Should your kid play travel ball?

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Travel ball is all about the parents. There is nothing than a parent loves more than saying their kids play travel ball. Now that your ego is out of the way lets dissect what playing travel ball really mean.

How do you want to spend your weekends?

Do you want your kids to play one game and go home and do something else with their weekend? Or, do you want to be at the ball field at 7am and stay until 10:30pm (or later). That’s the worst case scenario, but sometimes it’s a two-day tournament and you have to repeat the early wake up the next day, sometimes just to go home after the first game.

How much do you want to pay?

Rec-ball is usually a flat fee for spring, summer, and fall season. Travel ball has a larger sign-up cost with commitment and per tournament fees. There is fundraising to help offset the costs of the per tournament fees. If you like to raise money or have deep pockets, then travel ball is a good option. Don’t forget your family will have a pay a fee at the gate if you don’t head coach, that will run you at least $7 per person.

What do you kids want to do?

Are your kids super competitive or do they just enjoy the playing game? There’s a balance of what you know is good for your kids and what they want to do. You have to let them learn on their own sometimes.

Do you like to hear parents nonstop bragging about their kids?

Before the first practice even begins parents are already setting the bar high for their kids. If they fall short of that expectation then venom is spewed towards the child in the form of correction. This doesn’t always happen, but it’s about 90% of the time.

 

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Travel Ball Bingo

Whether its baseball or softball you are bound to hear these phrases at every tournament, mostly shouted by parents after they’ve been told to stop coaching from the bleachers.

Bingo

Good luck and have fun!

 

 

 

Top ten travel ball clichés

  1. Every single dugout cheer ever, all teams do the same ones, not every team is “unstoppable”
  2. The parent who is cursing at the coach for their kids playing time
  3. The stat keeper who is advising the coach what player should be in the lineup
  4. The bleacher coach who is overriding the coaches play.
  5. The grandparents who are cheering for their player for sitting the bench the whole game.
  6. The e-cigarette guy who is blowing vapors in the stands, because he says it’s not a real cigarette.
  7. The concession stand junkie who it constantly chowing down on greasy treats
  8. The travel ball pro who has tents, yeti coolers, and fans powered by generators.
  9. The kid who is an emotional wreck after every minor error or who cries after she goes deep and they catch the fly ball.
  10. The football fan is watching the game rather than his child.

Stop kneeling during football games

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If you look up what kneeling really means then you should probably stop doing it. When you kneel you show submission. You kneel to pray. You kneel when you ask your wife to marry you. You also kneel before Zod before you throw him into an icy crevasse.

I coach baseball and softball and when a player gets hurt, all the other players take a knee. Why do we do this? It’s to show respect and care for the other players well being. Maybe a better choice for disrespecting the national anthem is to stay in the locker room until it’s over instead of making a spectacle of yourself. Just because you have the “right” to do something, doesn’t mean you should.

 

 

Yelling at your kids sporting events…

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I typically don’t yell at my kid’s games, but one time I had the honor of being the head coach and pitching to the 7 and 8-year-old kids but something got under my epidermis. Upon the start of the game, the opposing coach and I agreed that we would only let the kids take one base on missed plays. That was all well and good as we abide by the rules and my boys started racking up the runs on the scoreboard.

The other team kept running their kids and sneaking in a run here and there. I finally had enough when they kept doing it until they got within 2 runs on their bottom of the 6th at bat. We had 2 outs and they just ran no matter what. Kids overthrow the ball? Take as many bases as you can. Kids holding the ball? Keep running. Win at all costs!

It’s a frustrating part of the game for sure. Kids are learning the game, and what is the takeaway? Run and capitalize on others mistakes. This is all fine and dandy when the kids are 11-12 and they should be catching the ball. But kids who are more interested in playing in the dirt than knowing how to execute a force out run down, you’ve got to know you’re not teaching them the fundamentals by just running bases while kids are looking the other direction.

As a kid I don’t remember it being this way, I had plenty of fun playing baseball and I hope my kids do the same. Jerk Parents/Coaches are ruining the game.

Taking your kids to a ballgame

Taking your children to a baseball game can be a memorable experience. Here’s how to make the most of it

Bring a tablet/smartphone

This way they can watch videos or play a video game and not the actual ballgame

Buy them all the food they ask for

Hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, cotton candy, funnel cakes, dippin’ dots, etc. This keeps them busy instead of watching the game.

Bring signage

Things like “First game”, “It’s my birthday” and waves them in front of players or coaches so you can collect as many signed baseballs as possible.

Pose them for shots

Take pictures with all the gear you’ve collected for them. Post them immediately on Instagram or Facebook with the false narrative that they are big fans of the game when they haven’t actually one inning.

Actually, watch the game

Here’s an idea, watch the game. Eat a stadium classic food and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the ballpark. No distractions just baseball.

Share the road?


I don’t know who I’m more afraid for. The guy on the bike or the two men putting their faith in that tailgate.

It’s fine if you want to ride your bicycle, but c’mon, across the twists and turns of the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway? You put your faith in people who text and drive around kiss your a$$ turns? You are a true adrenaline junkie if the odds of getting smeared all over the side of a mountain are this high.