• When you find yourself yelling at your kid because he isn't performing to your expectation, stop and take a breath.  You are doing that to make you feel better,  it does not help him.  Your kid already feels bad enough for making an error or striking out, does letting him know that mom or dad are disappointed in him help?

  • However, if you kid doesn't perform to your expectation because he is being lazy or inattentive - light him up

  • All coaches should band together and refuse to play at tournaments that require "stay to play"

  • Travel ball is great, we love the club ball game.  That said, don't thumb your nose at Little League - it is a national institution.  If all the best skilled players stop playing Little League, we cheat the beautiful game of baseball.  Little league is about making friends, meeting new teammates, and having fun.  Don't remove things from your ballplayers childhood - add them

  • If you are considering joining a team and you see that most of them are wearing arm bands with plays on them and the coach is yelling out different combinations of numbers - run like hell

  • If you consider joining a team and the coach is teaching 10 or 11 year olds how to snap their wrist while throwing a curve ball - join the arm band team instead

  • If you consider leaving your team because they aren't winning enough, remember the commitment you made when you initially joined.  The time to leave a team is the offseason in the summer

  • That said, if your kid is playing on a team that is winning, but your kid isn't getting playing time, think about what you really want.  Do you want to watch your kid play all the time on a so-so team, or play sparingly on a really good team?  We only get one chance to do this with our kids.  Make the most of it

  • If a kid on the opposing team makes a really great play or crushes a ball, cheer for him.  Particularly if your team is winning

  • If a coach teaches his shortstop to scream in the ear of the runner at second taking a lead off, go stand next to that coach and scream in his ear to see how much he likes that feeling

  • When you see a coach out at third base with skinny pants underneath and shorts over them, show him pictures of Pearl Jam in 1992

  • Always talk to parents who have kids that aged out from playing youth baseball.  They love to reminisce and all will tell you how badly they miss these times.  It will remind you to enjoy every moment while it occurs

  • Shake your head the moment you realize you traveled two hundred miles for a travel tournament only to play a team from your hometown

  • Let your kid pick his own walkup song.  We know the random Linkin Park song was your pick because you didn't like the ones he wanted

  • If kids want to do their silly chants and cheers, let them.  They are kids having fun.  How it should be

  • On that topic - how do the kids from California and Utah know the exact same ones our Nevada kids do?