7 Life Lessons Learned Playing Youth Baseball

Youth-Baseball-Life-LessonsLet’s face it. Sports are fun: first and foremost. They are games meant to be enjoyed by the young and the young at heart. But through this simple game come some pretty complex life lessons.

7 Life Lessons Learned Playing Youth Baseball

  1. Teamwork: Here’s a news flash. Being on a team helps teach teamwork. What a crazy concept. Youth baseball players must learn to operate within the confines of a team and trust one another in order to accomplish goals. It’s pretty simple. You know the saying “There is no ‘I’ in team?” Youth sports is the time when children learn the importance of this seemingly simple concept.
  2. Work Ethic: Practice makes perfect. In order to succeed you must put in the work. Natural talent will only take you so far.
  3. Dealing with Rejection and Failure: When it comes to sports, failure is inevitable. No one can make every shot. No one can hit every ball. No one can win every game. But from each failure comes the opportunity to grow as both an athlete and as a person.
  4. Dealing with Success: Similarly to No. 3, youth baseball also teaches children how to handle success. While you should always strive to be the best you can be, it is important to do so with humility.
  5. Making New Friends: Youth baseball teaches children how to make friends and forge new bonds.
  6. Separating Emotions: Baseball can be a very emotional game, but you mustn’t let those emotions dictate your actions. This important lesson can be very difficult, but it is very necessary. The ability to separate emotions and make logical decisions will help you later in life.
  7. Just Keep Going: How many times do you see people give up when things get too tough? Like the Little Engine that Could, you have to just keep pushing forward no matter what. I think I can…I think I can…I think I can… Learning to rise above and still be able to perform in the clutch is an important skill you will learn in youth baseball.

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