 # A Math Lesson For Youth Baseball Players Moving Up To The Big Field

Math is a requirement for school age children to graduate and matriculate from grade to grade. Simple math like arithmetic involves addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication. Geometry deals with points, lines, angles, and how they affect the arrangement of “stuff.” Problem solving, word problems, and other algebraic equations help us understand how things work, why something is stronger than another item, how fast something goes, how much force you need to do something. Higher levels of math like calculus and statistics then deal with how all the basic functions of math can explain and even predict how something will work or function.

If I had a nickel for every time my kids asked “when am I ever going to use this math problem?”, I would be a very happy man. And guess what, I am a very happy man. Math is used in all facets of sports, like baseball. We live in an era of launch angles and exit velocities and bat speeds. You can calculate your batting average by dividing the number hits you have recorded by the number at bats you have. 4 hits out of 10 at bats is a .400 average. And even the most basic math, subtraction, can be used to identify a skill set you need to work on in your upcoming indoor training season.