Competitive leagues

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Competitive leagues
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Mon, 07-05-2010 - 2:53pm
I need help! I have a well rounded seven year old girl. Right now she is in a very laid-back dance,ballet,tap,tumbling program and she plays rec softball. She has dipped her feet in basketball, soccer, swimming and other sports. Softball is her love. Her uncle played college baseball and says she is very talented for a seven year old. I just see her as a consistent hitter. She has the chance to try out for our 10u fast pitch softball league. I am hesitant. I feel that is too much too early but I don't really want her getting behind. I would love to hear other softball moms stories. I am leaning towards waiting a year and letting her try out next year. My biggest question is how do you know when to specialize in one sport? Is it a huge commitment?? Any regrets?? What should we do with her in the upcoming year? She is also a very creative, artistic, musical girl who is going to start piano lessons as well.

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Tue, 07-06-2010 - 11:03am

I would say continue doing the variety of activities.

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Tue, 07-06-2010 - 12:29pm
That was so helpful, thanks!!

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 07-07-2010 - 1:44pm

Welcome to the board!


I agree with newsocdad, let her keep trying a variety of sports. Spring / Summer is a great time to play softball and continue with the dance and tumbling, swimming any other rec opportunities the come up.


I have noticed that the kids that don't specialize early but stay active and fit end up being the more agile kids. Right now one of the best players on my dd softball team is first and foremost a ballerina, an amazing athlete with such grace and speed.


Any regrets? Yes! My dd started in the mom and toddler program at gymnastics at 18 months quickly progressed and by age 6 was going to gymnastics 4 days a week for 2 hours a day. + plus private lessons. At the ripe old age of 8 she was done and we let her quit. At this point she couldn't ride a bike or swim, every spare moment had been consumed by gymnastics. Took some time off learned to swim, ride a bike, take some dance classes. Started taking taekwondo, wich she loved. Again gave up everything to just do tkd competively travelled the country made some amazing memories earned her black belt. At 13 she was putting so much pressure on herself this time that we made her take a step back. at 14 she picked up a softball for the first time and played two years of rec, the second of which she played jv at high school as well. Year 3 she played varsity at high school and made a select 16u team. She is definately behind in softball, I'd say she is about the 14u level, but has a great coach willing to work with her. However, had she been playing rec since age 7 there most likely wouldn't have been a difference and having an active sports background she would of jumped right in without a problem. My only real regret is her focusing on gymnastics at such a young age, the martial arts was more positive than negative, and softball she really enjoys mostly because it's still new.


Sorry this was so long. Have your dd

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Sat, 07-10-2010 - 8:22pm

I agree that it's best to let her participate in different activities, and continue to have fun and socialize.

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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 2:32pm

Just curious if you have made any kind of decision?

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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 3:15pm

Yes, we are not trying out this year for sure and probably not next year either. I have since talked to my brother, who played college ball, and has coached little ones. He said it is not a good idea. He has seen the little ones with potential burn out too young. He hasn't seen Morgan play and he is going to come watch her sometime on her rec league next year.

Morgan started a fit kids camp today where they play games for 45 minutes. She got quite a workout and I had some quality time with my 2 year old. I have been working with her at the Y on her front crawl this summer and she is almost ready to swim 25 yards on her own. She just learned to ride her bike so she has been busy practicing that as well. I am very pleased that she has been able to stay active without being in any organized sports this past month. I think that is a challenge anymore, kids can't just run all over town like I used too.

This fall she will be doing piano and dance, maybe a basketball clinic here and there, and rec softball in the spring again. We have decided against soccer as well, she only loves soccer during recess.

Making all of these decisions is so hard isn't it???


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