If your kids are team sports players who are looking for something new, they might like to try baseball. Baseball can be a fabulous activity for kids with energy to burn. It's a relatively simple game, played with a bat and a ball between two opposing teams. Teams take turns to hit the ball and try to run around a diamond shaped course before the ball is caught and returned by the opposing team. The team with the most 'runs' at the end wins the game.
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Information on Baseball for Kids in Australia
Will Your Kids Enjoy Baseball?
Do your kids want to improve their ball skills and make new friends? Baseball might just be the sport for them. Baseball may have a number of benefits for kids including:
- Improved fitness
- Better co-ordination
- Building team skills
- Chance to make friends
- Non-contact sport
- Less costly than some kids activities
Baseball is played by boys and girls and children can learn from age 5. There is a kids' version of the sport in Australia, known as Tee-Ball which is suitable for young children. Kids can then progress to junior baseball all the way up to senior baseball.
How to Organise Baseball Lessons and Events for Your Kids
The best way to start your kids playing baseball is to enrol them in one of the baseball clubs that are located around the country. The Australian Baseball league is the official governing body for the sport of baseball in Australia and a number of amateur and professional clubs operate throughout the country. Many of these provide baseball coaches for kids who are looking to play for fun or competitively.
There are a few things your kids will need to get started:
- Baseball helmet to protect against injuries from flying balls
- Baseball bat to hit the ball
- Good running shoes
- Uniform or appropriate clothing (a baseball outfit can usually be purchased from a club)
As baseball is a summer sport, you will need to register your child with a club around late July/early August. There are usually costs associated with club subscription and coaching may be extra.
Don't Miss These Baseball Stars and Events!
The Australian Baseball league is home to all things baseball. League games usually run from the end of November through to late January. The ABL All-Star game is the highlight of the season and is usually held in December. Well known Australian players include catcher Dave Nilsson and pitcher Graeme Lloyd.