Originally Posted by Misterbill
I generally agree with all that, particularly the bolded portion.
In youth baseball.......as well as soccer, volleyball, swimming, basketball, track, lacrosse, football, (I am not sure about golf)..........there is zero consideration about earning or "chasing" points.
The entire endeavor is 100% about improving performance.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of kids playing baseball/ayso soccer etc and even in small catchment areas there is ample competition for almost any level of play. That is not true for tennis outside the one or two hot zones like South Florida or LA and so national/regional competition is critical for development beyond a certain level...