The Village of Key Biscayne has an amazing youth baseball program organized by our Village Athletics Division, and led by a great group of volunteer coaches and local parents. In fact we even draw quite a few players from the mainland.

This past Sunday, The Key Biscayne Hooks, one of our local coach pitch baseball teams (ages 8-10), participated in the University of Miami Baseball Buddies program. One of the many perks of being a part of our program.

UM Baseball Buddies promotes youth baseball and academics at all of their home games by inviting young players, coaches, and parents to meet the Hurricane athletes, coaches, get autographs and photos.

They also receive a first class tour of their stadium facility including a speech by the Hurricanes Baseball Coach and Director.

At the start of each game, participating teams and coaches are announced by name and position and invited to take the field alongside the UM Hurricanes for the National Anthem.

As a coach, parent, and lifelong resident, I would really love to see more participation in our local baseball program.

The beauty of baseball is it does not necessarily favor any particular athlete’s physical condition like most major American sports.

Baseball teaches young children a specific type of hand eye coordination not found in any other sport. It can enhance a child’s motor skills and thereby benefit them for the rest of their lives. It is also a cerebral game where players can learn about basic statistics and strategy in a fun, tangible way during each play.

You need neither be very tall nor have lot of body mass to play. No matter your physical proportion and fitness level, there will always be a place for you on a baseball team.

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