What challenges did your son have going to the BIG field?

old_school posted:

I had a father I coached with LL that was a college pitcher...he didn't even throw them in BP. he would kick them off to the side and throw them out!! Ball snob.

The biggest problem my oldest found was being a left handed hitter with some power but not impressive speed was hitting a bullet on the screws and getting thrown out at first on a 9-3. That used to drive him crazy, especially in the spring with the lush thick 3" high grass, the outfielders would cheat in because they couldn't hit the ball far enough to hurt them. Even a bomb would stop where it landed and maybe be a double.

I do think 13u baseball would be much better with BSR's instead of the BBcore. At 14u things start to change quite a bit.

Son had the same problem.  He was dragging an anchor! 

I am excited to see them play on the big field and how my son adapts.  At the same time, I am trying not to wish my life away either and enjoy this time as much as I can.  I know every year I look forward to the next but it is going too fast.  I read a lot of articles here on how someone's son is hanging up the cleats.  I can't believe I am about to have a teenager soon.  These days haven't even come yet and I know I am going to miss them!

Word of caution at this age / transition. Prime conditions for arm overuse injury.

Varying levels of maturity. Transitioning to longer throws on the big field. Entering first years of school ball. Paired with travel & possible rec ball this is gross overload of throwing and many come up lame here as a result. Especially mound guys. Be careful and keep tabs on throwing volume.  

Steve A. posted:

Word of caution at this age / transition. Prime conditions for arm overuse injury.

Varying levels of maturity. Transitioning to longer throws on the big field. Entering first years of school ball. Paired with travel & possible rec ball this is gross overload of throwing and many come up lame here as a result. Especially mound guys. Be careful and keep tabs on throwing volume.  

Very true!  People like other parents, coaches, and even your son may look at you funny, but shutdowns are vital to my sons arm care.  Be firm!!!!

Yes, baseball is fun but you need to have set dates on when his shutdown is and STICK TO IT!

The Big Field will reveal the truth about a player.  My Kid (2021) was relatively elite (for our state anyways) defensively on the 50/70 field at 2B and SS.  On the 60/90 field it is clear he isn't quick enough to be more than a 3B/1B.  He is determined to close that quickness gap, we'll see.  The lack of speed is a detriment for him in the outfield, too, in ways that weren't revealed on the smaller field.

On the plus side we had heard for years about how tough of an adjustment BBCOR was and that kids will struggle to hit the ball out of the infield when they first start swinging BBCOR.  That was never an issue for my son.  Even at age 13 he was driving the ball with a BBCOR bat....

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