The time is here, he starts high school this fall. He is about 5' 10" now and still has not hit his growth spurt. He weighs about 145. He's the lefty that I have asked questions about before because I always played football and baseball was new to me. He is the one that can throw 5 pitches for strikes (2/4 seams, slider, changeup, curve). He will be an incoming freshman at Riverside High School this fall. Any advice? The coaches don't have him throwing much "junk" because he hasn't hit his growth spurt and he doesn't have hair on his chest. He has never taken baseball seriously, he's always done it for fun, playing with kids he's known through travel ball on different teams since he was 9 years old. I have given him a LOT of time off between seasons because I didn't want him to burn out which he hasn't. He did do basketball last year but didn't like it so I don't see him doing it this year. He seems to be glued to baseball now. It's always been a "game" to him. My question is at what point does he need to get serious about it? He has been told by more than one travel coach that his future will be as a pitcher and I have seen a change in him though in the last year in that he's gone from, "we will see how I do" to "this is my game bitch" when he goes to the mound. He hasn't done that in the past. It was more of "I will see how I do", now he expects to shut the other team down and in 9 out of 10 games he does. He has more confidence now than he's ever had and it shows on the mound. He doesn't throw gas even though he could. He is more concerned with throwing strikes. He reminds me of a Lefty Roth that went to USC, who also went to Riverside High School here in SC. He can change speeds and he hits his spots. Again, I am here asking for advice. Is it time for me to hand him off to the high school coaches and just go to the games and back off of being the "dad" and just enjoy the games. I have always asked questions to the coaches mainly because I don't know baseball, I have learned a lot over the years but they all knew me well and they didn't mind. Sorry, but when my kid is on the mound I can't sit down and be still. I root for my kid. I haven't ridden him into the ground and I haven't busted his balls when he has had bad games in the past. It would blow your mind what I have seen out there. I have always told him to have fun. We had a kid last year on the team that at 13 could throw high 70's and shut teams down and hit homeruns like it's popcorn but with one mistake his dad was up his butt and the kid would cry. That's not me. I would joke with my kid if he gave up a homerun or struck out and he knew I was joking around. I have always told my kid since he was 8 years old that after a bad game I would say "Hey, that game is over we have at least 3 more to go, go have fun." The last two years after a bad game from him, he would say "I don't want to talk about it" and I would say "that's fine." So here I am again asking what should I do now. You guys have been invaluable to me in the past 6 years and you have no idea how much I appreciate it. He wants to go to UF and yes there are people out there comparing him to Roth but as a lefty. I am all ears. Hopefully he will be in Gainesville, pitching for Sulley in 4 years. That's his dream is to pitch for UF.