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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-04-2009, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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I have a 14 year old son. he has played baseball since he was 6. He is a above average player. He told me in the last month he isnt interested in playing baseball this year. He is a freshman in highschool and the highschool coach has basically told him he would for sure be in the starting pitching rotation. The coach has asked me several times since me giving him the news if he is interested. He even told me after their season has already started that my son "technically" hasent tried out and that if he wanted he could still get a spot on the team. With that being said not every kid gets an opportunity to be a starting pitcher in their freshman year of highschool, much less have a coach THAT interested in them. He has slowly declined in his outdoor activities in the past 2-3 years and becomes more and more wrapped up in inside activities mainly video games. Im not the kinda die hard forcefull parent but it is absolutly killing me at his ability to dismiss such an opportunity so easily. I was just wondering if anyone here has delt with this kind of problem and what their course of action was. I HATE that he plays video games alot and it really upsets me that he wont take advantage of this chance. But, I also dont want to be the kind of parent that would force him to do something like this as it would probably wind up making him hate it and not be productive at it anyway. Any advice on how to get him up off the couch and back onto a baseball field would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-05-2009, 12:22 AM
 
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I've seen it happen a few times. I myself kind of did the same thing. Every day I regret not trying harder to play. I had to switch schools in 6th grades before Middle School tryouts, but when I got to my new school their tryouts had already taken place so I was out of luck. The next year same thing when I switched back, (then switched again.). Along came 8th grade when I was badly burned and was out of school 3/4ths of the year. After that I never tried to make the team in highschool because I figured I wouldn't make it having not played as much as I should have. I was told to try out by my parents, friends on the team and hell even the coach himself but I still thought I didn't have a chance considering the length of a break I was forced to take from playing.

If he doesn't continue playing I hope he doesn't regret as I do. Now I just wish there was some sort of league I could play now.. I was really good, still am after I warm up a little but I just really want to play. No leagues out there besides College ball for a 19 year old.

I'm not sure what to tell you to tell him other then if he doesn't there is a good chance if he likes the game at all he will regret it. Video games are fun but nothing beats running around those bases with a crowd cheering you on.

Good luck man I really hope he doesn't quit, and I hope this helps a little.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-20-2009, 03:30 PM
 
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Just try to keep asking him if he wants to go out and play. Make it fun for him. Take him out for an ice cream after playing baseball. Whatever it takes to make him have fun. Once he starts to realize how much he enjoyes the sport, he will try out again and get back on the field!
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Just try to keep asking him if he wants to go out and play. Make it fun for him. Take him out for an ice cream after playing baseball. Whatever it takes to make him have fun. Once he starts to realize how much he enjoyes the sport, he will try out again and get back on the field!
Yeah, this is true. It takes a lot of the pressure off of the child. When I used to play..no matter what..win or lose, we'd be rewarded. It made playing fun, no matter what level you played at.


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