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McLean Little League 8-10 All-Star Softball Team Results
07/14/2016
The McLean Little League 8-10 All-Star Softball Team won the...
McLean American 9-10s Advance to State Tournament
07/11/2016
Congratulations to the McLean American 9-10s who won the District...
Softball 10-11 STATE CHAMPIONS!
07/11/2016
The McLean 10-11 Softball All Star team saved the best for last with...
Baseball All-Star teams advance out of pool play
07/06/2016
Congratulations to two of our baseball All-Star teams that have advanced...
Congrats to Softball All-Star teams
07/06/2016
Congrats to all three McLean softball All-Star teams who will be...
Fall 2016 Registration NOW OPEN
06/29/2016
Registration for Fall 2016 little league is now open!  Click...
Softball Spring 2016 Award Winners
06/18/2016
Congrats to all of the Spring 2016 softball award winners!  Great...
Baseball Award Winners 2016
06/18/2016
Congrats to all of the Spring 2016 baseball award winners.  Way...
What Makes A Nightmare Sports Parent & What Makes A Great One
03/18/2013
What Makes A Nightmare Sports Parent -- And What Makes A Great One February...
 
McLean Little League 8-10 All-Star Softball Team Results
The McLean Little League 8-10 All-Star Softball Team won the District 4 championship by beating Great Falls in 2 games by scores of 20-1 and 15-2. The team went on to finish 4-2 at the Little League State Tournament in Bridgewater, VA, losing in the semifinals 8-3 to a Mechanicsville team that had given up only 3 runs in 5 previous games. Led by strong pitching from Gabby Colder, Reese Mamajek, Natalie Martin and Abby Rebhan, and solid catching by Sara Rollins, the team gave up 19 runs in pool play while scoring 62. Their only loss in pool play was to the eventual state champion Grottoes team from District 3. Team offensive highlights included Natalie Martin scoring 19 runs on 28 total plate appearances, and Gabby Colder's 3 home run, 10 RBI game against a good Virginia Beach team. The six 9-year-olds on the team will look to continue this success when they return to next year's State Tournament!

by posted 07/14/2016
McLean American 9-10s Advance to State Tournament

Congratulations to the McLean American 9-10s who won the District 4 title on Saturday night and advance to the VA State tournament this weekend in Manassas.  The boys played a formidable Reston-Herndon American team who was 6-0 coming into the Championship game.  Behind dominant pitching (5 1/3 innings) by Luke Dettleff, superb catching by Aiden Bond, error-free fielding by the defense, home runs by Max Overman and Ethan Ball and solid hitting performances by the rest of the team, McLean American shut out Reston Herndon 6-0 for the win and finished district play undefeated.

Good luck at the State tournament this weekend!  All of MLL is cheering for you!

 

 

 


by posted 07/11/2016
Softball 10-11 STATE CHAMPIONS!

The McLean 10-11 Softball All Star team saved the best for last with a dominating hitting performance in a 19 -0 state championship victory on Sunday over a surprise opponent Westmoreland County.  McLean beat Westmoreland County 17-0 in the first game and then Honaker 6-2 to advance to the championship game.  Overall the team was paced by great pitching by Torrie McNabb, excellent catching by Alex Schwartz and solid fielding all around. Every one of the 14 girls on the team recorded at least one hit.  With this victory, the team earned an invitation to the tournament of state champions that will be held in Clarksville, Tennessee on July 22.

Way to go girls!!


by posted 07/11/2016
Baseball All-Star teams advance out of pool play

Congratulations to two of our baseball All-Star teams that have advanced out of pool play to move on to the Cross-over/Championship round.

The 9/10 McLean American team finished pool play 5-0 to advance to the semi-finals this Thursday at 7pm in Vienna.

The 10/11 McLean National team finished pool play 2-1 to advance to the semi-finals this Thursday at 6pm at our fields in McLean.

MLL is proud of you boys!  Keep it up!

(The MLL Majors 12s start pool play next week, so stay tuned!!)


by posted 07/06/2016
Congrats to Softball All-Star teams

Congrats to all three McLean softball All-Star teams who will be advancing to their state tournaments!  Both the 9/10 and 11/12 teams defeated Great Falls to advance to the state tournament.  The 10/11 team advanced without play.

The 9/10 and 10/11 teams start play in their state tournaments this week and the 11/12 team heads to Portsmouth next week to continue their success.

Good luck girls!


by posted 07/06/2016
Fall 2016 Registration NOW OPEN

Registration for Fall 2016 little league is now open!  Click on the red REGISTER NOW button to get started.  

There is no in-person registration required for Fall baseball.  Please complete registration and payment online before August 12th.  Any registrations after August 12th will be placed on a waitlist.  We anticipate certain divisions of baseball to be very full this Fall, so please register early.

We strongly recommend checking with your Spring 2016 manager on proper placement for your player in the Fall to maximize their experience.  If you are new to MLL, please don't hesitate to contact one of our VPs to assess where your child should play.

A few notes:

-In order to complete registration, you must select your player's Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 teams from a drop down menu.  If they did not play in one or both of those seasons, select "did not play."

-PLEASE note any conflicts your player might have with practices.  We will do our best to accommodate these when placing them on a team.  You can update conflicts at any time by going into your account online.

-Teams are formed using your requests in this order (1) level of play, (2) friend requests, and (3) coach requests.  If you would like your child to play with friends, please coordinate with them prior to registering.

With general questions about registration, please contact our board member in charge of Registration at nance@mcleanll.com.

With questions about boundaries or eligibility, please contact our League Administrator at  .

With questions about levels of play, please contact our VPs:

Softball: 

Baseball:   or 

Challenger (for players with physical or developmental challenges): 

We love getting new players at MLL, so pass along the word to anyone you know that would like to join us.  We are looking forward to a great Fall season at MLL.  Hope to see you there!!


by posted 06/29/2016
Softball Spring 2016 Award Winners

Congrats to all of the Spring 2016 softball award winners!  Great season everyone!

Monica Mowery Outstanding Coach Award: 

Jamie Loving and Jonathan Weiner

Hopkins Family Most Improved Award: 

Avery Versaw, Catherine Zavala, Anna Mathews

Mary Kathleen Kelly Memorial Award: 

Charlotte Thompson

Sabrina Moore Pitcher of the Year Award: 

Suzanne Leaptrot

The Chris Fay Award:

Charlotte Quinn

 


by posted 06/18/2016
Baseball Award Winners 2016

Congrats to all of the Spring 2016 baseball award winners.  Way to go boys!

Bob Hampton Most Improved Player Award:

AL: Robbie Coates and Evan Connery

NL: Brandon Sauter and Bobby Kennedy

Chris Fay Memorial Award (catchers):

AL: Tanner Moore

NL: Riley Grohowski

Fred Kerlin Outstanding Pitcher Award:

AL: T.J. Takis and Evan Fontaine

NL: Griffin Stieg

David Sells Memorial Award:

AL: Jason Mendler and Jake Lynes

NL: Nicholas Morabito

Stevenson Award:

AL: Jack Huffard

NL: Ryan Hutchison


by posted 06/18/2016
What Makes A Nightmare Sports Parent & What Makes A Great One
February 15, 2012 8:20 pm
Written by:
Steve Henson

Hundreds of college athletes were asked to think back: "What is your worst memory from playing youth and high school sports?"

Their overwhelming response: "The ride home from games with my parents."

The informal survey lasted three decades, initiated by two former longtime coaches who over time became staunch advocates for the player, for the adolescent, for the child. Bruce E. Brown and Rob Miller of Proactive Coaching LLC are devoted to helping adults avoid becoming a nightmare sports parent, speaking at colleges, high schools and youth leagues to more than a million athletes, coaches and parents in the last 12 years.

Those same college athletes were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a ballgame.

Their overwhelming response: "I love to watch you play."

There it is, from the mouths of babes who grew up to become college and professional athletes. Whether your child is just beginning T-ball or is a travel-team soccer all-star or survived the cuts for the high school varsity, parents take heed.

The vast majority of dads and moms that make rides home from games miserable for their children do so inadvertently. They aren't stereotypical horrendous sports parents, the ones who scream at referees, loudly second-guess coaches or berate their children. They are well-intentioned folks who can't help but initiate conversation about the contest before the sweat has dried on their child's uniform.

In the moments after a game, win or lose, kids desire distance. They make a rapid transition from athlete back to child. And they’d prefer if parents transitioned from spectator – or in many instances from coach – back to mom and dad. ASAP.

Brown (pictured below at podium), a high school and youth coach near Seattle for more than 30 years, says his research shows young athletes especially enjoy having their grandparents watch them perform.

"Overall, grandparents are more content than parents to simply enjoy watching the child participate," he says. "Kids recognize that."

A grandparent is more likely to offer a smile and a hug, say "I love watching you play," and leave it at that.

Meanwhile a parent might blurt out …

“Why did you swing at that high pitch when we talked about laying off it?"

"Stay focused even when you are on the bench.”

"You didn’t hustle back to your position on defense.”

"You would have won if the ref would have called that obvious foul.”

"Your coach didn't have the best team on the field when it mattered most.”

And on and on.

Sure, an element of truth might be evident in the remarks. But the young athlete doesn’t want to hear it immediately after the game. Not from a parent. Comments that undermine teammates, the coach or even officials run counter to everything the young player is taught. And instructional feedback was likely already mentioned by the coach.

"Let your child bring the game to you if they want to,” Brown says.

Brown and Miller, a longtime coach and college administrator, don't consider themselves experts, but instead use their platform to convey to parents what three generations of young athletes have told them.

"Everything we teach came from me asking players questions," Brown says. "When you have a trusting relationship with kids, you get honest answers. When you listen to young people speak from their heart, they offer a perspective that really resonates.”

So what’s the takeaway for parents?

"Sports is one of few places in a child's life where a parent can say, 'This is your thing,’ ” Miller says. "Athletics is one of the best ways for young people to take risks and deal with failure because the consequences aren’t fatal, they aren’t permanent. We’re talking about a game. So they usually don’t want or need a parent to rescue them when something goes wrong.

"Once you as a parent are assured the team is a safe environment, release your child to the coach and to the game. That way all successes are theirs, all failures are theirs."

And discussion on the ride home can be about a song on the radio or where to stop for a bite to eat. By the time you pull into the driveway, the relationship ought to have transformed from keenly interested spectator and athlete back to parent and child:

"We loved watching you play. … Now, how about that homework?"

FIVE SIGNS OF A NIGHTMARE SPORTS PARENT

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Even professional athletes can behave inappropriately when it comes to their children. David Beckham was recently ejected from a youth soccer field for questioning an official. New Orleans radio host Bobby Hebert, a former NFL quarterback, publicly dressed down LSU football coach Les Miles after Alabama defeated LSU in the BCS title game last month. Hebert was hardly unbiased: His son had recently lost his starting position at LSU.

Mom or dad, so loving and rational at home, can transform into an ogre at a game. A lot of kids internally reach the conclusion that if they quit the sport, maybe they'll get their dad or mom back.

As a sports parent, this is what you don't want to become. This is what you want to avoid:

• Overemphasizing sports at the expense of sportsmanship: The best athletes keep their emotions in check and perform at an even keel, win or lose. Parents demonstrative in showing displeasure during a contest are sending the wrong message. Encouragement is crucial -- especially when things aren’t going well on the field.

• Having different goals than your child: Brown and Miller suggest jotting down a list of what you want for your child during their sport season. Your son or daughter can do the same. Vastly different lists are a red flag. Kids generally want to have fun, enjoy time with their friends, improve their skills and win. Parents who write down “getting a scholarship” or “making the All-Star team” probably need to adjust their goals. “Athletes say their parents believe their role on the team is larger than what the athlete knows it to be,” Miller says.

• Treating your child differently after a loss than a win: Almost all parents love their children the same regardless of the outcome of a game. Yet often their behavior conveys something else. "Many young athletes indicate that conversations with their parents after a game somehow make them feel as if their value as a person was tied to playing time or winning,” Brown says.

• Undermining the coach: Young athletes need a single instructional voice during games. That voice has to be the coach. Kids who listen to their parents yelling instruction from the stands or even glancing at their parents for approval from the field are distracted and can't perform at a peak level. Second-guessing the coach on the ride home is just as insidious.

• Living your own athletic dream through your child: A sure sign is the parent taking credit when the child has done well. “We worked on that shot for weeks in the driveway,” or “You did it just like I showed you” Another symptom is when the outcome of a game means more to a parent than to the child. If you as a parent are still depressed by a loss when the child is already off playing with friends, remind yourself that it’s not your career and you have zero control over the outcome.

FIVE SIGNS OF AN IDEAL SPORTS PARENT

Let’s hear it for the parents who do it right. In many respects, Brown and Miller say, it’s easier to be an ideal sports parent than a nightmare. “It takes less effort,” Miller says. “Sit back and enjoy.” Here’s what to do:

• Cheer everybody on the team, not just your child: Parents should attend as many games as possible and be supportive, yet allow young athletes to find their own solutions. Don’t feel the need to come to their rescue at every crisis. Continue to make positive comments even when the team is struggling.

• Model appropriate behavior: Contrary to the old saying, children do as you do, not as you say. When a parent projects poise, control and confidence, the young athlete is likely to do the same. And when a parent doesn’t dwell on a tough loss, the young athlete will be enormously appreciative.

• Know what is suitable to discuss with the coach: The mental and physical treatment of your child is absolutely appropriate. So is seeking advice on ways to help your child improve. And if you are concerned about your child’s behavior in the team setting, bring that up with the coach. Taboo topics: Playing time, team strategy, and discussing team members other than your child.

• Know your role: Everyone at a game is either a player, a coach, an official or a spectator. “It’s wise to choose only one of those roles at a time,” Brown says. “Some adults have the false impression that by being in a crowd, they become anonymous. People behaving poorly cannot hide.” Here’s a clue: If your child seems embarrassed by you, clean up your act.

• Be a good listener and a great encourager: When your child is ready to talk about a game or has a question about the sport, be all ears. Then provide answers while being mindful of avoiding becoming a nightmare sports parent. Above all, be positive. Be your child's biggest fan. "Good athletes learn better when they seek their own answers," Brown says.

And, of course, don’t be sparing with those magic words: "I love watching you play."

Click here to contact Bruce E. Brown and Rob Miller.

-- Steve Henson is a Senior Editor and Writer at Yahoo! Sports. He has four adult children and has coached and officiated youth sports for 30 years. He can be reached at and on Twitter @HensonYahoo
posted 03/18/2013
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