Anybody that puts on a baseball jersey has dreamed of stepping up to the plate in a tie game with the winning run on base and the goal of driving them in with a walk-off hit. But, before you get to that moment, we all know that it takes hard work and dedication at all levels from tee ball to the professional ranks. With that being said, the first step in making that situation a reality is to get involved in playing baseball early. The team at JustBats.com is here to make every player’s experience a special and memorable one, so we've created a list of tips on how to get involved in Little League Baseball. Many younger kids may be afraid to start or they might not have the necessary equipment, but that should not stand in the way of getting involved and learning valued life lessons through the sport of baseball. Below are the best ways to get started playing baseball and information to keep in mind when looking for a team to join.
Play on a team with classmates or friends
If you want to get involved, ask your friends which team they play on and what league they play in. At a young age when you are playing in tee ball, coach pitch or machine pitch, it is important to have fun, to be around friends you are comfortable with and continue to grow those relationships through baseball. Skill levels aren’t as important in Little League as they would be at higher levels of competition. Having fun with friends and being active while doing so builds healthy relationships and teaches kids how to be apart of a team.
Know your skill
Some kids may have started at an even younger age in comparison to other players and might be involved with a traveling team with all the newest bats and gloves. If you are just getting into baseball, a competitive Little League baseball team might not be the team you would like to start out with. Even though some of your friends might play on that competitive team, it's best you get involved with a regular team for confidence reasons. Self-esteem is a big factor for younger players and it is important that they don’t get too high or too low. But, challenging yourself for an upper level team is not a bad option when the time is right. Assess your skill and pick a level of competition from there.
Recommendations from other parents
As a parent of a future Little League baseball player, all of these different leagues, levels, certifications (like USA Baseball and USSSA Baseball) can be overwhelming. Other parents who have been involved before were in the same shoes as you at one point. Take some time to ask them questions on what they recommend in regard to leagues to be in based on skill level, which local ballparks have the best experience for beginners and what bats and gloves are recommended for players of a certain age. If you still have any unanswered questions about anything after talking to some parents, you will be in good hands with our knowledgeable customer coaches at JustBats.com who will lead you in the right direction with anything baseball or softball related.
The game of baseball has been played by millions of players not only in the United States but all around the world. It has taught these players what it takes to be apart of a unified team, leadership skills and has helped build bonds with lifelong friends. These are all great reasons why getting involved in baseball at an early age is highly recommended. Baseball at a young age can shape the values of a person in areas other than baseball that you can’t get outside of team sports. So next time you step to the plate in a highly contested game with all the marbles on the line, you will have all the confidence in the world to get the job done.
Now it's your turn, we want to hear from you. Have your questions about Little League baseball been answered? Do you have any other tips for future Little Leaguers? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below. Meanwhile, if you ever have any baseball bat or softball bat related questions, don’t hesitate to give our Bat Experts a call at 866-321-2287 . Remember, with our customer service, we'll be here for you from Click to Hit!