As soon as I was growing up in the 1980’s, most of us played house league. In the close of the year, the very best players made the All Star team, which pitted against other neighborhood All Star teams within a post season tournament. Then youth organizations chose to make teams that played a part-time traveling schedule and a part-time house program. This later evolved to the progression of full time traveling teams with important championship schedules, occasionally requiring out of country travel and overnight accommodation.
Games improved from 30-40 games each summer to 60-70 games, occasionally more. Not only did the number of games grow, so did the variety of teams. Towns and communities that once offered just one travel team today have a lot of alternatives to select from. Formerly considered an honor to be chosen for traveling baseball clubs, now anybody eager to travel on weekends and who’s financially able to afford the registration fee may play traveling baseball.
The occurrence of numerous choices is a significant issue with traveling baseball. Before when children didn’t make their traveling group, the lesson was supposed to work harder and try out next year. But with numerous choices available for many keen travel gamers, this message was eliminated. Nowadays, many parents store their children around such as free agents, searching for groups with the top records and many decorations. Children who were cut out of one traveling team only tryout for another parents or parents of these children who had been unhappy with enjoying time only form their own groups. Last time I checked, sitting on the seat and studying how to encourage teammates from the sidelines is a precious private baseball lessons that kids should learn. No wonder we since large school coaches are watching more and more incoming freshman using spoiled approaches and a solid sense of entitlement.