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by posted 10/27/2014
A Race to nowhere, Youth Sports
I'm sorry, but one more.
The Race to Nowhere In Youth Sports
Posted: October 20, 2014 in Coaching, Parenting
Tags: advice, Avoiding Injuries, childhood and youth, development coaches, fun 166
By: John O’Sullivan
“My 4th grader tried to play basketball and soccer last year,” a mom recently told me as we sat around the dinner table after one of my speaking engagements. “It was a nightmare. My son kept getting yelled at by both coaches as we left one game early to race to a game in the other sport. He hated it.”
“I know,” said another. “My 10 year old daughter’s soccer coach told her she had to pick one sport, and start doing additional private training on the side, or he would give away her spot on the team.”
So goes the all too common narrative for American youth these days, an adult driven, hyper competitive race to the top in both academics and athletics that serves the needs of the adults, but rarely the kids. As movies such as “The Race to Nowhere” and recent articles such as this one from the Washington Post point out, while the race has a few winners, the course is littered with the scarred psyches of its participants. We have a generation of children that have been pushed to achieve parental dreams instead of their own, and prodded to do more, more, more and better, better, better. The pressure and anxiety is stealing one thing our kids will never get back; their childhood.
The movie and article mentioned above, as well as the book The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids, highlight the dangerous path we have led our children down in academics. We are leading them down a similar path in sports as well.
The path is a race to nowhere, and it does not produce better athletes. It produces bitter athletes who get hurt, burnout, and quit sports altogether.
As I said to my wife recently, the hardest thing about raising two kids these days, when it comes to sports, is that the vast majority of the parents are leading their kids down the wrong path, but not intentionally or because they want to harm their kids. They love their kids, but the social pressure to follow that path is incredible. Even though my wife and I were collegiate athletes, and I spend everyday reading the research, and studying the latest science on the subject, the pressure is immense. The social pressure is like having a conversation with a pathological liar; he is so good at lying that even when you know the truth, you start to doubt it.  Yet that is the sport path many parents are following.
The reason? FEAR!
We are so scared that if we do not have our child specialize, if we do not get the extra coaching, or give up our entire family life for youth sports, our child will get left behind. Even though nearly every single parent I speak to tells me that in their gut they have this feeling that running their child ragged is not helpful, they do not see an alternative. Another kid will take his place.  He won’t get to play for the best coach. “I know he wants to go on the family camping trip,” they say, “but he will just have to miss it again, or the other kids will get ahead of him.”
This system sucks.
It sucks for parents, many of whom do not have the time and resources to keep one child in such a system, never mind multiple athletes. There are no more family trips or dinners, no time or money to take a vacation. It causes parents untold stress and anxiety, as they are made to feel guilty by coaches and their peers if they don’t step in line with everyone else. “You are cheating your kid out of a scholarship” they are told, “They may never get this chance again.”
It sucks for coaches who want to develop athletes for long term excellence, instead of short term success. The best coaches used to be able to develop not only better athletes, but better people, yet it is getting hard to be that type of coach. There are so many coaches who have walked away from sports because while they encourage kids to play multiple sports, other unscrupulous coaches scoop those kids up, and tell them “if you really want to be a player, you need to play one sport year round. That other club is short changing your kid, they are not competitive.” The coach who does it right gives his kids a season off, and next thing you know he no longer has a team.
And yes, most importantly, it sucks for the kids. Any sports scientist or psychologist will tell you that in order to pursue any achievement activity for the long term, children need ownership, enjoyment and intrinsic motivation.  Without these three things, an athlete is very likely to quit.
Children need first and foremost to enjoy their sport. This is the essence of being a child. Kids are focused in the present, and do not think of long term goals and ambitions. But adults do. They see “the opportunities I never had” or “the coaching I wish I had” as they push their kids to their goals and not those of the kids.
They forget to give their kids the one thing they did have: A CHILDHOOD! They forget to give them the ability to find things they are passionate about, instead of choosing for them. They forget that a far different path worked pretty darn well for them.
So why this massive movement, one that defies all science and psychology, to change it?
We need to wise up and find a better path.
Parents, start demanding sports clubs and coaches that allow your kids to participate in many sports. You are the customers, you are paying the bills, so you might as well start buying a product worth paying for. You have science on your side, and you have Long Term Athletic Development best practices on your side. Your kids do not deserve or need participation medals and trophies, as some of you are so fond of saying, but they do deserve a better, more diverse youth sports experience.
Coaches, you need to wise up as well. You are the gatekeepers of youth sports, the people who play God, and decide who gets in, and who is kicked to the curb. You know the incredible influence of sport in your life, so stop denying it to so many others. Are you so worried about your coaching ability, or about the quality of the sport you love, to think that if you do not force kids to commit early they will leave? Please realize that if you are an amazing coach with your priorities in order, and you teach a beautiful game well, that kids will flock to you in droves, not because they have to, but because they want to!
Every time you ask a 9 year old to choose one sport over another you are diminishing participation in the sport you love by 50%. WHY?
To change this we must overcome the fear, the guilt and the shame.
We are not bad parents if our kids don’t get into Harvard, and we are not bad parents if they do not get a scholarship to play sports in college. We should not feel shame or guilt every time our kid does not keep up with the Jones’s, because, when it comes to sports, the Jones’s are wrong.
As this recent article from USA Lacrosse stated, college coaches are actually looking to multi sport athletes in recruiting. Why? Because they have an upside, they are better all around athletes, they are not done developing, and they are less likely to burnout.
You cannot make a kid into something she is not by forcing them into a sport at a very young age, and pursuing your goals and not your child’s goals. Things like motivation, grit, genetics and enjoyment have too much say in the matter.
What you can do, though, is rob a child of the opportunity to be a child, to play freely, to explore sports of interest, to learn to love sports and become active for life.
Chances are great that your children will be done with sports by high school, as only a select few play in college and beyond. Even the elite players are done at an age when they have over half their life ahead of them. It is not athletic ability, but the lessons learned from sport that need to last a lifetime.
Why not expose them to as many of those lifelong lessons as possible?
Why not take a stand?
Why don’t we stop being sheep, following the other sheep down a road to nowhere that both science and common sense tells us often ends badly?
It is time to stop being scared, and stand up for your kids. Read a book on the subject, pass on this article to like minded people, bring in a speaker to your club and school, but do something to galvanize people to act.
There are more of us who want to do right by the kids than there are those whose egos and wallets have created our current path. We have just been too quite for too long. We have been afraid to speak up, and afraid to take a stand. We are far too willing to throw away our child’s present for some ill fated quest for a better future that rarely materializes, and is often filled with so much baggage that we would never wish for such a future for our kids.
If you think your child will thank you for that, then you probably stopped reading awhile ago.
But if you want to get off the road to nowhere in youth sports, and to stop feeling guilty about it, then please know you are not alone. Our voice is growing stronger every day. We can create a new reality, with new expectations that put the athletes first.
We can put our children on a road to somewhere, one paved with balanced childhoods, exploration, enjoyment, and yes, multiple sports.
Someday our kids will thank us.
More Resources: 
John O’Sullivan Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids

by posted 10/27/2014
PCA Announcement

It is my pleasure to announce our partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance.

This partnership will allow us to support even further our dedicated coaches. By giving them the tools they need to teach, while motivating the youth that play this great game. With the power of research, support & training, this alliance will greatly support our kids "Love of the Game". So please go and check out there site and look for the details that will follow.


Thank you,

WLL Board of Directors

by posted 10/27/2014
One of our own is honored

Scholar Athlete of the Week: Kaitlyn O'Meara


This week, Kaitlyn O'Meara was recognized as the Scholar Athlete of the Week. She's a senior at Washingtonville High School and a Softball, Basketball & volleyball player. As well as a former Washingtonville LL player. Congratulations Kate!

by posted 10/27/2014
Coaching Philosophy

Coaching Philosophy

Thanks to, for this article

My coaching philosophy has been developed over several years of trial and error, success and failure. Over the years I’ve come to realize that winning a baseball game is secondary to doing your best. In the game of baseball individual players have very little control over the outcome of a game. Because baseball is a team sport, you can put the greatest baseball player in the world on a terrible team and that team will probably not win the championship. As coaches, if we focus our team on winning as the only goal, there is potential for great let downs and discouragement.

However, if we place our focus on effort first and winning second, not only do we give our players control over the goal, but teaching them to do their best will translate into lasting benefits for their future. Imagine in five years the difference between a player who is taught that winning is the primary concern as compared to a player who is taught that giving their best effort is the primary goal. Someone who has developed the discipline to give 110% effort in what they do, will be that much further ahead of someone who only has a few little league championship trophies collecting dust on their bookshelf.

That being said, please don’t think that the team I coach will not strive to win baseball games. But winning is the frosting on the cake. And I would argue that players who are having fun and doing their best will do as well if not better than a player whose only goal is to win a game.

Here is my coaching philosophy-

* Winning is the second priority. Safety, Effort and Fun are Number One.

I would rather have a team that had fun all season and did not win many games, as opposed to a team that won the championship but no one learned much and hardly anyone returns for the next season. Too many coaches stress results instead of effort. By putting the emphasis on results we are adding pressure onto our players and whether we know it or not, detracting from their performance. If the players give less than 100% then they need to do better. If they give 100% then they are winners and are successful regardless of the outcome of a particular pitch, at bat, play, game or season.

* Give the Players your Attention

Kids crave attention. Kids deserve attention. As I coach I want to give my players all the attention they need to thrive as baseball players. Feedback and communication are foundational to giving kids attention.

* Give the Players Affirmation

Kids need affirmation. Affirmation is a key in helping kids develop. Players need a patient supportive coach that can teach and motivate in a positive way. If all a player hears is negativity and correction without affirmation that is a bad and potentially harmful situation for a player to be in.

* Give the Players Affection

The old saying is so true, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” By showing the players that you care for them, they will be far more open to respond to your coaching efforts.

* Be Good Sports

Sportsmanship is becoming a forgotten concept and is unfortunately being taught less and less by coaches. Most players are learning their idea of sportsmanship from professional athletes. And, I don’t know about you, but what I’ve been seeing is really not good. Most of what I’m seeing is trash talking, taunting and belittling of opposing teams and players. This is nether healthy nor good. Players need to be taught that they are competing “with” the other team not “against” the other team. Good plays need to be complimented regardless of what team makes them. Winning and losing need to be handled graciously. The coach has a huge impact on how his players will act on the field. You are a role model, so make sure you model good sportsmanship when dealing with umpires and opposing teams. Maintain self control and teach your players to do the same.

* Communication

Communicating our expectations and listening to input and feedback from other coaches, parents and players is critical to the team’s success. No one wants to be placed in an environment where they don’t know what they are supposed to do, or where they do not feel like it is safe to speak up if they want to. As a coach I will listen to and take into account any concerns that are brought up. Players must communicate with other players in a positive manner. No put downs or foul language is tolerated.

* Parents Must be Involved

A big part of the success of the team is based upon the involvement of parents. This is “OUR” team.  Parents, players and coaches need to be involved.  Helping at practices, field maintenance day, games, organizing snacks and helping with umpiring duties will make the season run far smoother than a couple coaches doing everything themselves.   Believe me, been there done that!

* Integrity is Important

Our players are learning from us as coaches. Not only by what we say, but they are being impacted even more so by what we do. We need to be consistent and honest as well as embody the values that we are trying to teach our players. We should treat players, parents, umpires, other teams, basically everyone with respect. We should be self-controlled at all times. With the understanding that nobody is perfect- We need to admit mistakes, acknowledge failures, learn from them and move on. In doing this we can teach our players in action and deed, values that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

* Have Fun

I don’t want to do something that isn’t fun. I know kids are the same way. So, in applying the values listed above, our players have a much better chance of learning baseball, winning some games and having fun. Effort, enthusiasm, development of baseball skills and fun are the goals for this season.

by posted 10/23/2014
A Great Teacher

Vicki Rudawsky: Parents, failure is a great teacher
Vicki Huber Rudawsky, Special to The News Journal 10:58 a.m. EDT October 16, 2014

My kids are the greatest. Really, my husband and I think they are pretty amazing. My friends' kids are great too.

And I am sure that you think your kids are awesome as well. Pretty much everyone I know cannot wait to tell you about the latest accomplishment, travel team spot, academic honor, scholarship, etc. that their child has earned.

That's part of being a parent.

I am not sure how coaches today do it. I mean, how can you have tryouts and make cuts when every kid is so great? How can you divide between a varsity and JV squad? How can you choose captains when so many seniors are deserving of that honor?

From what I have gathered, you can't. God forbid you sit a sophomore during a varsity game and then ask them to play JV. God forbid you only play Johnny for 15 minutes of a tough game, even though he is not a strong player. God forbid you don't make Susie captain, even though she is a senior but shows up late for practice every day.

I will forever remember the day we received the envelope that let us know whether our daughter made the seventh-grade soccer team or not. All the other girls told her that she should make the team, and she was feeling pretty confident. When we opened the envelope, I only was able to read "Thank you for trying out for the team, however….." before the tears started and my heart broke in two.

Our daughter was crushed, and I was angry. I was sure the tryouts were political and unfair. I was sure they didn't even spend one second watching our daughter so they could see how great she really was. I wanted to march right back to school and demand that the coach re-think his, obviously wrong, decision.

Did I? Of course not. We cried, we mourned, and we moved on. The next year, she played field hockey and after that, she found a love for cross country, a sport in which she's still competing.

These days, it seems that if a parent disagrees with a coach's assessment of a child's talent, all he or she has to do is complain. Or, believe it or not, file a lawsuit. Bam, your kid is back on the team, and better yet, maybe even playing varsity.

Good job, mom and dad. You have now taught your child, well, nothing good. You have showed him that if something makes him sad, you will swoop in and fix it because, well, obviously not everyone can immediately see how great he is, but now they will. Right?

Part of being a kid and growing up is to learn how to deal with disappointment. Part of growing up is to fail, to have someone else say, "You aren't good enough" or "you need to work harder." We need to hear that when we are young, because we will certainly hear those same words at some point in our adult lives. Many elite athletes have been cut from a team or told that they weren't good enough. Those words became the driving force behind their eventual success.

For those who remember TV commercials from years ago, my dad was the guy who would walk away from the field or the track on a bad day and offer up a Lifesaver and a hug. He never blamed the coach or the ref. He never spoke badly of the other kids I competed against. He offered few words, but the words he did say were to the effect that everything would be all right, and that tomorrow was another day.

Parents, back off and let coaches do their jobs. Too many good coaches have quit because they are pressured to make every kid feel as great as their parents think they are. In some places, parents are banned from events because they are too disruptive or threatening to other teams, refs and coaches.

Our kids are both good athletes, but more importantly, they are great people. They have been cut, they have been yelled at, they have sat the bench. They are also respectful, kind, hard working, and cheer their teammates on. It hurts to let your child fail and learn as you watch from afar, but the reward is watching your child grow, mature, and become great all on their own.

Former Olympic runner Vicki Huber Rudawsky's column appears biweekly in The News Journal. Contact her at sports@

by posted 10/20/2014
BG Chamber Christmas & Tree lighting Parade

Saturday 12/6 from 6-8pm. Wear your LL stuff & join us!

by posted 10/15/2014

As the Fall Season takes off, We ask all of you to please Help us keep in touch with you. Register your email!

With Pitching Clinics coming in November, help us let you know about them by registering your E-mail on the site!  


Thank You,

The WLL Board

by posted 08/30/2014





Louis Budakowski                    Nick Muratore              David Miskovic

​William Cooper                        Nick Morrello               Luke Pecovic

Jake Difiore                             Matt Krauss                 Matthew Rocke

Ryan Hendricks                       Adam Paperny             Justin Valentin

Andrew Smolar                       


Coaches: Vinnie Pecovic, Rich Muratore, CJ Marchese & Dave Miscovic

by posted 07/08/2014

Remember Those who Serve Freedom

Thank You, to those that have served us, and to those who currently do.


God Bless those families who have sacrificed for our Great Country.




by posted 05/26/2014
District 19 Fields Directions

Directions to all District 19 Little League Fields

This can also be found on our Links page under District 19

posted 05/24/2013
Don't Swing it

by FelixToledo posted 05/10/2013
Field Status
Earl Reservoir - Highland mills TBD (11/1) 
Mary Harriman Park 1 - Harriman TBD (11/1) 
Mary Harriman Park 2 - Harriman TBD (11/1) 
Mays Junior - Wash OPEN (11/1) 
Mays Major - Wash TBD (11/1) 
Mays Senior - Wash OPEN (11/1) 
Mombasha Town Park - Monroe TBD (11/1) 
Smith Clove Park 1 - Monroe TBD (11/1) 
Smith Clove Park 2 - Monroe TBD (11/1) 
Smith Clove Park 4 - Monroe TBD (11/1) 
Stonegate - Monroe TBD (11/1) 
Stonegate2 - Monroe TBD (11/1) 
Tball Field 3 - Wash TBD (11/1) 
Tball Field 4 - Wash TBD (11/1) 
Tball Field 5 - Wash TBD (11/1) 
Woodfield - Washingtonville OPEN (11/1) 
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