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DAD’S Vacation!!!

What can I say about the Dad’s of the A~LEAGUE?!! Can you say…’HAPPY CAMPERS’?? I can, because frankly we ALL are. But as most know…MEN are the best campers and HAPPIEST when camped out watching SPORTS! Live or otherwise! So many of our father’s had closed the door on a little league experience. After an AUTISM Diagnosis most MEN have a huge transition to make. The transition from great expectations to no expectations. For some men that is frankly JUST TOO MUCH to take. Some may never “get it”, never release those expectations and embrace the “NOW.”

It is a tough pill to swallow admittedly. But, nonetheless the medicine must be taken. in order to move on!! Jon Hope of the San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center had asked me in the spring if I would sit on a parent panel.The panel would speak to his staff about …living with AUTISM 24/7! Perfect for me because, these days it seems like that’s all I do!! He also recruited a few other Moms. A-League creator Lora Mancini and another great A-League Mom Nicole Johnson. It was an amazing opportunity. Something struck me as very timely. At the end there was a GREAT QUESTION. A question about what about the MEN …how could we help engage the men in their child’s lives…???

Well you KNOW MY ANSWER………Baseball Baby!! This experience was such a GREAT PRECEDENT! Autistic people deserve this right to a happy healthy way to grow up. To bond with their father’s especially! There is just something so transformative about sports. That on the “same team feel.” We witnessed the power it holds!!

I have never seen such a HAPPIER GROUP OF GUYS!!

Happily trekking out to the ballpark each week not knowing what to expect yet, hoping for the BEST! Well…in MY MIND they got what they were hoping for and MORE!!

HAPPY Father’s Day to the awesome ,supportive~ willing to understand ~A-League Dads!!

See you NEXT SEASON!!

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TRUE…”TEAMWORK!”

That is what we have going on over here at San Dimas Little League!! Today was our “A-LEAGUE” players 3rd GAME!! Improvement is duelly noted!! Even with the long-gap of Easter break…it is easy to see the affects game play IS HAVING! Some of these kids don’t know their own strength. Both Divisions HITTERS make constant contact. PING…CRACKPING!!! Love those sounds…and so do the families! SMILES~ABOUNDING!

We admittedly have had a few snafu’s with schedueling and issues with a shifting -practice field. Just NORMAL STUFF! Small potatoes …when you hold that up to ALL THESE SMILING FACES!! I am amazed at how these kids are truly BONDING with each other!! It must seem like I am carrying on about something so mundane. The act of bonding with others is HUGE for ASD individuals > something typical people TAKE FOR Complete GRANTED!

Wyatt had a bad night last night so he went home with Grandma.NO BASEBALL on his agenda today. Which is perfect for our kids…if he’s not up to it today…try, try again another day! NO PRESSURE! Wy’s “Friend Josh” had me rollin today! He says to me on the field…”Oh so Wyatt went home?”I replied “Yes”…and he happily says…”I miss that guy…when he says…YO YO YO !” Really very endearing that he is thinking about my son and his”ways.” Josh is definitely a talker…he had encouraging words & high fives for everyone that rounded 2nd!!

What really strikes me is ALL THE MANY HANDS!! Making light work. We have Brothers, Sisters, Moms, Dads…COACHES and S.D.H.S. Athletes pitching in. The spirit of comraderie IS “CATCHING” and I love it! We are truly a league to be reckoned with!! Team Moms with snacks, Dugout cheers and chants and the GREAT COACHES. Guiding these kids at their “speed” is becoming such a FUN GROUP PROJECT! We all seem to be meshing together to make that SUPPORT NET so needed. Such a GOOD FEELING!

The ENCOURAGEMENT and good vibes make such a “High-Energy”feel! How could our kids help but, not be boosted up? The Dodgers and Braves had their best bout yet. The Angels & Yankees AS WELL!! The players really focus when they take their cuts! I have never seen such GROUP fun running the bases. If we were keeping score it would be ASTRONOMICAL! As many of us that are running the bases and touching HOMEPLATE, with our PLAYERS…the neighborhood gyms will start going broke!!!

The MAGIC here is not ONLY from the GAME DYNAMIC! It is sharing that with people you love. Special People who need a little extra coaching on the field and in THIS WORLD. People we are priveleged to be “IN~CARE” of each day…as WE touch ALL THE BASES as we HAPPILY head for home!

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