From the Board of Directors

Parrish Little League families,

We are about to start another fun season of Little League Baseball. We are sure everyone is looking forward to watching the kids have a good time, play some baseball and hopefully learn some life skills on the way.  We should get a lot of sun this season, and we hope to see a lot of friends and family out to Holland Youth Park to watch the games.

We know that as parents you all know what is expected from the fans at a Little League baseball game, but we have plenty of other friends and family out at the fields. So we thought we might lay out some of what is expected so that you can share it with everyone that you will be inviting to watch your kids play.  We think if we all know the expectations and help to hold each other accountable then all of the players and volunteers that make Little League happen will have a great season.

There are two things to remember about Little League that can keep things in perspective.  The first is that Little League is a participation League, that means everyone plays.  There are leagues out there where the kids have to make a team and only the best will see a field very often.  Little League is not one of those Leagues.  We want to see every kid have fun, every kid learn attributes like a strong character, loyalty and courage, and along the way we would like to see them learn some baseball and develop a lifelong love of the game.

The second key point is that EVERYONE making Parrish Little League happen is a volunteer. Your team managers, coaches and team parents are all volunteering their time and in many cases money so your kids can play baseball.  The umpires and board members are also all donating their time.  The fields are maintained by people volunteering their time. Everyone who is volunteering has varying reasons for doing it, but we guarantee that they all revolve around the love of kids, community and baseball.

So, with those two things being said, come out enjoy the Oregon spring, some baseball, and cheering on the kids playing.  And while you’re doing that remember not to take it too seriously, the kids should take the game seriously, you should keep in mind the kids are playing a game. Keep your language clean, this is a family friendly environment.  Kids are going to drop balls, overthrow balls, not swing at strikes and make a myriad of other mistakes. Many of them will be devastated at the time of the error and they don’t need to hear more about it from the stands. If you are in the stands then you are not a coach, let the coaches coach and after the game let your child know what a great game they played.  Celebrate with them when they’ve won, and give them all of your support after a tough loss.

Did the umpire just blow a call? Maybe, but he or she is the one out there making those decisions so the kids can play the game.  They are in the process of volunteering  a couple of hours of their time and all they get out of it is personal satisfaction, a hot dog and a coke.  So give them a break. Was that strike called a ball, was that out called a safe? Don’t worry about it, the umpire made a decision and that is the only decision that matters. If you think you can do better, we wish you had said so sooner.  Grab a mask and chest protector from the umpire room upstairs, we always need more volunteer umpires.

We look forward to seeing everyone at Holland Youth Park this season. Cheer for the kids and support all the volunteers that make it happen.

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