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Batter Up, Bat-a-thon is Back May 11-12!!
Batter Up, Bat-a-thon is Back!!   Only THREE weeks until McLean...
Opening Day! Get ready to hit it out of the park!
Get ready to hit it out of the park!  Please join the McLean...
MLL's Annual Terry Mahony Golf Classic
McLean Little League families,   This year marks the 20th Anniversary...
MLL Alum highlighted in Nat'l LL video
Check out this video which highlights one of our alums, Kathryn Sandercock,...
State Champions 8-10 and 9-11 Softball!
Congrats to our 8-10 and 9-11 softball teams who won their respective...
Baseball All Star 2017 Selections
What Makes A Nightmare Sports Parent & What Makes A Great One
What Makes A Nightmare Sports Parent -- And What Makes A Great One February...
Get a Great Meal for a Great Cause

Hungry Little Leaguers
Join us Tuesday, May 8 to support
McLean Little League
at Pulcinella Italian Host in McLean
70% of the proceeds from your dinner (or take-out) will be donated to the McLean Little League
Learn more about the event here
Event Details:
Where: Pulcinella Italian Host | 6852 Old Dominion Dr. | McLean, VA 22101
When: Tuesday, May 8 | 5 pm - 8 pm
**Carry-Out Orders: Please place orders By Phone after 4:45pm **
***Bring Flyer at time of Pick-Up***
Pulcinella strives to accommodate all requests and goes the extra length to provide an allergy safe preparation area in their kitchen.
Please call the restaurant for further information: 703-893-7777
Please pass this along to all your friends and neighbors or bring them to dinner with you!
Fundraiser Sponsored by:


Moe Jebali 


Pulcinella Italian Host

(703) 893-7777  

   Marcus Simon
Ekko Title
(703) 821-3556


Kevin Dougherty

Pillar to Post Home Inspections

(703) 362-3829


pillar to post    
Kathy and Justin Neal

The Neal Team
US Bank
(703) 906-7039

Jim Harris


(703) 873-8010

McLean Chamber of Commerce

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by posted 04/24/2018
Batter Up, Bat-a-thon is Back May 11-12!!

Young Sluggers!

Batter Up, Bat-a-thon is Back!!

Only THREE weeks until McLean Little League steps up to the plate for Bat-a-thon!  
Bat-a-thon is our annual fundrasing event that will take place on May 11th and 12th. 
It is meant to be a FUN event for kids, but it also serves as our largest fundraiser of the season. 
We need your help and participation to make it a success...
Are you ready to play? 100 x 2 = WINNER
1. 100% Team Participation
2. $100 raised by each player
Lots of individual prizes are available for dollars raised. And teams with 100% Participation will win a team pizza party!
This is a TWO DAY event, so plan on coming out and having some fun! 
The two day activities will include raffles, games, inflatables, food trucks, and cotton candy! 
We can't wait to see you there!

by posted 04/20/2018
Opening Day! Get ready to hit it out of the park!

Play Ball!

Get ready to hit it out of the park! 

Please join the McLean Little League Community as we celebrate our Opening Day on Saturday, April 14th. 
Players and coaches will meet at the McLean HS parking lot (by tennis courts) at 7:30am. Marching to MLL fields will begin at 8am. 
Local dignitaries and special guests will be on hand to help us celebrate this annual McLean tradition. 
Parking at the MLL fields will not be available until after the Opening Day Ceremonies (after 10am), please make parking plans accordingly. 
We are in need of convertibles and drivers for this event, as well as several adults to keep the parade route safe. 
Please contact Bethany Ellis at   if you can help. 
Let’s play ball! 

by posted 04/03/2018
MLL's Annual Terry Mahony Golf Classic

MLL Supporter Terry Mahony

McLean Little League families,


This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the McLean Little League Terry Mahony Golf Classic which will be played on May 7, 2018 at Hidden Creek Country Club.  We would like to express a special thanks to our returning Title Sponsor, Chain Bridge Bank, and our returning Presenting Sponsor, Georgelas Group.  Their support through the years has been generous and consistent and we are very grateful.


Please see the attached flyer which provides details on playing in the event and sponsorship opportunities.

Click here for online sponsor and golfer registration.


This event will SELL OUT for golfers and so we encourage any golfers wishing to participate to gather up their foursomes and get their information to Jamie Loving as quickly as possible.  There is also a discount for those committing before March 31!


There are a number of sponsorships still available which provide very nice exposure, help to support MLL  and some of which include foursomes. 


Lastly, there will be an auction associated with the Golf Tournament and Bat-a-thon© and so we would be most appreciate if you would give consideration to donating an item for the auction.  We would love to be able to auction off vacation homes, rounds of golf at special locations, unique experiences, tickets to special events, etc.  If you would also like to be part of the Golf Committee helping to put on the auction we would be most grateful.


Please feel free to contact Jamie Loving at   to reserve a foursome, offer a sponsorship, or suggest an auction item.


Many thanks,


The McLean Little League Terry Mahony Golf Classic Committee

Jamie Loving

Shelly Breslin

Emily Mahony

Wayne Loving

Amy Stallmer

Paul Shiffman

Matt Tallent

John White

by posted 03/16/2018
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! 




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?"


Nearly 75 percent of kids who play organized sports quit by age 13. Some find that their skill level hits a plateau and the game is no longer fun. Others simply discover other interests. But too many promising young athletes turn away from sports because their parents become insufferable.
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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.


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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