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Friday, August 27, 2010

Little League Mayhem?

Youth Baseball: Little League Mayhem?
by Guest Author Will G. Stone

For many of us, summer means spending time outdoors. If you have kids, then it may mean Little League Baseball. I am a firm believer in kids taking part in sports and recreation because it gets them out from in front of the TV and computer and gets them active! A day at the ball park can be a very enjoyable time! Who doesn't love snacking on popcorn and rooting on the kids?

A growing problem at many events is parents who do not know their boundaries. You know the type: they think that they are God's gift to the sport and that the coaches have no idea what they are talking about. They also feel the need to bombard their child and other players with "tips" and "pointers" during the game. Admit it, it drives us all crazy. It is annoying and ruins an otherwise pleasant outing. What can you do about this?

The first thing is to be an example by knowing your boundaries. Honor the authority figures of the event. We teach our children to respect authority, right? We must set the example by allowing the coaches and umpires to do their job. Sure, we may not agree with everything they do, but no one wants to hear our constant criticism either. Come to grips with the fact that you have no control over the game, eat popcorn, and relax.

The second thing we can do is to let our kids have their time. Baseball is a game. It is meant to be fun! Kids cannot have fun when they are receiving "tips" and criticism from many people during the game. This makes them nervous and is counterproductive. Let the kids be kids! Let them play and make mistakes. After all, the outcome of the game is not life or death! Let them enjoy the experience.

The third thing is to boldly confront those around you who do not follow these guidelines. I am not talking about an argument. Speak to the "offending" parent/fan and remind them that it is only a game and to relax. Let them know that they are causing many people not to enjoy themselves by their constant outbursts.

The fourth thing is to love and support your kid's coach. They are spending lots of time with your kid and they may be a very positive influence in their life. Be encouraging and be sure to say thank you every now and then.

Last, but not least, praise your kid! Whether they win or lose, be there to support them. The kid usually knows if they played well or not, so be positive. Take them to their favorite restaurant or surprise them with a treat. Hug them and let them know that you love them and you are proud of them. One more thing: the summertime heat can be miserable. Stay properly hydrated. I hope you and your family enjoy our national pastime! Have a great summer! God bless you.

Will Stone is a former college/semi-pro basketball player who is now involved in the health and fitness industry. He professes Jesus Christ as Lord and is passionate about helping others live healthier lives. Visit his website: http://www.fitwithwill.com

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