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Consider this quote from Abe Lincoln

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."



It seemed as though this spring every day that the little leaguers were scheduled to play a game it rained. We missed four games total, and Sunday as the season wound down, the boys got in their first, last and only make-up game. A nice way to end the season against a good Van Meter team and every single boy had a great time. So in honor of the Diamondbacks here are all the things I learned this year as a coach.

  1. Everyone wants to be the catcher until the gear is on.
  2. It takes seconds to loose your hat, and half an inning to find it.
  3. Running the field is fun coach, can we do it again?
  4. Sometimes making it to first base is a reason for a victory dance!
  5. Most 1st graders can argue calls better than any adult, especially if they are the coach’s kid.
  6. It isn’t ok to charge the mound if the coach hits you with the pitch.
  7. Some adults take the game way to serious.
  8. Even when you don’t keep score, the kids know.
  9. Paying attention to the third base coach can be hard work when you are waving at your Mom.
  10. The oldest kids aren’t necessarily the best players, and the bigger kids don’t always hit it the farthest.
  11. No matter how much we try to concentrate on the game, sometimes we HAVE to talk about Pokémon.
  12. Life is about sliding into any base. First, Second, Third, Home…even when the ball is still in the outfield….we slide.
  13. If you do something wrong as the coach you will hear about it…the minute it happens…from a number of parents.
  14. Sitting in the dugout is almost as much fun as playing.
  15. The bat that gets the first hit will be used by every kid, no matter how big it is.
  16. Triple plays are more likely than you think.
  17. As long as you hit the ball it’s a good day.
  18. It’s important to pay attention to who is throwing the ball at you.
  19. No matter how many times you are told to hand in the balls, there’s always one kid who will hide one in his glove till later.
  20. In the’s just a game…and it’s fun. And all of us learned that our teammates are the most important people in our lives.

See you next week. Remember, we’re all in this together.