I ran across at great quote recently from Yogi Berra “Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.” I couldn’t help but laugh! All the great baseball quotes about enduring the inning and each game being a new opportunity, but Yogi hit it out of the ballpark with this one! I’m not sure what the equivalent of an armchair quarterback is in baseball, but being a dedicated baseball mom myself, I know from the bleacher babble around me and the things that uncontrollably come from my own mouth that everyone in the stands knows the game better than all the coaches and players combined! But wait you might say – they’re only twelve! Well – let me tell you – in little league that’s no excuse!
In the Coulee Region with our own La Crosse Loggers and baseball talent oozing from every area high school, who can’t help but get wrapped up in the game? Of course, it really helps if you understand the game! If you’re just embarking on your child’s little league career or agree with the bleacher bums around you in the stands that you can do a better job than your player’s coach, then let the La Crosse County Library with locations in Bangor, Campbell, Holmen, Onalaska and West Salem help prove your point.
Libraries throughout the Winding Rivers Library System are all stocked with some great resources in print and on video to help with your child’s game. Marty Schupak and the Youth Sports Club present a series of DVDs that include techniques for hitting, fielding and even pitching. We also recently added his “T-ball Skills and Drills” on DVD if you’re already planning to raise a major leaguer. You don’t need to find space at a diamond to practice either. Marty’s “Backyard Baseball Drills” will show you creative drills and games that parents can do right in the backyard. Game Sports also has a dynamic series of DVDs that cover offensive and defensive training to improve your little leaguers game with drills right from the pros. If you prefer print materials I’d need a full-page ad to cover what’s available in the Region for baseball! It’s easier just to wander to 796.357 and you won’t leave empty handed from any library!
If you’re like me and will be spending a few nights a week and many weekends in the baseball bleachers this summer, remember the words of the great Joe DiMaggio, “When baseball is no longer fun, it’s no longer a game.” Enjoy your kids and their budding talent this season!
For more information about the La Crosse County Library look around our website or stop by your favorite location in Bangor, Campbell, Holmen, Onalaska or West Salem. Don’t miss this summer’s Set Sail: Read! summer reading program with plenty of programming still to come.
Chris McArdle Rojo, MLS
La Crosse County Library Director
103 State St.
Holmen, WI 54636
608-526-9600, opt. 1