How to Help Children Speak Up in Youth Baseball: Advice from Mr. Yumekyu

Mr. Yumekyu gives advice to parents with children who cannot speak out loud.

Vocalizations that begin with “batch koi” are a common sight in youth baseball. “Speak up!” the leaders chant, “Speak up!” echoes across the field, and the voices of parents echo, “Let’s cheer up!” However, there are some children who cannot make that sound. I get irritated when I see my child who can’t even though it’s just vocalization, and when I get home I get angry and ask, “Why can’t I vocalize!”

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As a mother with a son in the second grade of elementary school, I asked Yumekyu, a baseball lecturer with extensive experience as a baseball lecturer, about how to learn to speak out.

Nenchu ​​Yumekyu listed three reasons why children can’t speak.

1 Because I don’t have any knowledge of baseball in the first place.
2 Because they don’t understand the need to speak out.
3 The child’s own personality.

“In order to speak out, you need to have knowledge of baseball. If you’re a younger child who hasn’t yet learned the rules of baseball, you may simply not know what to say.”

Unfortunately, there are also cases where coaches and parents tend to focus on creating an image of a team with good energy and misunderstand the true meaning of raising their voices.

“When you use your voice during play, for example, you want to encourage the pitcher or give instructions for cooperative play.”

Yumekyu says that when teaching upper grades, he sometimes makes the players play with “no shouting or shouting allowed.” As a result, the children realized that if they did not speak up, they would not be able to play well, such as trying to avoid the ball that was flying at them.

By improving teamwork and checking communication during play, if children understand that “we need to speak up for the team to win,” they will actively encourage each other. If you gain knowledge about baseball, such as positioning and cases that fit into the cover, it will be easier to speak up.

“If you’re a second-year student, it’s still difficult. As you learn more about baseball and play more, you’ll gain knowledge and understand the need to speak out, and your voice will come naturally. I feel intimidated by it.”

Listen to the child’s opinion and discuss “why they speak out.”

This is connected to the third reason, personality, and Nenchu ​​Yumekyu used the words “self-centered” and “other-centered” here.

“This child may be hesitating because he or she might get scolded or laughed at if he or she says something wrong.It’s more about how the people around him or his parents will think of him than what he should say. In other words, it is “other-centered.”

He says that the most important point in this problem is not the child’s voice, but the parent’s voice.

“Instead of asking why they can’t speak, why don’t you think about and discuss with your child why they should use their voice?Ask your child, “What should I say in such a situation?” and ask what your child’s response is. Accept it without denying it. Then, say, “There are other ways to say it or say it out loud.” I think it’s important to talk about what’s for, not why, and talk about what’s next and toward the future. ”

If you listen carefully to your child’s opinions and try to have positive discussions, it will be easier for your child to shift their thinking from someone else’s perspective to a self-centered one. You will be able to choose your own words and say them out loud without worrying too much about what people think of you. That’s great growth.

Nenchu ​​Yumekyu finally said this.

“‘Why can’t you!’ are words that connect to the past. What I want to say to children are words that connect to the future.”

(Rei Ohashi)

2023-09-26 10:51:17
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