Encouraging a youngster to partake in a sport is most beneficial to them for a variety of reasons. Baseball should be one of the sports that is considered as there are many advantages to baseball and one of the biggest ones is that the cost of equipment is not as high as it is for many of the other types of sports. It is true that a lot of kids tend to go for more of the extreme type sports and are certainly into the skiing and snowboarding types of activities. There is certainly nothing wrong with this, but baseball should also be given the opportunity and often children are not involved in this particular sport because they don’t know a lot about it.
Parents can start by creating an interest by having some good old-fashioned family baseball games on a Saturday afternoon and then taking the kids to some of the major league games to stimulate some enthusiasm. The family bond will become so strong with this shared activity.
Encouraging a child to participate in the sport in whatever area of the game that they seem to do well at is also a good way keeping their interest. Often the kids don’t realize that they may be great runners or a great hitter, and once they have discovered this it is enough to spur their interests into becoming more involved and perhaps joining a league. Their are many neighborhood leagues available that have little or no cost attached to it, and perhaps the only cost it would be perhaps the buying a jersey and some protective gear. This is a great start without having to make a big investment as children do tend to change their mind when it comes to sports involvement.
You can start the growth of interest while the kids are very young. For the toddlers there are some great children’s books about baseball characters to begin planting the seed about this sport. Then treating them with a new gift that is baseball orientated such as a plastic bat and ball is another resource. For the older kids you can win them over by buying them a baseball related video game then challenging them to the real thing. There are many ways to spark the interest of the little ones but you also have to have the interest as well. Whenever the parents become involved it seems to place an importance on it.