Pick baseball over lacrosse for spring sport
Dear Hockey Mom,
For the first time, my son is foregoing spring hockey as a Squirt Major to avoid burnout in his favorite sport. But he wants to play baseball to stay active. Baseball is our choice as parents, but his winter hockey coach would like to see him play lacrosse, saying it fits in better as a crossover sport with hockey and is more difficult.
Do we stick with baseball at the risk of upsetting his hockey coach? And, come on, America's pastime is baseball!
I thought LAX meant Los Angeles Airport
Dear I Thought,
Your son's hockey coach is not the first to try to steer his players to lacrosse in the off-season, and he won't be the last.
The argument for lacrosse is usually that its speed of the game and active participation is far superior to baseball, that every player on a lacrosse field plays some defense and offense, that players are constantly in motion unless the ball goes out of bounds, and that they are bound to have to field the ball often. This, of course, is in drastic comparison to baseball, in which players at certain positions can go several innings without getting a chance to field a batted ball.
Both sides of the LAX vs. baseball debate will argue their case to the death. But tell his coach that a panel of experts hired by ESPN ranked 60 sports on their degree of difficulty and that baseball, along with softball, ranked ninth overall whereas lacrosse was 14th.
Eight categories were used to arrive at the overall rank, including hand-eye coordination in which baseball ranked No. 1 to lacrosse's 12th.
Oh, by the way, boxing, ice hockey and football ranked No. 1-3 overall.
Why is this so important, anyway? Can't people just enjoy whatever sport they're playing? And why is fishing ranked dead last? Putting a worm on a hook is pretty difficult in my book.
Everyone will be biased for their sport. I like baseball better than lacrosse. That can happen when your parents buy a baseball team!