Remember that your son or daughter does not need to be on a baseball team to get the full benefit that hitting a baseball brings to their brain development. Hitting a baseball is perhaps the hardest single thing to do in sports. More than eye hand coordination is required to hit the ball. Your son has to start with a keen focus on the ball, then his brain has to calculate the arrival of the pitch across the plate based on the speed of the ball. He has less than half a second to make all these decisions to hit it or not and then he only has a small stick of wood to make the connection with the ball. If he is off by a millisecond he will miss it all together.
This pitching machine offers replaceable little dense foam balls that are perfect for any size back yard. No broken windows or balls in the neighbors yard. Yet the practice is perfect for developing coordination and concentration. He will use a regular bat and even with the most powerful connection the ball will not go far but he still gets the benefit of making that connection.
Does your son play sports games on the computer? Aren’t they good for him? Sorry, but they do not count for the skills needed to hit a real ball. There is no gravity in a computer game, the bat doesn’t weigh anything, and the timing is very different for his eyes as he judges the ball speed. Real 3D baseball is much more physical and the emotional benefits of standing in the batters box with real fans and teammates clapping is priceless, it can never be duplicated the same way on a computer game. If you let your son play a limited amount of sports video games it may be fine; but Mom, don’t be fooled, it is not the same or anywhere close to the real thing! Be honest with yourself and don’t buy the line that he may give you that it is helping him with his real game. How about getting him outside with the pitching machine the next time he wants to turn on that computer game, the benefits are far greater than staying inside on the couch! And who knows, he may get interested in getting on a baseball team.