Thou Shall Make Baseball Fun

Thou Shall Make Baseball Fun

The First Commandment of a Christian Baseball Parent

Thou Shall Make Baseball Fun

funBaseball is a GAME. Games are meant to be fun and enjoyable. Too many parents put too much pressure on their players. Baseball which is meant to be fun often times turns into something that brings neither joy nor fun to the player or the parent. Baseball becomes almost like a job instead of a game.

Some of the best times I have ever enjoyed with my baseball playing son involves a simple game of catch in the backyard. It is amazing how much fun can be had by just talking and playing catch. We would play a simple little competitive game when playing catch. The thrower is awarded 2 points for any ball that would have struck the catcher in the head and one point if it would have struck the catcher from the waist to the shoulders, first to 20 wins. This simple game improves accuracy as well as enjoying time together talking. Spending time in a backyard game of catch talking about each other’s day is not only very relaxing but it is also FUN.

Watching games together in person or on TV helps to give teaching moments as you watch and enjoy the games. Often times John and I would even at a young age discuss the plays and what each of us saw. We thoroughly enjoyed spending time together learning about the game from watching others play. Special family trips to see a favorite team play in person is another way to bring the joy back into baseball.

As parents it is up to us to find ways to make sure that for our player and for us, baseball is fun. Enjoy the simple things around the game like playing catch or watching a game. The greatest gift we can give our children is our time and for a baseball player spending time on a regular basis with his Mom and/or Dad enjoying the game helps insure baseball will always be fun. The foundation you lay as a parent now will help insure a healthy relationship with your children even when they have become adults.

Just a little footnote, my now almost 24 year old Baseball Coaching son John just stopped by my office on his way to practice to show me some new gear he picked up. We still enjoy the game together because we have spent a lifetime working on making baseball fun. By the way my fantasy baseball team has won our family league the last two years. Just another way to connect and still make the game what it always should be…FUN.

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