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MLL Majors National All Stars Win District 4 Championship
07/11/2018
Congratulations to MLL Majors National for their District 4 Championship...
Congratulations to 2018 City Series Winners
06/25/2018
Congratulations to all of the 2018 City Series Championship Winners! Majors...
2018 Softball Individual Awards
06/25/2018
Congrats to all of our Winners! Individual Awards   The...
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...
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 Majors National All Stars Win District 4 Championship

Congrats to 2018 District 4 Majors Champs McLean National!

Congratulations to MLL Majors National for their District 4 Championship win last night at MLL Field 2 against MLL American. A proud night of baseball for McLean with two exceptional teams battling for the District 4 title. MLL National prevailed 9-8 and will now represent District 4 at States in Roanoke, VA, starting next week. Go MLL National and make us proud! Congrats also to MLL American on a great season and 3-year D4 run!


by posted 07/11/2018
Congratulations to 2018 City Series Winners

Baseball Majors CS Champs Chain Bridge Bankers

Congratulations to all of the 2018 City Series Championship Winners!

Majors Baseball Chain Bridge Bank

AAA Baseball John Nugent and Sons 

AA Baseball Concur Technologies

Majors Softball Wheat’s 

AAA Softball Kim Dermatology 

AA Softball McLean Hamlet

Congratulations also to the Majors Baseball Maullers, AAA Baseball Bradley Baseball Academy, AA Baseball Dorcan Group, Compass, Majors Softball MLS Educational Consultants, AAA Softball ValueVet, and AA Softball Great Falls on great seasons. 

Thanks also to all those hard-working baseball and softball coaches and families -- thank you for your months of dedication.

Congratulations most of all to all of our graduating 12 year olds.  Thanks to you and you families for making MLL such a wonderful league of which to be a part.

Baseball

 

Team Name

First Name

Last Name

>AAA Baseball- American League>AAA AB12- Doggett's Parking

Zaku

Wootton

>AAA Baseball- American League>AAA AB14 - Bradley Baseball Acad

Sam

Huffard

>AAA Baseball- American League>AAA AB14 - Bradley Baseball Acad

Zachary

Jones

>AAA Baseball- American League>AAA AB14 - Bradley Baseball Acad

Aaron

Weiss

>AAA Baseball- American League>AAA AB16 -Greenhouse Bistro

Ryka

Harandi

>AAA Baseball- American League>AAA AB16 -Greenhouse Bistro

Danny

Lyons

>AAA Baseball- American League>AAA AB18 - PWC

William

Keim

>AAA Baseball- American League>AAA AB18 - PWC

Brayden

Stoll

>AAA Baseball- National League>AAA NB13 - Cypress Fitness

Thomas

Hanssen

>AAA Baseball- National League>AAA NB14-Gaulding Legal LLC

Christopher

Gutowski

>AAA Baseball- National League>AAA NB16- Clark Construction

Videh

Binjrajka

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB1 - McLean Hardware

Isaac

Bell

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB1 - McLean Hardware

David

Boehm

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB1 - McLean Hardware

Rj

Carmenates

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB1 - McLean Hardware

Luke

Forde

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB1 - McLean Hardware

Jack

Graham

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB1 - McLean Hardware

Luke

Hoffman

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB1 - McLean Hardware

Jaime

Lee

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB1 - McLean Hardware

Malachi

Murrell

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB2 - FitzGerald Prop.

Aiden

Bond

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB2 - FitzGerald Prop.

Bennett

Brunner

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB2 - FitzGerald Prop.

Richmond

Moore

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB2 - FitzGerald Prop.

William

Moore

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB2 - FitzGerald Prop.

Kiernan

Mulcahy

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB2 - FitzGerald Prop.

Nicholas

O'Bryan

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB2 - FitzGerald Prop.

Max

Overman

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB2 - FitzGerald Prop.

Samuel

Rakowski

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB2 - FitzGerald Prop.

Jack

Wigmore

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB3 - McLean Insurance

Aiden

Cheong

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB3 - McLean Insurance

Robert

DAvena

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB3 - McLean Insurance

Luke

Dettleff

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB3 - McLean Insurance

Sean

Howard

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB3 - McLean Insurance

Brett

Kohler

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB3 - McLean Insurance

Brian

Lai

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB3 - McLean Insurance

Paul

Leaptrot

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB3 - McLean Insurance

Andrew

Poe

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB3 - McLean Insurance

Eric

Sun

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB3 - McLean Insurance

Gary

Tomasulo

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB4 - Wayne Insulation

Nicholas

Capps

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB4 - Wayne Insulation

Aidan

Carey

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB4 - Wayne Insulation

Maximilian

DiPatri

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB4 - Wayne Insulation

Andrew

Evans

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB4 - Wayne Insulation

Kevin

Lee

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB4 - Wayne Insulation

Sean

Lee

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB4 - Wayne Insulation

James

McGowan

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB4 - Wayne Insulation

Ryan

Niepold

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB5 - Color Wheel

Eric

Balleisen

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB5 - Color Wheel

Zach

Balleisen

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB5 - Color Wheel

John

Digges

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB5 - Color Wheel

Andreas

Geffert

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB5 - Color Wheel

Michael

Giuliano

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB5 - Color Wheel

Matthew

Lepre

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB5 - Color Wheel

William

Mellis

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB5 - Color Wheel

Jack

Nance

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB5 - Color Wheel

Carter

Ossman

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB5 - Color Wheel

Thomas

Zoller

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB6 - Cusumano & Stuver

Nick

Barnard

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB6 - Cusumano & Stuver

Joshua

Bright

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB6 - Cusumano & Stuver

Nick

Crockett

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB6 - Cusumano & Stuver

Graeme

Evans

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB6 - Cusumano & Stuver

Kevin

Huheey

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB6 - Cusumano & Stuver

Jonas

Knudson

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB6 - Cusumano & Stuver

Sam

Parker

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB6 - Cusumano & Stuver

Owen

Shankroff

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB6 - Cusumano & Stuver

Blake

Thompson

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB6 - Cusumano & Stuver

Victor

Van Vranken

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB7 - Chain Bridge Bank

Tyler

Fontenot

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB7 - Chain Bridge Bank

Alex

Haag

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB7 - Chain Bridge Bank

Alex

Mathews

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB7 - Chain Bridge Bank

Judson

McKay

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB7 - Chain Bridge Bank

Aidan

Olazabal

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB7 - Chain Bridge Bank

Dean

Park

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB7 - Chain Bridge Bank

C.J.

Romani

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB7 - Chain Bridge Bank

Yuta

Shimo

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB7 - Chain Bridge Bank

Ryan

Soong

>Majors Baseball -American League>Majors AB7 - Chain Bridge Bank

Camron

Tallent

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB1 - Wheats Lawn

Jack

Dailey

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB1 - Wheats Lawn

Christopher

Derby

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB1 - Wheats Lawn

Eric

Feng

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB1 - Wheats Lawn

Alex

Germain

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB1 - Wheats Lawn

William

Jarvis

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB1 - Wheats Lawn

Russell

Karlin

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB1 - Wheats Lawn

Joshua

Mendonsa

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB1 - Wheats Lawn

Richard

Perry

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB1 - Wheats Lawn

Jack

Rampy

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB2 - McLean Animal Hosp.

Nicolas

Christofferson

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB2 - McLean Animal Hosp.

Charlie

Djorup

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB2 - McLean Animal Hosp.

Hollis

Freeman

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB2 - McLean Animal Hosp.

Easton

Johnson

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB2 - McLean Animal Hosp.

Andrew

Lisio

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB2 - McLean Animal Hosp.

Michael

Norton

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB2 - McLean Animal Hosp.

Grant

Watts

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB2 - McLean Animal Hosp.

David

Weinstein

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB3  - Flowers and Plants

Preston

Benner

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB3  - Flowers and Plants

Noah

Golesorkhi

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB3  - Flowers and Plants

James

Harrington

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB3  - Flowers and Plants

Grant

Peterson

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB3  - Flowers and Plants

Andrew

Powell

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB3  - Flowers and Plants

Colin

Prendergast

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB3  - Flowers and Plants

Jordan

Sim

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB3  - Flowers and Plants

Colin

Walter

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB3  - Flowers and Plants

Charles

Wise

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB4 - Northwestern Mutual

Demetri

Ellis

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB4 - Northwestern Mutual

Graham

Glander

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB4 - Northwestern Mutual

John

Haas

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB4 - Northwestern Mutual

Quinn

Miller

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB4 - Northwestern Mutual

Mackie

Repke

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB4 - Northwestern Mutual

Robert

Roncskevitz

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB4 - Northwestern Mutual

Billy

Stallmer

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB4 - Northwestern Mutual

Luke

Stayin

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB4 - Northwestern Mutual

Paul

Witkop

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB5 - Luposello Marzban

Tobin

Brest

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB5 - Luposello Marzban

Cameron

Carroll

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB5 - Luposello Marzban

Levi

Graybash

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB5 - Luposello Marzban

Joseph

Hoeymans

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB5 - Luposello Marzban

Erich

Laughlin

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB5 - Luposello Marzban

Trent

McMichael

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB5 - Luposello Marzban

Jackson

Suydam

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB5 - Luposello Marzban

Evan

Un

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB6 - Dr. Deirdre Maull

Owen

Crumpler

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB6 - Dr. Deirdre Maull

Thomas

Daly

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB6 - Dr. Deirdre Maull

Elon

Fruman

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB6 - Dr. Deirdre Maull

Luke

Greehan

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB6 - Dr. Deirdre Maull

Thomas

Kim

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB6 - Dr. Deirdre Maull

Aj

Murray

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB6 - Dr. Deirdre Maull

George

Nichols

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB6 - Dr. Deirdre Maull

James

Pedas

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB6 - Dr. Deirdre Maull

Garrett

Peterson

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB6 - Dr. Deirdre Maull

Asher

Sedwick

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB7 - KPMG

Paul

Amorosi

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB7 - KPMG

Aidan

Breslin

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB7 - KPMG

Eric

Gomez

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB7 - KPMG

Steven

McNeill

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB7 - KPMG

Jack

Muehlheuser

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB7 - KPMG

Connor

OSullivan

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB7 - KPMG

Evan

Perlish

>Majors Baseball-National League>Majors NB7 - KPMG

Dane

Popelka

Softball

Team

First Name

Last Name

SM3 Kim Dermatology -- Jack Neigel

Kathleen

Andrews

MS1 Keep Smiling with Dr. Hinkle – Jamie Loving

Kylie

Ammons

MS1 Keep Smiling with Dr. Hinkle – Jamie Loving

Carey

Brown

MS1 Keep Smiling with Dr. Hinkle – Jamie Loving

Danielle

Kuck

MS1 Keep Smiling with Dr. Hinkle – Jamie Loving

Makenzie

Reilly

MS1 Keep Smiling with Dr. Hinkle – Jamie Loving

Camryn

Sidhu

MS2 Wheat's Lawn and Landscape – Brian Colder

Gabriella

Colder

MS2 Wheat's Lawn and Landscape – Brian Colder

Madeline

Gordon

MS2 Wheat's Lawn and Landscape – Brian Colder

Virginia

Hoofnagle

MS2 Wheat's Lawn and Landscape – Brian Colder

Alexandra

Nassif

MS2 Wheat's Lawn and Landscape – Brian Colder

Taylor

Staats

MS2 Wheat's Lawn and Landscape – Brian Colder

Zoe

Thompson

MS3 McLean Community Foundation – Tim Steffan

Kylie

Henigan

MS3 McLean Community Foundation – Tim Steffan

Emma

Hussein

MS3 McLean Community Foundation – Tim Steffan

McKartnee

Johnson

MS3 McLean Community Foundation – Tim Steffan

Lauren

Martino

MS3 McLean Community Foundation – Tim Steffan

Libby

Salopek

MS3 McLean Community Foundation – Tim Steffan

Willa

Steeg

MS4 MLS Educational Consultants – Gerry Megas

Eliza

Ball

MS4 MLS Educational Consultants – Gerry Megas

Madison

Beeman

MS4 MLS Educational Consultants – Gerry Megas

Dalia

Fishman

MS4 MLS Educational Consultants – Gerry Megas

Sophia

Reskusic

MS4 MLS Educational Consultants – Gerry Megas

Emma

Williams

MS5 The Georgelas Group – Brett Blanton

Kiran

Blanton

MS5 The Georgelas Group – Brett Blanton

Eva

Cardenas

MS5 The Georgelas Group – Brett Blanton

Athena

Georgelas

MS5 The Georgelas Group – Brett Blanton

Natalie

Martin

MS5 The Georgelas Group – Brett Blanton

Sarah

Walter

MS5 The Georgelas Group – Brett Blanton

Shelby

Willcox

 

 


by posted 06/25/2018
2018 Softball Individual Awards

Congrats to all of our Winners!

Individual Awards

 

The Hopkins Family Most Improved Award. This award is presented annually to Junior and Major League players whose spirit and determination in playing the game of softball show the most improvement over the season.  The award was funded by a gift of Richard and Jenny Hopkins in honor of their three children Tristan, Kirsten, and Devon, and in gratitude of the contributions of three coaches, Kevin Fay, Karen Vagley, and Joe Wagner.  This year’s awards go to Madison Beeman and Lauren Martino.

 

The Sabrina Moore Pitcher of the Year Award.  The Sabrina Moore Pitcher of the Year Award is given to the Major League Softball player who has demonstrated the dedication and skill to become one of the League’s top pitchers.  The award is given in honor of Sabrina Moore who has served as McLean Little League’s pitching clinic instructor since the early 1990’s and has taught generations of McLean Little League softball players to pitch through the years and serves as a great role model and mentor for MLL pitchers young and old.  This year’s award goes to Natalie Martin.

 

The Chris Fay Award.  This award is presented annually to the Major League baseball and softball players whose personal qualities, spirit, and performance on the field best represent the leadership skills and dedication to duty necessary for the catcher’s position, and the citizenship-building tradition of little league.  This award honors the memory of Chris Fay, a former baseball player at Bishop O’Connell High School and the United States Naval Academy.  This year’s awards go to two players: Dalia Fishman and Emma Hussein.

 

The Mary Kathleen Kelly Award.  This MVP award is presented annually to a Major League softball player whose personal qualities embody the goals of Little League: teamwork, good temper, stamina, cooperation, competitive spirit, and ability.  The award honors the memory of Mary Kathleen Kelly, a former Little Leaguer and member of the Langley High School 1992 Virginia State Championship softball team, who lost her life in an automobile accident in 1993 at the age of 17.  This year’s award goes to Gabby Colder.

 

The Monica Mowery Outstanding Coach Award.  Monica Mowery played an active role in the Mclean Little League softball program for more than 9 years.  A staunch supporter of women’s athletics, Monica devoted much of her time and energy to supporting her daughters, their teammates, and the McLean Little League.  In 2005, McLean Little League lost a great friend.  This award is presented on behalf of her family to the coach of the year and this year it goes to Gerry Megas.


by posted 06/25/2018
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
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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