind of gloves discussed in that link are for kids who are a bit older.

This year, we took our kids to their first baseball game, and I loved seeing them soak it all in. Reliving these moments through the eyes of your child is worth more than gold.

Plus I consider baseball one of the greatest games kid could be involved in. Kids should play it. Not only should kids participate in baseball for school, they should play baseball with their families, too, to learn how to have fun outdoors.

I believe everyone should be allowed to play baseball no matter whether you are a child, a teenager, or a grown adult. Kids need more responsibilities teamwork and friends.

It is very important to develop the body as well as develop the mind. It also is a sport that requires such a wide variety of skills that it can help kids branch out into most other sports. It also includes very little contact and is generally safer than some other sports such as football.

There are many skills strengthened by baseball, and it is good for kids. Any suggestions on my behavior? Hi Chad — The behavior you describe and other behaviors you imply are pretty common in the world of youth baseball.

Our recreation league recognized we had a lot of that kind of behavior a decade ago and decided to try to do something about it at a league level. While we are no means perfect, requiring all coaches and optionally parents over the years to attend these PCA workshops has definitely made a difference.

One of the most frequent behaviors discussed is how you talk to your player right after a game, regardless of what emotions you may have had during the game, and how your player performed.

The general advice is not to do that — but rather talk about something unrelated to baseball. My son has been playing on a team in various leagues for 3 years now. He is really talented.

The last league we were in, one of the umpires told us that every now and then a truly talented kid comes along and ours was one of those kids. This year we moved up a league, where he is the smallest on a team full of truly talented kids.

His confidence has been shaken, and you can see it in his performance. We do all of the things you suggest-praising the effort, etc.

What else can I do? Should we put him in a camp? We practice a lot, and I just bought him a pitching machine not a fancy one you would find at batting cages, just one for the back yard.

He is also in karate, which he loves and excels in. I just hate seeing him down on himself like this. Any advice would be appreciated! When he was 5 he could pitch, and by pitch I mean throw strikes.

He and several teammates were turning double plays at the age of 6. And yet, by the age of 8, he was no longer considered among the top 10 performers in his age group, despite being an excellent fielder and pitcher.

The long answer: He was very light and small, and his physical development trailed that of other players partly because his age being near the cutoff also made him the youngest on most teams.

More physically developed kids will be bigger, stronger, and often more coordinated. This is normal and natural. Why this matters in baseball is because bigger and stronger kids hit the ball harder, and the older they get, the more that matters.

Coaches usually prefer their players big, strong, and hitting the ball hard, at all levels even though, statistically, it is often not much of an advantage at the youngest ages.

Try not to even in your own mind though I know that may be difficult. Many parents mistake being ahead or behind in physical development as indicative of talent or lack thereof.

Focus on encouraging your son to control what he can control. He can practice more, and he can practice in a more focused way. He can work out this can be far more helpful than people realized even at the younger ages — see the strength and conditioning guide I wrote.

He can use his body in a variety of physical activities every day. I have read a wide variety of stories about young players who surprised everyone. Look up Robert Stock — if there was ever a sure thing to make the major leagues, it was him, as he was throwing 95 MPH and routinely hitting the ball over feet at the age of He fizzled out in the minors.

And then read the exact opposite story of Daniel Nava. He is the smallest player on his team once again. That worries me. Listen I know the feeling when we start to notice something is wrong.

Its scary. Great article…best regards. My son is similar to how you explain your son to have been when he was little. My son is 4. Chicago's elusive gator settles into new home.

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In both the basketball example and the baseball lefty batting example, the sport selects for certain attributes. Just choose to bat left.

Nearly all starting baseball players are afraid of the ball. Some are much more afraid than others. Fear starts the first time a kid gets beaned with a hard ball.

So the big trick with getting started is not to use a hard ball until they have the necessary skills and confidence. Whiffle balls or very compressible toy balls are best for toddlers.

Once a kid is completely comfortable with that, or if starting at a later age, the next step is either tennis balls or level 1 baseballs. Level 1 baseballs are used in my league for the year old division but if I were to start with a 5-year-old who had never played catch, I would start by playing around with whiffle balls or really soft balls for a month or two before introducing Level 1 balls.

Tennis balls are okay for hitting practice but have a tendency to bounce out of gloves when playing catch. The next step after level 1 balls are level 5 balls , which are used in our league by the year old division.

My son started playing baseball at the very young age of 20 months. Before the age of 3 he wanted me to start pitching hard baseballs to him but I refused.

Thousands of ducked whiffle balls later, he could duck well. So we started using level 1 balls at about the age of 3. So I bought a toy bat and ball that were both very soft.

That worked fine. A few months later, he got his first glove. The ball popped out some at first, and I have since seen this repeated many times with new players.

The glove pocket must be easy to open and close in order to squeeze and hold onto a caught ball. The single biggest point of equipment failure in young kids is the bat.

But most kids of any age are eager to move up to longer and heavier bats. Quite often the coach insists they use a lighter bat, and they immediately swing faster and get better hits.

I wrote a very detailed bat guide which explains the physics behind this. It also includes a section for 5 to 6-year-olds. The other piece of equipment is a batting tee, and possibly a hitting net as well.

Elsewhere, I discuss why and how to use a tee along with recommended models. In the U. Perhaps this is part of the reason why there are so many youth sports injuries in the U.

It had to do with the lesson plans. What really caught my eye was the emphasis on general physical conditioning. The 5- to 7-year-old class was not permitted to play tennis for the first three years of training.

They just did a variety of muscle strengthening exercises and ballet-like tennis moves to learn form. The culture in the U. Nonetheless, you can at least nudge your kid in that direction with exercises particularly helpful for baseball, such as:.

Jump rope: Baseball is all about coordinating various body parts together gracefully. Any activity which does this is helpful, including juggling, dancing, skateboarding, pogo sticking, etc.

But jumping rope is particularly good as it quickly gets the heart going and requires quite a bit of coordination as you learn various tricks. In retrospect, I wish he had started at the age of 8, or perhaps even earlier with really simple exercises.

Pick 3 or 4 common calisthenics and do them as part of the morning wake-up routine. My son does 25 push-ups, 5 one-armed planks from each side reaches under his chest , and 5 leg lifts from each side.

Numerous studies support balanced physical development. Many kids will do this somewhat naturally by running around and playing physical games or sports with school friends at recess or neighborhood friends at home.

They will also have less need for calisthenics to ensure balanced physical development. You hear it from experienced baseball coaches. You hear it from players who made the major leagues.

Pitchers will want to experiment with goofy grips and funny windups. Fielders may want to spend excessive time trying to dive for the ball or execute a Derek Jeter throw.

Encourage them to pursue their passions, not yours. You can tell which kids are being forced to play. For beginning baseball players at the early ages, nothing matters more than having fun.

I now make my living from this blog, supplemented with occasional consulting gigs. View all posts by Joe Golton. Thank you so much for your article! My son is 5 will be 6 in March and will be starting his first organized sport.

Our township does not offer regular tee ball but instead offers Ripken Quickball. I want to set my son up for success.

Thank you!!! From the description it sounds great! Kids have short attention spans but all of them enjoy running around the bases.

From the description, it seems to me like Quickball is fun and age appropriate. Great info and I appreciate your honesty and reality-based although not always popular advice and insight.

Hi Kara — Thanks for your thoughts. It gets more complicated as they get older. Travel ball or Rec ball?

For your older kids, I address some of those questions in:. Wow, terrific write-up, especially for a mother of a new player. I want somehting he can grow into, but not so big that he looks ridiculous out there!

Hi Penny — At the young ages, I would not invest in an expensive glove. The kind of gloves discussed in that link are for kids who are a bit older. This year, we took our kids to their first baseball game, and I loved seeing them soak it all in.

Reliving these moments through the eyes of your child is worth more than gold. Plus I consider baseball one of the greatest games kid could be involved in.

Kids should play it. Not only should kids participate in baseball for school, they should play baseball with their families, too, to learn how to have fun outdoors.

I believe everyone should be allowed to play baseball no matter whether you are a child, a teenager, or a grown adult. Kids need more responsibilities teamwork and friends.

It is very important to develop the body as well as develop the mind. It also is a sport that requires such a wide variety of skills that it can help kids branch out into most other sports.

It also includes very little contact and is generally safer than some other sports such as football. There are many skills strengthened by baseball, and it is good for kids. Any suggestions on my behavior?

Hi Chad — The behavior you describe and other behaviors you imply are pretty common in the world of youth baseball. Our recreation league recognized we had a lot of that kind of behavior a decade ago and decided to try to do something about it at a league level.

While we are no means perfect, requiring all coaches and optionally parents over the years to attend these PCA workshops has definitely made a difference.

One of the most frequent behaviors discussed is how you talk to your player right after a game, regardless of what emotions you may have had during the game, and how your player performed.

The general advice is not to do that — but rather talk about something unrelated to baseball. My son has been playing on a team in various leagues for 3 years now. He is really talented.

The last league we were in, one of the umpires told us that every now and then a truly talented kid comes along and ours was one of those kids.

This year we moved up a league, where he is the smallest on a team full of truly talented kids. His confidence has been shaken, and you can see it in his performance. We do all of the things you suggest-praising the effort, etc.

What else can I do? Should we put him in a camp? We practice a lot, and I just bought him a pitching machine not a fancy one you would find at batting cages, just one for the back yard. He is also in karate, which he loves and excels in.

I just hate seeing him down on himself like this. Any advice would be appreciated! When he was 5 he could pitch, and by pitch I mean throw strikes.

He and several teammates were turning double plays at the age of 6. And yet, by the age of 8, he was no longer considered among the top 10 performers in his age group, despite being an excellent fielder and pitcher.

The long answer: He was very light and small, and his physical development trailed that of other players partly because his age being near the cutoff also made him the youngest on most teams.

More physically developed kids will be bigger, stronger, and often more coordinated. This is normal and natural. Why this matters in baseball is because bigger and stronger kids hit the ball harder, and the older they get, the more that matters.

Coaches usually prefer their players big, strong, and hitting the ball hard, at all levels even though, statistically, it is often not much of an advantage at the youngest ages.

Try not to even in your own mind though I know that may be difficult. Many parents mistake being ahead or behind in physical development as indicative of talent or lack thereof.

Focus on encouraging your son to control what he can control. He can practice more, and he can practice in a more focused way. He can work out this can be far more helpful than people realized even at the younger ages — see the strength and conditioning guide I wrote.

He can use his body in a variety of physical activities every day. I have read a wide variety of stories about young players who surprised everyone.

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