Q. Coaching: Preventing Burn Out
A. How do you prevent the day when your son regrets playing baseball? I get asked this question many times every week. It is a great question for parents to be asking. What will prevent baseball burn-out?
My answer: (just my opinion, not gospel)
Fun, time away from the game, friends, supportive parents (not pressure parents), autonomy (when the kid knows that it is his decision to play and not anyone else's decision), basketball, football, or soccer.
Let your son decide if he wants to play the next season or not. Let him know that it is his decision and mom and dad will support him either way. Don't let your son's or your family's identity be wrapped up in baseball. Make your son take a mandatory break every once in a while. If he really loves baseball it will make him even more hungry to play when the next season rolls around. Don't live vicariously through your son. He will feel the pressure of not wanting to ruin your baseball dreams for him. When talking about baseball, focus more on "control-able" actions and not results. Did he play hard? Did he try his best? Did he hustle? Teach your son how to be a good teammate. A team that learns to care about how everyone else is doing, is a fun team to be on. A fun team is going to prevent burn-out.
Brian Berger, ABC Holiday Camp Director, Owner Youth Baseball Edge