We are well into Fall Ball and both of my boys are playing this season. This means that I am spending a lot of time at the baseball field. Which means I am observing a lot. And there’s one thing that keeps coming to mind.

Let them be little. 

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We throw our kids into organized sports at such an early age and expect them to just get it. We expect them to walk out onto that field and play like Derek Jeter. What we forget is that they are 3, 4, and 5 years old. Three year olds aren’t supposed to be expected to stand in an outfield and not play in dirt.

And why should we want them to do anything but that?

It’s what they are supposed to do.

They are supposed to play in the dirt.

And be silly.

And, honestly, it’s my favorite part of t-ball. Sports become competitive so quickly why shouldn’t we hold onto the fun while we can.

Before it becomes about outs.

And the final score.

Let them be little. 

And if they are scared? Let them cry. 

let them cry

Because it can be scary. Imagine yourself at 3 years old standing at home plate with a bunch of strangers staring at you. It can be scary. And it is ok to cry in baseball.

Let them giggle.

let them giggle

Let them play in the dirt.

Let them run to third base instead of first.

Laugh, not at them, but with them. Show them sports are supposed to be fun, first and foremost.

FUN.

Sports should be fun. Not about what they didn’t do. But what they did do. And if all they did was play in the dirt, well hey, at least they stayed out on the field.

Look for the small victories.

And celebrate them.

let them be little

Let them be little. 

 

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