For us today is Opening Day for Little League Baseball. While I hope Little League is an exciting experience that my child looks forward to each Spring, and looks back on over the Summer as an achievement and something to be proud of, I enter the season with much hesitation and concern.
Fortunately, the kids don’t always see what goes on beyond the dugout – at least not for the first few years.
Why must we (the parents of these children) apply so much pressure? Why do so many coaches and parents act like they are paving their child’s path to Major League Baseball?
Did you know that even if your child continues beyond Little League to play on a High School team only 11.2% of those players will continue to play baseball in college (Scholarshipstats.com)? And then if your Little Leaguer continues to MLB he will be 1 of the 10.5% of college players to do so.
Odds are not in your favor to be a professional athlete.
So how about we just let them play? Perhaps in doing so our children will learn a little about character, courage and loyalty, and grow to be superior citizens rather than superior athletes. After all, this is the Mission of the Little League Baseball.
Encourage your child to always do their best. That is the only thing that matters. And after the game praise your child equally whether the game was a win or loss because in the end those statistics are not really important.