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Confessions of a Tee-Ball Coach

Brianne L Croteau | Posted 05.25.2016 | Parents
Brianne L Croteau

I don't mind that innings start late because kids are waving to their parents in the stands and asking for "just one more bite" of their granola bar through the chain-link fence. I don't mind the chaos, the confusion or the constant chatter. It's all part of the tee-ball game and as coach, I wouldn't have it any other way.

Tomorrow's Leaders: A Reason to Hope

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.20.2016 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Since all the political news is terrible and only getting worse, I decided to reflect on something very personal this week -- about a great event that happened this weekend.

Anatomy Of A Little League Game

Julianna W. Miner | Posted 05.05.2016 | Parents
Julianna W. Miner

I thought I'd share the experience of managing three kids and a Little League game on a school night, for those of you unfamiliar with it.

10 Rules They SHOULD Post at Kids' Sporting Events

Madeleine Melcher | Posted 05.04.2016 | Parents
Madeleine Melcher

As parents, we see rules for players at nearly every sporting event we go to. But somehow, No Metal Cleats on the Field, and No gum on the Court just don't cover it anymore.

How I Learned That Winning Isn't Everything

Cathy Byrd | Posted 04.27.2016 | Sports
Cathy Byrd

Perhaps it is no accident that a baseball has 108 stitches and a prayer necklace has 108 beads. Baseball does not discriminate and we do not have to believe in the same God to be on the same team. It is a game of courage, strength, and character that can bring grown men to cry.

Youth Baseball Coaches Brawl, Learn Sportsmanship The Hard Way

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.22.2016 | Sports

You're outta here! Two youth baseball coaches caught brawling on a video that went viral were sent to the showers -- permanently. Cooper City (Florida...

The Decline of Baseball and Why it Matters

Laura Hanby Hudgens | Posted 04.08.2016 | Parents
Laura Hanby Hudgens

Baseball requires a different level of discipline than other sports. Baseball combines athleticism and brain power. Baseball matters because it has shaped our culture and our kids for decades. It is a part of our history.

Little League Sign For Parents Gets Straight To The Point

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 03.21.2016 | Parents

When it comes to sports, sometimes players need perspective about what really matters in the grand scheme of the game. When it comes to kids' sports, ...

Mother of a Jock

Yona Zeldis McDonough | Posted 02.29.2016 | Parents
Yona Zeldis McDonough

Off in the distance, I watched with idle interest as the batter smacked the ball. The kid had power, and sent it sailing across the expanse of the field. One of the opposing players moved in for the catch, an easy, fluid gesture that for some inexplicable reason brought me to tears.

My Son Didn't Start Today, And I Couldn't Be Prouder

Chris Fore | Posted 02.09.2016 | Parents
Chris Fore

Parents, your kids will be fine if they don't start -- as long as you're fine! For the first time my son didn't start today, and I couldn't have been prouder. He was the only one on the bench standing and cheering for his teammates.

If Carl Stotz Could See Youth Sports Today: Oh My!

Fred Engh | Posted 01.19.2016 | Sports
Fred Engh

Stotz is known as the "Father of Little League Baseball," a program that has transcended all borders, races, languages and backgrounds to bring boys and girls together on ballfields to play both baseball and softball worldwide.

The 10 People You Meet At Your Kids' Sporting Events

Holly Rust | Posted 01.15.2016 | Parents
Holly Rust

I lived through high school once and while it was fun for me, I'm definitely not interested in reliving those years -- especially as an adult. But after another few games in, I decided to sell my soul to the devil and became one of those annoying people. I guess if you can't beat them -- join them.

Why Do We Play Sports? We've Forgotten

Beau Dure | Posted 01.05.2016 | Parents
Beau Dure

Youth sports are being hijacked. Let's put it more directly -- your sports are being hijacked. The sports that your kids play are being taken over by a well-intentioned but misguided and counterproductive drive to make them better athletes in the hopes of attaining glory at "the next level" -- college, pro, the World Cup, etc.

An Open Letter to My Children's Future Little League Team

Jason Gay | Posted 11.05.2015 | Parents
Jason Gay

Congratulations, motivated, ambivalent or perhaps conscripted young baseball participant! You (and hopefully not your impossible nightmareparents) are invited to join the planet's least selective, low-expectation and most emotionally balanced youth sports team: The Zen Cubs.

The Coach Who Became 'Best Man'

Fred Engh | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents
Fred Engh

If you have ever thought about the impact that volunteer coaches have on your son or daughter, then you'll really like this next story. I was giving a talk to a group of youth sports administrators about the importance of coaches in their program being a positive influence.

South Carolina Team Returns to Little League World Series for First Time Since Racist Boycott in 1955

Christopher Lamb | Posted 08.25.2015 | Sports
Christopher Lamb

For all they achieved in life, or did not achieve in life, the Cannon Street all-stars continue to wonder what would have happened if bigotry had not denied them the opportunity of playing in the Little League World Series.

Little League Pitcher Totally In Awe After Giving Up Grand Slam

The Huffington Post | Lucy McCalmont | Posted 08.24.2015 | Sports

You win some, you lose some. And sure, victory is sweet, but then there are some losses where you just have to bow down and respect your opponent's ga...

Little League Team Called Out For Trying To Lose By Bunting Every At Bat

AP/HuffPost | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 08.18.2015 | Sports

PORTLAND, Ore. — Officials at the Little League Softball World Series required teams from Washington and Iowa to play a tie-breaker game Tuesday aft...

Baseball From the Lower End of the Lineup

Rebecca Stoufis | Posted 07.23.2016 | Parents
Rebecca Stoufis

A long time ago, I cheered for my adorable smiling preschooler as he hit the tee, and finally the ball after his fifth swing. The following year, I asked Nikolas if he'd like to play T-ball again and he replied, "No, baseball is a waste of my life." A few years passed and Nikolas announced he'd like to give the sport another try.

We All Should Have a Kid This Gutsy!

Fred Engh | Posted 07.22.2016 | Parents
Fred Engh

We've all see the bumper sticker on the back of cars that say, "My child's on the honor roll." Well I think there should be ones made for kids like this one that says, "My kid just stood up to a bunch of 'little league' jerks who don't get it."

10 Life Lessons I Learned from My Son and Little League Baseball

Dr. Kate Roberts | Posted 07.07.2016 | Parents
Dr. Kate Roberts

Baseball odds mirror life. It's expected for most players to strike out seven of ten times at bat or even more than that. I'm not sure what the odds are in life for reaching goals but certainly lots there will be many strike outs along the way to reaching any goal that's worth achieving.

14-Year-Old Mo'ne Davis Is Taking Over the Sports World

Carly Steyer | Posted 06.29.2015 | Teen

Score another point for 14-year-old Mo'ne Davis! Originally made famous by her stellar performance at the 2014 Little League World Series, Mo'ne is...

Amazing Video Sums Up The Hilarity That Is Kids' Sports

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents

For parents, summer means beach trips, barbecues and adorable little kids playing T-ball. Although, anyone who's watched Little League and the like kn...

Thanks Robin!

Fred Engh | Posted 05.21.2016 | Sports
Fred Engh

I often wonder if Robin Roberts ever knew that, at least for me, he was the impetus of helping change the attitudes of those parents who ruin, for so many kids, what would have been a great, fun experience in their lives.

What Was So Great About A Gen X Childhood?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.19.2016 | Parents
Daniel Cubias

I'm here to tell you that growing up the way we did was not a long-term favor or blessed accomplishment. Let me be clear that I don't blame my parents. No, my disdain for nostalgia has more to do with cold, hard facts and unpleasant anecdotes than personal issues.