When Can My Child Start Playing Baseball?

Your child may barely be out of diapers when you toss them their first ball, but at what age can they start playing organized baseball?

Most kids are ready to start playing tee ball at age 3 or 4. Park districts and local recreation centers are great places to start, as they offer programs that are specifically designed for the younger set. Starting kids out young is advantageous for a couple of reasons. First, your child can try out the sport and see how they like it. Three and 4-year-olds may have a hard time knowing what they really like, but they can at least get a feel for the basic skills that go into baseball, such as hitting, catching, throwing and running the bases.

The rules will vary based on where your child is signed up to play baseball, but it’s likely that by the time they are 6 or 7 years old, they will end the tee ball years and start on a baseball team. From this point, your child will be playing on Minor and Major Leagues, Junior League, Senior League and Big League. Some parents choose travel leagues for the kids, giving them the opportunity to travel the country and play some of the best teams. Check out our post on choosing a travel baseball team for your child.

Baseball is an all American sport, and that’s why so many parents choose this sport for their children. Over the years, some kids stick with it and others find other sports that they are more interested in. Either way, most kids appreciate the opportunity to play on a tee ball or baseball team at some point. With so many great programs out there for preschoolers and kindergarteners, you can safely start your child off on a team as young as 3, depending on the team’s requirements.

If your child needs additional help along the way, check out the private instruction and clinics offered by CK’s Baseball. We also have great summer camps coming up for kids 5 to 14 years old.