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JB Burns

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Justin "JB" Burns was a member of the Aptos Little League All-Stars that went to the 2002 World Series.

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1.   Do you think some parents are too into the game?  
2.   What piece of advice would you give a Little League parent to make their kid's playing life better?  
3.   How important is winning?  
4.   What do you think an ideal season would look like (all wins, some wins & some losses, etc)?  
5.   If you could give a piece of advice to your coach (or a coach you've seen in the past), what would it be?  
6.   What's your Top Ten list of ways to keep your cool when playing LL  

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Q: Do you think some parents are too into the game?

Yes.

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Q. What piece of advice would you give a Little League parent to make their kid's playing life better?

When parents have free time on the weekend, they should take their kid, and maybe some friends, to the ball field for a little workout. Parents should go to all of their kid's games and tell their kids what they see, where the kid can improve, without being overly critical. Then they should just sit back and enjoy the game.

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Q. How important is winning?

Winning is good, but a loss once in awhile is good so kids don't get all puffed up with self-importance. Losing against a weak team can help deflate some kids' little 'happy balloons.'

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Q. What do you think an ideal season would look like (all wins, some wins & some losses, etc)?

Mostly wins with some losses.

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Q. If you could give a piece of advice to your coach (or a coach you've seen in the past), what would it be?

I had a coach who wasn't clear with me about why he didn't want me to play with his team in future tournaments. We won the tournament I played in. It was the only tournament the team had ever won and I contributed to the success. However, when he moved the team to an older age bracket, he should have just told me that's what he did. Instead, he just wouldn't bother to respond to my messages. I guess he thought I was too young to keep playing with his team. It would have been nice if he had just explained it in a straightforward way.

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Q. What's your Top Ten list of ways to keep your cool when playing LL?

10. Make friends with your teammates.
9. Have fun.
8. Don't get mad if you don't play well.
7. Have fun.
6. Make your parents come to the games.
5. Have fun.
4. Don't get pissed off at the umpires.
3. Have fun.
2. Encourage your teammates
1. HAVE FUN!!!!

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