Are"select" Baseball teams really wor...
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Kyle

Spring, TX

#61 Nov 14, 2012
League ball is for kids that have almost no chance of going farther in baseball select ball is for players with potentionl. go wath the little leauge world series and then go what the NYBC and tell me that select ball isnt worth it. the average select ballplayer is 10 times better than the best league ball player any day
Gulf baseball

Dallas, TX

#62 Apr 8, 2013
red dawn wrote:
It is also a ego thing for the coach and the parents--they recruit the very best players from the entire area, put them all on one team, practice year round, pour money on the team the very best equipment money can buy, then all the professional trainers , and baseball classes, more money, then they want to play against REGULAR teams, the ones that get selected out of a group of players , even the ones that have never played get selected to a team, these REGULAR teams have only a few weeks of practice before season. then when the season starts here come the SELECT teams, marching on the field like little robots. with all their fine equipment and other hoopla. well of course they stomp the crap out of the regular teams, making them feel bad at being continually trounced, but all the parents on the select team scream and clap, ooohhh my look how superior us and our little darlings are. bottom line is---SELECT teams should play other SELECT teams only.
Truth is...most select teams play in tournaments that are open to all teams. If a team feels that they are outmatched, they SHOULD NOT ENTER THE TOURNAMENT! Of course select teams play each other and they almost always make it to the final games.
Okie dokie

La Porte, TX

#63 Apr 9, 2013
Gulf baseball wrote:
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Truth is...most select teams play in tournaments that are open to all teams. If a team feels that they are outmatched, they SHOULD NOT ENTER THE TOURNAMENT! Of course select teams play each other and they almost always make it to the final games.
The truth is that select ball is still watered down!!!! Select ball is just over rated league ball until your each the older ages. Select ball for younger ages is just a way for mom and dad to post on Facebook that we won a World Series, but fail to tell you that you actually won the loser bracket of one one of the 2000 World Series that are actually played!!! Play ball!!
Justice

Houston, TX

#64 May 2, 2013
I hear a lot of jealous, sour grapes people on here. Your kid either sucks or you can't afford it, and it makes you feel better to put down those who can . Theres a nice little article about Little League vs. Select....google it and check it out....after you read it, you'll probably have something negative to say about the author of the article too.....
Whatever

Deer Park, TX

#65 May 3, 2013
Justice wrote:
I hear a lot of jealous, sour grapes people on here. Your kid either sucks or you can't afford it, and it makes you feel better to put down those who can . Theres a nice little article about Little League vs. Select....google it and check it out....after you read it, you'll probably have something negative to say about the author of the article too.....
I don't think there is jealousy to it. But when i umpire select ball it is so bad it's comical!!! It is not whatnot use to be.
Baseball DAD

Lake Jackson, TX

#66 May 13, 2013
Any baseball experience whether it be select, elite, or league ball will benefit a child. The more they play the better they will be. Period. There's talent at every level. There's also parent drama at every level.
GJohnson

Houston, TX

#67 May 30, 2013
Select baseball has all different levels. Nations has Premier, Elite, and Select. USSSA has AA, AAA, & Major. All the teams start at a lower level and as they get better they move up to higher levels. A AA team is usually slightly better than league ball teams. The truly elite select teams with a Major or Premier ranking are filled with kids who have become exceptional players. A team does not get to this level by playing daddy ball. In fact most teams may have a dad or dads helping out, but it is usually run by someone else.

Experience and quality coaching is what allows a kid to become better. League ball teams may play 10 to 20 games a season. My sons select team plays anywhere from 3 to 5 games a weekend and we play every other weekend. More kids get to pitch in select and typically they tend to play more positions. It doesn't take long before the experience gained in select shows up on the game field in quality of play. Our experience in League ball coaches are dads like me who typically played 20 years ago and are teaching the same things we were taught that was wrong then and it is definitely wrong now. If I had it to do all over, we would have gotten out of league ball years ago. Select is definitely where you want to be if you, and your kid, to compete at a high level.
MySonsDad

League City, TX

#68 Jul 27, 2013
My son just wants to play more than 14 games a year by only playing Little League. The only way to do that is tryout and hopefully make a select team. He has been out of the select scene for about 2 years due to me being out of the country on deployments. When I came back and have since retired from the military, he has told me he wants to play on another select team. We actually like to refer to them as tournament teams. The bottom line is, the more play time, or game time, a player gets, the better he/she will get. I honestly think that is the main reason players want to play "select" ball, they just want to play ball.
Select is necessary

North Richland Hills, TX

#69 Feb 6, 2014
My son played 2 spring and 2 fall seasons in LL and loved it until his last fall season when he had 3 girls on his team and 3 boys who had never played. He was 11 at the time. When's coach has to take whoever signs up and pays their 100$ he has no choice to coach the team down to the skill level of the majority of his players. When you are the best players you are being let down. He tried out for a select team and made it.
Now he is having to strive to be better. Is it daddy ball? Hell no. Join an organization that has multiple teams, ours has 2 teams for every age group from 11 to 18. Every coach has aged at least college ball if not pro. League plays 10 games per season, select plays between 39-55 and about 8 hrs per week training. League = 10$ a game and select is about 55$ but the level of instruction is what you pay for. Here in TX you are not going to play HS ball without it, unless your the superintendents kid, and you will still be the worst player on the team!
jeff

Fort Worth, TX

#70 Mar 15, 2014
Select teams are a joke I too am a ex ball player at the college level as well as minor league levels and when we played if you where good you where on a scout team sanctioned by mlb or you played american legion ball that was all sponsored. Didnt cost money to play this is a joke and the thing is its only in big states like cali, texas, florida big time joke
Scout Kings

Land O Lakes, FL

#71 Apr 23, 2014
To get an extra edge you can go to www.scoutkings.com and check out the college coaches email lists we have! SAVES a ton of time. You can see what colleges have baseball in the area you are looking to play and then you can easily email them without have to do any searching on the internet for the information.
TxsBuda

Austin, TX

#72 Mar 16, 2015
A little harsh there, wouldn't you say?
So let's say your kid is really good and your kid knows several other kids that are pretty good and they want to play together. So a select team is formed and they practice and practice and practice and work hard. Then they go out and look to compete against the best teams, not rec teams because they won't get better playing rec teams. Oh and let's say that the dad's on that team coach pretty much every aspect of the game, pitching, hitting, fielding, game situations, etc... None of the dad's get paid. Everyone pays for batting cage time and tournaments. No coach's fees.
What kind of team would you call that?
Ball mom

Omaha, NE

#73 Jul 9, 2015
My son got really tired playing for a req team. He wanted some competition and knowing how to sometimes lose and learn is great for growing minds. Being a parent or coach, levelheadedness is key. These are children playing at a different level. One mistake isn't worth punishing and too many take it to far. Do youe research as a parent Choose your team and baseball family wisely. If you and your team value fun, family, hardwork and dedication, why not give the kids a chance to play kids at their level.
monica

Houston, TX

#74 Feb 22, 2016
red dawn wrote:
well should select teams be allowed to play and stomp the crap out of regular teams????????.
no i dont think so, cuz it hurts the kids feelings
monica

Houston, TX

#75 Feb 22, 2016
DANIEL wrote:
if your kid is any good /baseball people will find him.pro and college, save your money go to the park and play catch with him ,make him good yourself, select is not the answer
agreed till the last sentence. it could be select or little league, what ever makes the player happy. the memory is what counts
Smp

Austin, TX

#76 Apr 14, 2016
select parent wrote:
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My son plays on a select team and this is his 2nd select team to play on. We were going play league ball as well but he decided he just wanted to play select ball. We have only scrimmaged other "regular" teams but as far as all our tournaments go, we play only select teams
Daniel - i agree - as a doctor and prior college ball player, the game is on the spirit and the form, and ultimately the love of the game

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