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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2015 District Tournament of Champions

The District Tournament of Champions will begin on Monday June 1st. 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 Majors     Baseball Minors  

Managers and Coaches Information
TOC Rules  TOC Affidavit TOC Pitching Record  TOC Tournament Info 
TOC Team Info Form  D33 Code of Conduct  Pitch Count Catcher Log  D33 Announcing Sheet


2015 District All-Star Tournament

The 2015 District All-Star Tournament begins for all Divisions except Seniors on Saturday, June 20th.

Did you know that there are 5 levels in the All-Star Tournament? The first level is District. The second level is Sections. The third level is State. In Southern California, since there are many leagues, Little League has divided Southern California in half and have 2 tournaments called Sub-Divisions. The winner of the Sub-Division South plays the winner of the Sub-Division North in the State Championship tournament. After State are Regional's and finally the World Series. The lower divisions, 9/10's and 10/11's end their tournaments at the State level.  If you would like to know all the dates and locations of the various tournaments, take a look at our 2015 All Star Baseball Tournament Levels handout, to see where the road to the World Series will take you.

We will post the District All Star Brackets on June 16th at the conclusion of the D33 Manager/Coaches All Star Rules Meeting.

Check back often, as new information will be posted for players and parents as we head towards the 2015 All-Star Tournament.  


As we head towards "Tournament Time", we would like to share a story from one of our parents from Rolando Little League. He and his family were fortunate enough to attend the 2014 World Series in Williamsport PA. Below is an re-cap of their visit, last summer, to one of Little League's premier events. 

Our Unbelievable Trip to the 2014 Little League World Series

by Robert Henderson, Rolando Little League

My son, Carter Henderson won a family trip to the 2014 Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA through a Chiquita banana contest. We submitted a photo of him eating a banana just before his TOC Minors game at Allied Gardens and it won the photo Grand Prize.         

To say this trip and the Little League World Series were a highlight of our lives is an understatement. We’ve seen the LL World Series on TV for several years but we were just amazed by it in real life. We had VIP access to all the games and this year was extra special because of history being made by Mone’ Davis (first female pitcher in semi-finals) and the team from Chicago. It was just incredible to witness how well run and organized this event is. The facilities are outstanding and they treat all the players and their families wonderfully. 

Carter was able to meet many players from around the world. He spoke with the kids from the West team (Nevada) and made friends with many of the Latin America and Mexico players (because he speaks fluent Spanish). One day he spent trading pins at the pin trading tent. I didn’t realize how serious everyone is about pin trading. His pins from California were very valuable and got him a lot of trade value. Our first day there he proudly wore his Padres jersey and cap. We made friends with the District Administrator from Pennsylvania (“Dancing Bob”) who is always on TV dancing in the stands. Both our kids (Carter & Brooke) made friends with some local kids who showed them the entire baseball complex.  We actually got on TV too; because one of the coaches at Rolando says he saw my Rolando cap and Carter’s jersey, but didn’t realize it was us, at first.                

Carter got many players autographs on his hat, his shirt, and numerous baseballs. We saw great baseball and sportsmanship being displayed by all the players in the World Series tournament. Everyone we met there were very nice to my family. To see the game of baseball being played by kids from around the world was very fulfilling.  

We went to the Little League Museum and learned all about America’s favorite sport and how it has influenced all those involved in it. And how the 2014 Little League World Series was also history making.  

While there on the east coast; we went to Philadelphia and Washington DC. Our kids should never have any issues with American history ever again. I would recommend a visit to the Little League World Series if you ever get the chance.

The most memorable thing my son said at the end of the trip was: “Dad I want to come back here to Williamsport, as a player”. 

Player Agent All Star Certification Information

Below are the dates/times for PRE-CERTIFICATION

Friday June 12th    Saturday June 13th   Sunday June 14th   
4980 Colina Drive   All Star Saturday   4980 Colina Drive  
La Mesa 91942 Chollas Lake LL La Mesa 91942
Mission Trails 6:00pm Allied Gardens TBD     Chollas Lake Noon
Tierrasanta       Lake Murray  
    Mid-City TBD    
Rolando 7:00pm      Open 1:00pm
Sunshine   Murphy Canyon TBD  Open  
La Mesa National   8:00pm  Patriot TBD  San Carlos 2:00pm

We still need Kearny Mesa. North Park and Serra Mesa to select Pre-certification times. Availability is Saturday @ Chollas Lake at All Star Saturday and Sunday at my house. For Sunday, there are 2 slots at 1 pm and one slot at 2 pm. Please let me know which you will reserve. Its first come basis. Please email Pete to reserve your time.

FINAL CERTIFICATION (Mandatory All Leagues) – MONDAY JUNE 15 @ 6:00 PM at the Murphy Canyon Orleck District Office – (party room with the couches).  

That address is:

10323 Orleck St
San Diego, CA 92124  

Here are the scheduled times for Monday June 15th Certification. These time slots are tentative. Check your emails as we get closer for final times. Also, we will have  your final time assigned by Pre-certification.

 6:00pm -  Allied Gardens, Chollas Lake,  Kearny Mesa, La Mesa National, Sunshine

7:00pm -  Lake Murray, Mid City, Mission Trails, Murphy Canyon, Tierrasanta

8:00pm -  North Park, Patriot, Rolando, San Carlos,  Serra Mesa


"Joe Schloss Day"

On May 16th 2015 at North Park Little League's Morley Field, Coach Joe Schloss was honored for his 60 years of coaching youth baseball in San Diego, the last 58 years at North Park.

The ceremony marked May 16th, 2015 as "Joe Schloss Day" in San Diego. A special proclamation and commendations were presented to Joe by Todd Gloria, San Diego City Councilmember; Richard Barrera, School Board Trustee; Sal Giametta, Chief of Staff for County Supervisor Ron Roberts and Pete Gregorivic, Assistant District Administrator for Little League's District 33.

Joe is the longtime owner of the family-run A-B Sporting Goods on University Avenue in North Park. He's a San Diego High School graduate, who served in the Navy during World War II. Joe is an active volunteer in the community. He teaches his players to play hard and play fair, and to live their lives with respect for others, and to help out their communities however they can.  Many of Joe's former players were in attendance, including players from his teams in the mid-1950's. The Famous San Diego Chicken entertained the crowd!  Joe is still going strong, and says he's not finished coaching yet, not even close. Here's to many more years. Thanks, Joe!


Below are some of the photos taken on "Joe Schloss Day" for your enjoyment....

Joe interviewed by local TV stations


Todd Gloria speaking about Joe 

Joe receiving his Proclamation 


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Pete and Joe with Joe's wife Barbara  


Joe saying a few words while the SD Chicken looks on 

Joe being congratulated by former players


Once the ceremony was over... It was gametime


2015 District Dinner Re-Cap

Our annual District Awards Dinner was held on May 2nd at the Sheraton Harbor Island Bay Tower.   "Black Out" was the theme and many dressed the part. A special "thank you" goes out to Angela Engquist, for her hard work in coordinating this special event.

We were honored to have Dave and Gail Bonham, as our special guests this year. Dave is the Western Regional Director for Little League International.

We also shared a moment of silence for one of our hometown heros - Joe Berardini of Sunshine Little League.  He put his blood, sweat, tears and love into the Sunshine Little League for well over fifty years "for the kids".  Joe will always be remember for his devotion to the children of our community by founding Sunshine Little League and working with the City to obtain their present fields.

Gifts donated by leagues and staff were raffled off and a 50/50 draw for over $500.00 was handed out to one lucky winner.

District awards were handed out to special individuals that have showed outstanding dedication of 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 is proud to present the following awards to these outstanding volunteers in our local leagues for 2015.  Dan Esqueda (Assistant District Administrator) had the honor of handing out this year's awards.

The District Service Award

These awards are given to individuals nominated by their league that has several years of outstanding service to their league as well as having impacted the District by serving the other leagues in some capacity, usually by being involved in tournaments or something district wide. The 2015 District Service Award recipients are... 

Mike Bitter
San Carlos Little League

 Chuck Cadwalader
Lake Murray Little League

Carol Hill
Chollas Lake Little League

Josie Thomas
Tierrasanta Little League

The Umpire of the Year Award & Umpire Service Award
These awards are given to an outstanding umpire 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 2015 Umpire of the Year & Umpire Service Award recipients are...

Jake Fenno 
Allied Gardens Little League

Robinaire Ruiz
Allied Gardens Little League

The Spirit of Little League Coaches Award
This award is given to managers or coaches that demonstrate the double goal coaching that role models the spirit of Little League. The 2015 Spirit of Little League Coaches Award recipients are...

Jaime Peredes
Patriot League

Joe Mansfield
Mid City Little League

Jim Lozano
San Carlos Little League

Brent Baum
La Mesa National Little League

Scott Simmons Leadership Award
The criteria for the award is for someone that has impacted the local league, especially in bringing about compliance to Little League rules and regulations, has set a standard in regards to choosing managers and coaches with character, has 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 2015 Scott Simmons Award recipient is...

 Mike Bitter
San Carlos Little 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 2015 Jim Jones Award recipient is...

Pete Gregorovic
La Mesa National Little League


Joe Berardini - Sunshine Little League

District 33 has lost one of its Hometown Heroes. Joe was a veteran of WW II and participated in the freeing of Europe. Joe was also a Hometown Hero for his devotion to the children of our community by founding Sunshine Little League and working with the City to obtain their present fields.

Clay Berry

October 3, 1920 - April 24, 2015

He put his blood, sweat, tears and love into the Sunshine Little League for well over fifty years "for the kids".  I spent many years of my youth down at Sunshine working with him watering, mowing lawns and will cherish the memory on those ballfields which I consider hallowed ground. I cannot drive on the 94 to the 805 without looking over to the right and thinking of the love he freely gave of himself to those in his community.  If he wasn't at home, the whole family knew where he Sunshine!

Robert J. McBride
Grandson of Joe Berardin

Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Joe passed away peacefully after a brief illness.  He was born in San Diego, attended Hoover High School and worked forty six years for Convair.  He served in General Patton’s 2nd Armored Division during World War II and was decorated with Good Conduct, European Campaign with three bronze battle stars and World War II Victory medals. Wounded during the occupation of post war Germany, he was sent to San Francisco to recuperate where he met his bride of 68 years, Mildred Minton. A founder of Sunshine Little League, he organized the local trade unions to help him build the ball fields that remain to this day his legacy, Berardini Fields on Federal Boulevard.  He is survived by his wife Mildred, daughter Stella, sons Patrick, Walter, Joe all of San Diego and four grandsons, thirteen great grandchildren, two great, great grandchildren and a sister Angelina Des Roches of The Dalles Oregon.  In lieu of flowers or contributions, the family requests a donation be made to Sunshine Little League in his honor. To quote him “It’s for the kids!”  

2015 Juniors Thomas Invitational Tournament Re-Cap

April 10th thru April 12th  and April 24th thru April 26th 2015
Final #1 Brackets: 
2015 Juniors Thomas Invitational Brackets #1
Final #2 Brackets: 2015 Juniors Thomas Invitational Brackets #2 

Tierrasanta Junior Division Giants 
2015 Junior Thomas Invitational Champs #2






The 2015 Juniors Thomas Invitational Tournaments has been completed. Great weather was the backdrop for the first weekend of tournament. The second weekend had some rain but didn't effect play on the field. We were pleased to have teams from Mid City, Patriots, North Park, Tierrasanta and Serra Mesa competing in the either or both JTI Tournaments.

Tierrasanta Junior Division Giants 
2015 Junior Thomas Invitational Champs #1
A whole hearted "Thank You" goes out to all the host leagues and their volunteers that made this tournament possible for the teams to play in. And let's not forget all the umpires that volunteered their time for the tournament. 
Congratulations to the Tierrasanta Junior Division Giants for sweeping both the 2015 Juniors Thomas Invitational Tournaments.
District 33 is proud to have Mike's Action Photos as our District 33 Juniors Thomas Invitational Photographer. Mike took some great shots of players during the tournaments. Be sure to check them out on his website.
Album Password: D33



8th Annual Clay Berry Invitational Tournament at Western Region Re-Cap

March 27th thru March 29th 2015 
Final Brackets:
2015 CBI Brackets

The 8th annual CBI Tournament took place Friday, March 27th thru Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at Little League Baseball Western Region Headquarters. Mother Nature gave us some outstanding sunshine for all of the games. This year the

Serra Mesa Major Division Athletics 
2015 Clay Berry Invitational Tournament Champs

following leagues participated in the CBI:  Mission Trails D'Backs, San Carlos White Sox, Allied Gardens Angels, Serra Mesa Athletics, Rolando Iron Pigs, Tierrasanta Red Sox, Lake Murray Royals and North Park Spartans.

Congratulations to Serra Mesa Little League Major Division Athletics for winning the 8th annual Clay Berry Invitational and taking home the flag.  This is the second District Tournament that SMLL Major Athletics have won this year. The DDM was the first tournament.

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. Album Password: D33


7th Annual Dorothy Dupont Memorial Tournament Re-Cap

March 13th thru March 15th 2015
Final Brackets: 
2015 DDM Tournament Brackets       


Serra Mesa Major Division Athletics 
2015 Dorothy Dupont Memorial Tournament Champs

The 7th Annual Dorothy Dupont Memorial Tournament was held March 13th thru March 15th 2015 at Murphy Canyon Little League's Damato field. Seven Major Division teams from District 33 Little Leagues participated in the tournament: Chollas Lake Giants, San Carlos Cardinals, Rolando Bulls, Kearny Canyon Wild Coyotes, La Mesa National Angels, Serra Mesa A's and Lake Murray Mets.
Congratulations to Serra Mesa Little League Major Division A's for capturing the 7th 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 2015 DDM Tournament player. Album Password: D33

Little League® Congratulates Major League Baseball and USA Baseball on the Launch of the Pitch Smart Program

For 75 years, Little League® has strived to provide children with healthy and safe baseball and softball opportunities. Little League would like to congratulate Major League Baseball and USA Baseball for the launch of their new Pitch Smart campaign, as we continue to work together to make baseball a safe, fun sport for all children. 

The Pitch Smart program is a collaborative effort to encourage youth baseball pitchers to adhere to strict pitch count limits with mandatory day's rest. The program follows the same guidelines that Little League established in 2006 to protect young arms. Both Little League's pitch count regulations and the Pitch Smart program directly benefited from the insight and expertise of Dr. James Andrews, notable orthopedic surgeon and a member of Little League International Board of Directors, and his colleague, Dr. Glenn Fleisig, also of the American Sports Medicine Institute. Dr. Andrews recently wrote about the importance of putting the baseball glove down for Little League's The Parent Connection.

"The issue of arm safety is something we take very seriously here at Little League," said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. "We are thrilled to see the launch of the Pitch Smart campaign, and Little League looks forward to continuing to work with Major League Baseball and USA Baseball to enhance the safety of the sport for all its young participants."

After several years of research, Little League launched its pitch count program in 2006. With limits set for different amounts of pitches for different age groups, Little League has been diligent in protecting young arms since establishing strict pitching rules based on Dr. Andrews' research. With many baseball players participating in Little League and other youth baseball programs, it is important for parents and coaches to use the Pitch Smart campaign and the Little League pitch count program to ensure young pitching arms stay safe.

Little League strongly encourages all Little League volunteers, parents, and officials to review and share it with others.

2015 Rule Changes & Clarifications

In April, 2014 the International Congress approved the new league age determination amendment for Little League Baseball®.  To implement the new amendment, it was decided to include a three-year waiting period to execute the change, starting in 2018. Questions from the field were raised about the impact the change would have on players that were currently league age 8 under the traditional system.  Using feedback from Little League® parents through our District Administrators, the Little League International Board of Directors adjusted the April-approved implementation strategy in order to modify the impact on all of our minor and major division players. The adjustment also allows for an easier transition for players in the early years of Little League participation.
As a result of this recent adjustment to the implementation strategy, effective immediately, any player born on or after January 1, 2006 who will turn the ages of 4-9 during the 2015 calendar year will be eligible to participate in a local Little League program and will use the new age determination date of December 31 for the reminder of their Little League Baseball career. Players will still be assigned to a division based on local league divisional structure.

2015 Baseball
Regulation IV – The Players

(a)  Little League (Majors) Division: Any candidate with amateur status who will attain the age of 9 years on or after May 1, 2014, and who will not attain the age of 13 before May 1 of the year in question shall be eligible to compete in Little League Baseball (subject to the local league Board of Directors alignment of this division). This means that a participant who will be 13 years old on May 1 or later, is eligible to play that year; a participant who will be 13 years old on April 30 or earlier will not be eligible for either local league play or tournament play at any time during the calendar year in question. NOTE: League age 12 year olds may participate in Minors Division under certain circumstances.

Minor League Division:
Any candidate with amateur status who will attain the age of 7 years on or after January 1, 2015, and who will not attain the age of 13 before May 1 of the year in question shall be eligible to compete in the Minor League Division Baseball (subject to the local league Board of Directors alignment of this division). This means that a participant who will be 13 years old on May 1 or later, is eligible to play that year; a participant who will be 13 years old on April 30 or earlier will not be eligible for either local league play or tournament play at any time during the calendar year in question.

Tee Ball Division: Any candidate with amateur status who will attain the age of 4 years on or after January 1, (2015), and who will not attain the age of 8 on or before December 31, (2015), of the year in question shall be eligible to compete in the Tee Ball Division Baseball (subject to the local league Board of Directors alignment of this division). This means that a participant who will be 7 years old on or before December 31, is eligible to play that year; a participant who will be 8 years old on December 31 or earlier, will not be eligible for either local league play or tournament play at any time during the calendar year in question.

2015 Little League Age Chart

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

2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 4
2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 5
2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 6
2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 7
2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 8
2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 9
        2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 9
2005 2005 2005 2005 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 10
2004 2004 2004 2004 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 11
2003 2003 2003 2003 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 12
2002 2002 2002 2002 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 13
2001 2001 2001 2001 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 14
2000 2000 2000 2000 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 1999 15
1999 1999 1999 1999 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 16
1998 1998 1998 1998 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 1997 17
1997 1997 1997 1997 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 1996 18

Note: This age chart is for BASEBALL DIVISIONS ONLY, and only for 2015.

Download a pdf version of the 2015 Baseball Division Age Chart

2015 District 33 Staff Photos

Clay Berry
District Administrator  

Dan Esqueda
 Assistant District

Pete Gregorivic
Assistant District
Administrator &
Player Agent

Sami Kern

Bob Diosdado
Information Officer

Carol Hill
Secretary &
Coaching Clinic

Steve Taylor
Safety Officer

Mark Beall
Umpire Consultant

Bill Owens
Safety Assistants

Shannon Thomas
Assistant Player Agent

Angela Engquist
Events & Programs

David Graham

Kendra Swhartz
Score Keeper

Olivier Wardenaar
Softball Rep

Josie Thomas
At Large

April Samaniego
Junior/Senior Rep

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.


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

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: 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:

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