Little League

Is it possible for a boy to be on a Little League Baseball team and rarely get to play in a game?

I know absolutely nothing about Little League, which is why I'm asking this question. Are there "benchwarmers" in Little League? How many boys are usually on a team?

It depends on the league. In official Little League, every player has to play in every game, but some local recreational leagues don't have that rule.

I sponsored a team once where the coach had his hand-picked favorites playing every inning of every game while the others were just there to fill the uniforms (there are usually around 15 players on a team). So at the end of the season, I "fired" him (unheard of in amateur sports and an embarrassment to him). Then we had a heart to heart talk, leading to his playing every player the following season. Turned out he had 4 additional pitchers he didn't know about and they led him to the state championship. After that, the word was out about what my expectations were and I never had any other trouble no matter what the league allowed. That probalby doesn't help you, but I love telling that story.

I also watched a Parks and Rec team recently with some top players on the bench while the other players were being whomed. The coach explained that the benchwarmers were also on another team of his in a more competitive league, and he was saving them for the other team. That's outrageous. They were taking up positions on the P&R team that other kids missed the cut for and then were leaving their teammates in the lurch.

The point is, you need to know both what the individual league rules are and what the coach's policy is. Some coaches and managers are good at developing young players and some are egotistical win-at-all-costs types, simply riding on the coattails of natural athletes. They're good recruiters, often, but bad coaches.

I hope that helps.

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