By Sara Thompson
Did you have the opportunity to travel to any of the Softball World Series this summer?
JoAnn, District 4
This summer I had the chance to visit all four Softball World Series. While it was a whirlwind and not much time was spent at any one tournament, it was a terrific opportunity to meet a few of the volunteers that make Little League Softball what it is today.
This was my first experience attending a true international tournament, with players traveling from every region of the world. The camaraderie between the teams was remarkable to say the least as athletes of different race, religion and background found similarities on and off the field. Members of the community also embraced the players, supporting and cheering on their favorite international teams.
The tournament headquarters were fast-paced environments with smiling faces not only ready to welcome the many athletes, coaches and parents who made the journey, but the long days, full of challenges. Each World Series had a terrific staff that added their own personal touch to their tournament. Opening ceremonies, games and team functions seemed flawless from the outside because of the hard work by so many on and off site.
Lastly, I want to mention the managers, coaches and umpires. The players would not have this opportunity without their coaches dedicating their time and effort. As for the umpires, not only did they volunteer throughout the season, but paid their own way and vied for the honor to call at the World Series level. These tournaments are truly a group effort.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and assistance.
Again, please email me with your questions, comments or topics at asksara@LittleLeague.org.