With two sons, and a husband involved in baseball, I have been to many games to watch and cheer them all on. My youngest son Drew is extremely competitive so when he was younger he hated the “no strike outs” and “no outs” rules in the early years of baseball and tee-ball. He loves Little League now – it is quite competitive and I cannot help but get excited when he is at bat or when he makes a play at the plate (his favorite position is catcher). I must admit, I am more than just a little bit competitive myself…so I find myself yelling and cheering a little louder from the sidelines than I really should be. The kids are out there, cheering each other on and motivating each other to do their best despite the score.
The games have definitely become more fun to watch, as the kids have gotten older. When they were little, there were plenty of kids who would be in the outfield picking dandelions or spinning in circles rather than playing the game. Innings could go on forever!! Now, that they actually understand the rules and have a goal at the end of the season for winning, they really focus on the logistics of the game.
Now that they are older, baseball has become a much bigger commitment as well. A Teams, B Teams, tryouts, travel…it is much more of an obligation. Yet in the days where so many kids are addicted to the computer, video games or the television, it is nice to see these kids outside playing and being active. They way it should be.
When homework and dinner are done, it gives me such pleasure that my boys prefer to go outside and play. I love that they are out there being active and exercising and in a time where everyone seems over-scheduled, my boys are finding time for childhood. A chance to play outdoors where they can use their imaginations as they envision themselves in the big league making the big catch or hitting the grand slam! The spontaneous, free play of the backyard… no arranged playdates, no schedules to follow. Just getting outside for a game of ball. There is not much better than that in my kids’ opinions and that is fine with me.