Since that day in 1839 when Abner Doubleday first stepped onto the makeshift “mound” and cast the first pitch, Americans have been captivated by baseball. Kids today may not realize the proud history of the sport but from Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson to Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista, baseball is in our blood. Unlike some other sports, baseball is more about strategy and quick thinking than brute force; it’s full of theatricality, but methodical and complex too.
And for kids, baseball is totally enthralling. Even if they don’t understand all the nuances of the game, the wind up, the crack of the bat and the cheering crowd are captivating for children and adults alike. Now are the season heats up, it’s a great time to introduce the kids to
Some MLB teams offer some enrichment programs like the San Francisco Giants Youth Camp, where kids can get instruction, learn about sportsmanship and visit AT&T park!
If you don’t need to live in a major city, or tickets to see your home team are outrageous (and sometimes they are) there are other ways to experience the excitement of a baseball game. During the spring and summer months, it’s easy to find a local or college league where all the elements are there.
Whether your kids are young or older, getting out into the back yard and tossing the ball around not only improves their gross motor skills, it also gets them excited about the whole prospect of baseball.
Here are some simple tips when taking the kids to watch a game:
- The more modern a ballpark, the more kid-friendly it will be. Some of the older stadiums have old school bleachers. Bring a booster so your kids can see.
- If they are young enough to get in free, keep in mind that you are expected to keep them in your lap.
- Take them for a walk if they get restless. Be considerate to fellow fans and if the kids get antsy, take them for a few turns around the park.
- Get an ID bracelet. Most ballparks have gone to lengths to make parks safe for kids, but they do still get lost. You can get an ID bracelet from the ticket counter or customer service center and that way if you do get separated, your kids can easily get redirected back to you.
- Pro games often have some post game activities for kids. Check out the website before you go to make sure you don’t miss out on any fun opportunities designed for little ones.
Everyone loves baseball, no matter where they are from or which teams they are rooting for, being a part of an enthusiastic crowd and watching the team do their thing is without a doubt, thrilling. Kids love to be a part of the action, to learn how the game works and to gorge on peanuts and do the wave. A ball game is outrageous fun for everyone and that always counts as a win.