Is too much of a good thing, too much? Are kids who don’t play all year falling behind and missing out on future opportunities? Should they only play baseball or should they play multiple sports to enhance all their athletic abilities?
We are starting to see some studies that show that year-round baseball has an increased risk of injury. Even Hall of Famer John Smoltz took the time during his HOF acceptance speech to stress the importance of kids taking breaks and not being a year round sport. Want to increase the chances your kids succeed in the sport? Let them spend time playing other sports, gymnastics, martial arts, etc. Let them develop their whole body physically (improve strength, agility and hand eye coordination) and they will have plenty of time to focus on the baseball specific skills. There are lessons to learn from enjoying many sports, so let them.
This is some great advice below from several MLB pros discussing kids playing year round baseball. Remember this is a game not a business and our kids are not being drafted as 12U players.
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