Active for Life: Baseball

Active for Life is a national initiative about physical literacy.

We provide information, advice, and resources for parents who want to raise active and successful kids. Being physically literate helps children to be better baseball players, and better athletes.

Here are our key articles about baseball and physical literacy:

Little kids can’t play baseball, and what you can do about that

Al Herback believes that while baseball may be too complicated for little kids, that doesn’t mean they can’t have fun learning the skills required to play the game. For example, forget drills and focus instead on showing them how to properly throw, catch, and swing a bat.

 

Top 5 reasons kids play sports

Study after study comes up with the same result. Kids play sports for the fun of it. And not having fun is one of the major reasons 70 percent of kids quit playing sports by the time they’re 13.

 

Baseball Canada and Active for Life partner to promote physical literacy

Baseball Canada and Active for Life are combining efforts to let parents know about the importance of physical literacy and long-term athlete development.

 

Baseball Canada promotes physical literacy and a love for the gamebaseballcanada-plgraphic-english

Baseball Canada is dedicated to helping players develop a love for the game by concentrating on physical literacy and skills development that can also help them succeed elsewhere in life.

 

kid-hitting-baseballBaseball: Rally Cap means fun and skills

The Rally Cap program encourages fundamental sport skills development in baseball, along with physical literacy for child development in preadolescent kids.

Specialization: What does it really mean?

Early and premature sport specialization creates the danger that children will get overuse injuries and burnout; thus parents need to start by understanding what specialization means.

 

youth-free-play-silhouetteCan you guess the one thing that most elite athletes have in common?

Coaches, elite athletes, sport scientists, and medical professionals all weigh in on the merits of the multi-sport approach to sport training.

 

BaseballScrub baseball

It’s baseball season and there’s no better time to get outside with a bat and ball and your kids. You don’t need to be part of a league to play.

 

injured-young-playerSpecializing in sport could fast track your kids to the hospital, not the major leagues

To help minimize the possibility of repetitive sports injury, sign your kids up for different activities that will allow them to perform a variety of movement skills.

 

Russell Wilson, quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, in a game versus the Atlanta Falcons on Jan. 13, 2013 at the Georgia DomeSeattle Seahawks quarterback could have played professional baseball

Seattle Seahawks starter Russell Wilson is among the elite NFL quarterbacks who were selected in the MLB draft. Wilson, Tom Brady, and Colin Kaepernick could all be playing in the MLB right now.

 

boy playing tennisIf you’re raising a child athlete, think long-term

The Long-Term Athlete Development model was created to ensure that sport and activities for kids are developmentally appropriate according to maturation during child development. A key part of LTAD is physical literacy, and child physical literacy should be developed by the onset of the growth spurt.

 

Mo'Ne Davis plays for the Taney Dragons from PennsylvaniaGirls got game at Little League World Series

Mo’Ne Davis and Emma March are the 17th and 18th girls to play baseball in the annual Little League World Series.

 

MultipleSportsDoes playing other sports make my child better at baseball?

Participating in other sports always helps improve skills in a favourite sport. Children need to develop as all-round athletes before they specialize in one sport.

 

multiple-sports-apparatusWhy specializing early in one sport is a bad idea

Athlete and sport specialization is a hot topic in long term athlete development for parents who want to pressure their children to become superstar professional athletes, but they should look at late specialization, sport sampling and early diversification rather than early specialization in sport.

 

why-kids-quit-sportsWhy kids quit sports

Here are 4 important reasons why kids quit sports, from not having fun, to lacking the physical literacy skills they need to feel confident when they play.


One Comment

  1. greg smithson June 14, 2016 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    keep kids active all year. multiple sports!!!

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