Role of the Little League Parent

Parents play a very important role in helping to shape a positive experience for players, coaches, umpires, and other parents! To help you understand the key role parents play in the Stilly Valley Little League, the following excerpt was taken from the Official Regulations and Playing Rules of National Little League Baseball.

"The parents of millions of Little Leaguers, combined with their youngsters, league officials, umpires, managers, coaches, auxiliary members and countless volunteer agencies including sponsors, represent an imposing cross section of this nation.

Parents should accept the fact that they must shoulder the responsibility and take initiative to make the local program successful. Little League is not a club in which membership implies baby-sitting benefits and entertainment privileges for your children.

Practically speaking, Little League is an adult, volunteer work project constructed, supervised and assisted by parents who desire to make its benefits extend to their children.

Each parent should join in the total effort. There is a place and a job to do for all. The burden of operating the League should not fall on a few. The parent who shirks this responsibility cannot, in turn, expect others to assume the burden."

Volunteers Wanted!

Stilly Valley Little League is operated solely by volunteers. The majority of help comes from the parents of little leaguers, but you do not need to be a parent to volunteer your time!

There are a numerous areas where Stilly Valley Little League can use help. Coaching, umpiring, concession stand, field maintenance, fund raising, and tournaments are just a few of the areas where you can show off your skills!

Lend a hand in support of Stilly Valley youth by volunteering a small portion of your time. The experience is rewarding! You will maximize the quality experience young players will have in Stilly Valley Little League.

Register to Volunteer and help as much as you can!

Parental Support!!

Parental support during both games and practices is critically important to the success of our League. Be supportive of the team by ensuring your child attends each practice on-time. Be a positive role model during games, whether you are a manager, an assistant coach, or simply a spectator. Finally, please keep in mind:

+ Always be positive and enthusiastic.
+ Show your child positive reinforcement.
+ Observe the practices and games and learn proper techniques to practice with your child.
+ Encourage your child toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game.
+ Teach your child to always play by the rules.
+ Teach your child that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than a victory.
+ Applaud good plays by your team and by members of the opposing team.
+ Let the managers and coaches do the coaching.
+ Let an umpire be the umpire.

Recognize that the umpire is the closest to the play and that each umpire will "call them as they see them." The umpire is a volunteer parent who has assumed a difficult, but necessary, role

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