Some Pennsylvania youth baseball leagues are preaching positivity.
In a district that includes York, Adams, Franklin, and Cumberland, the Little League affiliates recently agreed to a partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).
PCA is a non-profit organization that works with different organizations to preach a positive environment in competitive sports. Their programs are also designed for parents and organizational leaders.
District 14 administrator Peter Kline said the goal of teams in the district should be not only to win, but to teach players life lessons in the process.
The program will begin in January and will be available to 14 Little Leagues: Bermudian, Carlisle, Dallastown Cougars, Dillsburg, Gettysburg, Greencastle, Hanover, Newville, Northeastern, Penn Mar, Shippensburg, South Middleton, Spring Grove and York City Little Leagues.
AAU Champs Visit Hospitalized Teammate with New Hardware
A group of AAU baseball players in Madison, Connecticut, is demonstrating the true meaning of a team.
The Madison 13U traveling team won the East Shore Travel League tournament recently, although without teammate Paul Tracy who was hospitalized with spontaneous pneumothorax, or a collapsed lung, during the club’s recent run.
A week after surgery, his other lung collapsed, leading to another surgery and a lengthy recovery period.
Determined not to leave him out of the group’s accomplishment, the team visited him with the newly won trophy at his hospital bed the day of the championship.
Don Mattingly Donation Gets Challenger Field a Step Closer
The Challenger Baseball League in Evansville, Indiana could soon have AstroTurf on a new field thanks in part to a Major League Baseball legend.
Recently, the former Yankee all-star and current Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly donated $25,000 to the league to go towards a new, $100,000 playing field geared towards players with disabilities.
The league has said the turf is necessary for its players because those with crutches or in wheelchairs have difficulty maneuvering on soft ground.
League officials are still seeking donations of $75,000 after city officials denied a $100,000 request for the construction of the field.