let the games begin...

by Prez Ro 

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ASNN365 - The snow seems to be long gone in the Chicagoland area allowing for kids to begin playing the parks. More specifically hitters are taking batting practice... pitchers are loosening up... coaches are running drills... parades are mapped out and planned...  and well, I just order my cushion seat for coverage at various games this season...

What makes a great baseball or softball player? To put it simply a  combination of skill and smarts as well as recognizing every position has a duty. We prepared a simply to chart to illustrate this - click here.

Little League founding principles are based on three simple character traits COURAGE - CHARACTER - LOYALTY, that we as coaches are expected to instill in the young people under our leadership.

COURAGE… is providing every player with an opportunity to play and contribute to your team in the face of pressure to win. It doesn’t take a lot of courage to pick 7-8 of your most talented and skilled players and play them every inning of every game and leave the rest of the playing time to your weaker players. It takes courage to give every player on your team regular opportunities to start and more importantly to play complete games during the season.

CHARACTER… is stepping up to support and be positive with your players when things aren’t going well. Any coach can look good when the team is winning and everyone is happy. Coaches, your true character shows up when a player on your team makes an error in a key situation or when the umpire makes a call that doesn't go your way during a critical part in the ball game.

LOYALTY… is stepping up to defend and support coaching baseball the “Little League Way”.

Little League is one of the only youth sports organizations that accepts every player that walks up to the registration table in their community; regardless of their skill, ability and experience. Every player is assigned to a team with a coach, with equipment and uniforms needed to have a safe and fun experience in baseball. Loyalty to coaching the “Little League Way” causes every player on your team to be excited about continuing to play Little League next season.

You are the key.  Show your COURAGE - CHARACTER - LOYALTY as you mentor our youth


We wish everyone the best of luck and safety this season.

Local Teams / Organizations we are following

  Official Little League web site
  Jackie Robinson West
  Lansing Old Timers
  Matteson 13U Titans
  Orland Park Magic
  Richton Park Youth baseball
  Tinley Park Bobcats (12U)

Interested in us following your team / organization, click here.

NOTE: We are proud to announce that for the entire month of February, S.C. Fitch Enterprises, and all of its affiliates including Amateur Sports News Network, ASNN365.com, and Amateur Sports Gallery will be honoring April as National Autism Awareness Month®.  Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Click here for more information.

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