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Question for this esteemed group of baseball people:
My nephew is 12, almost 13. He's played on a travel team for the past few years that rarely wins. Great group of kids and families. They are all close friends. The coach is excellent. Many of the players are just not developing despite good efforts from the coach. Many lack the athletic ability and view it as more of a fun activity instead of a game they are looking to play in HS or college.
The kids do not seem to mind the losing all that much. Sure, they aren't happy to lose but they move on quickly even after an 0-4 weekend at a tournament where they get beat up pretty good. The kids really love the game and being together despite the lack of success.
My nephew has talent. He's blessed with size and runs well. He's finishing up 7th grade, so he has one more year then HS. If you were scouting him you would definitely say he's "projectable" to be at the very least an very good HS player. He also plays on his middle school team, which is decent but the coaching is lacking. He's playing a good amount of baseball and loves the game.
Sorry for the rambling but here's my question: Should we find another travel team for him that is more competitive so he can be around better players? Will playing in a more competitive environment prepare him better for HS ball?
Or leave it alone and let him continue to play with his friends?