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NorthEnd
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How do you know when your kid has "it" in sports?

Spinoff from the Baseball thread:

Would love to hear from parents who have kids that went on to play sports at the collegiate or professional level. Not just baseball, and not just boys, but all sports-boys and girls. The thread implies that some kids just have "it" and it's easy to see early on, others say it's all about reps. How young do you guys know when your child is gifted? I'm guessing by 12 or 13?
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tke857
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when year after year the other parents go out of their way to compliment your kid to your face. Also, you can kind of just see from his/her output whether or not they are an elite athlete.


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by the amount of girls he has waitn for him after the game


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RATeamWannabe
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When everyone, players and parents, are jealous of your kid


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btnetigers
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When he/she is the best on the team year in and year out...



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Salmon
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Plenty of kids have "it" at young ages because either the kid develops earlier at a young age or other factors

The thing that separates the kids that go on to play collegiate sports is the discipline to keep at it throughout their youth career and into HS and other kids don't catch up with them physically

I played basketball and baseball with plenty of kids that the parents would talk about how they would definitely be playing college ball, but only 1 (played baseball for LSU) actually made it
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The thread implies that some kids just have "it" and it's easy to see early on, others say it's all about reps.
It's pretty easy to pick up on natural athleticism early in life. Kids still need reps to develop skills, but the ones with the natural athleticism will do more with the reps than the ones less athletically inclined.

There are also cases of kids who are late bloomers or the kid who developed early being a stud until all of his peers catch up with physical development.


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puberty is the biggest game changer...if the kid is still elite after puberty/growth spurt, then there is a chance. it is mostly about speed and size...and opportunities and luck.


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ReauxlTide222
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You don't want your kid to be a badass at 12.

You want them to be pretty athletic, mainly having good feet....and a large frame in which to grow into.


SpqrTiger
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It's real simple.

If your kid would rather play baseball than do ANYTHING else... watch movies, play video games, go to the zoo, visit his cousins, etc...

Then he has the start of "IT."

Love of the game is the #1 most important trait for a young person to have when it comes to getting to the upper levels of that game.

Eventually, talent begins to separate players, but even the talented ones will be surpassed by those who have talent + a passionate love for a sport.

If your kid isn't begging you on bended knee for batting practice on Saturday... then AGAIN on Sunday, then catch in the backyard every day of the week... then he better have measurables like Bo Jackson. Because no one gets to the elite level half-assing it, otherwise.


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puberty is the biggest game changer...if the kid is still elite after puberty/growth spurt, then there is a chance. it is mostly about speed and size...and opportunities and luck.


Ding ding ding


Some kids appear to have "it" before puberty and fizzle out once puberty arrives and some kids don't get "it" until puberty arrives. 12-13 years old is the turning point.


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For baseball, I've only known a handful of people who got a lot better in high school relative to the other players. Meaning they were really average or below average in little league and were good enough to start and succeed on a high school roster.

Not an answer to your question. Just food for thought.


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SidetrackSilvera
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When they were 48 - 60 months old.


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GaryMyMan
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I'm guessing by 12 or 13

I'd say right around there. I grew up alongside a guy who played corner in the NFL. In elementary school he was the fastest kid at school, but he didn't crush the field. By middle school he could start in one endzone with a football and make it to the other against 11 guys without getting touched.
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So many variables play in this. On one hand a kid can be gifted naturally or a kid can have a hell of a work ethic and puts in the hard work every day to make himself better. I have my son in soccer and basketball because those are the sports he likes right now. He's 8 and he's been training at a basketball facility for about 1.5 years now and he loves going. I don't know yet if he's gifted naturally but he has a very good work ethic. He listens and wants to learn and wants try to do everything right. When he started, my wife made the comment that she didn't think basketball was the right sport for him b/c he seemed so "uncoordinated" but now those same drills he was struggling with he's doing them with ease now mainly due to him not giving up and wanting to get better at it. Time will tell if he actually has talent to play the game, but for now I encourage him to have fun and do his best to learn what the coaches are teaching him.


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50_Tiger
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This is easy. Look at your gene pool. If your and baby momma's extended family are full of athletes, there is a higher than likely probability that your offspring will inherit those genetics. I played sports all throughout childhood and high school. My biggest issue was that I did not get the height gene (im 5'9).


PearlJam
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Some kids appear to have "it" before puberty and fizzle out once puberty arrives and some kids don't get "it" until puberty arrives. 12-13 years old is the turning point.

I had something close to it before puberty. Then others hit puberty well before me. I still had good skill and athleticism, but I didn't have the same muscle structure. Finally hit puberty late in high school and had it (kind of) again.


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RobbBobb
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Take him to the DR.

They will diagnose 'it', and prescribe the appropriate ointment


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