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It's all about LIFE!

My son has played on every team offered from t-ball to majors, both spring and winter leagues. I have been a manager and coach for most of those teams and have enjoyed it completely. I believe the most important thing he has learned is not about baseball but about LIFE! I have always thought as a parent, it was my responsibility to teach my sons about life and to prepair them to become responsible adults. Life is about success and failure, both personal and professional. We don't always win, but we should, I believe, strive to do the best we can be. There should be rewards for success, for hard work, the hours of practice. As we as adults know, hard work doesn't always mean success, we can work our fingers to the bone and still not acheive the results we wanted, we know it as life. Little League teaches how to win as well as how to lose, it teaches the kids about life. It would be wonderful if parents would allow the coaches and the Little Ligue system to do the job they were intended to do in the first place.

Where are the girls?

I am finally understanding what gets the most attention - even on the "public" airways. Competition. Melodrama. Boys sports! What about the documentaries on girls athleticism? Must Spring always be heralded by the boy-bat-ball metaphors to "life?" girls playing softball is just as valid a theme, just as valid a slice of american culture - girls fastpitch softball is one of the most popular team sports in America- no, it's not always about the hotshot champion players, but the average girl - you know, like YOUR kid.
[Mary Lou]

Frustrated by our coaches

We've spent many frustrating seasons trying to get coaches to pay attention to our son and work with him. We don't know how to coach the skills and our son's coaches have been more interested in their own son's and a select few. Every season, it's the same story. The first practice, coaches already know the positions for each child. 11 year old boys should not already be specializing in a certain postion in Little League. It's a developmental league and yet only a few get developed. The rest are chosen to round out the team in the out field and on the bench. It's sad and frustrating for a kid who loves to play and doesn't quite understand why he can't try an in field position!

Too much too soon

We never get to see the ones who don't win, who didn't make the all star team or who don't have the money/parents to follow this "dream." Does anyone know or care about all the kids who are left behind?

I'm not comfortable with this level of structure and competition before children have even gone through puberty. The fact is, some of these so-called all stars won't be so advanced over their peers after a few years. And some of the kids who don't make it, may be discouraged with baseball before their bodies have even started growing.

I think we're applying adult coaching techniques to pre-pubescent children and its wrong for the children and wrong for the game of baseball or any sport in the long term.

Great Show!

My boys and I loved the brought back so many memories or our 2002 season. My youngest son, Tucker, played on the 2002 9-10 all-stars that made it two-thirds of the way to san bernardino. they lost the championship game in concord, for the area, and the right to move on to the northern california finals. they survived until the last game of the 3rd tournament.

What made the film so funny for us was that Tuck, a catcher, squatted on the same patch of dirt that Drew staked out...just a few days earlier. and the heat for those two weeks...stiffling. we played five games in three weeks in which the temperature was over 100. Those three weeks were some of the most exciting and gut-wrenching days we've ever spent in athletics...simply incredible. thanks for all your efforts and congratulations, belatedly, to the boys, coaches and parents who made it happen.

Coaching Memories

Watching the film brought back many memories from my fifteen years coaching Little League in Texas. I still get choked up when I remember an all-star game, I think it was a sectional championship, where the kid who hadn't caught anything all season suddenly came out of left field and caughtwhat would have been the opposition's winning run. I still remember the look of awe on his face that changed into the widest smile I've ever seen!

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