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So next year I will bed eciding if one of my boys will participate on a tournament baseball team. After reading a book called "The most expensive game in town" which is about some parents spending up to $10k on
childs sports (with hopes of them playing in college or pro) I am wondering if it's best just to keep him in league ball.
 

Jun 18, 2012 - 04:18 pm
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I know that locally with the kingwood dynasty, the kids get instructed by professional and former professional ballplayers.
 
Cant get that in most leagues.

Jun 18, 2012 - 04:22 pm
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ditto to what Pedro said.  But get ready to travel a lot and it isn't cheap.

Just don't burn him out too soon.  Kids are still kids and they need to enjoy the sport while they can.  Once in middle and high school the fun is all but gone, and it is all about winning and scholarships.

Jun 18, 2012 - 04:34 pm
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I'm going to take a look at some of the teams this fall then decide for Spring ball. I've been hearing not so great things about Dynasty.

Jun 19, 2012 - 10:25 am
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I'm kinda not in line where youth sports have been heading.

Jun 19, 2012 - 10:27 am
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Dynasty is good.  It really is.  But I just don't see putting out that kind of money at that age.  And even if you kid lives for ball, love it more than breathing, sometimes they need just need to have a weekend off, to goof around and be a kid.

I have lots of friends who are in Dynasty.  They are good people, and the organization is good.  

It is sort of like swim team to me.  I am not going to do it.  I fail to see why anyone would want to do any activity for 6 freaking days a week.  Where is the fun in this?  It is like, OK lets have a swim team and be the best on planet earth!   It is insane.

My son played in KFL, great league, great coaches.  But 2 hour practices a day for 4 days starting in early August, then going to 3 days a week with a game on Sat.  This is little league ball for God's sake!  And now my son is playing in middle school, and it is like nothing.  You don't start practice until after school starts.  You get to school early, you stay after one day a week for the game.  My son is like, wow, it just isn't a big deal and this is a real team.   

Why can't Kingwood just have a regular normal people league.  For folks who have the sense to know that no 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 yr old is going pro in the next year?  And to hire a personal coach for a little kid?  Really?   I just don't get it.



Jun 19, 2012 - 10:50 am
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Why can't Kingwood just have a regular normal people league.  For folks who have the sense to know that no 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 yr old is going pro in the next year?  And to hire a personal coach for a little kid?  Really?   I just don't get it.


It's not just kingwood. The high school coaches know that if their middle school and elementary programs are not up to par, when the kids get to high school, they will suck. Believe it or not in most ISDs' coaches are paid to win. If you just want your kids to have fun try not having them play COMPETITIVE sports.


Jun 19, 2012 - 12:30 pm
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My oldest son played select/ tournament Baseball for 8 yrs. He loved it. Once he told me was done, I took him out. He's on the HS baseball team. He's been on varsity since his freshman year.
It is very expensive and you do travel ALOT! I had to put up with alot because his dad never went to practice or games so it was just me. It's lots of had work for the child and parent/s. 


Jun 19, 2012 - 12:41 pm
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My nephew is in tournament "select" baseball, and he has games pretty much every weekend, and they are going to Gulf Shores for the "world series" for the 10U league.  I do think they spend quite a bit of money on this, esp. with all of the gas for going to and from the games.  They have to go to Beaumont, League City, Clear Lake, and other places....But, he seems to really enjoy the competition.  He has also made some friends on the team. 
I would say go for it (if your child wants to), and try if for a season.  You can always take him out for the next season if need be. 


Jun 19, 2012 - 12:47 pm
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I guess it all depends on the one you pick? We have just started this summer. We are with Nations Baseball...Most of the tournaments we have been to are very reasonable..Right now we are only playing every other weekend. Most of the ones we are scheduled for are only about 50 bucks a kid per tourney.
We are a new team..and quite frankly don't know the ends and outs of everything. Maybe the more established teams play at more expensive tournaments. We are only doing local this summer. We have done one in Humble , one in Cy Falls , and one in the Pearland area..We have had a former pro pitcher come out and work some with our boys. It was 20 bucks for about 20 min of one on one. I saw an ad yesterday, maybe on Atascocita.com looking for a new player for a 13u team....

Jun 19, 2012 - 12:50 pm
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Remember this - Tom House, former pro pitcher, worked with pitchers (including young kids) one on one.  He taught the inverted W back in the 90's.  Today he agrees it was wrong to teach pitching that way.  Inverted W led to a lot of injuries - for example Mark Prior.

Tom Seaver taught drop and drive - bending the knees and getting low before driving through the pitching motion.  That led to a lot of knee and back problems for pitchers.

Back in the 80's and 90's Walt Hriniak, former professional player, taught hitting all over the country.  He taught an entire generation to swing down on the ball and to remove the top hand from the bat in the follow through.  These methods were so bad Hriniak later claimed he didn't teach them - I attended one of his hitting clinics and he did teach them.

"They have former professional players coaching" in and of itself doesn't mean the coaching is good.

Overall, baseball wise, kids who go through these programs learn baseball.  They're practicing a lot, and getting overall good instruction.  If they earn a scholarship to college it's worth the effort and cost.  $10K for tournament team is a good investment if it returns a free college education.

Jun 19, 2012 - 01:00 pm
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Worth the money?  It depends on how much your kids enjoy baseball.  If they love it, and have enough skill to play at that level, it is worth it.  The KWFCBA also puts together select teams and it is cheaper than Dynasty because the coaches are not paid.  Parents can get a little weird when they are paying coaches too. 

Jun 19, 2012 - 01:15 pm
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Now a days if your kid is serious about playing ball they need to play select and tourney teams... They will get left behind. There are of course exceptions if you have that one god gifted super talented kid.

Jun 19, 2012 - 03:50 pm
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I keep hearing about select ball. My oldest wants to really get into baseball.

Jun 19, 2012 - 03:58 pm
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