Youth Baseball Vacations: Tips to help your kids can enjoy summer sports without missing out on family vacation time.
Planning a youth baseball vacation this year? You’re not the only one! Better than any other youth sport, softball and baseball have become the stimulus of teamwork. They challenge the mental & physical skills of winning and bring into play the inspiration for strategy and tactics. They also teach that although every player ultimately strikes out, there is always another chance for victory in the next game. The legacy of softball & baseball is carried forward by those devoted coaches and families teaching children how to enjoy and play this great game. Baseball & Softball are one of the many Branson youth activities that bring people to this & many other youth baseball vacation destinations around the world.
First, the basics of planning a youth baseball vacation can be knowing the rules of baseball & softball. Kids start tee ball at 4-5 yrs old and then by 7-8 start playing on a team. Moms, dads, brothers & sisters start coaching the rules of the game. A baseball/softball game is played by two teams who alternate between defense and offense. Each side has nine players and the goal is to score more runs by hitting a thrown ball with a bat and touching a series of four markers called bases arranged in a diamond shape. Players on one team take turns hitting while the other team tries to stop them from scoring runs. A player on the batting team can stop at any of the bases and hope to score on a teammate’s hit. The teams switch between batting and fielding whenever the fielding team gets three outs. One turn at bat for each team constitutes an inning; nine innings make up a professional game. The team with the most runs at the end of the game wins. Baseball is played on the professional, amateur, and youth levels and is popular all over the world especially during the summer months.
Sounds easy enough…then why all the practice? Practice is for specific skills such as pitching, fielding, eye-hand coordination, where we need parents to drive. This sport is best for kids who have the ability to socialize that are team-oriented, patient enough to cope with baseball’s slower pace. Both boys and girls can play baseball & softball and teams are also set up for special need kids. Equipment needs are a mitt, helmet, cleats, uniform, batting glove with a catcher needing a face mask and shin guard.
Parents, grandparents, aunts, siblings and retirees are strongly encouraged to volunteer at baseball & softball games. This priceless time gives them the opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones in a safe, fun-filled environment. The time, talents and skills they bring are valuable to the team. For parent volunteers it allows you to share interest and goals, builds character and prepares youth to be tomorrow’s leaders. Leagues are always looking for responsible and enthusiastic individuals to support and coordinate events and activities. It’s important to the team to have volunteers that have a keen interest in the safety, well-being, and overall development of children.
As with most youth sports, time obligation, dedication and loyalty grows as players rise up the ranks to Minor/ Major (9-12 yrs), Junior (13-16 yrs), Senior (14-16 yrs) and Big League (16-18 yrs) or travel teams, necessitating a need for youth baseball vacations. Leagues are based on ability and age. Beginners may have just one practice and/or game per week, while more accomplished athletes will practice several days a week and devote nearly every summer weekend to games and tournaments. Cost begins to rise for older players, especially those on travel teams. The whole family gets involved when travel is involved for tournaments.
Planning a summer youth baseball vacation to coincide with the tournament is the smartest and most economical arrangement. Tournament directors try to select cities that have activities for the whole family to enjoy. Family and friends research accommodations while the manager and coach work on game strategies, track career stats, select a tournament, register the teams and complete the paperwork. Resorts like Thousand Hills Golf Resort in Branson host numerous teams for youth baseball vacations. Families like the condominium that have fully furnished kitchens saving money instead of dining out every night, washer/dryers for uniforms, outdoor patio, pools and grills so the team can rally together. Mom’s feel comfortable with the team being in a safe and secure family friendly town. And when the games aren’t going on, there are many Branson youth activities to keep the family rested & entertained.
Volunteers who have a knack for fundraising ideas work in the in the community to rally everyone together and seek sponsorships to defray the ever-increasing cost for traveling to tournament for youth baseball vacations. Win or lose-the teamwork, community involvement and the character that is built along the way is understandable why baseball and softball is referred to as the all American Sport.