MLL Seniors Softball division looking for players this fall
MLL's Seniors softball is looking for players ages 13-18 to join returning players for play this fall. This past spring the McLean Flash concluded an undefeated season at 13-0-1 and it is looking to build on that success. Most games will be played on Saturdays with practices on other days. For questions or more details please contact MLL Seniors Manager Vance Zavela at
MLL Softball Majors Get Underway at LLSB WS SE Regionals
MLL Softball Majors in Warner Robins
McLean Little League Majors Softball team won the Virginia State Championship last week going 4-0 during the tournament and outscoring our opponents 37-6.
Next they head to Warner Robins, GA for the Southeast Region as we try to defeat Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia to earn our way to the World Series in Portland, Oregon.
The first game is Thursday at 2 PM vs. North Carolina. It is a modified double elimination tournament with the Championship Game next Monday morning at 10 AM. These games will all be televised on ESPN+. ESPN+ is a streaming service which costs $5 per month but has a 7-day free trial. If you are interested in watching MLL softball, it is pretty easy to set up on your phone or ipad—just go to the app store! I believe it can also be set up on a Smart TV. The nice thing about ESPN+ is that if you want to watch a game but can’t do it at the scheduled time, you can pull it up later and watch it.
MLL plans to send updates daily on their progress, and try to take a bit of time out of your day to watch McLean play and root on these 14 terrific players. The tournament is loaded with talented teams, but these softballers are ready for anybody!
Congrats to MLL All-Star Softball 10-11s - VA State Champs— what a run! They defeated Gate City, Hayside, and Gate City again for the championship 13-5! They only gave up 5 runs all tourny! Good luck in Tennessee at the SE Regionals!
Many of you have reached out over the last several days in response to the news of severe damage to our beloved MLL complex at Westmoreland Street. We appreciate the offers to help and the sincere concern you have expressed. We have set up this fund to help cover the cost of repairs.
As you might guess, by looking at the photos, the repair process will take a significant amount of time and financial resources. If you are in the position to help out financially, please consider making a donation to our recently established GoFundMe page. We are committed to have the complex open in time for Fall Baseball and can't wait to see all of our players back on the fields.
Our MLL Fans and community have demonstrated what a caring group you are -- let's now get the fields ready for Fall Ball with your help!
Mclean Little League
Dear MLL Community, current families and alums,
Many of you have reached out over the last 24 hours in response to the news of severe damage to our beloved MLL complex at Westmoreland Street. We appreciate the offers to help and the sincere concern you have expressed.
We wanted to share some photos of the current state of the fields and ask that everyone please remain off the property until we give the word. As you can see, we have serious damage to some of our dugouts and fencing that could be dangerous to people visiting the complex. Right now, the work that needs to be done will need to be executed by professionals, but we will certainly let everyone know if there is an opportunity to help and will give the green light when it's safe to start visiting again. Pictures are available here and https://www.facebook.com/McLeanLittleLeague and more details available at mcleanll.com.
As you might guess, by looking at the photos, the repair process will take a significant amount of time and financial resources. If you are in the position to help out financially, please contact Shelly Breslin at
. We are committed to have the complex open in time for Fall Baseball and can't wait to see all of your players back on the fields.
Again, we are so grateful for all of the offers to help. In the meanwhile, we will have registration for Fall Ball open in the next week. Keep visiting our website for the registration information and our Facebook page and Twitter feed for information about the progress of the repairs!
MLL Softball All Stars Start State Tournament Play
2018 9-10 All Stars
The MLL Softball 9-10s All-Stars are starting their state tournament Saturday, July 6. They play pool games on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The tournament is in Nokesville, about 45 minutes from McLean in case anyone wants to go cheer them on. More details available here:
MLL will be introducing a new website over the coming months. This new platform gets us more in line with that used by Little League International and similar high profile leagues, and also gives us exciting new opportunities to serve our community. Stay tuned to MLL for additional updates!
Please see the attached story featuring MLL Softball alum Grace McGuire. We hear that MLL was a big influence in Grace's life. Just goes to show our great baseball and softball alums can excel in many sports and in life!
Courtesy of the Utah State University Athletic Department:
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's Grace McGuire is one of a record 585 nominees for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year, as announced by the NCAA on Wednesday. McGuire, a member of the USU soccer team, recently graduated from Utah State with both an undergraduate and master's degree in business management.
McGuire led all keepers a season ago by playing more than 1,400 minutes in goal and led the Aggies with 80 saves, the ninth-most in a single season in Utah State history. McGuire started between the posts in each of USU's victories last season and ranks sixth in school history with a 1.13 career goals against average.
Congratulations to the following players who have been selected as 2019 Baseball All-Stars at McLean Little League! Best of luck in the District 4 tournament and BEYOND! (Softball announcement to come...)
McLean American 8-10s Justin Ball Matthew Berkland Banks Briceno JT Deevy Ryan Fontenot Karl Fretwell Lucas Jones Steven Karloutsos Wyatt Overman Chris Shebby Daniel Waits Henry Williams Nicholas Zafiropulos Manager: Todd Overman; Coaches: Gray Fontenot, Erik Briceno
Oliver Lucier (Recognized as All-Star, but unable to play)
McLean American 9-11s Logan Baldrate Finn Broad Cardin Clarke Elias Cohen Sebastian Malawar Finn Marino Gaines Newsome Aidan Reid JW Riggins Jacob Romhilt John Smith James Socknat Jackson Tallent Manager: Paul Shiffman; Coaches: Bob Riggins and Matt Tallent
McLean American Majors Jake Adamec Ethan Ball Nate Carr Brennan Core Colin Francis Stefan Harvey Nickolas Jorjani Tyler Majkowski Max Mullen Marcus Nance Luke Overman Gabriel Pegues Dylan Waits Peyton Weaver Manager: Mike Carr; Coaches: Tom Ball and Tucker Waits
McLean National 8-10s Nolan Bartkowski Charlie Coats Declan Conley Tommy Cowley Charlie Erlanger Ryan Hart Jack Perlish Daggu Rana Gavin Rosen Nicholas Rydzewski Graham Stephenson Patrick Turney Adam Wormington Manager: Eric Perlish; Coaches: David Stephenson and Andrew Coats
McLean National 9-11s Caius Antolik Cole Deringer John Gaskins Liam Johnson Caleb Kim William Lepre Kyle Levinson Michael Ma Colin Millar Henry Miller Luke Murphy Matthew Newsom Daniel Ockerman Manager: Terry Murphy; Coaches: Doug Millar and Chris Deringer
McLean National Majors Aaron Chandler Liam Conley Jake Daly Tony Diller Christian Dray Michael Fairbank Ben Irish Ryu Johnson Jackson Moss Aydin Prell Vinnie Rana Tommy Sharp Drew Stayin Manager: Charlie Moss; Coaches: Dan Diller and Cameron Prell
Tyler Giunchi (Selected as All Star but unable to play)
McLean Little League Alumnae face off in NEWMAC Conference game
MLL Softball Alums Marisa DeFranco and Julia Ferris
Marisa DeFranco and Julia Ferris were teammates on the Wheat’s Alley Cats team for two years. (Also, in the photo is Alley Cats coach, Joe DeFranco.) They are now playing Division III softball. Julia attends the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut and is majoring in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture. Marisa attends Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts and is majoring in Media Arts Production.
Both players are also doing well on the diamond. Marisa is in the top ten in the NEWMAC conference in Runs (3rd), Hits (4th) and Batting Average 0.408 (8th). Julia is a “pitcher only” and is in the top ten in the conference in Wins (2nd), Strikeouts (9th) and Complete Games (3rd).
Behind Julia’s pitching, Coast Guard won the 2nd game of a double-header against Emerson and her old pal Marisa 5-2. Julia pitched a complete game with 3 Ks and only 1 walk. Marisa went 2-3 with a double and scored Emerson’s only 2 runs. Julia also hit one batter…Yes…it was Marisa. Both players are shown in the photo.
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."
The informal survey lasted three decades, initiated by two former longtime coaches who over time became staunch advocates for the player, for the adolescent, for the child. Bruce E. Brown and Rob Miller of Proactive Coaching LLC are devoted to helping adults avoid becoming a nightmare sports parent, speaking at colleges, high schools and youth leagues to more than a million athletes, coaches and parents in the last 12 years.
Those same college athletes were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a ballgame.
Their overwhelming response: "I love to watch you play."
There it is, from the mouths of babes who grew up to become college and professional athletes. Whether your child is just beginning T-ball or is a travel-team soccer all-star or survived the cuts for the high school varsity, parents take heed.
The vast majority of dads and moms that make rides home from games miserable for their children do so inadvertently. They aren't stereotypical horrendous sports parents, the ones who scream at referees, loudly second-guess coaches or berate their children. They are well-intentioned folks who can't help but initiate conversation about the contest before the sweat has dried on their child's uniform.
In the moments after a game, win or lose, kids desire distance. They make a rapid transition from athlete back to child. And they’d prefer if parents transitioned from spectator – or in many instances from coach – back to mom and dad. ASAP.
Brown (pictured below at podium), a high school and youth coach near Seattle for more than 30 years, says his research shows young athletes especially enjoy having their grandparents watch them perform.
"Overall, grandparents are more content than parents to simply enjoy watching the child participate," he says. "Kids recognize that."
A grandparent is more likely to offer a smile and a hug, say "I love watching you play," and leave it at that.
Meanwhile a parent might blurt out …
“Why did you swing at that high pitch when we talked about laying off it?"
"Stay focused even when you are on the bench.”
"You didn’t hustle back to your position on defense.”
"You would have won if the ref would have called that obvious foul.”
"Your coach didn't have the best team on the field when it mattered most.”
And on and on.
Sure, an element of truth might be evident in the remarks. But the young athlete doesn’t want to hear it immediately after the game. Not from a parent. Comments that undermine teammates, the coach or even officials run counter to everything the young player is taught. And instructional feedback was likely already mentioned by the coach.
"Let your child bring the game to you if they want to,” Brown says.
Brown and Miller, a longtime coach and college administrator, don't consider themselves experts, but instead use their platform to convey to parents what three generations of young athletes have told them.
"Everything we teach came from me asking players questions," Brown says. "When you have a trusting relationship with kids, you get honest answers. When you listen to young people speak from their heart, they offer a perspective that really resonates.”
So what’s the takeaway for parents?
"Sports is one of few places in a child's life where a parent can say, 'This is your thing,’ ” Miller says. "Athletics is one of the best ways for young people to take risks and deal with failure because the consequences aren’t fatal, they aren’t permanent. We’re talking about a game. So they usually don’t want or need a parent to rescue them when something goes wrong.
"Once you as a parent are assured the team is a safe environment, release your child to the coach and to the game. That way all successes are theirs, all failures are theirs."
And discussion on the ride home can be about a song on the radio or where to stop for a bite to eat. By the time you pull into the driveway, the relationship ought to have transformed from keenly interested spectator and athlete back to parent and child:
"We loved watching you play. … Now, how about that homework?"
FIVE SIGNS OF A NIGHTMARE SPORTS PARENT
Nearly 75 percent of kids who play organized sports quit by age 13. Some find that their skill level hits a plateau and the game is no longer fun. Others simply discover other interests. But too many promising young athletes turn away from sports because their parents become insufferable.
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Even professional athletes can behave inappropriately when it comes to their children. David Beckham was recently ejected from a youth soccer field for questioning an official. New Orleans radio host Bobby Hebert, a former NFL quarterback, publicly dressed down LSU football coach Les Miles after Alabama defeated LSU in the BCS title game last month. Hebert was hardly unbiased: His son had recently lost his starting position at LSU.
Mom or dad, so loving and rational at home, can transform into an ogre at a game. A lot of kids internally reach the conclusion that if they quit the sport, maybe they'll get their dad or mom back.
As a sports parent, this is what you don't want to become. This is what you want to avoid:
• Overemphasizing sports at the expense of sportsmanship: The best athletes keep their emotions in check and perform at an even keel, win or lose. Parents demonstrative in showing displeasure during a contest are sending the wrong message. Encouragement is crucial -- especially when things aren’t going well on the field.
• Having different goals than your child: Brown and Miller suggest jotting down a list of what you want for your child during their sport season. Your son or daughter can do the same. Vastly different lists are a red flag. Kids generally want to have fun, enjoy time with their friends, improve their skills and win. Parents who write down “getting a scholarship” or “making the All-Star team” probably need to adjust their goals. “Athletes say their parents believe their role on the team is larger than what the athlete knows it to be,” Miller says.
• Treating your child differently after a loss than a win: Almost all parents love their children the same regardless of the outcome of a game. Yet often their behavior conveys something else. "Many young athletes indicate that conversations with their parents after a game somehow make them feel as if their value as a person was tied to playing time or winning,” Brown says.
• Undermining the coach: Young athletes need a single instructional voice during games. That voice has to be the coach. Kids who listen to their parents yelling instruction from the stands or even glancing at their parents for approval from the field are distracted and can't perform at a peak level. Second-guessing the coach on the ride home is just as insidious.
• Living your own athletic dream through your child: A sure sign is the parent taking credit when the child has done well. “We worked on that shot for weeks in the driveway,” or “You did it just like I showed you” Another symptom is when the outcome of a game means more to a parent than to the child. If you as a parent are still depressed by a loss when the child is already off playing with friends, remind yourself that it’s not your career and you have zero control over the outcome.
FIVE SIGNS OF AN IDEAL SPORTS PARENT
Let’s hear it for the parents who do it right. In many respects, Brown and Miller say, it’s easier to be an ideal sports parent than a nightmare. “It takes less effort,” Miller says. “Sit back and enjoy.” Here’s what to do:
• Cheer everybody on the team, not just your child: Parents should attend as many games as possible and be supportive, yet allow young athletes to find their own solutions. Don’t feel the need to come to their rescue at every crisis. Continue to make positive comments even when the team is struggling.
• Model appropriate behavior: Contrary to the old saying, children do as you do, not as you say. When a parent projects poise, control and confidence, the young athlete is likely to do the same. And when a parent doesn’t dwell on a tough loss, the young athlete will be enormously appreciative.
• Know what is suitable to discuss with the coach: The mental and physical treatment of your child is absolutely appropriate. So is seeking advice on ways to help your child improve. And if you are concerned about your child’s behavior in the team setting, bring that up with the coach. Taboo topics: Playing time, team strategy, and discussing team members other than your child.
• Know your role: Everyone at a game is either a player, a coach, an official or a spectator. “It’s wise to choose only one of those roles at a time,” Brown says. “Some adults have the false impression that by being in a crowd, they become anonymous. People behaving poorly cannot hide.” Here’s a clue: If your child seems embarrassed by you, clean up your act.
• Be a good listener and a great encourager: When your child is ready to talk about a game or has a question about the sport, be all ears. Then provide answers while being mindful of avoiding becoming a nightmare sports parent. Above all, be positive. Be your child's biggest fan. "Good athletes learn better when they seek their own answers," Brown says.
And, of course, don’t be sparing with those magic words: "I love watching you play."
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-- Steve Henson is a Senior Editor and Writer at Yahoo! Sports. He has four adult children and has coached and officiated youth sports for 30 years. He can be reached at
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