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Old 01-09-2020, 10:57 PM   #1
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I figured it was time to change the year LOL! So I reposted it.
I can tell select ball is right around the corner. Parents and kids jumping team to team and parents calling every coach within reach LOL! Love the select world and how people act. I have heard of players jumping all over the map the last few days trying out at different teams, sure glad mine is set and ready to go. See you boys soon at the fields...
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Old 01-10-2020, 08:21 AM   #2
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Glad my son is in his sr year of high school and getting ready for college ball. Been there seen all that you mentioned above. I've met some great people in select ball and some not so great. I've always said if you want to know how a person really is be on a hunting lease or a select baseball team with them. We were fortunate to be part of two great organizations for the last couple of years.
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Old 01-10-2020, 09:44 AM   #3
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Old 01-10-2020, 09:54 AM   #4
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My son will be playing select for the first time this year. Its 10u and no travel just local league and local tournaments. I'm sure this will be a learning experience for the whole family.
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In.
Boys got about 5 new-ish players joining them with the goal of being major before march.
Played open tourneys during fall and they handled their own against some really good teams with our outfield consisting of some kids that are still developing but really werent ready yet.
Picked up some studs during tryouts and doing a scrimmage with a mic of our core and our black team against team texas team ( which consists amusingly enough of 4 boys from that same black team)
Gonna be fun if weather lets us... then full team practice starts next week.
Big goals for this year both team and personally.
Tan is sooo ready to get back on the field.
Good luck to ya'll
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Glad to see familiar faces!

Unless the kiddo decides to change his mind, I think we will be skipping baseball this Spring. Coach didn't like Jax's bat, and decided to go in a different direction. It was hard for Jax, but it is what it is. As a 12 yr old, we don't really want to jump to another team. He has been offered 2 spots, but he hasn't shown much excitement for either of them.

He is still playing basketball now and will start an agility/speed course that we found for him. Joining a 7v7 football team with what will be the QB of his 7th grade school team in the Fall. He is pumped about that.

Can't say I will miss much, lol. Will definitely keep following to see how the little guys I've now heard about for years fair. Good Luck!
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Glad to see familiar faces!

Unless the kiddo decides to change his mind, I think we will be skipping baseball this Spring. Coach didn't like Jax's bat, and decided to go in a different direction. It was hard for Jax, but it is what it is. As a 12 yr old, we don't really want to jump to another team. He has been offered 2 spots, but he hasn't shown much excitement for either of them.

He is still playing basketball now and will start an agility/speed course that we found for him. Joining a 7v7 football team with what will be the QB of his 7th grade school team in the Fall. He is pumped about that.

Can't say I will miss much, lol. Will definitely keep following to see how the little guys I've now heard about for years fair. Good Luck!
Wow man, that's crazy. Hopefully it all works out
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Old 01-11-2020, 08:51 PM   #8
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Was a cool little minicamp with some scrimmages.
And by cool i mean 45 degrees with steady 20mph wind from north that didnt let up all day...
Boys had a blast.. parents froze arses off trying to find a wind screen..
Buddy heater did nothing.
Still was good to be back at fields and watch the boy do what he lives for.
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Old 01-11-2020, 09:06 PM   #9
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Yep 3 days until first practice. Time to get on the field start the long toss program and get them boys ready!
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My son starts practice Feb 1st. I’m ready to see him get after it again
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Old 01-12-2020, 12:13 AM   #11
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Good luck guys I’ll be following along. Not sure if kid will throw any this Summer but he goes out and works out ith his select organization still. He went today and I stopped by. As good to see familiar faces.
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We have our first Parent meeting/team practice today.
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Old 01-13-2020, 03:41 PM   #13
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Pretty good episode here, they have the head coach for Flower Mound Marcus and one of the coaches form the Stix organization, talking about select and HS baseball. The 2mins from 1:15:30 to 1:17:30 may be the best part of it.

https://www.buzzsprout.com/743111/24...and-nick-heitz
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Old 01-13-2020, 03:42 PM   #14
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Was a good episode.
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Old 01-13-2020, 03:47 PM   #15
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My son is playing 13U this year and I really couldnt give two sharts about baseball this spring I just cant get remotely excited about it. I'm burnt out from all the blowing and going and would 10000% rather us just go fishing. Maybe I'm just getting too old for this and am becoming "get off my lawn" guy. Either way, I'm tired of it.
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Old 01-14-2020, 09:48 PM   #16
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I uploaded some videos of my 12 year old on YouTube just to share the season heís had thus far. We donít keep stats that deeply but we counts Hrs cause thatís a big thing to these boys and since the ď2019 seasonĒ which we count from about August to now heís accumulated 18 homeruns. Not sure how many games that is spanning but Iíd say less than 50 would be an accurate estimate. Anyway just wanted to share them with this thread.







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Old 01-14-2020, 10:05 PM   #17
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Pretty good episode here, they have the head coach for Flower Mound Marcus and one of the coaches form the Stix organization, talking about select and HS baseball. The 2mins from 1:15:30 to 1:17:30 may be the best part of it.

https://www.buzzsprout.com/743111/24...and-nick-heitz
Listen to the first show, even better.
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Roy that kid has some pop. Enjoy. They get old quick
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Old 01-15-2020, 05:41 AM   #19
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Love that park. Beautiful facility.
We played (and won) a utrip state tourney there couple years ago.
Portland spent a penny on that place.
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Love that park. Beautiful facility.
We played (and won) a utrip state tourney there couple years ago.
Portland spent a penny on that place.
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Yea itís real nice we play there often since itís fairly close.


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Listen to the first show, even better.
I've listened to them all, they have a good thing going. Chet should be entertaining this week.

They should open up a poll and have a roundtable with guests that get voted in...I could think of a few I'd like to see might need some security...
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I've listened to them all, they have a good thing going. Chet should be entertaining this week.



They should open up a poll and have a roundtable with guests that get voted in...I could think of a few I'd like to see might need some security...
Got my vote.
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Old 01-15-2020, 10:07 AM   #24
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I know most of you are north..but the windup podcast has an early one with don larson.
Actually pretty informative..and he doesnt duck questions..
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Boys got about 5 new-ish players joining them with the goal of being major before march.
Played open tourneys during fall and they handled their own against some really good teams with our outfield consisting of some kids that are still developing but really werent ready yet.
Picked up some studs during tryouts and doing a scrimmage with a mic of our core and our black team against team texas team ( which consists amusingly enough of 4 boys from that same black team)
Gonna be fun if weather lets us... then full team practice starts next week.
Big goals for this year both team and personally.
Tan is sooo ready to get back on the field.
Good luck to ya'll

System, which team is your boy playing on? I'm in Montgomery also and this will be my boys 1st year playing select. We were supposed to start yesterday, but rain pushed us back.
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Moco ballers.
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Alright, good deal. That's who my boy is playing with, he's on the 7u black team.
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I know most of you are north..but the windup podcast has an early one with don larson.
Actually pretty informative..and he doesnt duck questions..
I'll check it out
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Good luck to everyone. I'm excited for this season as well.
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Ok question for you experts out there. My son just turned 7 and is starting Coach pitch this year in league (Huffman).

My wife and I both are teachers. What age do you suggest getting into the Select world?

I have some questions for the "community" if you don't mind--as I am just trying to plan ahead.

What age is the best to start?---Do you wish your son started earlier/later?
what are the team fees associated with your team? Is there a set fee and monthly?
how far away do you travel? How often?

Thanks--if you don't want to answer on here or at all I understand on the money!
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Alright, good deal. That's who my boy is playing with, he's on the 7u black team.
Awesome burly is great with the kids and good people.
Welcome to the baller cult! LoL
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Moco ballers.
My youngest jumped teams, and 9u lol, will be playing 10u this year with Texas Oilers-Overstreet, are you guys coming up here to play this spring? We are going out of town April 25-26 to Shreveport for our only utrip tourney, all the rest are travel sports and triple crown in DFW.
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Ok question for you experts out there. My son just turned 7 and is starting Coach pitch this year in league (Huffman).

My wife and I both are teachers. What age do you suggest getting into the Select world?

I have some questions for the "community" if you don't mind--as I am just trying to plan ahead.

What age is the best to start?---Do you wish your son started earlier/later?
what are the team fees associated with your team? Is there a set fee and monthly?
how far away do you travel? How often?

Thanks--if you don't want to answer on here or at all I understand on the money!
I would not start that early. No chance. It cracks me up they have 5/6u select teams. But parents pay for it
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My youngest jumped teams, and 9u lol, will be playing 10u this year with Texas Oilers-Overstreet, are you guys coming up here to play this spring? We are going out of town April 25-26 to Shreveport for our only utrip tourney, all the rest are travel sports and triple crown in DFW.
Should get our schedule tomorrow.. i know we are doing a few NITs and select/elite30 ...not sure where they all are yet.. and most likely GWS again..
We get the vip enrollment into all the big usssa tourneys by default just so we dont get bumped..but it makes seeing what our real schedule is a pain in the arse lol
I think black is headed to dallas at some point..
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I would not start that early. No chance. It cracks me up they have 5/6u select teams. But parents pay for it
That doesn't answer the question at all Ö

I'd say right around the 9/10 yr old level is a good start. I would start with some good Coaching before that though. If you just ask a few folks, they can point you in the right direction.

You can never play enough catch, hit enough balls off the tee.
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A guy was pointing us to a newly developed higher competition rec league that has been started locally. I think we may take a look at it. 1-2 games per weekend and 2 practices a week sounds nice.
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What age is the best to start?---
The best age to start depends on the kid...

Does he stand out as clearly one of the best players on his team and in his league?

Does he love the game and pay attention to the game?

If you can honestly answer "yes" to both then he is ready.

In the best case scenario you find the most competitive situation where your kid has a chance to play.

Another cheaper option to consider is "playing up".

Good luck and keep it fun!
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That doesn't answer the question at all Ö



I'd say right around the 9/10 yr old level is a good start. I would start with some good Coaching before that though. If you just ask a few folks, they can point you in the right direction.



You can never play enough catch, hit enough balls off the tee.
We did 7u.. but my advice/opinion is go 8 ..but thats to be determined by his ambition and drive as well as his talent when compared to the LL teams around him.
Get away from machine pitch if you can.. as soon as you can.

Practice pitching to him as often as you can..
T work..and like above.. play catch all the time.
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Ok question for you experts out there. My son just turned 7 and is starting Coach pitch this year in league (Huffman).

My wife and I both are teachers. What age do you suggest getting into the Select world?

I have some questions for the "community" if you don't mind--as I am just trying to plan ahead.

What age is the best to start?---Do you wish your son started earlier/later?
what are the team fees associated with your team? Is there a set fee and monthly?
how far away do you travel? How often?

Thanks--if you don't want to answer on here or at all I understand on the money!
No expert here, just someone that's knee deep in it right now...

Let him play league this year and see how much he likes it before you make a move. If he's good other coaches will find you in the parking lot and try to get him on their team so pay attention to the teams you play

A select team will probably run anywhere from $750 to $2500 for a spring season, like we are all about to get started with. Will generally include 10-12 tournaments from March to July and could include uniforms. Cost will depend on if the coach is taking a cut, if you have to pay for a practice facility, and how many tournaments you play.
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No expert here, just someone that's knee deep in it right now...

Let him play league this year and see how much he likes it before you make a move. If he's good other coaches will find you in the parking lot and try to get him on their team so pay attention to the teams you play

A select team will probably run anywhere from $750 to $2500 for a spring season, like we are all about to get started with. Will generally include 10-12 tournaments from March to July and could include uniforms. Cost will depend on if the coach is taking a cut, if you have to pay for a practice facility, and how many tournaments you play.
Thanks!--This will be his 4th year in the league play. He started at 4 with coed t-ball then 2 years boys t-ball. Now this year with Coach pitch.

This will be his 3rd year with the same coach, personally I don't know how good he is. I know he tries hard and makes sure he has fun--Yes-- I am his coach! That has always been my number one thing I tell the parents when I coach--we are here to learn about baseball and have fun doing it.
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Let him play league this year and see how much he likes it before you make a move. If he's good other coaches will find you in the parking lot and try to get him on their team so pay attention to the teams you play



A select team will probably run anywhere from $750 to $2500 for a spring season, like we are all about to get started with. Will generally include 10-12 tournaments from March to July and could include uniforms. Cost will depend on if the coach is taking a cut, if you have to pay for a practice facility, and how many tournaments you play.
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To give an honest answer- every kid and situation are different.
While young I would find a good coaching staff and as little traveling as possible. Best coach right now is you or Mom playing catch, burnout, etc. Plastic golf balls and a T are good for hitting and don't go far. Games when young mean nothing at all and coaching and good form and reps are all that matter.

Once a kid most into Select they need to have a true self evaluation of their goals. Lots of different "Select" type baseball. All of it give kids time on the field and learning. There is Select development and Showcase which are way different.

Price is anywhere from $500 to way too much. I have talked to parents that probably spend $40k a year for some Showcase organizations.
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My absolute biggest fear is he gets too involved and gets burned out before he could truly shine.
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What age and team are all your boys, if you're comfortable with sharing? My son, 8th grade, is playing 14U as he did this past Fall. He is with an organization that has teams in San Antonio (where we live) and teams in Abilene. The organization founder called me during the Spring of 13U season to ask if my son would join his team for the the first of their last three tournaments. He did, then they asked if my boy would play with them for the USSSA South State and the State tourneys that followed. Fast forward to last Fall and subsequently this Spring, the West Texas team has again chosen to have my son on their team as opposed to the local SA team. We enjoy it because the WT team is better organized and is a more competitive team. Also, my son gets to practice locally. He will be playing AAA/Major (AA last spring). I say all this, but here's the kicker. My son wants to play golf.

My son started playing golf with a buddy of his this past Summer that lives on a local course. At first, I bought him a very inexpensive set of clubs. As time progressed, he borrowed clubs from his friend as his hitting improved. For Christmas, I bought him a full set of Callaway clubs from the pre-owned Callaway website. I've taken him to Top Golf a few times and have been with him to the driving range on many occasions. He has a great, natural swing though his consistency in hitting straight is lacking as well as his putting skills. He is getting better, and I'm sure will continue to improve. His best friend, who he has been playing with, goes to a different middle school and will go to a different high school come this Fall, but is pursuing golf for this 8th grade year and beyond. They both grew up playing baseball together, my son since the age of three (10 years). The friend was a less than average baseball player and quit after his 12U Spring season as he did not make the cut for the select team my son played for, he and his dad had seen the writing on the wall.

My son has reported that he doesn't have the drive to play baseball as much as he does to play golf. When it's game day and he's in the field, he loves it, and he admits to that. Here is my dilemma: My son is an above average baseball player in both the fielding and batting categories, though he is not a pitcher and not a homerun hitter. He plays CF and 2nd and bats around .275 per season. He is fast, has a great eye for the ball in play on the ground or in the air, smart play maker, and has a decent arm. His draw back, and I think what gives him an inferiority complex, is his size. He has not had a growth spurt yet. He is the smallest player on any team he has played on. Even though he played quarter back for the middle school team in both 7th and 8th grade, it was on "B" team, and he gets frustrated at his lack of size. He will be 14 in March this year. He will also be going into 9th grade in the Fall. If he continues to play baseball at the level he is capable of, he still may not make the high school JV team (there is not a freshman team) unless he has a huge growth spurt in the next 6 to 9 months. Coaches, in my opinion, will see him as not mature in physical stature, and will pass him over. Now if he does sprout up, he would easily be able to make that team come Spring of 2021. The question is, what do I do about golf? he will be trying to play for his middle school team in a month or so against kids who have been playing since they were 3 or so. I feel he is a disadvantage trying to compete being so fresh, even though I think he will get there soon, to compete with other 8th graders. Just not sure how he could make a high school team, as I'm sure that is a lot more competitive.

We are trying to do both this Spring, splitting our time at the driving range and at the field/batting cage. I could go on and on, but this is long enough already. I didn't know I would go on this long. Any input is appreciated!

I forgot. I really want him to play baseball, almost to the point of pushing him into it more. Of course, I don't want to push too hard to alienate him. I just don't see golf as being advantageous for him in the near future.

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Old 01-15-2020, 11:51 AM   #45
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We did 7u.. but my advice/opinion is go 8 ..but thats to be determined by his ambition and drive as well as his talent when compared to the LL teams around him.
Get away from machine pitch if you can.. as soon as you can.


Practice pitching to him as often as you can..
T work..and like above.. play catch all the time.
Agree 100% with this! You know your kiddo and his attitude / drive towards baseball.

Select ball is almost a completely different sport in terms of time and commitment.
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I cut it down a bit.

We will be 12u Dallas Mustangs-Randle and 10u Texas Oilers-Overstreet this spring.

That's a tough situation for sure, I would let him play both and see which one he starts gravitating to as the year goes on. You never know when the growth spurt will come and what his confidence and attitude will look like with each sport.

I know pushing him doesn't sound like a good option, and I am in the same boat with my youngest. He loves football and basketball and says I talked him into playing baseball again, and I may have but I told him give it 1 more season, 1 full season of kid pitch since we just left coach pitch, and see how you like it. If you don't want to play after this spring then I won't ask him to play any more.

I quit football in HS because of a coach and had a long talk with my parents about it, looking back I wish they would have pushed me harder to play, my MBA dreams never quite materialized lol

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My absolute biggest fear is he gets too involved and gets burned out before he could truly shine.
One thing I would do over is not playing fall baseball. Both of mine took this fall off for the first time and played football and basketball, it was great that we weren't trying juggle all that with baseball like we always did in the past.
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RT- let the kid play golf and go support him if that’s what he wants to do
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One thing I would do over is not playing fall baseball. Both of mine took this fall off for the first time and played football and basketball, it was great that we weren't trying juggle all that with baseball like we always did in the past.
We do fall ball but i agree with this.
Fall sunday leagues are a waste of time.. unless your goal is just destroying LL allstar teams..
We did a open tourney schedule and treated it like a training eval camp for the goals set for the spring team.
Tan cant play football due to having had open heart surgery at a week old..(yet he plays catcher).. and hes got a height issue inherited so basketball isnt his thing..lol..he likes it..and will give it a shot but he lives for baseball.
When he hurt his arm last year it killed him and he still made me take him to practices and games ..just to be around it and do what he could.
When he got cleared to play full out again, he cried for an hour he was so happy.
Bottom line.. you know your kid, his drive, and your circumstances.
Do what he wants, push him and encourage him and dont let naysayers push their opinions of how to raise your kid on you.
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We do fall ball but i agree with this.
Fall sunday leagues are a waste of time.. unless your goal is just destroying LL allstar teams..
We did a open tourney schedule and treated it like a training eval camp for the goals set for the spring team.
Tan cant play football due to having had open heart surgery at a week old..(yet he plays catcher).. and hes got a height issue inherited so basketball isnt his thing..lol..he likes it..and will give it a shot but he lives for baseball.
When he hurt his arm last year it killed him and he still made me take him to practices and games ..just to be around it and do what he could.
When he got cleared to play full out again, he cried for an hour he was so happy.
Bottom line.. you know your kid, his drive, and your circumstances.
Do what he wants, push him and encourage him and dont let naysayers push their opinions of how to raise your kid on you.
agree. I have a few friends that have kids that only play baseball year round but the kid will straight up tell you that's all he wants to do. They don't like football or basketball and only want to play baseball, every day. How could you argue with that as a dad?
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