Take a look at what some experts have had to say about Keepers of the Sandlot and Bill Severns' message to parents.
If you love baseball and want to get the most out of this special time with your kids, read this book. I never knew of the enjoyment my brothers and I gave our parents until I had my sons. I get just as much satisfaction watching them as I did playing the game.
There are two things you need to get right in the early years. Let each child develop their natural abilities and teach them to play fearlessly. As hard as it is to remember things, we can always remember our great coaches. I’ll never forget Coach Maldanaldo.
Tell your parents to relax and enjoy their kid. I can assure you we will find your diamond when he is ready. Putting undue pressure on children to play any sport is a huge mistake.
We all need these timely and encouraging words. It will help the faithful parents and coaches who are in the trenches fighting the good fight.
Let him play and have fun, or he’ll get burned out on the game before he even gets here.
I’ve been around Billy’s kids for a little over a decade, and he continually validates everything he says in his book, not by the words he says, but rather the way he continually coaches and loves his boys, both players and family.
I’m a ‘keep it simple’ guy. This needs to be fun. It’s still a little kids game. Let’s keep it that way.
I was so moved by the stories of our successful ball players who have became parents and coaches. I believe that many fathers will relate to the males/baseball presence in the video.
What an amazing accomplishment to get all of those great people from very different backgrounds and circumstances to dig into their own experiences and deliver the same heartfelt and powerful message.
Thanks again for getting this perspective down on paper to help us all remember what it’s really about.