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CaCO3Girl

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Posted - 11/17/2015 :  13:32:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am posting this on the 6u board because I am curious why 6u and 7u parents are choosing the travel ball option over rec ball.

bigroc19

136 Posts

Posted - 11/17/2015 :  15:17:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There is only one answer CaCo if you have travel ball experience as a parent...The competition is better then Rec Ball. My oldest plays 14maj and he started at 6.
You not proabley going to get many replies...because I hope the forum for 6 and 7 will never be as dramatic as the 14u
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CaCO3Girl

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Posted - 11/18/2015 :  07:46:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bigroc19

There is only one answer CaCo if you have travel ball experience as a parent...The competition is better then Rec Ball. My oldest plays 14maj and he started at 6.
You not proabley going to get many replies...because I hope the forum for 6 and 7 will never be as dramatic as the 14u


My kid started at 6u as well and he is also playing 14u right now....BUT....we did not do travel ball at 6u.

I have a 6 year old as well, I don't understand the concept of "the competition is better" because well they are tiny people, how much can they do?
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nwgadad

137 Posts

Posted - 11/21/2015 :  12:27:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My oldest is 16 now. We did not do 'travel' until 9u. For 7 and 8 we did rec and all stars. My second son is 6 now and probably will not do travel until that age also. I think at the younger ages with the proper coaching rec and then all stars is the way to go. We put way too much pressure on the kids and they are just too young to handle it. Plus too many practices and games at the younger age may lead to early burnout.
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brball

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Posted - 11/21/2015 :  22:37:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Why is this even a discussion? At 6U they can barely tie the **** cleats... Just saying and SMDH at the same time!!! Geez, Wait till at least 9 or 10U, IMO. Let them enjoy cartoons for a minute!

Edited by - brball on 11/22/2015 19:57:29
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CaCO3Girl

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Posted - 11/23/2015 :  07:42:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by brball

Why is this even a discussion? At 6U they can barely tie the **** cleats... Just saying and SMDH at the same time!!! Geez, Wait till at least 9 or 10U, IMO. Let them enjoy cartoons for a minute!



LOL, that's kind of my point. I'm wondering what drives people to go to travel ball at 6/7/8u. Before kid pitch I just don't get it and I want someone to explain it to me.
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Bravemom

175 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2017 :  08:55:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
LOL...I had to come to the 6u forum after reading about that dad's question about 6u tourneys.

Son didn't start until 10 in travel. We knew kids who started at 7u that are not playing at 14u because they burned out.

I encourage 6u parents to visit the post 12u forums and read and educate yourself (that is what I did and found it really helpful). It helps you get perspective and see the bigger picture. Otherwise, you get pulled into the rat race. Pretty soon I will start seeing 4u tourneys.

All I can think of is those poor arms!
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corn dawgie dawg

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Posted - 12/15/2017 :  09:26:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
6u is impossible to even find 2 teams to play eachother 9 out of 10 weekends. A good rec program that fields 2 or 3 all star teams for dizzy dean is the way to go for 6u & 7u at least. 8u I can see making the jump if you want to start the KP. And yes for every kid that pitches at 8u another 5 kids didn't start travel until they were 12. Spare me, I know this. I'm just saying there are kids who do have an interest and the attention span to grasp it at this age, let them be challenged.
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CaCO3Girl

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Posted - 12/15/2017 :  11:31:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Bravemom

175 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2017 :  13:59:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by corn dawgie dawg

6u is impossible to even find 2 teams to play eachother 9 out of 10 weekends. A good rec program that fields 2 or 3 all star teams for dizzy dean is the way to go for 6u & 7u at least. 8u I can see making the jump if you want to start the KP. And yes for every kid that pitches at 8u another 5 kids didn't start travel until they were 12. Spare me, I know this. I'm just saying there are kids who do have an interest and the attention span to grasp it at this age, let them be challenged.



I hear ya....and what I am saying is that is a parent speaking...not the 6year old speaking. I don't think little Johnny is asking to go to travel ball to be challenged at 6u (where he is potentially 5 years old). I am speaking to a different segment of parents...whether your child plays 6u travel or not, will not impact what kind of baseball player he will become. What you can potentially do is add more mileage to those little arms. Please familiarize yourselves with ASMI discussion forums and PitchSmart.
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oneZone

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Posted - 12/15/2017 :  17:46:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gosh, I remember my little fella's first season in 4U like it was yesterday! I know a lot of people think that's crazy, but there are some kids out there at that age who can flat-out BALL. And my kid was one of them, so I had to do what was best for him. He needed to be challenged and pushed to understand what it takes to compete at a high level, like I did until I blew out my elbow. And my knee. But the stupid elbow was what really did me in, I think.

Anyway, I don't mean to rip on every other parent and kid from our little town of Smallsville, but the rec league there was absolutely killin' me. Just a total JOKE at all ages, especially 4U. Teeball? Uhhh, yeah, OK ... at PRACTICE. Maybe. But my 4U slugger wasn't gonna be hitting off a tee when he was already absolutely drillin it off his older brother, who at the time was a flame-thrower for the 7U Elite National Select team outta West Tennessee. (Boy, talk about putting the "travel" in travel ball ... put a lotta miles on the dually that year!)

Anyway, I mean you had kids who could barely even RUN, let alone throw and catch. And definitely not like my son could. Plus the league wouldn't let me coach his team, so what could he possibly have learned from those other daddies? They didn't know their strike zone from a hole in the ground, and they sure wouldn't a taught him to be a MAN. And that was all on account a that time a few years I got a little fired up when my older boy got called out at home on an absolutely ridiculous call. He was safe by a MILE. Literally. But for some reason they didn't want em sliding in head first so they called him out. So stupid. That just ain't real baseball! So, I was just trying to get that point across to the young punk they had umpiring, and I swear I absolutely did not mean to hit him in the nose with that helmet. Or to kick him in the shins. Well, not that hard, anyway -- on the shin thing. Kinda forgot I had my metal cleats on since I was coaching third.

Anyway, I have zero regrets about moving my little man into travel at 4U. He was ready. In fact, I know for an absolute scientific fact that could easily be proven that it helped him get where he is now, playing at the highest level. Boy, now that he's obviously the most dominant player on the 8U Premium Deluxe Master Prospects team outta South Alabama, it's hard to believe it's been 5 years since 4U! And no, I don't have the math wrong -- he was playing up as a 3-year-old on that 4U team. Still dominated! Just had to make sure I got him locked into the top Major level team in the Southeast by the time things really get going in travel ball around here in GA, at 6U.

Anyway, I hope y'all appreciate my story and maybe have a little better understanding of why it's so important to get the good players -- just the good ones -- the really, really good ones like my son especially -- started in travel as early as anyone ever has in the history of mankind. It is our duty as parents, actually. At least that's the way I see it. My ex-wife always thought it was too much, but she didn't know sick 'em from come. I mean, she did divorce ME. How smart can she be?! And to think that was all on account a that one time I ... well, that's a topic I suppose I better save for another time.
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CaCO3Girl

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Posted - 12/18/2017 :  08:42:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by oneZone

Gosh, I remember my little fella's first season in 4U like it was yesterday! I know a lot of people think that's crazy, but there are some kids out there at that age who can flat-out BALL. And my kid was one of them, so I had to do what was best for him. He needed to be challenged and pushed to understand what it takes to compete at a high level, like I did until I blew out my elbow. And my knee. But the stupid elbow was what really did me in, I think.

Anyway, I don't mean to rip on every other parent and kid from our little town of Smallsville, but the rec league there was absolutely killin' me. Just a total JOKE at all ages, especially 4U. Teeball? Uhhh, yeah, OK ... at PRACTICE. Maybe. But my 4U slugger wasn't gonna be hitting off a tee when he was already absolutely drillin it off his older brother, who at the time was a flame-thrower for the 7U Elite National Select team outta West Tennessee. (Boy, talk about putting the "travel" in travel ball ... put a lotta miles on the dually that year!)

Anyway, I mean you had kids who could barely even RUN, let alone throw and catch. And definitely not like my son could. Plus the league wouldn't let me coach his team, so what could he possibly have learned from those other daddies? They didn't know their strike zone from a hole in the ground, and they sure wouldn't a taught him to be a MAN. And that was all on account a that time a few years I got a little fired up when my older boy got called out at home on an absolutely ridiculous call. He was safe by a MILE. Literally. But for some reason they didn't want em sliding in head first so they called him out. So stupid. That just ain't real baseball! So, I was just trying to get that point across to the young punk they had umpiring, and I swear I absolutely did not mean to hit him in the nose with that helmet. Or to kick him in the shins. Well, not that hard, anyway -- on the shin thing. Kinda forgot I had my metal cleats on since I was coaching third.

Anyway, I have zero regrets about moving my little man into travel at 4U. He was ready. In fact, I know for an absolute scientific fact that could easily be proven that it helped him get where he is now, playing at the highest level. Boy, now that he's obviously the most dominant player on the 8U Premium Deluxe Master Prospects team outta South Alabama, it's hard to believe it's been 5 years since 4U! And no, I don't have the math wrong -- he was playing up as a 3-year-old on that 4U team. Still dominated! Just had to make sure I got him locked into the top Major level team in the Southeast by the time things really get going in travel ball around here in GA, at 6U.

Anyway, I hope y'all appreciate my story and maybe have a little better understanding of why it's so important to get the good players -- just the good ones -- the really, really good ones like my son especially -- started in travel as early as anyone ever has in the history of mankind. It is our duty as parents, actually. At least that's the way I see it. My ex-wife always thought it was too much, but she didn't know sick 'em from come. I mean, she did divorce ME. How smart can she be?! And to think that was all on account a that one time I ... well, that's a topic I suppose I better save for another time.


, exactly, it's a way of life man.
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bballguy

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Posted - 12/18/2017 :  12:56:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There's only one reason. It's so at the cocktail party and office Dad can say "My boy plays travel"
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