Ways to Pump Up the Little League® Fun
Little League® is all about kids and families having fun. We asked how leagues pump up the game-day experience and you certainly delivered. Plenty of interesting and entertaining ideas were sent in. Below are some examples we found most interesting. We encourage you to read the ideas below, use a few, or add your own twist. Whatever you do, remember if the kids don’t have fun, they’re not getting the true Little League experience.
Ranch Buena Vista Little League – California District 70
On Friday nights, our league hosts “Friday Night Lights.” Fun and inspiring music is played during night games; the snack bar offers specials like Southwest eggrolls and mini-sliders; and the league sells raffle tickets for a nightly cash prize.
Middlesex Little League – New Jersey District 17
During our Hispanic Heritage Day, the concession stand sells empanadas, tostones, roasted pork and rice, and tres leches cakes throughout the day. Last year’s final game of the day was between the Mets and the Giants, and the league gave the players shirts that read “Los Mets” and “Los Giants.” The public address announcer called the game in Spanish and played salsa music between innings.
Painesville Area Little League – Ohio District 1
After winning a Musco lighting system through the ASAP program, the league decided to start a new tradition – night games. Each Friday during the season a special night game is played. Every player is introduced by the public address announcer, the national anthem is sung, the players recite the Little League pledge, then a night baseball game is played. During the game, the players are announced when approaching the plate and music is played between innings. Even the umpires do the Hokey Pokey. The environment is electric and upbeat. Each team gets to play under the lights at least once per season so everyone gets in on the fun.
West Scranton Little League – Pennsylvania District 16
Slugger is our league’s mascot. The league had a contest and the kids came up with the name. Slugger is a coach dressed in a dog costume wearing a West Scranton Little League uniform, who goes around the field leading cheers and entertaining fans.
Hooksett Little League – New Hampshire District 2
Older players in the league introduce the players and the public address announcer has sound effects on a tablet that connects to the sound system. Foul balls, home runs, etc., each have their own sounds. The “breaking glass” sound is the kids’ favorite. Between innings, fun tunes are also part of the fun. Our volunteer grounds crew re-rakes the infield and mound after the third inning while the ever-popular “YMCA” song is playing on the P.A. The kids and parents love it, and it gives a “big league” feel to the games, but providing “Little League fun” is what it is all about.
Does your league or team have ways they make the Little League experience more fun, whether it’s during games or practices? Click here and let us know!