5 Fun & Easy After Game Treats

Do you want to be the coolest mom on the team? Show up with one of these treats and you’ll be off to a good start. I picked things that would be super easy to do but that I thought kids would really like, and also wouldn’t break the bank. …

Playing Fall Baseball

The regular youth season has ended and some parents are asking, “Why should kids play baseball in the fall?” It’s a good question and one that I have some mixed feelings about. Some kids go from regular season directly to travel ball season and there’s no time to even think about …

When Baseball Boys Cry

There’s no crying in baseball. Except when there is. My younger son’s team wanted to make a run for the Little League World Series last year. They cruised through our district tournament and cruised through the section tournament. We were 1-0 going into the second game of the sub-state tournament …

Top 3 Things to Try to Get Out of a Hitting Slump

Nothing is worse for a baseball player than a hitting slump. Most players have encountered them at one time or another and sometimes they seem to last forever. I’ve seen hitting slumps make players quit before…that’s how frustrating they are.   When a player is in a slump, they usually …

My Love Hate Relationship with Dirt

Dirt. What even is it?      This definition doesn’t make it sound any more appealing. It’s just a “substance”. But when you think about it, without dirt none of us would be here. All plants need dirt and we need the oxygen from plants. So we need dirt. But …

Don’t Be a Poison Sports Parent

I ran into a baseball mom I hadn’t seen in a while and asked how her son was doing and if he still played baseball. She told me that he quit a couple of years ago because he just didn’t like it. Then she said, “I’m so glad because I …

2018 Baseball Bat Rules

As we transition to a new season of baseball, we need to pay attention to the new bat rules for 2018. Not only are Little League bat rules changing, but the new rules affect other leagues as well.   If your child plays in any of the following leagues, as …

There’s a Bully on the Team

We’ve all encountered bullies at some point in our lives. Some of us have been bullied and some have been the bullies. This is a centuries old problem and it occurs in every aspect of life, so of course it takes place on baseball and softball teams.   This can …

Before You Complain, Have You Volunteered Yet?

For any organized sports league to function smoothly, you need to have volunteers who are willing to donate their time to help with the regular functions of the league. I think many people take for granted how much board members and other volunteers do to make leagues happen for the …