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The joys of little league

April 20, 2010 - Pam Rodgers

Recently, I helped my parents run a clinic for my cousin, Lexie’s little league softball team. I had a blast helping those girls learn the basic fundamentals of the game. It took me back to when I was first learning the game in the second grade. Those were some good times. Ah, the wonderful memories created through those years of learning the great game of softball.
I’m not bragging, but we were had a really good team from second grade up until seventh. We won the championships three times, got second once and made it to the final round of tournaments every year except one. That success translated into my high school career with my senior year as the pinnacle with an outstanding record of 26-9.
I can honestly say that none of that wouldn’t have been possible if my parents hadn’t taught us proper fundamentals from the beginning. Too many times nowadays, I see little league coaches just letting the girls play the game any way they want and not try to teach them the basics of the game. That will not translate into a successful softball career. I know my parents, who are currently high school softball coaches, are having trouble breaking bad habits to get the girls to do things the proper way. It is so important to start on the basics early so they can carry that foundation all the way through their careers, however long or short they are.
It was great to see my cousin and her team having so much fun playing the game I love so much. I can only hope that what we did at the clinic will help them have as much success as I did playing softball.


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Seventh grade season. The eight of us that played together all through little league.