Mark, I've been coaching Little League baseball for 20 years. We've got no shortage of nutty parents who think their kid must be elite by age 10 or else there won't be a NCAA scholarship waiting for them.
So they sign Junior up for select teams in other towns, in addition to playing a full schedule in our in-town program. They drag them down to the batting cages several evenings a week, year-round. They hire trainers, batting coaches, pitching coaches. It's insane. Way too much specialization at an early age.
It's lousy parenting. Hall of Famer Cal Ripken is very outspoken about this pitiful trend. They're doing their kids an enormous disservice. Because in the vast majority of cases these Type-A parents end up dismayed as their hot-shots become burned out or broken down by Middle School. Imagine that! Non factors in their chosen sport by high school.
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