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New Year's Resolutions for the Little League® Parent

Volume 2 | Issue 12 | December 2014 | Archive
New Year's Resolutions for the Little League® Parent
Travel the world. Exercise. Eat healthier. This is the time of year that New Year’s Resolutions start being made, and as a Little League® parent, there are plenty of goals you can set to have a great 2015 season. Setting attainable resolutions and using benchmarks throughout the year are great ways to help you keep your resolutions as the year moves on. Here are some Little League resolutions to keep in mind as you enter 2015 and how they can help you and your Little Leaguers® have a wonderful season next year.

I resolve to spend more time volunteering with my local league.
The Little League family is filled with millions of people who share their time and resources at a local league. As a volunteer, it is so gratifying knowing that you have done your part to provide Little Leaguers a positive experience that will last their entire lifetimes. Leagues need volunteers in a variety of capacities. Think of your strengths and what you enjoy doing, and offer to assist the league in those areas. If you’re an accountant, maybe you can join an Audit Committee. If you’re experienced in social media, volunteer to be in charge of your league’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Become an official scorekeeper or league statistician, and you’ll never have to miss a minute of your children’s games. Be creative and work with your League Officials to find your niche at the league. Not only will this help the league, but you will also learn more about the full operation of where your children play Little League.

I resolve to work with my Little Leaguer® in the backyard.
We frequently post useful and fun Backyard Tips here in The Parent Connection that you can do with your Little Leaguers to help develop them as a player. Also, the free, online Coaches Resource Center has great drills that you can use to help spend quality time with your children and help them develop their skills.

I resolve to encourage a healthier lifestyle for the entire family.
Between practices, games, and everything in between, it can be hard to find the balance between a busy lifestyle, and a healthy one.

“I know as a mom of three, juggling sports and other activities can make life very hectic and it is easy to fall into a rut of grabbing quick on-the-go meals and snacks that might not provide the most balanced diet,” said Lanette Kovachi, SUBWAY Senior Dietician. “Investing a little time in the beginning of the week to prepare and plan meals and snacks can really give the entire a family a nutrition boost.”

Ms. Kovachi suggests pre-packing healthy snacks and planning meals in advance that can be frozen and reheated quickly.

“It is so essential to regularly provide wholesome, balanced foods,” said Ms. Kovachi. “Not only are you giving your children the necessary building blocks for their body to grow and fuel their active lifestyle but you are also teaching them good eating habits that will last a lifetime.”

As a family, be sure to eat healthy and exercise regularly. If you’re helping your Little Leaguers in the backyard or volunteering as a coach or manager, be active and do the warm-ups with your players. Little League is an active, healthy outlet for players and parents.

I resolve to be a better Little League parent.
We all know them, sometimes they even are us. It’s hard not to get emotionally invested in your children’s games, but remember, Little League is about children having fun with their friends in a safe, healthy environment. Make yourself familiar with the Little League Parent/Volunteer pledge, and share it with other Little League parents. Also, Little League worked with the Positive Coaching Alliance on a free, quick course for parents, to help them support their players during the Little League season.

I resolve to be there for my Little Leaguers®.
While you should certainly try to attend every game, let’s face it, it is hard to get to everything, including practices, but being there for your Little Leaguers is much more than sitting in the stands. If you do miss a game or practice, it is important to communicate with your Little Leaguer about their experience. On the car ride home, or on the phone if you can’t be at the game, talk to your Little Leaguer. Ask if it was a fun game and what they learned. Don’t rehash missed plays in the field or strike outs, but focus on the aspects of the game that are enjoyable like being with their friends.

No matter what your New Year’s Resolutions are this year, we hope that 2015 is a wonderful year for you and your family. Best of luck to your Little Leaguer (s) this season.
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The Parent Connection - December 2014 - Archive