Many children get introduced to baseball by playing in a recreational league. Some players will remain in the recreational ranks all the way through high school, and thoroughly enjoy each season. Others will make the jump to a competitive program, like a youth baseball club, which often involves traveling to out-of-town tournaments, playing more games, and having more practices. As a parent, you need to know when your child is ready to move to a competitive organization. Here are some signs that this move might be warranted.
Your Child Is The Top Athlete On The Team
Every recreational team has a player who excels more than his or her teammates. It may become clear to you that your child is consistently performing better than anyone else on the team — or perhaps even across the entire league. This includes excelling both at the plate and in the field. While your child may enjoy being the star, players develop the most when the competition pushes them to be better. It's highly possible that your child's skills could hit a plateau if he or she remains in recreational baseball. A move to a competitive program can help your child to continue to develop.
Your Child Is Getting Bored
While some children won't get tired of being the star on their recreational teams, others will show signs of boredom. If the games aren't much of a challenge, your child may start to become less engaged. He or she might not be as excited about going to games, or may even look for excuses to skip them. On the field, you might notice your child not focusing on the action, or maybe not supporting his or her teammates. This boredom won't be an issue upon making the move to competitive baseball.
Your Child Is Showboating
Another way that some children react to being more skilled than their teammates is to showboat. Perhaps your child has started to dramatically flip his or her bat upon hitting home runs, or is otherwise showing up the pitcher. In the field, your child may dive for baseballs when it's not necessary, or even verbally taunt opponents. These are concerning habits to develop, and they don't mean that your child is a bad person — he or she is simply lacking the excitement that comes with tight competition. The tendency to showboat will likely be a thing of the past upon moving to a competitive baseball league.