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Bedford County Baseball hits a homerun!

Posted Monday, April 6, 2009, at 6:17 PM

Baseball and friendship. What a concept! T-G Photo by Jimmy Jones
Have you been out to HV Griffin Park to watch the 3 and 4 year old kids play baseball?

The league's idea to let these tykes play ball in an instructional and nurturing setting is a huge hit with the parents and the community at large.

Kudos to the board members for recognizing the opportunity and to the Shelbyville Recreation Department for sanctioning the newly created division.

You want to see children playing the great American past time just for pure and unabashed fun? Go out to the ball park and check out the action. No score keeping, no batting averages, no standings, no pressure. Be prepared to arrive early if you want to find a seat or a parking spot though.

They definitely draw a crowd!!!

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At what point/age do you stop??? Just wondering when these little guys are gonna be just kids. It will be very interesting to see the possible "Burn Out" factor as some of these kids get older. Being very involved in athletics my whole life, I wonder about the quality of instruction. If it is not being taught correctly at a young age it could be doing the little guys an injustice.

-- Posted by bamaman55 on Mon, Apr 6, 2009, at 8:05 PM

The question is what point do you begin? The world has changed, just being a kid used to mean you climbed trees, went fishing, played outside. Now it is sit in the house, play video games, or play on the computer. The idea that these kids are playing, and learning a skill while they do it, there is no pressure, they are having fun, not being pushed, it is a good thing. The "Burn Out" factor is and should not be an issue. If one really loves the game, there is no burn out. These little ones are having a blast, just go watch them. It is much better for them than sitting in the house. As for as correct instruction, I do know that at least one 3-4 coach has been an assistant coach for high school baseball for many years and I think he has been a coach in every age group at one time. The little ones are having fun and their parents are enjoying watching them.

-- Posted by Easton on Tue, Apr 7, 2009, at 8:39 AM

Fundamentals are being taught in this 3 and 4 year league and the kids are having some fun at the same time. We send our kids to preschool and they learn to count, learn the alphabet,there colors, and how to get along with others. They are taught this so they will be ready for kindergarden, right! So lets get them ready to play baseball and let them have some fun at the same time. There is something about Shelbyville, Tn. Look at all the talent that has come out of our town in the past few years and what has been happening recently at our own Shelbyville High School Baseball team. We have had Major League Scouts and Colledge Scouts here in Shelbyville in the last month!

So this tells me that the BCB League is a great thing for the kids to participate in and learn from our Coaches that donate there time to teach.AS a matter of fact the picture above has my 3 yr old child in it. My husband is also the head coach of one of the teams above. I am also the dugout mom of this team, so as for the matter of the burnout factor you refer to, the one question that is always asked to these little boys and girls, is if they had fun? The answer is always yes with a huge bright smile on their faces and they are always ready for more , that to all of us is very priceless.

-- Posted by MoMmYoFtWoBoYz on Tue, Apr 7, 2009, at 5:03 PM

Obviously bamaman55 does not have a child playing organized sports in Bedford County.

Although not the first to allow pre-schoolers to play organized sports (Cascade Youth Football did this a few years back and the T ball league has been going strong for years.), I have to commend Bedford County Baseball for doing this.

It is so much fun watching these little ones, with eyes and minds wide open on the ball field.

-- Posted by ghostrider on Wed, Apr 8, 2009, at 6:33 PM

For your information ghostrider I have two kids. One son is 3 yrs. old and one son that is 4 weeks old and neither is playing sports in Bedford County yet. As mentioned in an above post, since the world has changed, I guess I need to hurry and sign them both up to play.

I grew up in Shelbyville during a time when you played Minor League for the school you attended. This league was for 7 and 8 year olds. You then played Little League at age 9. I just think that 3 and 4 year olds playing organized sports is too young. Just my opinion.

In saying all of this I do wish all the little guys the best of luck and that all goes well.

-- Posted by bamaman55 on Wed, Apr 8, 2009, at 10:15 PM

Congratulations, bamaman55 on your two youngsters.

"IF" they are having fun it is never too young. Notice the capitalized "if". If it is not fun then these little guys and girls will be turned off sports from the get-go.

All situations that I have personally witnessed in football, t-ball and basketball have been fun for the little ones.

As a parent of 4 myself and being actively involved in my children's "sports life", I would NEVER allow a coach or parent make athletics not fun for someone so young. Granted, as they get older it will and should get a little tougher. At 4 and 5 years old though, there is no reason for them not to enjoy themselves.

-- Posted by ghostrider on Thu, Apr 9, 2009, at 6:42 PM

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