Little League Involvement
By Neil Gray
July 19, 2006
Thank you Dave Timmerman and Dinah Pearson for your comments
on Little League Involvement and All Star Selections.
INVOLVEMENT is very important. In the years I was involved in
Ketchikan (and in Oregon) I found it was always the same parents
in the stands watching, and in the concession stand working to
cook burgers and dogs. Who were the ones to complain? The parents
who had NO involvement.
Here's an actual scenario. I was umpiring a Senior League game
with Carl Pederson at Norman Walker Field. I called a third
strike for the final out on a batter (of course it was a strike!!)
to end a rally. His father was standing at the fence on the
third base line about 20 feet away from the playing field. His
comment came out loud and clear, "Looks like somebody out
there needs some glasses." Rather than get irritated, Carl
and I produced a rule book, waved in front of the obnoxious parent,
and invited him to become an umpire. At that time we were short
of umpires, and found ourselves going from game to game at Norman
Walker doing 4 - 5 games a week. His comment echoed what is
a very common reply: "Oh no, I can't do that! I don't
have time." We didn't hear one word from him the rest of
All Star selections (as I stated in an earlier response)will
always be controversial. Have you ever noticed many parents
are living their dreams through their kids? I had two sons who
played Little Leage in Ketchikan and twice felt they should have
been selected to an All Star team. But, we accepted what was
dealt. Life went on. And by the way, they are both doing very
well in their respective careers, despite not being that All
I too have always felt parental involvement is essential. I
have always told employees of mine if they have a problem with
the way things are running, bring it to my attention, along with
a solution. Don't leave a complaint blowing in the wind.
Little League can take a lesson
In the meantime, good luck to the All Star Teams as they head
into the S.E. and State Tournaments! If the Major League All
Stars make it to the Western Regionals in San Bernadino, I'll
be there for KFMJ to broadcast those games back to you.
Thanks again, Dinah and Dave. And to everybody else: Remember
to keep things in perspective.
Lakeside, CA - USA
About: "Ketchikan Little League: Coach, Umpire, Broadcaster"
League: Get Involved in the Process By Dave Timmerman - Ketchikan,
AK - USA
called competition By Dinah Pearson - Ketchikan, AK - USA
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