Over the years I have been very critical about youth travel baseball and its correlation with an uprise in youth baseball injuries specifically in pitchers. I believe that too much of anything isn’t a good thing and that all things should be done in moderation. I think this is applicable to youth travel baseball. I believe that most parents have an unrealistic expectation on the potential of their kids.

The odds of playing high school baseball are small and the odds slim dramatically each level up from there from college to MLB. Baseball is available year round from spring, summer and fall baseball. So, the pressures of succeeding are high and then parents allow their kids to play year round. This is detrimental to the health, overuse and abuse of these kids which is why we are seeing a huge upswing in youth baseball injuries. Also, kids can get “burnt out” by playing baseball year round and start to gain interests in other things as they grow up.

Youth baseball is made to be fun and this is when a love for the game is developed. When this passion is developed kids will be willing to do the extra work (drills, practice, etc) in the offseason. To be continued…