I will teach all children to play fair and do their best.
I will positively support all managers, coaches and players.
I will respect the decisions of the umpires.
I will praise a good effort despite the outcome of the game. Official Parent/Volunteer Little League Pledge
Its that time again. With spring comes daffodils, warmer temperatures and little league baseball. As the mother of two boys, Ive endured er, I mean ENJOYED several years of being a sports crazed mom and with all these seasons under my belt, I would like to offer some advice to the younger mothers who are just beginning this journey.
First and foremost, the crockpot is your friend. If you are one of those parents with players in different leagues, you will be lucky to eat a meal in the next few months, much less actually have the time to cook. Stock up on roasts, chicken and whatever concoction you can allow to simmer and cook while you are working, taxiing, or cheering your little leaguer.
I have learned that boys play just as well in baseball pants that have not been laundered between each and every practice. I am pretty sure this holds true for the girls playing softball too, however, it might be a little more tricky convincing them that a uniform with some dirt stains proves you arent afraid to get down and dirty for the team.
To remain sane during this whirlwind season, it is extremely important to choose a baseball spot in your home. Before we chose a specific place to store all our baseball gear, when we began packing our sports bag, every single morning was a hassle inundated with screaming and searching for whatever elusive item was missing.
On the subject of missing items, it is imperative to keep your vehicle stocked with all items remotely related to baseball including an extra cap, jock, socks, ponytail holders, etc. Additionally as this season begins during cool weather and ends during the scorching months of summer, it is best to keep a light jacket handy. You may want to also include a couple of sweatshirts.
When the teams schedule is distributed, post it in a prominent place so that all family members will know when and where the leaguer needs to be.
Finally, it is important to remember that our children are LEARNING to play the game and the coaches are volunteers who are trying to teach them. Every player out there is someones baby and although we, moms, are convinced they are certainly the next Chipper Jones, the coach is likely to choose a different child take the mound or to hold down first baseman duties. Cheering is a priority, not only for our own children or our own team, but for the others too. Everyone works hard to play hard; they all deserve a nice hit, or great slide no matter what uniform they wear. Encourage whoever is up at bat, running the bases, or making the catch.
Our family loves baseball. It teaches respect, teamwork and technique. There is nothing better than a good game where you watch your team come back from behind or watching the excitement on a childs face who realizes the pop fly actually landed in his or her glove. I admit some days are a struggle to get out there to cheer your kids on when you have a deadline at work or mounds of laundry waiting at home, but somehow, once there the magic of the baseball field and the lure of the concession stand seems to make it all better.
Little league baseball is a rite of passage for so many young Americans and while it is a fun time, it can be extremely intense and intimidating for both the players and their moms as they try to learn the ins and outs of the little league world. While we are dreaming of home runs and worrying about possible strikeouts, our kids are probably looking forward to enjoying sunflower seeds and nachos, so take it from a seasoned veteran, calm down and enjoy the ride. Let kids be kids and as the old saying goes itll all come out in the wash.