Critique of Youth Sport Specialization in Baseball
Van Koevering, Mitchell T.
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Participating in various youth sports offers many benefits, stemming from a greater self-esteem that is attributed to success, greater level of physical fitness, and an increased level of social skills from being around other individuals. Although there are many positive aspects that result from the participation in youth sports, there are also drawbacks that stem from the competitiveness in many youth players-and the parents of these children- who seek the goals of being on the most decorated travel, college, pro, or Olympic team. Due to the competitive nature of the youth players, there is a greater expectancy of individuals to start their training at a much earlier age, as compared to previous year’s statistics (Kelley 2013) along with increasing the frequency of training in that specific sport. This is especially prevalent in that of young baseball players who attempt to play for teams that play full year seasons rather than summer or spring seasons, and who then take lessons to hone their skills on many of the non-game days. This time spent focusing on intensive training and competition for an individual sport, baseball, rather than a full skill development in a wide range of sports can lead to exhaustive and demonstrative psychological and social effects as well as the ever dangerous and ever present injuries and developmental issues that may follow.