Are"select" Baseball teams really worth the time?

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Coach

Deer Park, TX

#1 Jan 23, 2011
It looks like to me that there are some talented players on some of these teams. The majority just have money!! also have heard of instances of coaches telling children if they sign up for luegue ball they will be kicked from the select team. if it wasnt for LPBBA these select teams would not have those nice new fields to play on...
lpbba

United States

#2 Jan 23, 2011
Coach wrote:
It looks like to me that there are some talented players on some of these teams. The majority just have money!! also have heard of instances of coaches telling children if they sign up for luegue ball they will be kicked from the select team. if it wasnt for LPBBA these select teams would not have those nice new fields to play on...
Its just daddy ball, they for some reason think their kid is future major league player. And yes, you need money!!
LProud

Pasadena, TX

#3 Jan 23, 2011
so right...they all think their kid will be in the majors....just how many from LP have nade it? Dummies. Put that money away for college!
red dawn

Crosby, TX

#4 Jan 24, 2011
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.
okk

Deer Park, TX

#5 Jan 24, 2011
so right
FormerLPHSBaseba llPlayer

La Porte, TX

#6 Jan 24, 2011
If a kid wants to have any chance at playing baseball at a higher level than little league or pony, then playing on some sort of select team is a must..If the kid is passonate about baseball and the parents have the money and the free time required then I would reccomend it to anybody...The experiences the kid will have travelling and playing baseball they will remember forever..The vast majority of kids will not make it any higher than high school ball and even fewer will make it further than that..As far as select coaches not allowing their players to play league ball that is a very rare occurance and are usually only requirements of the more "elite" select teams..Kendrick Perkins played select ball only (He graduated in 2010 and was drafted by the Red Sox) The majority of kids on the high school team played league ball AND select..It all depends on what the parents decided they want to invest.
red dawn

Crosby, TX

#7 Jan 24, 2011
well should select teams be allowed to play and stomp the crap out of regular teams????????.
FormerLPHSBaseba llPlayer

La Porte, TX

#8 Jan 25, 2011
Regular teams as in LPBBA league ball teams? What are you talking about select teams playing against "regular teams"?
red dawn

Crosby, TX

#9 Jan 25, 2011
they certainly do in the baytown highlands crosby area.
red dawn

Crosby, TX

#10 Jan 25, 2011
they just claim to be a regular team during regular season---but they still have all the same players and coachs.
red dawn

Crosby, TX

#11 Jan 25, 2011
it is even worse in girls soft ball.
dcj

United States

#12 Jan 25, 2011
Parents spend a lot of time and money supporting their kids in sports and academics. There is a lot of time and money spent on the Spelling Bee, gymnastics, hockey, golf, karate, etc. It is better to spend your money on keeping your kids busy and striving for some dream than allowing them to get bored and get into trouble in some way. Some parents choose to put their kids in multiple sports rather than just one or two; and some parents choose one sport depending on what their child enjoys. Even if your child will never play more than high school or even pony ball there is nothing wrong with supporting their dream. I'm sure they would all support their child's dream of becoming President of the USA!
As far a the nice fields go...do they have ANY idea how much money come into the league from those tournaments? What about the money those traveling teams spend at the hotels, restaraunts, and gas stations? I'm sure more money was used from the select teams to get those nice fields than from league ball!
laportian commentator

Houston, TX

#13 Jan 27, 2011
depends on how good your kid is
DANIEL

Tomball, TX

#14 Feb 21, 2011
SELECT BASEBALL IS THE THE LAST THING IN THE WORLD MY 2 BOYS WILL PLAY. I PLAYED MYSELF IN PRO. BASEBALL. AND TO SEE WHAT THESE PEOPLE ARE DOING TO OUR KIDS AND THE GAME OF BASEBALL IS PAINFUL. TAKE YOUR KIDS TO CHURCH,FISHING,THEN GO PLAY A LITTLE CATCH HAVE SOME FUN .SAVE SOME MONEY. SURE MY KIDS MIGHT BE ARE GOING TO BE A LITTLE BEHIND ,BUT AT LEAST THEIR ARM WONT HURT ALL THE TIME AND THEY WONT QUIT BECAUSE OF BURN OUT .BASEBALL IS FUN . KEEP IT FUN .PLAYING YOUNG KIDS 6 GAMES OVER A WEEKEND STARTING AT 7.00 AM IS NOT FUN TAKE MY ADVISE TAKE YOUR KID FISHING
Lp MamaDawg

Houston, TX

#15 Feb 21, 2011
This is an OLD controversy. YES select ball is worth it. For kids who are serious about the sport then yes its absolutely worth it. League ball is great, gives the kids a way to play in their neighborhood against their friends.

No one is made to play select ball, its there for those who want it. College scholarship money is VERY tough to come by and for those who are investing in their kids, this is a way to get them to play at the level the college coaches want to see.

If it were not for select ball then no, we would not have Pecan Park. Lord knows the league ball registration fees would not provide the money to buy equipment and make facility upgrades.

I enjoyed my years in select ball much more than league ball. Would not trade those years for anything.

Fortunately we still live in a free country where we are free to CHOOSE where we play, what we buy and where we worship.
DANIEL

Tomball, TX

#16 Feb 21, 2011
wrong , . college coaches could care less if your son plays select ball, to say your son has to play select baseball to play college is foolish. baseball is a very simple game its the parents who make it dfficult
Too funny

Houston, TX

#17 Feb 21, 2011
It's worth it for the parents. It burns the kids out and makes them prone to injury, but at least the parents can walk around during regular league ball games acting like elitists. All while their kid isn't any good. Hundreds of kids play that and only a "select" few actually deserve to.

I am not so sure that colleges don't look at select ball. Mine continued to play select while on the high school team and played all the way until he graduated. Several times, college scouts were there (at the select team games), or so we were told. Don't know how true it was.
DANIEL

Tomball, TX

#18 Feb 21, 2011
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
seeker

United States

#19 Mar 12, 2011
FormerLPHSBaseballPlayer - thanks for your level headed answer. It is helpful to hear from a former player.
select parent

Pasadena, TX

#20 Mar 26, 2011
red dawn wrote:
well should select teams be allowed to play and stomp the crap out of regular teams????????.
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

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