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LL President: The Pros and Why I Said "Yes!"

It's mid-July and I have been at a ballpark just about every night for the last few weeks. I have watched 9-10 year-old baseball and softball, Little League Majors (11-12 year-olds) All-Stars and Honors teams, 13-14 year-old baseball on 80 foot and 90 foot diamonds, a college exposure fastpitch softball tournament, and joined my dad for an evening of USA Softball vs. Portland All-Stars on their pre-Olympic "Bound for Beijing" tour.

LL President: Take It or Leave, Part II

Most of my major life decisions have been made in a car on a road trip, probably driving north or south on I-5 between California and Oregon. I do my best thinking, and my husband and I do our best visiting in the car. As I think about taking on the position of President in our local Little League, this would be a perfect time for a road trip. I probably wouldn't need a 12-hour trip from Portland to San Francisco, maybe just a 3-hour trip to Seattle. We could watch a Mariners game, since we live in a city with NO MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM (can you tell that's a sore spot for us? :)

Little League President: Take It or Leave It?

My son is two years past the traditional Little League age...he will start his freshman year of high school in two months and he seems light years away from being a 12 year-old playing baseball on the 60 foot diamond. However, I feel drawn to the local ballfields even when it is not our son's team playing. In fact, I'm not picky about whether it is baseball or softball. I love to pull over and take in a few minutes of any game I see going on from the road.

Becoming A Youth Sports Coach: Advice For Women

Most of those who coach youth sports are men. If you are a woman, particularly a mom, here's what you need to do if you want to become a coach.

Why Do Women Make Great Youth Sports Coaches?

The absence of woman coaches in youth sports has been termed one of the most backward traditions in sports today. Far from being ill-equipped to be good youth sports coaches, women actually have natural advantages when it comes to coaching at that level and make excellent youth sports coaches.

Pre-Season Meeting Open Lines of Communication Between Parents and Coaches

The most successful sports seasons are the ones that begin with a pre-season meeting of coaches, team moms, parents and players. A preseason meeting sets a positive tone for the season by opening the lines of communication early so everyone is on the same page and understands and agrees on what they expect from one another.

Coaching Your Own Child: Attitude, Objectivity and Preparation Are Keys

Most youth sports coaches, especially up to the level of so-called "elite" or "select" teams, have a child on the team. If you are coaching your own child, or even if you are an assistant coach or team mom or team parent, there are three keys to follow to make it a positive experience.

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