Keeping the Game Fun in the Minors
By Jamie Joy, Manager of Operations
When a new season opens, everyone from board members, managers, and coaches, to parents and players have re-invigorated hopes and ideas about how to keep Little League fun.
Remember, the Minor Divisions are about instructing, educating and making this a memorable experience. If this can be accomplished, the children will continue to play and enjoy this great pastime.
Once the season starts, it’s the responsibility of the adult volunteers to keep in mind that Little League is for the children. This is why we need to focus everything on them, and make each practice and game a positive learning experience. Too many times, the win-at-all-costs attitude seeps into leagues and what gets lost is the fun.
Little League has many resources in place that can assist any coach or manager regardless of experience. One of these teaching tools is www.LittleLeagueCoach.org. This FREE website is rich in content, including the latest drills and coaching tips.
I have coached in various levels of baseball and have seen many different coaching philosophies, but one constant is player instruction.
We are talking about Minors and these are players ranging in age from 7-11. If their first experience is not enjoyable, or they do not learn or get anything from playing, they probably will not come back to the program.
We need to do as much as we can to ensure this does not happen. In Minors, learning and fun need to be the priority. Yes, winning is nice, but through education, fun and hard work the “Ws” should take care of themselves.
Please visit www.LittleLeagueCoach.org; and www.LittleLeague.org for more information on the Little League Minor Baseball and Minor Softball Divisions.
Until next time, remember to keep Little League fun.