Building Character, Courage and Loyalty Through America's Pastime

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As a KCLL Coach you are charged with mentoring some very young and impressionable minds. Psychology studies show that moral development for boys begins and ends between 9 and 12 years old. It is during this period that the male brain begins to understand empathy, justice, and  develops a deeper rational reasoning of right versus wrong. Given the disproportionate value and attention our society places on sports*, you are in a position to influence our youths second only to (maybe) parents.  Do not underestimate the gravity of your position as Coach of a youth baseball team. The kids look up to you as a hero, parents expect you will have a postive and constructive influence, your Board of Directors trust that you will represent our league with great sportsmanship and magniminity. As John Wooden said, "it is a sacred trust".  

Below are our favorite quotes from some truly inspirational coaches and leaders.  We don't expect you to win Division I college Championships or lead armies into battle, but we do expect you to uphold the values these great people discovered are the keys to success.

*Count the number pages/articles in the sports section of your newspaper and compare that to he number of pages/articles in the front section - almost always there are more sports pages/articles than any other section. 
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"A leader, particularly a teacher or coach, has a most powerful influence on those he or she leads, perhaps more than anyone outside of the family. Therefore, it is the obligation of that leader, teacher, or coach to treat such responsibility as a grave concern. I consider it a sacred trust: helping mold character, instill productive principles and values, and provide a positive example to those under my supervision. Furthermore, it is a privilege to have that responsibility, opportunity, and obligation, one that should never be taken lightly."  -John Wooden, UCLA Basketball 
 
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"You can leave behind a good reputation. But the only thing of momentous value we leave behind is the next generation, our kids - all our kids. We all need to work together to give them the gift of a good start in life." - General Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State



 

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"Those of us lucky enough to be part of the game have a tremendous responsibility — we're charged with giving back to the game all the good things the game has given us." - Sparky Anderson, Manager Detroit Tigers




 
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"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me."; and "Don't give up, Don't ever give up"; Finally "If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special. - Jimmy Valvano, North Carolina State Basketball Coach



 
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"As coaches we tend to think that we add value by finding things that are done incorrectly and improving them. But it is equally important to find things that are being done correctly and to reinforce them. It's amazing what you can see if you look." - Yogi Berra, Manager and Player, New York Yankees