Coaches who think it's OK to ride the refs, fans who feel it's cool to yell at officials all the time and the confusion of professional sports with youth sports lead to a breakdown in respect for authority.
The Little League World Series is far too picture postcard. In my experience, which is 17 years of coaching Little League baseball and softball, fields are supposed to be muddy, clotted, pebbled and subservient to nature.
The Ugandans will need a little luck since their last real game was a month ago, they have only 11 players, they have never performed in front of a crowd and their first game on Friday (5 p.m. ET) is against a more experienced team from Panama.
Little League International announced today that the State Department will issue visas to the members of the Lugazi, Uganda Little League team that qualified for the 2012 Little League World Series by winning the Middle East and Africa Region.
Lugazi, Uganda defeated Kuwait City, Kuwait 5-2 on Monday in the Middle East and Africa Region championship game in Kutno, Poland, giving the Ugandans the opportunity to be the first Africans in the Little League World Series.
The Ugandan team finally got to face a team from Langley, British Columbia, in an exciting game that was supposed to have been played at the Little League World Series five months ago in Williamsport, Pa.
The Rollins Family Foundation provided $10,000 for the Pearl of Africa Series between Canada and the Ugandan Little Leaguers, who were denied a trip to the Little League World Series because of visa problems.
A Canadian youth baseball team goes to Uganda to play a team that lost its bid to become the first team from Africa to play in the Little League World Series because of discrepancies over players' ages and birth dates.