Friendly competition, opportunities for getting involved with your child, and the excitement of gamedays are all reasons why parents choose to enroll kids in Babe Ruth League. But engaging youth in athletics has a bevy of other benefits. Take a look at the top ten benefits for involving your child in Babe Ruth League.
- Socialization Skills. Learning to share is a skill children are introduced to very early on, but being socialized and playing well with others requires a lot more than that. Baseball and softball give children a way to practice a range of critical social skills including effective communication and conflict resolution; all while making new friends.
- New Friends. Not only for the kids...but for the parents also. Whether you are new to the area or not, youth sports are beneficial to kids and parents when it comes to making new friends in the community.
- Community Awareness. Do you want to learn more about where you live? What better way than by participating in a Babe Ruth league. Parents can learn a great deal about their communities by volunteering in the Babe Ruth League program.
- Parent/Child Involvement. Speaking of being involved in the community, the Babe Ruth program also helps parents to be more engaged with their children. Parents can bond with their children by helping them with practice sessions, volunteering (of course), attending games, or by engaging them in good 'ole baseball chat around the dinner table or during car rides. Sharing stories about your own involvement in sports as a kid, or recent news events about baseball or softball, can also be interesting. Consider attending a pro game with your child as a reward or special treat.
- Energy Aversion. Too much energy and hyperactivity are some of the most common gripes of parents to young children. Children need more options for applying their endless energy...or more challenging options. Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball are great solutions. The physical demands of practices and games can return children home feeling accomplished, and a little tired out and ready for a good night's rest. Also, kids get exercise benefits through baseball and softball without even realizing that it is exercise.
- Mental Fitness. Baseball and softball are natural outlets for stress. Tantrums, mood swings and occasional irritability are all part of being a kid, but instead of throwing in the towel, try throwing a baseball or softball. Babe Ruth League is also a self-esteem enhancer. Children gain a sense of pride as family and friends cheer for them. Babe Ruth League provides a sense of connectedness and community, which are critical to development and overall well-being.
- Mentoring. A great coach not only motivates a team, but is also a great role model. When you choose Babe Ruth League, you are choosing a youth program that requires all managers and coaches to complete coaching education and certification. You are choosing a program where coaches focus more on the child's experience and less on winning games.
- Free Time. Need to run a quick errand, maybe to the grocery store? Practices can afford parents a little much-needed time occasionally. Parents can also find creative time-saving options such as car pooling, or arranging pick-ups and drop-offs with other parents.
- Academic Performance. Sports equal discipline, and good discipline equals increased school performance. When children learn the essence of being well-rounded, it is easier for them to apply the same principles in other areas such as work, school and personal life.
- Discipline/Life Skills. By participating in Babe Ruth League, kids learn important leadership skills, learn how to manage difficult situations or difficult people, and are provided with cultural exposure. Respect, listening, arriving on time, practicing, eating well and staying focused from distractions, are rules of the game. Winning and losing also teach kids fundamentals of pride and humility.
FUN...winning is fun - when it happens! The overall Babe Ruth League experience is fun. So if you child does not currently participate in the Babe Ruth League program, go register him/her today!