Little League Parents it's very important for your child to begin playing little league baseball as early as possible between the ages of 3 and 6 years old. I recommend that your kid start playing
baseball in a youth baseball sports league no later than 5 years old if you
expect for your son or daughter to have a chance to compete at the next
higher level as they get older and move up to the next level of baseball
or softball. As kids move up to the next level of baseball the competition will get more competitive and those kids who are ready will be able to compete for a position on the team.
As a parent you may want to know why should your child start playing at such a early age? Watch video below...!
Because starting to play little league baseball or softball as early as age 3 is the period when children begin to development what I call their Baseball Gross Motor Skills. Such skills as hand-eye coordination, hitting, catching, throwing, running and talking all at the same time as they learn how to play the game of baseball or softball.
Trying to teach your son or daughter how to play baseball, softball or hit a baseball for the first time once they reach the age of 9 or 10 will make it harder for them to compete with the players in their age group. The innovative baseball batting tee seen in the video above can help to train them on how to hit a baseball consistently.
I'm not suggesting that your child can't or should not play baseball or softball if he or she have started playing baseball for the first at age 9 or 10 years old. But as little league parents what I'm recommending to you is that your child start playing baseball or softball around the age 4 or 5 years old, so that they can develop what I cal their Baseball Gross Motor Skills that's needed to play baseball such as hitting, running, catching, throwing and talking all at the same time as they play the game of baseball.
What I'm suggesting to you as little league parents starting your son or daughter in a youth baseball league to late will make it harder for them to compete at that age level and some time will discourage them from playing the game all together. It will be even harder for them to catch up with their age group from a "baseball skill set" point of view especially if they have never played baseball or softball before.
My experience with kids who started playing baseball late at 8 or 10 years old by the time they reach 11,12,13 years of age they give up on playing baseball. Why? Because at that point both the child and the little league parents realize that they are to far behind the rest of the kids in their age group that's why it's important to start playing baseball early around the age 4.
The same thing is true for players who play little league baseball then stop playing once they enter high school then tries to pick it up again once they are in college. The fact of the matter is that baseball is the only sport where you need to almost play baseball year around in order to keep your skills sharp and to stay on top of your game so that you can compete at the highest level in your age group.
Kids who start out playing in youth baseball leagues at the ages of 3-6 and continue to play baseball by the time they are 8-14 years old they are polished players who understand the game, rules and very knowledgeable about how the game should be played and they understand the strike zone or hitting zone better as they move up to the next highest level of baseball.
Most little league parents who start their kids in baseball at a young age around 4 years old "some not all" of these youth baseball players will be playing at a higher level than others by the time they reach high school and college if they continue to get the proper baseball training and work hard.