Thursday, June 12, 2014

Everything I Need to Know in Life I Learned from Watching Little League Baseball

Listen to your coaches.  Even when things get tough, never quit.  Politics stink, and they're here to stay. You're capable of more than you realize.  Take your shoes off before you go in the house. Stand by your team. Bite your tongue when someone else makes a mistake; next time it might be you.  Never, ever go down looking. Be on time. Everyone has a bad game, the trick is getting back out there and playing again. Be responsible for your things. Wear sunscreen. Being confident is good, being an ass is not.  When your kid is at bat, remember the kids in the field are just kids and vice versa. Cheer for your team, not against the other.  Keep things in perspective, 99.9% of the players are not going to the major leagues. The little things are most often the big things. It's not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog.  Don't coach from the sidelines, you'll only confuse the players. You can't hit the ball if you don't swing. If you can't donate money, volunteer your time. Nothing beats a good snack bar at 1pm on a Saturday. Bring an umbrella so it doesn't rain.  We all strike out, the trick is getting back in the box.  There is no substitute for hard work.  Don't get caught sleeping in the field, you never know when a ball is coming your way. It's okay to talk to the other team when a runner is on your base. There is no substitute for good sportsmanship, and more coaches and parents should teach it by example. Eat a good meal before you head to the field.  It takes a team to win a game, it also takes a team to lose a game.  Blame doesn't belong in the dugout, the car or at home.

Love the game, and remember to have fun.  Life is what you make it!

Happy almost end of baseball season everyone!

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