Little League a major part of South Point man#039;s life

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 25, 2004

SOUTH POINT - The world of youth sports can sometimes be a place where promoting good sportsmanship can be a highwire balancing feat for parents, coaches and players.

Little League baseball may be competitive, but Coach Randy Taylor has spent 15 years volunteering his time on the diamond each season.

He first started coaching because of his own four sons–with two on his Little League team and one who plays junior league.

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"I do not like to hear people put down and screamed at in sports because they will listen to you. I believe these kids are already doing their best and giving 100 percent," Taylor said.

Although it is sometimes unusual for first year Little League players to pitch or play first base, Taylor and other team coaches have given 10-year-old first-timers on his team a chance to play in positions usually reserved for older teammates who have "put in the time and paid their dues."

These positions include the coveted pitchers' mound, and infield positions.

Brothers Wyatt and Wesley Hall are considered Little League veterans and play frequently.

"He (Taylor) tries to get all of the boys into the game," their father, Ron Hall said. "We're the only team who has had more than one to three pitchers. We've pitched eight kids. I've never heard him yell or scream at the children."

Jacob English, 10, who usually plays key outfield positions was able to pitch.

"I think he's a good coach. He's fair,"

English said.

Taylor said he coaches not just because he likes baseball, but because at the Little League age range it is more fun for the boys.

"Our team's coaches like to see the kids improve their abilities with different aspects of the game," he said.

He shares coaching responsibilities with three other men and believes anyone who volunteers is doing something above and beyond. Many coaches have helped buy equipment for players.

"It's all about the kids," Taylor said.

Taylor also coaches youth basketball and said said his wife has played a big part to help him spend daily hours, five days a week volunteering.