Re: Some Little League advice really needed!!
First you need to be honest with yourself and answer the question. Does my son really want to play ball or does he just want to please me? Most sons will walk through fire for their fathers. They crave your love and acceptance. If he knows you are a big baseball fan he may just want to please you...you are his dad...his hero. If the answer to the above question is: He is playing ball for me...you know what you have to do.
If the answer to the above question is: He really likes baseball. Well you need to teach baseball in a way he can learn it. You said he excels in the classroom. Set down with him everynight and teach baseball with pen and paper. Ask him questions. Draw out a baseball dimond and ask him if he's batting were does he run? etc There are a lot of general questions like that one you can ask. Make up flash cards. Go out in the yard and apply what he has learned. repetition. I also think one of the best ways to learn the game is to watch it on TV. I learned the game watching all of those Braves games on WTBS in the 80's. Only 20-30 Reds games on a year, I had to watch the Braves. Those hours along with good announcers tought me alot.
He needs major instruction. Find out who your High School baseball coach is. Ask him if there is a player on his team that would like to earn some extra money over the summer and help your kid. 2 hours a day. $10 bucks an hour. You can help his coordination by running drills in the back yard. Tires, pylons etc.
Another questions is "Do you really feel he can improve?" If he can, it will take a lot of hours and hard work. You two will get to spend a lot of quality time together. In your heart of hearts you feel he really can't improve much, do you still want to put him in a position to fail? This will hurt his self esteem, something he will battle with throughout his childhood. Remember, the kids he is playing with will improve every year.
I know alot about kids making fun of you. I have been a severe stutterer my whole life. My parents did not shelter me but they did not put me in a position to fail either. They pulled me from public school in the 3rd grade. It was the greatest gift they could have ever given me. They also put me in positions to excel, like sports and the classroom. Knocking doubles off the walls shuts up the st-st-st-stuttering jokes. Kicking butt in the classroom just makes them make fun of you behind your back, but it shuts them up in front of you anyway. Having a network of friends I met in private school who came from 2 parent homes and were taught manners...gave me self esteem. I was not constantly being made fun of. When I went to High School it was tuff. Excelling in sports helped to make guy friends. Singing in the school chorus helped to meet girls, but I still got made fun of, but I had enough self confidence to let it pass. The foundation for this self confidence was built in private school. That was a very good move by you and your wife. Make sure the private school is not to big however...it ruins the point of pulling him from public school. To many clicks, etc.
I'm now a dentist, two kids, and a great wife...still stuttering. What are those punks, who made fun of me doing right now?
I really hope this helps...you are a great father by just being concerned so much about your son...he's lucky...just like I was.
Not this year...maybe a Wild Card
Last edited by George Foster; 06-10-2006 at 01:02 AM.