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Competition in Little League Baseball: Recognizing They're Just Kids

December 31, 2018

While thousands of kids sign up for little league each year, only a select percentage of that group finishes out the season. So what's the cause?

Poor behavior from parents and coaches is the prime offender, says Parents.com.

If you're looking to help your kids have a great season -- or if you're guilty of shouting from the sidelines -- read on. Here are a few ways to ensure that your children have a great Little League Baseball season and that everyone keeps their cool. 

Explore The Rules Together

Before your kids can make it to the Little League World Series, you'll have to start with the basics. Learning the Little League Baseball rules can set a team up for success. 

But for most kids, reading a rulebook is about the last thing they'd like to do.

Reading the rulebook together is a great way to bond and show that Little League really is a team effort. Aside from helping you bond with your child or a new team, it can also be a great way to refresh yourself on the rules and code of conduct.

Lead by Example

As a parent or coach, you have one of the most important jobs in the world. You're responsible for more than how a child performs on the field, you're responsible with how they perform in life.

It's so important to remember that children are malleable and learn from watching. Use every game, whether it ends in victory or defeat, as a learning opportunity.
Lead by example and handle each situation with grace and dignity. 

Show them that friendly competition is just that -- friendly. Go over and shake hands with the other coaches and players, and let your child know that they did a great job. Or if you disagree with a call, calmly explain your position. 

Remember, your children are watching. What you say and do today will have a huge impact down the line.

Remember That Little League Baseball Should be Fun

As passionate as we may be about Little League Baseball, at the end of the day it's a game. Let your children play and they'll have a much better time.

That doesn't mean you need to be less excited about it, nor does it mean that kids shouldn't give it their all and try their hardest. However, it does mean that it isn't worth getting in someone's face and shouting because you disagreed with their call.

Above all else, Little League should be fun. When parents and coaches get upset, the fun of baseball dissipates and becomes more of a chore than a fun activity.

Keeping Competition Fun

If you're a parent or coach of a Little League Baseball player, it can hard to keep your composure at times. But remember that they're just kids. They're trying their hardest and they're out there to have fun.  

By showing your kids how to have a great attitude and accept victory and defeat graciously, you'll instill a life-long love of baseball and keep Little League fun for everyone.   

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