Little League World Series Schedule
August 12, 2010 by staff
Little League World Series Schedule, It is no secret that it takes more than coaches, players and equipment to successfully execute a youth sports team.
It requires that parents happily raising their hands to volunteer for the taxes that include fcking fly balls, cut them and occasionally taking players to the bathroom.
Tigard, Oregon who represents District 4 in the Little League Softball World Series starting Thursday at Alpenrose Stadium, has its version of a volunteer parent stars in Eric Sorema.
Overseeing the bullpen? Done. Lost sunflower seeds and water bottles? Way to go, coach. Need a first aid kit? Set rooms? No problem.
“Whatever it is, does,” said manager Derek Hayden Tigard. “As a coach, I’ve never been around someone like him.”
Sorema, whose daughter Emily is the team’s No. 1 pitcher, know the drill and the need of willing volunteers from his years as a baseball, soccer and softball coach.
“You know (Hayden) does not have enough time to do everything,” said Sorema. “I know what to do.”
That includes not-so-glamorous work of “father go to the bathroom.”
Because bathrooms are in Alpenrose a considerable distance from the field, teams are required to have a parent accompany the players to the bathroom. Generally, this is the job for one of the mothers. But during the District 4 tournament, this work was to Sorema.
“Everyone had fun with it,” said Sorema. “The District 4 staff said it was the first time a urinal to be a boy mom.”
Everyone had fun with him, except Emily – for a bit.
“I was a little embarrassed. … A bit strange,” he said. “But then I laughed at him.”
Nothing comes to Sorema that Hayden likes partly because Emily is spread.
“It’s one of the most relaxed people I know. His favorite phrase is” all right, ‘”said Hayden.” Nothing fazes and is probably why her daughter is our No. 1 pitcher. Nothing to it. ”
Hayden is useful as a parent volunteer Sorema not surprised, given what he witnessed from the parents of team this year. He said that most parents take their children to practice, develop a lawn chair and view the entire two-hour training.
“Most of the other teams I’ve had, they drop off your child, and see ya, and I’ll take care of children for two hours,” said Hayden. “I’ve never been part of something like this. It’s like one big happy family.”
The reward for this 11-girl team is an entry in the World Series.
This is the first appearance in the World Series Tigard from the District of Oregon in April was awarded an automatic berth as the host of the tournament in 2002. The other nine teams won berths by winning the regional or national tournaments.
District 4 has its own place in the World Series. In 2002, Beaverton reached the final of the championship and in 2003, finished third Beaverton. Except for one year, the District 4 has won at least two games during the World Series.
“We are here trying to have fun, have a good experience and meet new guys. I think I could win a game,” said Emily Sorema.
There is no reason to believe that could happen, and maybe more.
The core of this team played for Tigard last year when Oregon won the age 10-11 in the state championship Baker. This same group also serves on the ASA (Amateur Softball Association), and this summer, playing as Blast Tigard, Oregon won U-12 B Division championship.
“I definitely did not expect to be here in the World Series, so I’m telling the girls to have fun and enjoy it, because it will never happen again,” said Hayden. “But the number two, we will be competitive. We have a good team and proved it all season. If we are going to come here, why not be competitive?”
- Nick Daschel, Special to The Oregonian
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