I would love somebody to help me here. My son turned 5 in July. He loves sports and I think he has great potential in many sports. He loves baseball, basketball, football, and soccer. And he’s already pretty good at all sports compared to others his age…
But I’m scratching my head because he eats and writes left but NOW throws and bats right (we’ll he’s always batted right). I have read that some people are just like this, but I’m thinking that we forced him to throw right and it really has me concerned. I remember him picking up the baseball and football left handed until he was about 4 years old and he seemed to naturally throw left. But since the summer of 2009 he has shifted to mainly throwing right. Our 8 1/2 year old throws right (and the rest of the family is right handed). And we have right handed throwing baseball gloves (for the left hand). Looking back at last summer (2009), I believe my younger son started using my older son’s baseball gloves and he started throwing right. And for some stupid reason I think I wasn’t convinced he was a lefty, and I want to say that I remember I also kind of pushed him into throwing right. My wife kept telling he she thought he was a lefty but for some reason at the time I wasn’t convinced. I don’t remember why but I think at time I thought he should throw right when he was trying to throw left. But now that we know for sure he writes and eats left handed, I am concerned that he was supposed to be a left handed thrower.
Our 8/12 year old is already a very good pitcher. And we always thought his younger brother had much more potential in sports then he. He just seemed more of a natural athlete, although our 8/12 has really gotten pretty good at baseball and other sports through hard work. I just don’t want to ruin the potential of our younger son because we may have accidentally forced him to throw with the wrong hand….
I would appreciate it if somebody could give me their opinions. Maybe he was going to end up throwing right anyways and I’m just worry over nothing. It’s just looking back, I seem to remember the first 3 or 4 years of his life he threw more with his left hand and I thought his left hand seemed stronger early on. Add the fact that he eats and writes left makes me think he was supposed to throw left (especially when you add the fact that he did throw left early on). But right now he always picks up the football and baseball with his right hand and throws right. It just seems natural for him to throw right now. And he throws a little better now with his right hand (stronger and more accurate), but I don’t know if this is just because he got used to using his right hand to throw. Also as far as I know, he has always kicked right. And he always batted right which adds more confusion to me. So maybe he was going to throw right as well (although he is left handed and did throw with his left until he was 4 or so). Please help ease my worries. I just want to know if I should try to get him going back to throwing left or just let him continue throwing right. He does seem to be throwing pretty good with his right hand. But is there an easy way for us to let him figure it out on his one? or is it too late? If he was supposed to be a lefty and we made him a righty, how can we know this? and how should I go about fixing this? and is it too late?
This all may seem silly, but he loves sports and I think he has potential to be a great athlete. And I sure would hate to have hurt his potential by making him throw with his less dominant hand. I want to stop worrying about whether he is throwing with the hand he was born to throw with and concentrate on helping him get better at sports. But overtime we go throw the ball, I have him doing drills where he throws with both hands because I am trying to figure this out. But I am really confused…
I would appreciate any thoughts. Sorry about the long message. I am just a confused, concerned Dad.