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Megan Yocke

Megan Yocke
Megan Yocke played on two consecutive All-Star teams for the Santa Clara Homestead League in Northern California. She was the primary catcher as well as a pitcher for both teams. She usually batted fourth. She was the only girl on both teams.

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

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Q. What would you say are the pros and cons of playing Little League - either for you or for your friends?

Playing Little League for me had many more pros than cons. Throughout the seven years I played Little League, I was the only girl playing, yet I was accepted and treated just like any other player. I made so many friends through Little League that I still hang out with even 2 years after I have stopped playing. I cannot remember any low parts of my Little League life other than having to stop playing

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Q: How important is winning? What's do you think an ideal season would look like (all wins, some wins & some losses, etc)?

In Little League winning is not the top priority. The top priority is to have fun and learn the skills of the game. If you play to win in Little League you put a lot of pressure on yourselves to perform when you should be working on the fundamentals. Winning is always fun but having a season where you win a few and lose a few makes you a better player I feel because you learn how to lose gracefully and you learn sportsmanship. I know everybody wants to win because I am extremely competitive and want to win at everything. But if you are to continue playing baseball or any sport, as you move higher and higher, winning gets higher and higher on the priority list, and you don't want to burn yourself out doing your sport by putting too much pressure on yourself! This is the time to have fun and learn!

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Q: Do you think some parents are too into the game? What piece of advice would you give a Little League parent to make their kid's playing life better?

Some parents do get a little too much into the game. I was lucky that my parents had older kids who played sports and they played sports themselves and knew when to keep quiet. My advice for parents is to just come and support your kids, not to get in their faces when they make a mistake. Be positive and help them with skills and fundamentals. I know I love having my parents at my games, but I don't think I would have enjoyed myself as much, or been able to continue playing without my parents' support.

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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 am extremely lucky that I have had the coaches I had and have at the moment currently. All my coaches have emphasized the importance of having the skills and working hard during practices to continue to improve these skills. I think that a major factor for all coaches to know and teach is that practice makes perfect and how you practice is how you play in the games. Yeah I know you hear these sayings all the time but I have learned that they are true. The harder you work in practice the better you play in games and anytime.

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

10. Have fun!
9. Don't be superstitious.
8. Always bring your teammates up - you'll always be up.
7. Don't think about any one thing too long, good or bad.
6. Don't let the umps bring your play down with a possible bad call.
5. Don't let the other team psyche you out.
4. Don't get nervous even when your coaches are.
3. DO NOT PULL AN ATTITUDE otherwise you won't go very far with sports.
2. Don't put pressure on yourself.
1. Have fun!

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