UPDATED: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 11:42am
(StatePoint) As kids, many had the same dream of hitting a walk-off home run to win the World Series. Now baseball season is finally underway, and there is no shortage of opportunities to share your passion of the game with your children.
Getting children involved in baseball at a young age is a great way to commit them to an active lifestyle and form lifelong memories. Many kids fall in love with the game from the moment they first step on the field
As the familiar sounds of the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd once again fill the air, here are a few ways to introduce your children to America's favorite pastime.
Have a Catch
Having a catch with your child is the quintessential bonding experience. It's also a great way to ease younger kids into the game. All you need is a glove and a ball to get started. After your son or daughter has the basics down, take the next step by going to the batting cages.
Read a Book
Sometimes it's best to familiarize your child with the game before getting on the field. "Who's on First?," the famous 1930s Abbot and Costello comedy routine, is inspiring a love of the sport for a new generation of kids -- this time in the form of a picture book that carries the same name.
The humorous book, adapted and edited by David Borgenicht, President and Publisher of Quirk Books, and illustrated by John Martz, features the same witty banter of the original skit.
"This picture book edition of the classic comedy routine is a great introduction to comedy, Abbott and Costello, and the game of baseball," says Borgenicht.
For more information, visit www.QuirkBooks.com.
Play in an Organized League
For many kids, the best part about playing baseball is the rush they get from playing in a competitive game. Aside from the health benefits of being active, organized sports are fun, and a great way to learn teamwork and discipline.
Go to a Game
As a child, the magic of attending a ball game is unmatched. Whether it is a major league, minor league, or even a college game, the sights and sounds of the ballpark will capture your child's imagination. Grab some peanuts and Cracker Jacks for the real authentic experience. A day at the ballpark will be a memory that you both have forever.
Finally baseball season is here, and it is time to play ball!