Congrats to the Boston Red Sox, it was a great World Series.
I am just now coming out of mourning for my Cardinals.
By the way, the pitching for both teams was awesome.
How can we make kids fall in love with baseball?
I believe there is 4 reasons why young kids play baseball.
- Their parents/family encourages them to play.
- Their friends play.
- They are a naturally gifted athlete that loves playing any sport.
- Video Games, they try to live out the fantasy of the game.
The problem I have seen over the last 25 years has nothing to do with any of the above.
I am Officially Declaring a New Rule for All Parents and Coaches.
The No Comparison Rule.
What is the No Comparison Rule, I am glad you asked.
It simply states that you can’t compare any player to another player.
Comparison is the Thief of every young baseball player’s self-confidence.
You have to coach and celebrate each player on their own merits and skills.
Every parent and coach has to explain, encourage and empower every young player to be the best player they can be and nothing or nobody else.
I believe the No.1 reason young players quit playing is comparison.
There is so much pressure to be great and to be great immediately that most young players never get that emotional connection with Baseball.
If young players never build an emotional connection with baseball and to being the best player they can be, they will quit.
When players are constantly being compared to somebody they will never be then their self-confidence is destroyed.
When young players feel like they can Never make their parents or the coach happy they mentally and emotionally start to hate baseball.
Sooner than later they will physically quit trying too.
I am 100% convince that we can make baseball fun again for this generation.
But we are going to have to take a different approach.
There are 3 Reasons a Young Player Keeps Playing Baseball.
- It’s Fun.
- They are in control of how good they can be.
- They are competitive.
Those are the exact reasons they also play video games.
If we are going to help this generation of great athletes choose baseball we must…
- Make it fun to learn and practice baseball.
- Give them control and let them learn it at their on pace.
- Make sure practice is focused and competitive.
Self-Confidence is a feeling that only comes from preparation and practice. You can’t fake it.
If everything we do as parents and coaches incorporates those 3 things I believe we can save baseball.
It squarely falls on us parents and coaches to stop the comparisons and to help every young baseball player their reach the maximum potential.
When we get back to the mentality that the team is more important than any one player, every player will have more fun, be more focused and play fearless.
What can You do to make baseball fun?
You got to have fun…Right?