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New Little League city champ already assured

Original post made on Jun 5, 2009

A new champion is already assured in the Palo Alto Little League City Majors Tournament and the first pitch hasn't even been thrown yet. PASCO, which overcame a 10-9 regular-season record to win the city crown in 2008, failed to qualify this season. That opens the door for top-seeded Alhouse King Realty to grab top honors, but there are no guarantees heading into Saturday's opening round at Middlefield Ballpark.

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Posted by more ball
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 5, 2009 at 11:53 am

Looks like Hengehold is the #3 seed not Bike or am I missing something.

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Posted by PointOfView
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 5, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Hi, I'm looking for non-competitive baseball for kids age 6 - 12. I'm wondering if this is the league I should look at, or is there another?

For the kids I have in mind, throwing, hitting, running, fielding in some kind of structured context without pressure is what I'm looking for. Just looking for a place for them to make friends and get exercise.

Are there any such leagues around?

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Posted by Brian
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jun 5, 2009 at 12:51 pm

more ball,
I see what you mean. It's possible that the seeding of the top two teams in each league (American & National) is determined by the top team and its league. In this case, Alhouse is the top seed, and then the first place American League team (LPM) is seeded second. The second place National team is seeded third, and the second place American team fourth. Then the four at-large teams are seeded based on their point totals.

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Posted by George
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 5, 2009 at 2:36 pm

The teams should be reshuffled every year. Kids shouldn't play on the same team, allowing coaches to stack the their players so that they'll have good team every third year - it's WRONG to do that to these kids. Having a new coach every year would allow them to learn new techniques and strategies. Get it right Palo Alto Little League!

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Posted by more ball
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 5, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Actually George,
The lack of "reshuffling" was the only thing that kept us from leaving PALL for PONY. Little League is shrinking nationally due to the better competition elsewhere (travel ball, Pony,...). And the mandatory 12 rule didn't help either. So if you redraft every year, probably all the top 12s will play elsewhere. And what you will have is mediocre baseball which is not a bad thing for most people but this being Palo Alto......

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 5, 2009 at 3:39 pm

I think that one of the strengths of Little League is the friendships that are built up between the boys who are on the teams for more than one year. It is great to see how these friendships boost them when they go into middle school and are in classes with good friends from sports. True, some of the coaches are harder than others, but if you have a great coach (as we did) who looks on the positive attributes of all the kids and welcomes the rookies but gives justice to the veterans who are improving, it is a win/win situation.

Winning is great, but it is not the most important thing. The friendships and the team spirit which they get from being in the same team for a couple of years (more if you count fallball) gives them a sense of belonging and team spirit which you would not get if you were always in a different team with a different coach.

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Posted by more ball
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 5, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Another thing George,
A smart coach would plan so that he would never have more than 3-5 12yr olds on his team per year. The ones who do stack do pay the price as you say for 2 years.

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