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I think my son is amphibious. He can throw a baseball with both hands. That’s a bit of sportswriter humor courtesy of Major League switch-pitcher Pat Venditte and a lazy desk editor. But in all honesty, he is turning out to be quite ambidextrous. This is something I’m not quite sure to handle. We first noticed it when he started t-ball last year. He kept trying to put his glove on the wrong hand so he could throw southpaw. At first, my husband was overjoyed. A lefty who wants to be a pitcher?
My husband was a former pitcher, so he bought him a left-hander mitt with the hopes that we had a future Clayton Kershaw on our hands. But then we started to worry when he would wear that glove on his wrong hand so that he could throw righty. Soon we just took both gloves to his games, and whichever one he grabbed first would be the hand he threw with in the field that inning. He threw about the same with both hands so I never worried about it. I just figured that eventually, one hand would eventually become dominant.
How to Let Your Child Discover Sports This Summer
- Let them explore. That was exactly what we did. We didn’t pressure him into pitching with one hand versus another. We knew he would guide us to what he wanted to do.
The dual-handedness thing started a little over a year ago and neither hand has emerged as truly dominant. We play a game where he is the pitcher and my husband is the catcher and he has to throw three strikes in a row to get an out. He likes to switch arms in between. He calls it “going to the next level.” Of course, it would be better if he picked one arm and became proficient at it, especially if he wants to become a pitcher. He’ll be starting the higher league of baseball this year and he has already shown that he prefers to write with his right hand. I could force him to choose one hand and stick with it when it comes to baseball but I think the aspirations of him becoming a left-handed pitcher is more driven by my desire to not have to pay for his college education.
- Educate them (if you can!). Not every parent is an athlete, and that’s okay! If you can impart some knowledge on your little one this summer about a sport they seem interested in, do so. If not, there are YouTube videos for just about everything. Watch, learn, play.
If he wants to be a righty, a lefty, or both, that is all secondary to him having fun while he is playing. I’ve decided I’m not going to worry. He can figure out what his athletic talents are on his own. And who knows, maybe he’ll be the best switch-pitcher since Venditte. He’s going to have to work on his underwater skills though if he is going to be amphibious.
- Provide an environment that is motivating. Make sure to get fresh air this summer. Try to make it a goal to try one activity a day. It can be as simple as walking around the block or walking the dog. Just anything to get outside, be active, and explore the world around us.
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How do you encourage your child to get outside and moving?