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Category Archives: Little White Ball (Baseball)

John Wooden’s lessons for today’s coaches and players

When I was a UCLA student, I looked up to John Wooden. When I became an adult and a parent, I came to appreciate him even more. I liked his approach to coaching and mentoring, and I admired how he used sports to build character. As he said, “What you are as a person is …

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“I choose not to run”

I decided not to run for another term as league president. Just to be clear: I’m still happy with the league. No one did anything to upset me. No one said something on Facebook or in the Mid-Season Evaluations that hurt my feelings. I’m not running simply because I’m a believer in term limits. I’ve …

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How to announce at a Little League game

One of the things I enjoy doing at Little League games is to serve as the announcer. It seems that the players and parents enjoy it too. The only complaints I’ve received are from other teams who are unhappy that I don’t announce at their games. But there are some rules I need to follow …

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When it is a perfect game

As a league president, I don’t need to go to a movie to see a Little League drama. Just this weekend, I had to deal with a coach being ejected from a game, a complaint about parents bringing their dogs on a school district field, an issue a manager had with parents, and parents who …

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What I would have said

One of my duties as a Little League president is to give a speech at the Opening Day ceremony. Unfortunately, it looks like we’re going to be rained out for the second Saturday in a row. So, we had to cancel the ceremony. Here is what I would have said to the parents of Saddleback …

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