I need your advice!!!! And I'm probably not the only parent in this situation, so I dare say "we" need your advice!
The situation is this: My son has played baseball since he was 4 (he has a June 1 birthdate) and select ball since he was 8. He's a RHP/1B - but that's beside the point. Everything has come easily for him - he's never really had to work hard to "make the cut", get the out, whatever. The same is true academically. Texas has a TAKS test we take every year to determine how a student is progressing. He's scored 100 on several of those test and missed either one or two on the others. So, he is capable. Now he's a Freshman in High School and he's having a reality check. Even though he's 6'2" and 200 lbs, so are a lot of other high school boys. Things don't come so easily, and he's having to work (they way I see it.)
Last night, his dad and I sat him down to talk to him about his baseball future. I have read alot of your conversations on these forums, and I've printed out the the HSBBW Timeline and have made a plan for Jordan accordingly - a PG level summer team and a camp at UTA this summer to begin with. We told him that we were ready to invest in this summer's season, but wanted to make sure he was willing to make a commitment to be the best he can. He stated "I'm not sure anymore if this is what I want to do." This is a kid who has wanted to "live" at the baseball field since he first stepped foot on one. His dad thinks that if Jordan isn't committed, then we shouldn't spend the money -of which we don't have any to waste! I can understand this reasoning, but I'm wondering what the heck we're doing letting a 14 year old determine his future!
His brother's best friend is playing for a D1 school and he told Jordan a couple of weeks ago that it's HARD! He said he has to play ball 6 days a week, doesn't get to come home and see his friends, etc. Now Jordan isn't sure.
My question to you:
Do I let it go? According to the timeline, we have to make a decision quickly. He feels I'm pressuring him. Do I let off, or should he feel pressure? (Life's full of pressure.)
Your opinions, PLEASE!!!