When my son was 4 or 5 years old, there was no way he was emotionally or socially ready to play t-ball or soccer. He had zero interest in that kind of stuff, and I didn't push him because I didn't want to turn him off to doing organized sports.
When he was 7, he started karate, which has been AMAZING for him in a million ways. He's not a superstar in karate, and there are kids who have started after him and progressed a little faster. But he has seen the value of working hard, practicing, and sticking with something, even if it is hard. Also, he has become much more physically sure of himself, and this has allowed him to take more joy in the recreational activities we do as a family such as mountain-biking, hiking, swimming, frisbee, and bodysurfing.
Now, just as he's about to turn 10, he's become really interested in baseball. His dad and I have tried to satisfy some of his interest by playing kickball or flies'n'grounders in the backyard. He's really enjoyed this, and the next logical step would be to sign him up for a not-too-competitive baseball team in the fall or spring. But I'm pretty sure that no team at his age level will take a kid who has never played before. It just sucks that you have to start sports so early, or you're locked out. I know if I had forced him to begin t-ball at age 5, he would have hated it and probably wouldn't be playing now. And I feel just as strongly that, with his new-found confidence, he could probably pick up the basics quickly if he had the right coach and a little practice. He's just sort of a late bloomer when it comes to sports stuff.
Also, I know practically nothing about little league baseball, as I grew up in a house with only a sister, and my H also never played little league. Is it even worth it at this point? Anyone have any advice about what to do with this situation? Should I bother pursuing this, or just take him to some major league games and keep playing catch in the backyard?
High School English teacher and mom of 2 kids:
DD, born 9/06/00 -- 12th grade
DS, born 8/25/04 -- 7th grade