CA District 33 Little League: Welcome

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Our District is located in San Diego California and is comprised of 15 leagues. Our area covers parts of San Diego and La Mesa from Balboa Park to Mount Helix from Highway 94 to Highway 52. Please take a look at our League Boundaries Map for further details.

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Helping young people develop character, discipline and teamwork while maintaining physical
and emotional well being through Little League Baseball.

 

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2016 Tournament of Champions


The District Tournament of Champions begins on Sunday June 5th for Juniors and Monday June 6th  for the rest of the divisions. Below are the brackets and tournament information all divisions. All brackets will be updated daily during the tournament.  Please click on our Fields & Facilities page for directions to your game. Be sure to check back often as information could change due to circumstances beyond our control.   

TOC Brackets

Baseball Juniors    Baseball Intermediate Baseball Majors  Baseball Minors 

Managers and Coaches Information
 TOC Rules   TOC Affidavit   Composite Bats List for 2 1/4" Barrels
 TOC Tournament Info  TSD D33 Tournament Check In  D33 Code of Conduct
 Pitch Count Catcher Log TOC Pitching Record    Team Announcement Sheet





2016 District Dinner Awards Dinner Re-Cap

Our annual District Awards Dinner was held on May 7th at the Sheraton Harbor Island Bay Tower.  In honor of the San Diego Padres hosting the All-Star game in July, our theme was "All-Star" and many dressed the part. A special "thank you" goes out to Angela Engquist, for putting together another outstanding and memorable event. 

We were honored to have Mark and Linda Bernstein, as our special guests this year. Mark is the Western Region Chief Umpire. Mark shared his insights to volunteering in the Little League program. 

We also shared a moment of silence for Joe Scholoss of North Park Little League.  Joe will always be remembered for his dedication to youth sports in San Diego for over 60 years. As an honor to Joe's legacy, District 33 has named our coaches award after him.

Gifts donated by leagues and staff were raffled off and a 50/50 draw close to $400.00 was handed out to one lucky winner (Andy Carver from Serra Mesa Little League). 


District awards were handed out to special individuals that have showed outstanding dedication to Little League Baseball and Softball in our San Diego area. Be sure to thank them when you see them at the fields for all their hard work and dedication to the youth of San Diego. District 33 was proud to present the following awards to these outstanding volunteers in our local leagues for 2016.  Dan Esqueda, Pete Gregorivic and Shannon Thomas (Assistant District Administrators) had the honors of handing out this year's awards.

The District Service Award

These awards are given to individuals nominated by their league, who have several years of outstanding service to their league. They have also impacted the District by serving the other leagues in some capacity, usually by being involved in tournaments or something District wide.

The 2016 District Service Award recipients are... 


 Andrew Lindbeck
Serra Mesa Little League


Ric Castañon
Kearny Mesa Little League


 Dennis Gildenhaus
Allied Gardens Little League


Tracy McCormick
La Mesa National Little League

 
Kristal Gordon
Lake Murray Little League


The Umpire of the Year Award & Umpire Service Award

These awards are given to outstanding umpires who are recognized for his/her skills and dedication to umpiring for that year. Mark Beall (District Umpire Consultant) had the honor of handing out these awards. The 2016 Umpire of the Year & Umpire Service Award recipients are...


Ricky Mullberry
Lake Murray Little League
 


Olivier Wardendaar
Kearny Mesa Little League


The Joe Schloss Memorial Coaches Award

This award is given to managers or coaches that demonstrate leadership in local leagues with Loyality, Courage and Character. The 2016 Joe Schloss Memorial Coaches Award recipients are... 

 

 
Dave Gordon
Lake Murray Little League
 


 
Ron Cervi
Tierrasanta Little League
 


Mark Sobelewski
North Park Little League
 


Scott Simmons Leadership Award
The criteria for this award is for someone that has impacted the local league, especially in bringing about compliance to Little League rules and regulations. They have set a standard in regards to choosing managers and coaches with character, demonstrated a willingness to address issues such as poor sportsmanship either among spectators, coaches, managers or players. To demonstrate courage and character in dealing with issues at the local league level. The 2016 Scott Simmons Award recipient is...



 Nancy Hemming
Patriot League


The Jim Jones Award
This award is given to the outstanding volunteer in our District. It goes to someone that has showed commitment and sacrifice above and beyond. The 2016 Jim Jones Award recipient is...



Bob Diosdado
Allied Gardens Little League
 

 




2016 & 2017 Rule Updates & Clarifications

Throughout the winter of 2016, Little League® International held meetings with District Administrators, Assistant District Administrators, and other volunteers at each of our nine regions throughout the world. At each of these meetings, updates and changes to Little League Rules and Regulations were discussed, and at the conclusion of the meetings, these potential new rule and regulations were amended to reflect the direct input from the attendees at these meetings.

The amended agenda was then distributed to District Administrators to vote on whether or not Little League should adopt these new rules and regulations. In total, 463 District Administrators voted on these items, which were then discussed, along with implementation strategies, at the annual spring meeting of the Little League International Board of Directors.  

ITEMS TO BE IMPLEMENTED IMMEDIATELY FOR THE 2016 SEASON:

Item 2: Regulation I(b) and Tournament Manager and Coaches
All Divisions of Baseball and Softball:

Summary:
Beginning with the 2016 tournament season, League Presidents may be eligible to be selected by local league Board of Directors as tournament team manager or coach with written approval from their respective District Administrator. In the event that a District Administrator does not approve the selection, the League President may request the District Administrator determination be reviewed by the Little League International Charter/Tournament Committee through the appropriate Regional Office.
Read the full version and voting results of the amended Regulation 1(b) and Tournament Manager and Coaches

Item 3: Regulation VI(c), Playing Rule 3.03, and Tournament Rule 10 (Softball)
Softball Junior, Senior, and Big League:

Summary:
This allows players within the Junior, Senior, and Big League Softball divisions to be replaced on the pitcher's plate and return to pitch, even if removed from the game, providing they meet the substitution, charged conference, and mandatory play rule(s).
Read the full version and voting results of the amended Regulation VI(c), Playing Rule 3.03, and Tournament Rule 10

Items 7 and 9: Tournament Release of Names and Tournament Team Practice
All Divisions of Baseball and Softball:

Summary:
This change allows leagues to release their tournament teams and begin holding tryouts or practices by tournament teams starting on June 1. Teams shall not be released until the availability and eligibility of all prospective team members has been established. Previously, leagues could announce their teams on June 15 or two weeks prior to the start of their tournament. The Little League group accident insurance underwritten by an AIG member company for tournament teams will not go into effect until June 1. In the event that a tournament would start prior to June 14, a league must obtain a waiver from the Little League International Charter/Tournament Committee to announce its tournament team and begin to hold tryouts or practice prior to the new date of June 1.
All leagues are strongly encouraged to continue to provide regular season and special game opportunities for their players after June 1.
Read the full version and voting results of the amended Tournament Release of Names
Read the full version and voting results of the amended Tournament Team Practice

Item 8: Tournament Player Eligibility
Baseball and Softball 9/10-, 10/11-, 11/12-Year-Old Divisions:
Summary:
This change expands the tournament opportunities, making these three tournaments open to a three-year range of players, and provides leagues additional flexibility in their player selection. The new age structure will create the 8/9/10-Year-Old Division; 9/10/11-Year-Old Division; and 10/11/12-Year-Old Division.
Read the full version and voting results of the amended Tournament Player Eligibility 

ITEMS TO BE IMPLEMENTED FOR THE 2017 SEASON

Item 1: Regulation 1(a) and IV(c)
Baseball and Softball Major, Intermediate (50/70), Junior, Senior, and Big League:
Summary:

This change provides participants at these levels of play the ability to participate in two divisions, provided they qualify under age requirements, Residency/School Attendance Eligibility Requirements, programs, and divisions of play. A player may only be selected to one Tournament team, and must meet tournament eligibility requirements for that specific division. 
Read the full version and voting results of the amended Regulation 1(a) and IV(c) 

If you would like to read the entire article from Little League International, please click on the following link; http://www.littleleague.org/learn/rules/updates-2016-2017-regular-tournament-play.htm?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=rule%20changes%20link&utm_campaign=Little%20Leaguer




2016 Thomas Invitational Tournament Re-Cap

April 15th thru April 17th 2016 and April 29th thru May 1st 2016

  
Serra Mesa Junior Division Royals
2016 Thomas Invitational #1 Champs 


Final Brackets:  2016 JTI #1     2016 JTI #2
 
         
 

 

 

 


The 2016 D33 Juniors Thomas Invitational Tournaments has been completed. Great weather was the backdrop for the Thomas Invitational Tournament #1.  Congratulations to the Serra Mesa Junior Division Royals for winning the JTI #1 flag.

District 33 was proud to have Mike's Action Photos as our Official JTI Photographer. Mike & his crew took some great shots during the Tournament, be sure to check them out on his website. http://mikesactionphotos.photostockplus.com/event_1921468. Album Password: D33

      Tierrasanta Junior Division Padres
2016 Thomas Invitational #2
Champs



 The JTI #2 tournament had some cloudy skies and a little bit of rain, but that did not stop the games from being played. Congratulations to the Tierrasanta Junior Division Padres for winning the tournament and capturing the Thomas Invitational #2 Flag. 

As always, these tournaments can not be held without the great volunteers who give their time and dedication, so that the kids can play in Little League Baseball. 

 

 

 




9th Annual Clay Berry Invitational Tournament at Western Region Re-Cap


Serra Mesa Major Division Tigers
2016 Clay Berry Invitational Tournament Champs

April 1st thru April 3rd 2016

Final Brackets:
2016 CBI Brackets

 






  The 9th annual CBI Tournament took place Friday, April 1st thru Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 at Little League Baseball Western Region Headquarters. The weather was outstanding for all of the games. This year the following leagues participated in the CBI: San Carlos Cubs, Tierrasanta Mets, Lake Murray Cubs, Murphy Canyon Gunners, Mission Trails Blue Jays, La Mesa National Aztecs, Serra Mesa Tigers and the Rolando Chihuahuas.  We would like to thank all the families, umpires and volunteers for making this a special weekend for the kids of District 33.

Congratulations to Serra Mesa Little League Major Division Tigers for winning the 9th annual Clay Berry Invitational and taking home the flag. 

District 33 is proud to have Mike's Action Photos as our Official CBI Photographer. Mike took some great shots during the Tournament, be sure to check them out on his website. http://mikesactionphotos.photostockplus.com/event_1921468. Album Password: D33


 


8th Annual Dorothy Dupont Memorial Tournament Re-Cap

March 18th thru March 20th 2016
Final Brackets: 
2016 DDM Tournament Brackets       

 


Lake Murray Major Division Athletics 
2016 Dorothy Dupont Memorial Tournament Champs



 
The 8th Annual Dorothy Dupont Memorial Tournament was held March 18th thru March 20th 2016 at Murphy Canyon Little League's Damato field. Eight Major Division teams from District 33 Little Leagues participated in the tournament: Sunshine Nationals, Rolando Dirty Birds, Chollas Lake Braves, Murphy Canyon Gunners, Tierrasanta Marlins, Lake Murray A's, Mission Trails Rockies and La Mesa Nationals Tigers.

Congratulations to Lake Murray Little League Major Division A's for capturing the 8th Annual DDM Flag.
 

 

District 33 is proud to have Mike's Action Photos as our Official DDM Photographer. Mike took some great shots of players during the tournament. Take a look at his webpage for details on how to purchase photos of your favorite 2016 DDM Tournament player. http://mikesactionphotos.photostockplus.com/event_1921468. Album Password: D33





Little League® To Adopt New USA Baseball Bat Standard Starting in 2018

 Little League Baseball International has announced new baseball bat standards, which will go into effect on January 1st 2018. The link provided below will take you to littleleague.org website to review the announcement. Additionally, on the page provided there is a link to USA Baseball, which provides additional details and the rationale for the change.

Anyone looking to purchase a new baseball bat for use in Little League should review this information prior to making the purchase. Bats currently in use will not be eligible for use beginning on January 1, 2018.

Click on this link to access the details:
 http://www.littleleague.org/media/llnewsarchive/2015/May-August/Little-League-USA-Baseball-Bat-Standard-2018.htm


Mark Beall
Umpire Consultant – California District 33




Update to the Implementation of Little League Baseball® Age Determination Date

Little League Baseball® to Begin Utilization of August 31 Age Determination Date for the 2018 Season; Children Born Between May 1 and August 31, 2005 to be Grandfathered as 12-Year-Olds For 2018 Season

Over the past couple of years, there has been a lot of discussion about the Little League Baseball® Age Determination Date. This is an important topic to everyone involved in Little League, and Little League has sought input from volunteers, parents, and coaches that has helped guide District Administrators and the Little League International Board of Directors to ultimately change the Age Determination Date for all divisions of Little League Baseball and the Little League Challenger Division® to August 31.

Update:
At the fall 2015 meeting of the Little League International Board of Directors, it was approved to grandfather the four months of children born between May 1 and August 31, 2005, for the 2018 season, so that no child will lose their 12-year-old season of Little League Baseball.

Why the change?
In 2011, Little League conducted very detailed participation research. As a result of that research, we learned that parents, players, and volunteers wanted to see Little League become, as a whole, a younger program, and give children an easier way to play Little League with their classmates. Since the research concluded, Little League revamped its Tee Ball program, established a Coach Pitch Program, and changed its residency requirements to allow children to play in the league where their school is located. Adjusting the Age Determination Date will help us achieve the goal of making Little League younger. And, making the date August 31, the same that many schools in many states use for student registration, allows Little Leaguers to play with their classmates.

This change will make the Little League Baseball Division, also known as the Major Division, truly a 12 and under program – ensuring that no child playing in the Little League/Major Division will turn 13 years old at any point during their final season in that division. The same will be true with the upper age limit at all teenage divisions of Little League Baseball.

What’s the difference?
In 2014, Little League District Administrators initially voted to move the age determination date from April 30 to December 31, effective with the 2018 season. That was amended by District Administrators and the Little League International Board of Directors in August 2015, moving the date from December 31 to August 31. Effective November 2015, the implementation plan has been amended, grandfathering the four-months of children born between May 1 and August 31, 2005 as 12-year-olds for the 2018 season.

For players born on or before April 30, 2005:
The new age determination date of August 31 will be effective starting with the 2018 Little League Baseball Season. For the 2016 and 2017 seasons, these players will use the April 30 age determination date.

For players born between May 1, 2005 and August 31, 2005:
The new age determination date of August 31 will be effective starting with the 2019 Little League Baseball Season. For the 2016, 2017, 2018 season, these players will use the April 30 age determination date.

For players born on or after September 1, 2005:
The August 31 age determination date will be effective immediately, starting with the 2016 season. This was the implementation used for the 2015 season, with players turning 4 to 9 years old during the 2015 calendar year to use the December 31 age determination date. That implementation remains in place, except instead of using December 31, you will use August 31.

“Having a meaningful Little League experience is an important milestone for millions of children around the world,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “As we continue to work with our volunteers and the International Board of Directors, we believe this solution allows us to accomplish our goal of making the Little League Baseball Division truly a 12 and under program, while ensuring that all children get the opportunity to fully enjoy their 12-year-old year in Little League.”


 

2016 Little League Age Chart
FOR BASEBALL DIVISION ONLY

Match month (top line) and box with year of birth. League age indicated at right.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC AGE
2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2011 2011 2011 2011 4
2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2010 2010 2010 2010 5
2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2009 2009 2009 2009 6
2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2008 2008 2008 2008 7
2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2007 2007 2007 2007 8
2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2006 2006 2006 2006 9
2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2005 2005 2005 2005 10
        2005 2005 2005 2005         10
2005 2005 2005 2005 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 11
2004 2004 2004 2004 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 12
2003 2003 2003 2003 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 13
2002 2002 2002 2002 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 14
2001 2001 2001 2001 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 15
2000 2000 2000 2000 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 16
1999 1999 1999 1999 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 17
1998 1998 1998 1998 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 18

 

Note: This age chart is for BASEBALL DIVISIONS ONLY, and only for 2016.


2017 Little League Age Chart
FOR BASEBALL DIVISION ONLY

Match month (top line) and box with year of birth. League age indicated at right.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC AGE
2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2012 2012 2012 2012 4
2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2011 2011 2011 2011 5
2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2010 2010 2010 2010 6
2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2009 2009 2009 2009 7
2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2008 2008 2008 2008 8
2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2007 2007 2007 2007 9
2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2006 2006 2006 2006 10
2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2005 2005 2005 2005 11
        2005 2005 2005 2005         11
2005 2005 2005 2005 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 12
2004 2004 2004 2004 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 13
2003 2003 2003 2003 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 14
2002 2002 2002 2002 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 15
2001 2001 2001 2001 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 16
2000 2000 2000 2000 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 17
1999 1999 1999 1999 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 18

 

Note: This age chart is for BASEBALL DIVISIONS ONLY, and only for 2017.


2018 Little League Age Chart
FOR BASEBALL DIVISION ONLY

Match month (top line) and box with year of birth. League age indicated at right.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC AGE
2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2013 2013 2013 2013 4
2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2012 2012 2012 2012 5
2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2011 2011 2011 2011 6
2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2010 2010 2010 2010 7
2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2009 2009 2009 2009 8
2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2008 2008 2008 2008 9
2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2007 2007 2007 2007 10
2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2006 2006 2006 2006 11
2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2005 2005 2005 2005 12
        2005 2005 2005 2005         12
2005 2005 2005 2005         2004 2004 2004 2004 13
2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2003 2003 2003 2003 14
2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2002 2002 2002 2002 15
2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2001 2001 2001 2001 16
2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2000 2000 2000 2000 17
2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 1999 1999 1999 1999 18

 

Note: This age chart is for BASEBALL DIVISIONS ONLY, and only for 2018.


2019 Little League Age Chart
FOR BASEBALL DIVISION ONLY

Match month (top line) and box with year of birth. League age indicated at right.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC AGE
2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2014 2014 2014 2014 4
2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2013 2013 2013 2013 5
2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2013 2012 2012 2012 2012 6
2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2012 2011 2011 2011 2011 7
2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2010 2010 2010 2010 8
2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2009 2009 2009 2009 9
2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2008 2008 2008 2008 10
2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2007 2007 2007 2007 11
2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2006 2006 2006 2006 12
2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2005 2005 2005 2005 13
2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2004 2004 2004 2004 14
2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2003 2003 2003 2003 15
2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2002 2002 2002 2002 16
2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2001 2001 2001 2001 17
2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2000 2000 2000 2000 18

 

Note: This age chart is for BASEBALL DIVISIONS ONLY, and only for 2019.




Malik's Medical & Family Support

One of our league's parents is asking for your help. Her name is Heather Thornton and is the UIC for North Park Little League. Heather is going thru any parent's worst nightmare, having to deal with her son's recent diagnoses that he has bone cancer.

Malik is 12 years old and was recently diagnosed with Osteosarcoma.  Osteosarcoma is the most common histological form of primary bone cancer. It is most prevalent in children and young adults. Currently, it is in his leg and they are running test to rule out any spread of the disease. For those of you that don't know Malik, he is a force of nature. Anyone who has ever met him, whether it is through sports or school loves him. He has a wonderful smile and the heart of a giant. Malik has been playing baseball and football since he was born.

This will be the fight of his life. Although Heather is sure that Malik will handle his part, she is asking for help with the rest. Due to horrible twists for fate, Heather is currently unemployed, without a car and living with friends. She would really like to be able to have a home with a bed for him (rather than a couch) where he can heal and rest. This is going to test all of their strength. Her boys are her life and she lives for them. Please take a minute and go to her GoMeFund webpage.... https://www.gofundme.com/7m5swn94. Any donations would be greatly appreciated.   

 



What Makes A Nightmare Sports Parent -- And What Makes A Great One

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."

With the new baseball and softball season fast approaching, we would like to share with you the following article published on the website " The Post Game." Take a minute and click on the following link: http://www.thepostgame.com//blog/more-family-fun/201202/what-makes-nightmare-sports-parent and see if what type of Little League parent you are?




Teaching Life's Lessons

Little League On-Line offers monthly newsletters on safety, coaching, umpiring and general little league issues. From time to time we will share articles that we think would be good for everyone in Distict 33 to read. In the March 2012 newsletter "Fair Ball"  is an article written by Bill Carter, Western Region Umpire in Chief, titled "Teaching Lifes Lessons."  Please take a moment and click on the following link to read Bill's article:   http://www.littleleague.org/Page58860.aspx




How to Stop a Bullying Coach

By Patrick Cohn, Ph.D. and Lisa Cohn

Bullying is a growing epidemic in sports. As sports parents, it's critical for you to be prepared to protect your young athletes. If you think this issue won't ever come up in your kids' sports careers, think again. Bully coaches are the number one topic parents write us about at Kids' Sports Psychology.

Have your kids ever had a coach who yelled at, insulted or intimidated them? It's possible they have, but were too embarrassed to tell you. It's important for you to be on the lookout for bully coaches and to take immediate action if you suspect your young athletes are being bullied.

Bully coaches target all kinds of young athletes. They can set their sights on kids who are overweight, small, or who lack confidence, for instance. These coaches also target gifted athletes because they believe their approach will "toughen up" their athletes.

It's important to keep in mind that most volunteer coaches are not trained. Many of them use teaching techniques that their coaches used with them. Some of them don't understand they're acting like bullies. Many coaches will change their behavior if you approach them in an appropriate manner. We've received letters of confession from coaches who say that once they understood how much their words and actions hurt their athletes, they changed their style. More: 6 Tips for Coaching Your Own Child

Whether a coach's bullying is intentional or unintentional, your job as sports parents is the same. If your athletes are teased, excluded or otherwise treated badly by coaches, you need to take steps to help keep their confidence intact, stay focused under adversity, and remain in sports.

The bottom line, for you as parents: Be on the lookout for bully coaches and arm yourself with the information you need to take action.


Stories From the Trenches
The many sports parents who have written us about bullying say their young athletes are teased, harassed, intimidated and threatened by bully coaches. Here's what some sports parents tell us:

"My daughter was bullied relentlessly on her high school gymnastics team by her coach. She was screamed at in front of her entire team after every meet, called names, criticized for everything, including how she talked, how she looked, what she wore. She was hanged in effigy." - Sports Parent

"Our teenage son's football experience has soured because of coaches who do not want their players to have any fun. One practice his coach told him to get in line for a drill and he told the coach his shoulder and arm hurt too much. The coach told him to quit whining over aches and get in line. When my son refused, from that day on their relationship has been bad. Eventually we took him to doctors and he missed the rest of the season." ~ Sports Parent.  For more stories from parents visit the Youth Sports Psychology blog


How Bully Coaches Affect Kid's Experience
Youth coaches are critical to kids' sports experiences. They can influence whether young athletes enjoy sports and want to continue to play. Some coaches get kids fired up about playing sports, while other coaches may discourage kids or take the fun out of sports. A good coach can keep kids' interest in sports alive.

Bullied kids think there is something wrong with them. This deflates them and creates a lack of comfort and security in sports. Often, young athletes' first reaction to being treated this way is shame. They don't want to talk about their experience. They feel as if they somehow caused the coaches to treat them badly.

What's more, bullying can hurt an athlete's confidence—in and out of sports. Sometimes kids say they can't get a bully's negative words out of their heads.

Kids who are bullied experience difficulty focusing on what they should focus on. They sometimes obsess about what a coach might say or do if they make mistakes or do something wrong. The kids are in fear. They focus on the wrong things during sports because they are preoccupied with gaining approval from the coach (or not disappointing the coach). Often they are afraid of how the coach will react if they make a bad move or decision.


Behaviors of Bully Coaches
Bully coaches often yell at, tease, humiliate and intimidate kids. Parents should never underestimate the importance of this type of behavior. It can really hurt kids' self-esteem.

As sports parents it's your job to ensure your athletes are in good hands. Bully coaches do NOT toughen up your young athletes, as they might insist. They don't improve kids' performance, either.

Coaches who bully—either with harsh words or physical harm—can hurt young athletes' self-esteem, undermine their social skills and make it hard for them to trust. In some cases, these coaches can make kids feel anxious and depressed.  More: 3 Sports Psychology Tips for Parents and Coaches

What's more, coaches who use such negative feedback are generally focused too much on one thing: winning or turning out elite athletes. They give kids the message that winning is everything. That makes kids focus too much on outcomes—such as the score or win. It can prevent them from reaping the social and emotional benefits of taking part in sports.

Focusing too much on the score or winning also can hurt kids' performance. They often develop fear of failure. That means they stop taking risks and they play too tentatively. That's because they're afraid the coach will yell at them or punish them.


Take Action
Before you even sign your kids up for a team, it's entirely appropriate and reasonable to interview the coach. You should ask potential coaches about their philosophy and how they handle playing time.  More: Why Coaches Should Have a Parents Meeting

If your young athletes are already part of a team, but don't seem happy with the coach, you need to do some research. Gently ask your kids questions about how the coaches treat the team and watch carefully for how they react.

You might ask other parents what they've seen or heard. Attend games and practices and keep a lookout for signs of yelling, intimidation or physical bullying. Some coaches, for example, will throw balls at kids in an effort to scare them. This shouldn't be tolerated

If you see or hear about a coach who yells at, intimidates or insults kids, you should take action. If you merely sit back and complain, you're part of the problem. Instead, you need to begin by talking to the coach. You can gently suggest that his or her behavior may hurt kids' confidence or self-esteem.

In some cases, you may find that you can't change the coach's behavior. If this happens, you should try talking to a league or school administrator who oversees the coach. If that isn't helpful, consider moving your child to a different coach or team. Staying with the same coach will likely increase your kids' anxiety and hurt their athletic performance and confidence—at a minimum.  More: How to Keep a Strong Parent-Coach Relationship

Award-winning parenting writer Lisa Cohn and Youth Sports Psychology expert Dr. Patrick Cohn are co-founders of The Ultimate Sports Parent. Pick up their free e-book, "Ten Tips to Improve Confidence and Success in Young Athletes" by visiting youthsportspsychology.com.





District 33 Calendar

Take a look a our District Calendar for the lastest news on upcoming events hosted by District 33 and our local leagues. Just click on the header for a more information on each event. Be sure to add our Google Calendar to yours and you'll receive notifications of each of the events below.

 




2016 District 33 Staff Photos



Clay Berry
District Administrator  


Dan Esqueda
 Assistant District
Administrator 


Pete Gregorivic
Assistant District
Administrator &
Player Agent
 


Shannon Thomas
Assistant District Administrator & 
Player Agent 


Mark Beall
Umpire Consultant
  


Sami Kern
Treasurer


Carol Hill
Secretary &
Coaching Clinic
Coordinator


Steve Taylor
Safety Officer


Josie Thomas
Junior/Senior Rep

  Olivier Wardenaar
Softball Rep 


Bill Owens
Safety Assistants


Bob Diosdado
Information Officer 
 


Angela Engquist
Events 


David Graham
Schedules

  Kendra Swhartz
Score Keeper


Danyell DiLena
Coach Coordinator
  


Kristal Gordon
Assistant Player Agent  

 

 

 




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