February 1, 2011 9:14am CST
My son, who is 5 started baseball last October. He is really excited when it comes to going to the practices and knowing that he is going to get to see his friends. But he doesn't concentrate and pay attention, all he wants to do is run around and laugh with his buddies. He concentration level is not all there. I know he is young and that is normal, but how can we get him to concentrate a bit more, he just move up because of his age to a higher level and the other kids play a bit better then he does. Is like if he wants to play, but he doesn't want to learn. Do you have any suggestions. I would love to hear from you. Thank you!!!
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1 Feb 11
It's really hard to get your kid concentrate on a game especially if he just wants to enjoy playing the sport. I think we really can't do a lot about these things. All we can do is to continue encouraging him even if he's doing poorly at the game. Here's a trick that might help. Pick a child in his team who plays better than him. Then make that child sort of a role model that your son could follow.
• United States
1 Feb 11
You're telling me, I've tried everything, my hubby sometimes gets a bit impatient, because he wishes he would be more into the sports, and I will admit that I am at fault as well, I somtimes get aggrevated. But then I stop to think, he's only 5 what can we expect from him, at least he's here and trying. I will definitely try that though, hopefully he will notice what the other children do and try to copy them, maybe that will work, if not well just continue going to practice and making the most out of it. Thanks for the advise.
26 Mar 11
I think he is very young and if you are worried about him not learning the game and becoming a good player you should stop. He is 5 years old. He has all the time in the world to become a good player. I am 15 years old and have been playing for about 7-10 years myself. I don't know off the top of my head. I was never a good hitter but was a good catcher. Now that I am older and developed my body and skills, I am a much better player. Don't worry about it yet. As far as the concentration goes, there is nothing really to do. Tell him to pay attention. He is five, he doesn't want to learn, he wants to have fun!
24 Feb 11
I would say to speak to the coach. Children will sometime listen to coaches better than parents, because you're just the same old mom and dad who always "ruin my fun" but in their eyes, the coach is an expert, lol! Some coaches have a lot of experience and just have "a way" of getting children to listen and focus, but some don't. Either way, you have a completely normal 5 year old! With kids that really have a hard time focussing at swimming lessons, I talk to them at the start and we make "a plan" together. We talk about how long they think they can listen and follow instructions before they need a break or a more fun practice activity of their choice. So sometimes I can get 5-10 minutes of quality practice on their least favorite stroke because it is broken up with "breaks" where they work on their favorite stroke or get to do a cannonball. Usually all sorts of sports and lessons for 5 year olds need this sort of plan, with the kids' input, to get everyone's cooperation.
• United States
24 Feb 11
I have a lot of experience coaching kids of all ages. What you are going through is not uncommon, actually is quite normal. You have already made one very good coaching move, you got him started, he is having fun running around the baseball field. Best piece of advice that I can give you is don't let you ambition get in the way of your son having fun. His is only 5. Don't worry his is learning more than you think. You must continue to show him that you are having fun also.