> > Why do you ride Brad so hard about this.
> Because he embodies many of the traits of the typical over-bearing
> Little League parent trying to re-live his past glories and fantasies
> through his kids.
It's not just little league either. There are lots of kids in golf
academies in FL, and many parents who haul their kids around the
country all summer to play in AJGA tournies. I like to think the kids
play, golf, baseball, softball, whatever, because they enjoy it, but I
know that's not always the case.
I believe Lil Glfnaz is having fun, at least for now. He may burn out,
or lose interest. It's a long road to MLB, but if he has that kind of
talent it's a good career path. Crazy money out there.
> Now I'm not saying that Brad is exactly like this, but I do think the
> 3-mile runs at 5:30 AM and the two-a-days are a little much.
Who do you think he is, Marc O'Hair?
> I heard of an interesting study someone did that determined that it was
> impossible to predict success for youngsters who play sports at an
> early age. The findings were that a kid had the same likelihood of
> becoming a star no matter whether he started playing at age 4 or age
I believe this. My parents didn't want me to play organized football
until I was in high school. I ended up having more success than most,
including all the guys who played Pop Warner.
Soccer and Ice Hockey are popular sports around here. Often parents and
coaches think their kids need to choose a sport at an early age and
play only that, if they are to succeed, and some play soccer or hockey
virtually year-round. I think kids should play a variety of sports. The
good athletes will be good, and don't need to play just one sport.
I started basketball and baseball in the 3rd grade, added football in
9th and played all three sports throughout HS. Having seasonal sports,
I never got burned out. I was also good enough to be recruited to play
college football (didn't go there), and played baseball in college.
Would I have been better if I focused on one sport? I don't know, but
if I had it to do over I wouldn't change it.