The steps to creating a successful youth sporte team are not as obvious as you might think. To create a youth baseball or other sports team requires some forethought and planning, and is much more than simply getting a bunch of children together to play baseball. The experience which usually seems like work can be made a lot more fun by involving their friends and relatives.

First, you will want to form the team from your own neighborhood and friends, especially for small children. At age five, most children will want to socialize only with their friends, and this should be a social experience as well as an athletic experience.

The next step is to get a team "Mom" or "Dad," to organize team events, such as pool parties, pizza parties, or excursions to amusement parks. There is an art to building team unity, and most of the process takes place off the field rather than on. A team newsletter or a team web site is also a great way to build unity on a youth baseball team.

Once that is organized, it is important to ensure the children's safety. Make sure that they have the proper equipment and that it fits, and that they understand the rules for each position and the safety issues that go with throwing balls and the proper use of bats and other equipment.

Then it is time to let children try out different positions on the field. For younger children, at age five, give them the opportunity to try out two positions at a maximum, until they are comfortable, and then let them switch if desired. More than two positions at a time on the baseball field is confusing and stressful for most young children. Older children can be taught to play multiple positions, depending on their level of ability and desire.

By following these steps, you will be able to form a successful youth baseball team and assure the young children in your neighborhood of a safe and fun experience. Encouraging your children to participate in organized sports will assure their success in later life, by teaching them about teamwork, good sportsmanship, and the ability to deal with their peers and adults. Studies show that 80% of C-level corporate executives have participated in organized activities, so by keeping the team fun, the children will be able to stick with it and reap the benefits.