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There is Something Wrong With Little League Baseball

we are in the midst of an epidemic of over-use injuries being suffered by youth sports participants. The question has been raised by my peers; “Who is Little League baseball for, the kids, the parents, or ESPN?” I think the inescapable conclusion is that the kids are at the bottom of this Totem Pole. There is no justification for the length of youth baseball’s “regular” season or the necessity for fall and winter baseball. There are no good arguments to be made for 11- and 12-year old kids to be playing baseball in late August. Dr. James Andrews, recognized as the leading expert in arm injuries and performing the surgeries to fix them, has data that indicates youth pitchers who throw more than 8 months of the year are 5 times more likely to suffer an injury that requires surgery. Dr. Andrews also recommends involvement in a variety of sports and to only participate in one sport per season. Playing one sport year-round is not recommended. There are those who drink the recruiting Kool Aid and believe that unless 12 to 15-year olds are on some kind of elite travelling team they won’t be good enough down the road to get looked at by scouts or colleges. This is just nonsense. We are at a point where parents and too many coaches clearly do not know what is best for the children. Youth sports are out of control and no sport better illustrates this than Little League baseball.

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  1. Couldn’t agree more, Sal. At my high school, by the way, the best athletes always were three or four-sport players. I went to a tiny high school (my graduating class in 2005 was 36 kids; about 20 boys) and even with us dividing our year between four different sports, I can think of about a half-dozen of us that continued on to play collegiate sports.
    Sports should be fun for the kids, and the parents are the ones who have the biggest lesson to learn.

  2. The issue isn’t volume, it’s quality. If kids did a massive amount of quality training guided by someone who knows their sht, the kids will be beasty. If they do even a moderate amount of poor quality training, they’re going to develop imbalances and injure themselves, PROBABLY WITH A CONCUSSION IN FOOTBALL. It’s true.

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