We are living in a modern world where technology seems to take up a lot of time of our younger generation. Children spend a lot of time on the computers or cell phone; the risks of obesity and diabetes are also increasing. How about getting the children out to the green field on sunny days, giving them the best little league bats and teaching them one of American’s most favorite spot: baseball? There are so many reasons behind youth baseball popularity as follows:
It is for everyone
There are nine positions in a baseball team, each requires different skills. Quiet or outspoken, quick thinker or fast runner, kids can always find suitable positions that help them develop and improve their skills. There are no outsiders here; different degrees of ability are all put into good use.
It teaches children to be patient and stay focused
Children have to be patient while playing baseball. The ball does not always come to them and even when it comes, they do not always catch it well or make a good hit. They need to wait for their turn to participate in the time. Their minds are always at work: they watch all movement attentively and stay on their toes, ready to make a move whenever necessary to stay ahead of the time. The whole body needs to co-ordinate, especially regarding hand and eye co-ordination.
There are many times when players need to make the decision in a slit second, which can decide the fate of the team. This is good for a sharp mind and good judgment skill. Kids’ problem-solving skill can increase greatly.
It is good for overall fitness
Young baseball players tend to be lean and very athletic. In fact, staying fit and active is one of the best advantages of playing sport in general and baseball in particular.
Here are some notable health benefits:
- Improved Cardiovascular Fitness: whatever position children play in the field, they can get good cardiovascular training. Batters and outfielders are of course the ones who run around the most; even catchers can enjoy the benefit too (after all, they have to chase after a foul ball). The heart and lungs will say thank you for the exercises.
- Stronger muscles: swinging, catching, throwing, squatting down…all of these actions help to build muscle strength, endurance and flexibility. Muscles in the biceps, chest, shoulders, and gutters…all get a good workout.
- Calorie burning: after a practice session or a game, kids may end up feeling sore and sweaty all over. But this intense workout can help burn a lots of calories, keeping kid in good shape and toning down the body.
- Stress relief: Baseball is a healthy and positive way for children to spend time outdoors. After a day of studying, they are more than happy to finish their homework and house chores to head to the green field. Baseball is not just all about physical activities: it is also about enjoying yourself and having fun. It provides the necessary mental distraction from daily stress and helps kid refresh their minds.
Also, as children play outdoors, they get exposed to a great source of vitamin D: the sunlight. Of course, avoid getting sunburns is necessary but they should absorb the sufficient amount of vitamin intake.
The health benefits of playing baseball can be long-term: later in their life, children are less likely to suffer from health issues like breast cancer or osteoporosis. They are more likely to be physically and mentally healthy.
It helps improve teamwork spirit
In a baseball team, communication is a key for Success. Players need to actively communicate with each other for the overall team performance (even if communication mainly comes in the form of yelling when a ball is hit or missed). Players need to speak clearly enough for team members to hear and even use eye contact when necessary.
The co-ordination between all players contributes to the teamwork. Kids learn to make their voices heard but place the team’s importance above their individual achievements: this lesson will help them later in their life also.
It helps build relationships
When kids engage in baseball, they have more chances to meet new friends. No matter how shy or different they are, young baseball players have the same hobby and goal. It will be easier for them to communicate. Many childhood relationships are extended to even when children grow older. They do not easily the memories and fun they have together.