Comic Strips: The Fundamentals


If you ask any of the students I have taught, what is my favourite sport, their response would undoubtedly be baseball. Therefore it makes sense to put in an instalment or two centred one the students and the game.  

I played baseball as a child and as an adult so whenever I can I love to help out with school softball teams (boys and girls). As a supply teacher I cannot be an official coach but that’s fine with me.  I find I have a tremendous amount of enjoy helping the students develop their love for the game.  People asked me, “Don’t you want to be seen as a coach?  Get the recognition?”  I say no, I am not here to get recognition.  I simply want to help the students learn the game and more importantly have fun doing so.  

That’s where this comic came from.  I help wherever I can and when I do it is usually with the fundamentals.  Pitching, throwing or batting. This situation came out of helping some students and I thought of this scene as a “What if” scenario.  And the rest as they say is history.  

I hope you enjoy May’s The Craziest Things: The Fundamentals.

Art Inspiration: Imagine The Impossible: Steampunk Woman 15


 

‘The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.’ Aristotle

‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ Albert Einstein

Inspiration and Imagination, something every artist needs and is elusive as an island of tranquility in a sea of chaos. Many people have told me that I inspire the children and people in general with what I do. Whether creating art, playing baseball or trying to improve my life, people say that I have inspired others to try new things and look inside themselves. I have always found this interesting because I get my inspiration from these very people.

A prime example is when I drew the staff at my school as cartoon characters or caricatures for their Christmas Cards. It took quit a while to create the caricatures but once the staff received them they loved the cards and caricatures. In the next few weeks I will be posting a few of the characters from the cards because these people inspired me to create these characters. Hopefully they can spur imagination and inspire others.

 

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The fifteenth caricature is a wonderful teacher who loves the children and has a personal favourite activity that I too enjoy, baseball. Her outfit is not really in the steampunk style but I did try to draw her caricature close to her personality and to the time period of steampunk. I began with her stance as if she is about to go up to bat or take down someone. I drew her uniform very close to the style of the women’s baseball league you may have seen in the movie A League Of Their Own, based the true woman’s league. Also I remember her wearing one very similar this one for Halloween. I then added thigh high stockings; a baseball cap and a baseball bat to give her that “I’m sweet but don’t mess with me” look.  

She truly enjoyed her caricature. She loved the uniform and mentioned that she has one like the one I drew. I told her I do remember but also that sometimes my caricatures come from the person’s own style too. I hope you enjoy the fifteenth steampunk caricature from “Imagine the Impossible.”

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Friday Two Cents: It’s Good To See The Fruits Of Your Labours


 

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Follow-Up to Friday Two Cents: Using Statistics To Help Teach

 

On Tuesday we had the championship game for the softball league at the school. The game itself was extremely exciting to watch and in the end it was a shame to see it end.

Let me set the scene for you. Both teams are lined up along the base lines in what I call a learning circle. We begin with the Canadian National anthem and then I gave some last-minute words of encouragement. The Bears have home field advantage and they take the field to warm-up and throw the ball around. We play slow-pitch with your own team pitching to you with four pitches maximum. The Dolphins are up to bat and began their routine with their pitcher warming up as well.

Bears vs Dolphins Lined up for the National Anthem

Bears vs Dolphins Lined up for the National Anthem

The game begins with the Dolphins getting a single from the first batter but the Bears respond with a couple of great defensive plays getting players out at first and the runner advancing to 3rd. The next player hits a line drive along the first base line for a triple scoring a run. The next batter gets out with a play at first and the Dolphins lead 1 – 0. The Bears are up in the bottom half of the first but the Dolphins are equal to the task and get three outs for a 3 up 3 down inning.
Not to be out shown by the Dolphins, the Bears respond defensively getting three outs out of four batters in the top of the second. Yet the bottom half is where they showed their stuff. With a batter on first and two outs the Bears look like that might not score a run. However the next two batters get singles to load the bases setting the stage for what comes next. The next batter rips the ball past the outfielder for a grand-slam home run. The inning ends and the Bears are now leading 4 – 1 after 2 innings.
In the 3rd inning both teams got players onboard but could not cash-in any runs. With the top of the 4th about to start I checked my watch and saw that we had extra time. The players suggested they play 5 innings because we had extra time (we usually play only 4 innings because of time restrains but we always have a 5th inning available). I told the players that it was up to the captains’ to decide and I would abide by they their decision. So both teams went off and discussed it and the Bears captain said yes as did the Dolphins. I said are you sure otherwise we only play the 4 innings. They both agreed and we continued the game. The enter exchange took about 2 – 3 minutes and we continued the game with a 5th inning agreed to. Would this decision be a good or bad choice for either team? Will one take advantage? I wasn’t sure, so I bid the game continue to find out.  
The Dolphins were up and their captain responded with a single. The next player came up to the plate and on his second pitch hits the ball over the second baseman’s head. By the time the ball got to the infield the runner on first scored and the batter was on his way to 3rd. The fielder threw the ball to third but over shot the 3rd baseman. The runner continued home without stopping and was awarded with a home run, making the score 4 – 3 Bears.
The next batter for the Dolphins continued the hitting spree with a single, but the next batter rockets a hit into deep right field. Both runners round the bases with the batter stumbling on his way from third to home plate but still scoring a home run. The Bears buckle down and get the next three batters out but the damage is done. With the bottom of the 4th coming up the score is Dolphins 5 – Bears 4.
The Bears quickly respond with a single but the next batter pops up the ball in the infield and gets out but the runner on first does not tag up and the fielder gets him out by stepping on first for a double play. Yet with two outs the Bears get two more runners on base but cannot bring them home. The inning ends with Bears trailing 5 – 4. Now the Bears are feeling glad they added on the extra inning where the Dolphins are not.
But the feeling of regret quickly fades as the first batter gets on base. The second batter hits the ball into right field and is running to second when the fielder over throws the 2nd baseman allowing the runner to 3rd and continue home scoring a home run. The Bears then get two outs but the Dolphins are not finished. A runner gets on base and the following batter hits a hard shot into deep centre field. The throw to the infield is coming but it is too late the runner scores another home run. In the last two innings the Dolphins hit 4 home runs, scoring 8 unanswered runs. The bottom of the 5th inning is coming up and the Dolphin’s lead has grown to 9 – 4.
The Bears have one last chance to get six to win the game or five runs to tie and force an extra inning. The two first batters get on and with the third getting out the Bears have two runners in scoring position at second and third base. The next batter comes up and pops the ball in the infield. A fielder gets the ball but the runner on third does not tag and the fielder runs over and steps on third base for the game winning double play. The Dolphins begin to cheer as they win the 2016 Championship game. The final score; Dolphins 9 – Bears 4.

Championship Trophy. Gold, Silver & Bronze Medals and MVP Balls.

Championship Trophy. Gold, Silver & Bronze Medals and MVP Balls.

I bring out the medals and I see that many of the Bears are crying because they lost. I told them and the crowd that they worked hard and they should be proud on how they played and put in their best effort. I know that at the time it does not mean much but I know they did have fun and that is what is important. I then handed out the MVP balls to the two players (male and female) and then medals to all the teams from 1st place to 4th. Everyone gets a medal (the two teams that lost in the semi finals both get bronze medals). Finally after the Bears take a team photo for the parents I get the Championship Trophy ready. I told everyone there that even though the Dolphins lost their first two games, they came together as a team to get to third place. They finished the season in third place but were first in runs scored. Now they are the first, 3rd place team to rally back, win both playoff games without home field advantage to win the championship game.
Leadership, Sportsmanship, Teamwork, and a Positive Attitude; attributes I was trying to instil in the students all year. It feels great that the 2016 Dolphins developed and showed all of these qualities in the last couple of weeks of the year. It’s good to see the fruits of your labours come to fruition.

Friday Two Cents: Using Statistics To Help Teach


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The week before the end of the school year is a crazy time. Teachers getting report cards ready, children doing last-minute assignments, end of the year concerts and so on. Everything is coming to ahead for the end of school and the beginning of summer break. With everything else the softball and t-ball leagues I run at the school, are all wrapping up and I have only one more game left to play.

I finished the T-Ball season with the championship game this week. The T-ball league is for students from the grades kindergarten to grade 2. It was a fun-filled game with all the students enjoying themselves while trying to capture the T-ball Championship. In the end it came down to the closest game of the season. The two teams, Monkeys verse Chipmunks, played their hearts out, but the Chipmunks prevailed defeating last year’s Champion the Monkeys. The final score was Chipmunks 29, Monkeys 28. A nail biter, right to the end.

T-Ball Championship Game: Monkeys vs Chipmunks

T-Ball Championship Game: Monkeys vs Chipmunks

This following week the older students will be playing their championship game on Tuesday, with both teams looking forward to the final game. The two teams, the Bears and Dolphins both came to the finals on two different paths. The Bears were in first place from the first week and never looked back finishing the round robin with a 5 win and 1 lose record. The Dolphins on the other hand started in the bottom losing their first two games, scoring a total of 3 runs for both games and having a run scoring percentage of 20%. But they rallied back and finished the round robin and even 3 wins and 3 loses. Yet the amazing thing is that they ended up finishing first in runs scored with 60 and having the highest run scoring percentage at 61.2%. How do I know this? I keep statistics for the league.
Yes I keep statistics on the children. They are not that detailed, just on-base percentage (OBP), numbers and types of hits and runs batted in. The beauty of it all is that the students keep the score and I enter the numbers into the computer to get the stats. At the beginning of training camp I would teach every child how to keep score on the score sheet and the teams would do so. They are very enthusiastic and do a great job. Many would think that keeping stats would be detrimental to the children; on the contrary, it encourages them and helps them with their self-esteem. On more than one occasion I would see students looking at the weekly stats and telling others what their numbers are. The children all look forward to them and it is also a great teaching tool.
You might not think it but it truly is. Many children would ask me how I come up with the stats and then I would explain that it is all simple math.   They all look at me in astonishment and then I would show them on the board how simple and useful math can be. One example is how to get their OBP. I would take the number of times they would get on base (OB) and divide by the number of at bats (AB). Then this would give me the percentage of how many times they get on base.

 OB / AB = OBP –> (10) / (12) = .917 –> .917 * 100 = 91.7%   OBP is .917 or 91.7%

 Strictly speaking, I just taught them that math is a part of a game that they enjoy.
Yet I also discovered another benefit of the statistics for the students. Part of the program is to develop leadership for the older students and teamwork for everyone playing. The captains and assistants are given responsibilities, one of them is creating their lineups and player positioning for the games. I noticed the captains and assistants would use the statistics when they are creating their lineups. They told me they would place players in a specific way to help score more runs and position where their pitchers would pitch.
That’s what I love about baseball. You can learn to play the game and yet once you do you can learn something new about it. For the children, without even knowing about it, they learned math, strategic planning and social skills outside the classroom.  
Oh one other question the students kept asking me. ‘Who is going to win the Championship Game?’ I answered with ‘Who do you think will win?’ Many looked at the stats and gave me their predictions. Even teachers have given me their predictions after looking at the statistics.
I’m curious who you think will win based on the stats. The two teams playing in the championship game are the Bears vs. Dolphins with the Bears having home field advantage. Below are the stats and a poll. Let me know and I will let you know after the game Tuesday who the winner is and if your predictions were in line with the children’s.

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Friday Two Cents: Happiness Is A Habit


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‘If you want to be happy, be.’ Leo Tolstoy

 

If many of you do not know I run a softball house league for an afterschool program.   The program is not just teaching the students the basics of the game but also to help foster leadership, teamwork and sportsmanship skills in the students. I take these extra learning goals to heart and I truly believe that these are life long skills that everyone must nurture and cultivate.

Many may think, what good is it to develop these skills in a baseball setting. Yet these skills are transferable to life objectives.

             

  1. Leadership – is an obvious skill for people as they continue their journey through life. Everyone at one point or another takes on a leadership role either in school, the workplace or in their family. Being able to lead others and respect those that you lead is a valuable ability for anyone.
  2. Teamwork – does not stop with school but continues in the workforce. Unless you plan to work alone and not interact with anyone else, you must learn to work with others in a respectful and cooperative manner.
  3. Sportsmanship – the aspiration that sports or an activity is enjoyed for its own sake with fairness, ethics and respect for all participants. Every activity from sports and board games, to friendly competition in the work force, fairness, ethics and respect for all participants can mean the difference in getting a promotion or employment.

 

A positive attitude.

For the students it is only the beginning of their journey, yet many of you know that it is a life long learning experience with many bumps along the road. To that effect I noticed many students saying that they are going to lose and would not even try. I then talked to them about another aspect that is part of all three sections, a positive attitude. Studies have shown that being positive has up to 80% of an effect on the final result. In other words if you think you are going to lose or fail, your already have.
When the students were being negative about their game, I then thought about how many adults do the same thing about their jobs, tasks, others or life in general. I then read a few studies about how having a positive attitude, or being happy can help to reduce stress and increase creativity. I found five things I would like to share with you on what you can do every day to reduce stress and have a positive attitude towards life.

  1. Enjoy at least 20 minutes of silence a day. Quiet time reduces stress and allows the brain to be in an optimal state of creativity. Meditation maybe in order.
  2. Give 5 hugs a day. Research shows that hugging can heal sickness, disease, loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress.
  3. Read a book. Studies say that reading for 6 minutes a day can reduce stress by 68%.
  4. Laugh more often. Humour strengthens your immune system, boosts energy, diminishes pain, and protects from stress.
  5. Move your body. Staying active helps you feel better and clears your mind of negative thoughts.
I would imagine Elbert Hubbard was right, ‘Happiness is a habit, cultivate it.’ I plan to cultivate my happiness more starting today. Lets do it together.

 

Comic Strips: The Long Ball


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May is finally here and with it the May edition of the comic The Craziest Things. This month is centred on a topic that am passionate about and that I have shared with the students, baseball.   I am not taking all the credit for the student’s love of the game; I will place that on the shoulders of the Toronto Blue Jays. Like many in the school and the city, people are excited about the team’s resurgence. Many of the students want to emulate the players. Many adults are surprised on how these players influence the students and how it affects them.  

At the school I run a softball house league for the older students and they are really excited about playing.   Many emulate the Blue Jay players but the one they copy a lot is Jose Bautista.   I have had students come up to me and ask for a bat and ball so they can practice their batting, throwing and catching.
I watch them and several of the students get lined up and try to hit a homer just as Bautista would do. I even have seen them run the bases like him and Edwin Encarnacion, with his arm up like he is carrying his parrot.
I smile to myself and just take it all in. Then I remember what I did when I was their age. I was no different playing baseball or hockey. I would try to imitate my heroes. I seems that time may have changed but in the end, some things stay the same.
I hope you enjoy the latest instalment of, The Craziest Things; The Long Ball.

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Friday Two Cents: It All Gives Me Hope


 

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This past week I started training camps for the students who joined the softball and T-ball leagues. For the first week I just want them to throw around the ball to get use to the idea of throwing and catching. For many of the kindergarten to grade 2 students it’s the first time they are wearing a glove or throwing a T-ball. The same can be said for the older students, the softball is a lot larger than a normal sized baseball or tennis ball, which many use to play catch.

Yet this is only part of what we do in the first week, we then go into a classroom where we go over some basic rules of the game. For the younger students we go over where to run to, so they understand were they should go. With the older students we go over a lot more rules such as tagging up from a pop fly and conduct on and off the field.
However these are just boring logistics of the game. I always let them know that this is a game and the #1 rule is, “Having fun!” And to extend this philosophy I always end the first day of training camp with a cartoon. Which cartoon you may ask? Why, that classic Disney cartoon with my favourite character Goofy; “How to play baseball.”

All the students love this little cartoon and it seems to set the mode for the rest of the season. I even had parents come into the class, sit-down and watch the cartoon. For some reason this little 8-minute cartoon speaks to kids of all ages. I guess I have to keep in mind that quote from the movie Field of Dreams:

‘The one constant through all the years, has been baseball. North America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This game: it’s a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good and it could be again.’

Quote from Field of Dreams Terence Mann: (James Earl Jones)

You know I think that is why I love baseball so much. When I see the students playing the game, throwing a ball or watching a cartoon about baseball, it gives me hope. It reminds me of all that once was good and could be again.

Friday Two Cents: One Hour Of Play At A Time


 

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Seven years ago I started a softball and T-ball leagues at the school I work in, with the afterschool students. It started as a way for me to continue my love of baseball with the hopes of passing my love for the game to the students. As well, not to sound sexist but, many of the female students had no idea how the game was played. I wanted them to have the same opportunity to understand and appreciate the game. Finally, I also noticed a lack of extra-curriculum activities for students in the younger or primary grades (kindergarten to grade 2). This is why I wanted to do a T-ball league for them. Therefore, with help from the other staff I was able to start the leagues and amazingly we are starting our seventh year.

This year the director came to me and said that because of new ministry regulations we need to give the students the option of joining the softball and T-ball leagues. At first I was not sure about this, I thought that many of the students would not want to participate in the programs. I originally started the program to bring baseball to the students who would not normally join a program and hopefully they can learn something new.   But then I thought that in the end it would be a good thing because most the students know the game and only the ones that truly wanted to participate would join.
I talked to my director and we both agreed that about 36 – 40 students in the junior grades (grades 3 – 5) would participate in the softball program and about 55 – 60 students in the primary grades (kindergarten to grade 2) for the T-ball program. The response I received for the softball was about right and better with 45 joining the softball program, but I was beyond surprised with the response from the primary grades.

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By the final date to respond, I had a final total of 81 students wanting to participate in the T-ball league. Our estimate was 55 – 60; we received an extra 26 students wanting to participate. To say I was shocked is an understatement. I did not think that these students or parents wanted to join.
Staff members told me that this is a great thing; it shows that I run a good program for the students and they want to join. Yet logistically is seems like a nightmare but I have to admit that my colleagues are right. I do feel good with this overwhelming response.
In many ways it justifies my reasoning in starting this program. But it also shows me that there is a true lack of extracurricular activities for primary students. In every school I have worked in, there are extracurricular activities for the junior and intermediate (grades 6 – 8) grades. Many range from different sports to academic clubs (math and chess clubs), but nothing for the primary grades, especially kindergarten. I understand that the older grades are more active and require extra stimulation, yet the younger students need some ‘fun’ too. I think people need to keep this famous quote from Plato in mind when it comes to truly getting to know someone.

 

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Plato

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You would be amazed by what these little people are like. I know they always amaze me. Now I can get to now over a 120 of them; One hour of play at a time.

 

Getting to know the students one hour of play at a time.

Friday Two Cents: Coaching T-Ball Using Encouragement: With George Part 7


 

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  For the past 6 years I have organized and ran a softball and T-ball league at the school I work in, yet I have not taken my experience and knowledge of coaching out of the school setting until this year. A colleague asked me to help coach a T-ball team in a league, in the evenings, once a week. We started around mid-May and we finished the regular season last week. But of course after the season comes the playoffs and this past week the team has been busy with a life and death playoff run.

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George loves baseball.

Unfortunately we lost in the quarterfinals Friday night. Yet, the kids spirits were still high after the game and we did finish 3rd in a league of 10 teams. That is still an accomplishment.

After the game my friend, the head coach, handed out the individual trophies, the most improved and the best sportsmanlike trophy. They were all excited and we took a lot of group shots with the trophies. After, the parents took photos of their children with the three coaches. It was a lot of fun and everyone was enjoying a great season and good times.

While everyone was just hanging around, many parents came up to us and said that we were the best coaches they have seen in many years. We asked why and many pointed out that we did not yell at the children in a harsh manner if they missed a play. Yet we always had an encouraging word for them and always cheered them on. They said that many of the other coaches were not like that with their kids. To be honest when they mentioned it to us I do see many of the coaches acting a bit hard with their kids. Mind you nothing in the way of abusive language or demeaning the kids. But they were almost treating them like they were older children perhaps adolescents, who have been playing for years and not 6 and 7 year olds.

Though upon reflection, the fact that we placed 3rd over all in a league of 10 is very good. Mind you two of our losses were because of forfeits due to a lack of players, (you need 8 minimum to play). If we had those players we may have even played second, who knows. But the one thing that is true and I have seen it in the classroom and when I ran my own leagues, is that encouragement is always preferable to any harsh criticism. That goes for children and adults alike. The kids did great and had fun along the way. In the end their smiles and laughter after losing their last game shows that this principle of encouragement over criticism is truly the right approach. Now if only more people adopt this principle, who knows how far students or adults can go with the right kind of encouragement.  

 

Follow Up – Friday Two Cents: Teaching Math While The Students Play Baseball


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Well on Monday we had the championship game for the softball league at the school. The game itself was extremely enjoyable and in the end it came down to the last few batters.

Let me set the picture for you. Both teams are lined up along the base lines in what I call a learning circle. We begin with the Canadian National anthem and then I gave some last-minute words of encouragement. The Lions have home field advantage and they take the field to warm-up and throw the ball around. We play slow-pitch with your own team pitching to you with four pitches maximum. The Eagles are up to bat and begin their routine with their pitcher warming up as well.

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Eagles and Lions Lined up for the Canadian National anthem.

Once the warm ups are done the balls are brought in and I (being the home plate umpire) call out “Play ball!!” The Eagles strike first and bring in a run and at the end of the top of the 1st inning it is 1 – 0 Eagles. The teams switch places and the Lions are up to bat. They rally back with 3 runs and at the end of the 1st it is the Lions in the lead 3 – 1.

The Eagles are up to bat again getting two players into scoring position but are able to cash in only one run. The Lions are up to bat and get two runners on base. Then a wonderful student in grade 3 whom no one expects to hit it far comes to the plate. But she surprises everyone and belts a line drive and ends up with a 3 run homerun. After 2 innings of play it is Lions 6, Eagles 2.

With the game being four innings long the Eagles where beginning to show signs of giving up. I constantly encouraged them saying its only the top of the third and they are only 4 runs behind. They come up to bat and are able to score one more run to make it 6 – 3 Lions. But the Lions are in control and they are able to score one more run in the bottom half of the 3rd to make in 7 – 3 after 3 innings.

With the Eagles coming up to bat I call out “Last Inning”. The Lions are excited knowing they are in control of the game.   The Eagles are a bit nervous with questions such as, “So what do we need to tie or win?” I let both teams know that the Eagles need 4 runs to tie, but the Lions do have last at bat. The Eagles are nervous but they come up to the plate like pros.  

From the first batter the Eagles begin a comeback. Two batters get on base with a single and a bunt in the infield. With the third getting out they are down to two outs to get 4 runs. The next batter fouls the first pitch but no the second. He hits a long ball to the outfield for a three run homerun bring the score to a very close 7 – 6 lead for the Lions.

With the next batter representing the tying run the Lions are focused to getting them out. The batter hits a short hopper to second and the fielder throws the ball to first to get the runner out. Two down, one to go. The next batter is ready and bunts the ball but the fielder cannot control it and the runner is safe on first. The Eagles are cheering, as are the parents and their supporters. They have the tying run on base and the go ahead runner at the plate. The Lions look nervous but ready. The batter misses the first two pitches but not the third. He hits it shallow and the infielder near the pitcher grabs it and throws it to first. The ball gets there and the runner is called out and with that I call out, “That’s the Game!” The Lions jump for joy realizing that are the 2015 Champions, with the final score Eagles 6 and the Lions 7. The closest final in the six years I have been running the league.

2015 Medals

2015 Medals

I handed out the MVP balls to the two players (one Male one Female) and then the medals to all the teams from 1st place to 4th. Everyone gets a medal (the two teams that lost in the semi finals both get bronze medals), then of course the Championship Trophy to the Lions.   Even though everyone could not win the trophy, in the end, everyone had a smile on their face and everyone told me that they all had fun. Which is the only truly thing that matters.

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The Eagles – 2nd Place winners

The Lions - 2015 Champions

The Lions – 2015 Champions

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