help with little league baseball

@ladyljs (1303)
United States
April 9, 2007 1:20pm CST
my 9 year old tried out for little league and didn't make the cut, while his sister tried out for softball and there were so few positions that every girl was put on a team. They put my 9 year old in the minor league, which was great because he has never played on a team, and only had me to throw and bat with for the past year. Well, today, the coaches called and said that they had a player quit and wanted my little boy to join. Reluctantly I said yes, but i let them know that he had never played before. They were eager to get him on the team and said that they could teach him as we went along. Well, Saturday is their first game, and he hasn't even had one practice with a team that has practicing for over a month! what i am afraid of, is the awful things that i have heard about parents in the stands. I am afraid that my little guy will hear some of their rude comments and get disgruntled and give up. What can i do to help him? Also,...how long does a game generally last! Thanks
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
10 Apr 07
Hi Sweets,My hubby was a coach,umpire,and pre of our little league..I've done alot with running the concession stand and other LL stuff..Managing the all star tournments.. The thing is let your little guy know that some people are unhappy with their life and yell at others and those are the people for him not to listen to.. My husband used to take parents like that aside for a talk..the next time they were asked to leave the park..One or two people would have to leave per season ..the talk would get around quickly and you'd be surprised how fast people could change their attitudes..They have a different president now and I've heard it's bad sometimes now..Too bad ..huh? Good luck sweetie..
@ladyljs (1303)
• United States
11 Apr 07
Wow..thank you for such a great response! I hope that all goes as you say...and thanks again for your help! giving you a positive rating too!!!!
• United States
9 Apr 07
The game usually lasts about an hour or so. About the parent issue, if these are little children then the parents usually aren't allowed to be poor sports and you can talk to whoever runs the league after it happens if it happens. As for your 9 year old, I would try to mentally prepare him before the game that there are people there that might say mean and hurtful things, but just to ignore them and try his best. If he tries his best YOU will be proud of him and that is all that really matters. But I would also try to get him a little extra practice in before the game, since most of the time the kids get the jitters right before and during the games most of the time. I hope this helps and tell him good luck we will all be rooting for him!!!
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@ladyljs (1303)
• United States
10 Apr 07
thank you for the extra words ofencouragement! I'm going to give you a positive rating for your thoughtful post!