• Fun over Fear

  • Myths and Realities of Youth Baseball. Ages 3-9
  • By: Walter A. Beede
  • Narrated by: Frank Gerard
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Parents, do you want to make sure your child has as much fun as possible when they start playing baseball? Did you know that youth baseball is the second most popular boys’ sport in the United States? The sandlot and neighborhood pickup games have been replaced by the explosion of "pay for play" travel baseball that can start as early as six years. 

The myth: Recent studies of parents of adolescent athletes identified a belief among parents that travel baseball and early specialization are necessary for advanced skill set development. Many feel that specialization will increase their child's ability to play baseball beyond high school.

The reality: Any travel team coach or instructor that tells you, as a parent of a three- through 12-year-old, that lessons and being a part of travel baseball will result in a college scholarship, is only concerned with one thing: your money!

As the parent of two sons who went on to play baseball in college as well as a former head baseball coach at the NCAA level, I want to share alternatives with parents that will allow their children to avoid the anxiety and stress that many face within the overstructured and overorganized world of travel baseball. The hamster wheel of travel ball is a business model and not a baseball development model. At the ages of three through 12, baseball should be all about one thing—having fun!

We play it as kids, we watch it and listen to it as adults, and we pass down our love of the game through generations. Baseball is an American family tradition, and I am sharing many stories from my childhood as well as my journey as a baseball dad. My hope is that this audiobook will allow you as a family to create many moments and memories through the sport of baseball. Some of my greatest memories as a child are from the pickup games with my neighborhood friends and local Little League games we played in.

Baseball should be an outlet for children, a chance for them to be creative, to exercise, and to learn how to succeed.

©2021, 2022 Walter Beede (P)2022 Walter Beede

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Tons of things I didn't know before

This world is kind of new to me, but I found this book fascinating. I love how the author weaves in his own experience, plus the well-researched data. This book will be super-helpful for parents of young kids. I love the narrator as well. Fantastic book!

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Play is the way kids learn!

I really appreciate this author and his books on baseball for the youth. Instilling a love for the sport is the first thing to do with a child and funplay is the way to do it! The author takes the child into consideration and the anxiety and stress out of it. I see the what he means by over-structured and over-organized as I help my nephew with his sports practice and sometimes i feel like he cant enjoy it like he should. I'm glad to have found this author and his other books to give me the information i need to support my nephew through his childhood sports career as well as when he's ready to start college sports. definitely reccomend to any parent with children in sports so much of what he says can be applied through out all sports!

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Must listen for PARENTS of 3-9 yr olds! TREMENDOUS

As the Grandparent of two Grandsons this book is truly a TREASURE! All too often young parents rush their children into the crazy world of travel baseball, or lessons. Kids learn by watching others their own age and slightly older. This book reminds us to return the game to the children. Let them have FUN without fear of missing out. Baseball teaches children life lessons, such as sharing, compromise and most of all being part of a team WE vs ME! The narration is FANTASTIC, and the book is simple yet contains a powerful message!

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I love this

I love this book i let my child listen to this book then they told me they loved it....

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Great book for parents of young boys playing baseball.

This is a great book. I grew up playing sandlot baseball and then little league. I never see kids playing sandlot ball anymore. It’s all organized ball. Travel baseball is very time consuming for the entire family of a young ball player and I doubt whether it is needed to help a ball player. Kids and families can get burnt out on baseball by having to travel every weekend. Let’s go back to sandlot ball and pick up games.

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Awesome audiobook!

This is a must for all young budding baseball stars! great fun as well as very educational. I would recommend this!

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Superb information!

This book is fantastic and contains incredible subjects to think about! You'll have a greater knowledge of all facets of what makes a player not only excellent, but the embodiment of what it means to be a great all-around player on the field. So many wonderful lessons. Parents and players, as well as our teammates, will undoubtedly benefit! Definitely worth it.

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Play music and have fun playing catch!

It is amazing to listen to a book written by a professional baseball player; it brings him to life and inspires all ballplayers. I played stickball as a kid and softball as an adult and can relate to a lot of what he said. Having been a Mom and having owned a daycare center, I can appreciate the need to protect children. I like how Walter Beede encourages young children to roll or throw balls of all sizes from early on. He used to leave a Wiffle ball and bat near the door so that his kids could easily play outside and have fun. Later he left a more professional bat and softball by the door so that they could 'spread their wings.' I highly recommend this book to all parents of young girls and boys.

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Great information!

I've always loved baseball and growing up playing baseball we never had all of the travel teams, etc. The author does an excellent job of pointing out the real reason for travel teams. Let's coach our kids on the fundamentals and help them develop!

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Fun Listen!

This is very engaging for baseball lovers! It is a good audiobook for parents and youth. There are a lot of valuable lessons here.

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  • Matthew Warren
  • 08-06-22

Reality!

This book is great and is a no BS guide to youth baseball. Walter speaks the truth and really educates you on what you can expect from youth baseball, which is a great thing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-22

Great book

This is a great book for both parents and kids to listen to. Baseball is a huge sport in the US and this book will teach your kids all about the sport from a fun and engaging perspective. Recommended for anyone interested in baseball. And fun for the family
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-20-22

Candid and Informative!

The audiobook is informative and helpful especially as baseball is now the second most popular sport in the US. Children develop skills as they learn, children learn by having fun and the book gives parents the insight which is relevant. Baseball is an American family tradition, so the book is recommended for lovers of baseball as it is all about family and community. Take input from local community to prepare kids for baseball.

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  • Suresh Bansal
  • 05-05-22

The Complete baseball guide for parents!

Written by an ex-baseball coach and parent, this book is a thoughtful guide of introducing your children to baseball. The writer uses his own childhood and parent experience which gives the content a realistic perspective. Great narration and storytelling make’s this engaging.

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  • Gabriel Gonzalo
  • 04-20-22

Your kids will love baseball because of this!

I want my kids to learn the basics of baseball and this is a huge resource that will give them a solid foundation! It teaches how the game and mechanics work, debunking myths, and how your child can love the game while growing up. The narrator is enthusiastic and engaging, making the content exciting to listen to. Highly recommended to parents wanting to introduce this wonderful sport to their child from the age of 3!