As a parent with a child who has ADD, baseball can be extremely difficult and challenging to say the least. Some kids with ADD stand out like a sore thumb. They pick grass, they spin around, they kick dirt and at times they even sit down in the field. This is my son.
Is this dangerous? Yes. I am fully aware of the danger that my son may get hit by a ball.Does this frustrate his teammates and coaches? Yes. But, do I tell my child he can’t play? He wants to play; he enjoys being up at bat and even hits the ball and gets on base. The pride and excitement I feel when he hits the ball is so incredible but it vanishes moments later when he takes his glove off in right field to pick flowers.
It is so unbelievably stressful for me to watch this because I know what other parents and kids are thinking. What is wrong with that kid? It breaks my heart to see the looks and hear the comments from both kids and their parents. They somehow think that my child isn’t good enough or focused enough to be on the field. But as a parent if my child wants to try something, even if he’s not the best at it and even if he could possibly get hurt, I am going to give him the opportunity to try it.
I am asking parents that attend little league games or any team sports to be aware of the fact that some children do not have the attention span to stay focused when they are on the field, at bat or on the bench. These kids want to play baseball to have fun like the rest of the team and I think that is what little league is supposed to be about.
I pray that next year my son will not be interested in playing baseball, soccer of any other group sport for that matter, because its emotionally draining for me to watch. For now, I would just appreciate it if other parents would realize this is only little league and if you have a kid on your team that isn’t paying attention, chances are there is more to it than you realize.