I am a parent/coach and I was hoping to get some advice on when you think is about the best age to put a girl in club ball/traveling team. I will assume that everyone will have varying opinions on this and ultimately it probably depends on the indivudal.
My daughter is a good player right now. She has a TON of natural ability and is still raw and inexperienced. However, the biggest thing is that she adores the game. She is in 5 sports but you can just tell she feels different about softball. You can tell the game just means more to her than it does to other girls. She is 9 years old and is in her 2nd year of playing up in division. Next year will be her 3rd year in the minor division but the first she is actually supposed to play in it age wise. I feel like she has a great foundation of fundamentals and you can just tell she has some serious potential.
A lot of people are tugging at us to get her in their club team. However, she is so in love with this game and she is VERY gifted..............I fear of burn out for her. She is like her old man and she just doesnt know when to stop and if it were up to her we would practice 3-4 hours everyday all year. My wife and I have decided to wait to let her play club until next summer when she is a legit u10 player( age wise). Are we wrong for this? Am I over paranoid about her burning out? Again, I just can see her talent and see her love and I dont want to compromise that by getting too gun ho to early.
So what do you all think? Physcially and mentally she is more than ready for u10 club. That is not really the question. What age do you think is ideal to start club ball?
How do I keep this kid getting better, while also not burning out?