THEY’RE JUST KIDS...
There is plenty of activities planned for this Saturday, so hang on to your fedora and have a great time.
Yep, stream fishing season opens at sunrise, and avid angler’s have been angling to get out to their favorite ol’ fishin’ hole - and come Saturday morning it’s ‘Katie bar the door’ as the season gets underway.
With lake fishing open year ‘round, the annual spring Fishing Opener doesn’t hold up quite as well as it did before there was year around trout fishing available - but it’s still a big deal to those who relish baiting a hook and hitting a bubbling stream.
We wish the best to everyone in their endeavor to catch “The Big One!”
The other all important event taking place Saturday is the opening of Little League season in our area. Opening Day ceremonies are set for 9am at the Fairgrounds in McArthur and the Burney Little League Field on Bailey in Burney.
I hereby offer you some insight into enjoying your days of watching little league games:
• First thing to remember at all times... these are kids. They are not professional ball players. They are youngsters who may find dandelions in the outfield more interesting than what’s happening at home plate. From T-Ball on up, these youngsters are learning the In’s-’n-Out’s of the game. Give them time to catch on to what’s going on.
• The coaches are volunteers. They are giving up time with their own families to attempt to teach your youngster a bit about the game of baseball (or softball, as the case may be). They will make mistakes. They will upset you at some time or another because your child is on the bench. But, no matter what happens... they have the interest of your child at heart, and would never do anything to intentionally hurt their feelings.
• The Umpires - like the coaches - are volunteers. They will undoubtedly make mistakes and miss a call here and there... after all, they’re human. They haven’t been bribed to throw a game, nor will they intentionally try to aid one team over another. These umpires are your neighbors and friends, and should remain your friend after the last out - no matter the outcome.
• Not every player has the same skill level. It’s not your job to criticize a youngster’s ability from your perch in the stands. It’s your ‘job’ to encourage every player at every opportunity. Your attitude from the sidelines can help shape the future of each of these youngsters.
• If you want to see your little league survive... volunteer. Step up to work in the concession stand. Agree to keep the scorebook. Plan on becoming a coach or umpire. Volunteer to be a board member. Donate your time to help the program survive.
• Finally... When you and your child are in the car heading home after the last out... please don’t spend the trip home criticizing how he/she played. Find something positive to talk about, and if you have to be critical - make it constructive criticism offered with your love and encouragement. Children join little league to have fun... and possibly learn a game they can enjoy for a lifetime. No child wants to be chided into taking the game too seriously... until, at least they can make their own determination to get serious about their playing. The chances of your T-Ball player becoming a major league star is about as likely as you winning the lottery six times.
These are GAMES... and by the sheer definition - are supposed to be fun.
Enjoy the season - the years go by to quickly!
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