Winters Little League enters its 47th season

On Saturday, March 16, Winters Little League players, parents, coaches and members of the community gathered together and recited the Little League Pledge, to celebrate the onset of a new season.
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On Saturday, March 16, Winters Little League players, parents, coaches and members of the community gathered together and recited the Little League Pledge, to celebrate the onset of a new season.

Little League Baseball and Softball are designed to give children the opportunity to socialize, learn the fundamentals of baseball and develop a love for the game. These are the cornerstones of the program, but it’s more than that. Little League Baseball is a community baseball program, operated by volunteers and funded by sponsors and parents who are dedicated to providing children with a fun and engaging baseball program.

“We love the Little League program and we really appreciate and are thankful to all the coaches and volunteers that give up so much to make this program happen,” said the parents of Jace Ramos and Maverick Churchman.

Ramos and Churchman are both playing tee ball for the Mudcats. They are most excited for their chance to step up to home plate and smash one out of the park. Being that they are only 4 years old, hitting one out of the park isn’t expected, but who knows? Ramos and Churchman may give Barry Bonds a run for his money.

While seeing a tee baller hit a dinger would be impressive, it is important to remember that the Little League Program is about having fun and playing the game. The very nature of baseball teaches players that every player will strike out or be on the losing team, but there is always a next at-bat and another game to play and do better.

“This is my fifth year coaching, and one of my favorite things is being able to see the kids grow and get better every game and year,” said Mike Neal, who coaches teams in both tee ball and softball.

Coaches like Neal will challenge their players skills and teach them tactics and strategies that they will be able to take with them throughout their entire baseball and softball careers.

Skill, tactics and strategy are all important aspects of the Little League’s program, but it is the intrinsic life lessons of discipline, respect, teamwork and perseverance that makes the Little League program a highly respected youth program.

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