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MLL Softball Alums Continue to Shine!
06/20/2018
MLL Softball Alums continue to shine! The Washington Post announced...
2009 MLL Alum Colin Morse drafted by the Nationals
06/08/2018
Colin Morse, 2009 graduate of McLean Little League, was drafted by...
MLL Alums named to VISAA Div 1 1st Team, 2d All-state
05/29/2018
Three former McLean LL softball teammates were recently named to...
Plan to Attend -- MLL Travel Showcase
05/24/2018
Wondering what to do after graduating from McLean Little League? ...
Three MLL Alums to Play in the NCAA Div III Championships
05/23/2018
It seems like only yesterday they were jogging onto the...
MLL Alum highlighted in Nat'l LL video
09/05/2017
Check out this video which highlights one of our alums, Kathryn Sandercock,...
State Champions 8-10 and 9-11 Softball!
07/11/2017
Congrats to our 8-10 and 9-11 softball teams who won their respective...
Baseball All Star 2017 Selections
06/06/2017
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...
 
MLL Softball Alums Continue to Shine!

1st Teamers Sandercock, Scheinman, and Wang

MLL Softball Alums continue to shine!

The Washington Post announced its All-Met Softball selections on Tuesday.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/2018-spring-all-met-soft…/…

McLean Little League alums were incredibly well-represented.

We had 3 MLL players on the first team:

• Kathryn Sandercock, P, Sr., Bishop O’Connell
• Audra Scheinman, INF, Sr., Marshall
• Jamie Wang, UTL, Jr., National Cathedral

We had 2 players on the second team:

• Julia Longo, P, Sr., McLean
• Maria Urban, UTL, Fr., Potomac School

We had 5 players recognized as Honorable Mention:

• Kiera Dent, UTL, So., Georgetown Visitation
• Elizabeth Hoeymans, INF, Sr., Bishop O’Connell
• Elena Horn, UTL, Fr., Yorktown
• Rachel Remer, INF, Sr., McLean
• Anna Takis, C, Jr., Potomac School

As such, 10 of the 77 players recognized are MLL grads. If you just think about the state of Virginia you have Arlington, McLean, Vienna, Great Falls, Reston, Herndon, Loudoun, Alexandria, Springfield, Fairfax, Chantilly, Centreville, Manassas and probably a few more localities all producing softball players—and that doesn’t even count the rest of Virginia and Maryland. For MLL to play a part in 13% of the softball players recognized is a great testament to those players, their families, their coaches and the entire MLL community.


by posted 06/20/2018
2009 MLL Alum Colin Morse drafted by the Nationals

Colin Morse pitching for Shenandoah U

Colin Morse, 2009 graduate of McLean Little League, was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 2018 baseball draft. Colin joins his brother, Philip, in the Nationals organization. Philip was a 2016 draftee and currently pitches for the Single A Hagerstown Suns. Both pitched at McLean High School and for Shenandoah University. Both Philip and Colin Morse also played for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network's MLL team. Coach Wayne Loving also indicates that Colin is the fourth player coached by Wayne that has been drafted by a Majors club. Sign your future players up now!


by posted 06/08/2018
MLL Alums named to VISAA Div 1 1st Team, 2d All-state

Caroline Culp, Kathryn Sandercock, Maria Urban, and Anna Takis

Three former McLean LL softball teammates were recently named to the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division I First Team All-State Team. Maria Urban (Potomac freshman), Caroline Culp (Potomac junior) and Kathryn Sandercock (Bishop O'Connell senior) comprised the pitching staff for the regular season Majors softball champion MLS Tutor Pirates in 2013. Their two high school teams faced off on May 21 in the state semi-final game and the three former teammates posed for this picture after the game.  Anna Takis, MLL alum and Potomac School catcher was also selected to the second team VISAA All-State (Anna Takis photo credit to Susie Shaffer)

More great news for MLL Alums and thanks to all the families for sharing.


by posted 05/29/2018
Plan to Attend -- MLL Travel Showcase

MLL Travel Showcase
Wondering what to do after graduating from McLean Little League?  Intimidated by the try-out process?
 
Attend the MLL Travel Showcase on Sunday June 10 from noon-3pm at MLL Field 2 to see what options are available and to learn more about the process.
 
See the attached flyer for additional details.
 
This event is designed for graduating little league players only and their families.
 
We hope to see you there.

by posted 05/24/2018
Three MLL Alums to Play in the NCAA Div III Championships

MLL Alums Mendler, Groppe, and Murray

It seems like only yesterday they were jogging onto the McLean Little League Fields.  Now these three McLean Little League Alums will be playing in the NCAA Division III College World Series this weekend in Appleton, Wisconsin. 

 

 

Charles Groppe (Animal Hospital alum) is a Junior pitcher at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA.

 

Mitch Mendler (Color Wheel alum) is a Sophomore Catcher at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, VA.

 

Brian Murray (Wheat's alum) is a Junior pitcher at the College of Wooster in Wooster Ohio.

 

Both Groppe and Murray played big roles in their team's regional tournament wins this past weekend.

Groppe, pitching in the New York regional, was the winning pitcher in the final game vs Southern Maine University, going 5 innings giving up 7 hits with 2 runs and had 5 K's.  Murray was the winning pitcher in the MidEast Regional semi-final, notching a win against the host team Adrian College, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and had 7 K's over 6 innings.  Murray was also named to the Region's All Tournament Team.

 

Two other McLean Little League Alumni also played in Division III Regionals last weekend but their teams did not advance.  Colin Morse P (Northwestern Mutual) Shenandoah University and Grady Paine C/DH ( Luposello & Marzban), Denison University.  Morse was the winning pitcher on Friday vs Marietta College pitching a complete game, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits and recording 7 K's. Paine had 1 hit and 1 RBI in the 2 games he played in.

 

McLean Little League is proud of these and all Alums who carry on their love of baseball and continue to play at the collegiate level.

 
 
 

by posted 05/23/2018
MLL Alum highlighted in Nat'l LL video

Check out this video which highlights one of our alums, Kathryn Sandercock, in her journey from MLL to USA Softball! 

 

http://videos.littleleague.org/video/2017/08/03/Kathryn+Sandercock%3A+From+Little+League%C2%AE+to+USA-41Y2E2YzE6

 


by posted 09/05/2017
State Champions 8-10 and 9-11 Softball!

Congrats to our 8-10 and 9-11 softball teams who won their respective State Softball tournaments this week.  Our girls are representing McLean and doing it with style. Congrats to Coaches Loving and Colder and their teams.  MLL Softball taking VA by storm!!


by posted 07/11/2017
Baseball All Star 2017 Selections


by posted 06/06/2017
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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