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Whether you win or lose the game
Don’t be too proud nor hide in shame.
Someone must lose.
Someone must win.
For game results are all the same.
When you happen to have the luck
Befriend your foe and do not mock.
With hurting words please do not stab
For you’ll cause pain inside his heart.
And when defeat becomes your fate
Hold your tongue and never hate.
Smile pleasantly and merely wait
For luck will come some other date.
TJ Taylor is quoted as saying: “You have goals every time you play a game. Why not set goals before each practice. Make practice your own game, against yourself – and win it!”
Parents with any sport, this quote rings clear. Little League Baseball can be one of the most negative sports. If you really think about it, every time your player comes up to bat or a ball is thrown to them that they miss possibly causing a run for the opposing team, a missed pop fly, etc in their mind a negative experience is created. I realize some of you are awaiting phone calls with your players team placement, however in the back of your mind, please take the following suggestions as encouragement.
Here are a few best practices:
1. Practice makes perfect. Don’t set them up for failure! Make every effort to have your player available at every practice.
2. Work with them, throw balls, have a simulated batting session in your home, take them to a batting cage, PRACTICE.
3. Words of encouragement when negative experiences occur. Your Manager and Coach will be the first one your player encounters, they should always provide words of encouragement, cheer them on.
4. These are young boys and girls, like any kid they will likely forget a hat, belt etc. Help them prepare for each game.
5. Let the kids have fun!
6. Leave the players alone while they are on the field and in the dugout.
7. Leave the coaches alone.
8. Leave the umpires alone! He/she has a tough enough job managing the game.
Most importantly, GET THEM TO PRACTICE! If your player cannot make it, use common courtesy and let the coach know. Many volunteer coaches are taking off work early to hold practices. If you leave your player at practice, remember your coaches are not baby sitters. Please return at your scheduled time for pick up.
Volunteering is an important part of the experience. Green Run Little League looks forward to a warm sunshine filled winning season with many positive and rewarding experiences created for all.
From Uncle Al’s Umpire Corner.
Managers, Coaches and Parents, from time to time we will provide you updated official information. Al Itri is the Leagues and the District 8’s Chief Umpire. Both Al and Safety Chairman Phil Jarvis strive to ensure the safety in all games. Hence Uncle Al’s Umpire Corner.
Did you know…..XIV – Field Decorum – Item (b) and (d) could cause you and your players a safety issue, an out situation for the offense, and loss of FUN for the for the KIDZ.
Item (b)Except for the batter, base-runners, and base coaches at first and third bases, all players shall be on their benches in their dugouts or in the bull pen when the team is at bat.
When the team is on defense, all reserve players shall be on their benches or in the dugouts.
We have seen players who are not up to bat three deep swinging bats. This is not authorized and is a safety issue. Managers and Coaches need to keep this rule in mind so that you can prepare for all stars
Note. There are no bull bens at Green Run.
Item (d)A Manager or coach shall not leave the bench or dugout except to confer with a player or umpire and only after receiving permission from an Umpire.
This too will cause an issue. If you are between home and first or home and third and decide to stop a foul ball, The umpire could cite you for interference if on offense and obstruction if on defense.
We at Green Run do not want you on the field because of safety reasons unless you are at the coaches boxes and are watching the players and game.
Machine Pitch will have an additional coach at the mound.
T-Ball will have as many as possible to ensure safety and FUN for the KIDZ. Keep picking those daisy’s. John needs the help :)
Mike Matheny Letter To Parents
Message from Kevin Seitzer – Mike Matheny is the new St. Louis Cardinals Manager. He’s one of the most respected, wonderful people you will ever be around. Mike coached his kids after retirement and this is a letter to the parents on his team. This may be the BEST letter ever written regarding youth baseball and is exactly what “The Mac-N-Seitz Way” is all about. Please enjoy and help us get there!
You may read this letter here: http://www.mac-n-seitz.com/teams/mike-matheny-letter.html