Last Saturday, the Roland Park Baseball League held its second annual “Sandlot Day.” At all National League, American League, and Teen League games, the kids took control, establishing the batting lineup, assigning positions for all players, and even coaching the bases.

“This is the way ‘we’ played baseball when growing up and in this climate of ‘over-organized sports’ it created a great paradigm shift for many kids who have not been able to participate in this manner,” reads the league’s website.

Coaches and parents were on hand to help, but they stood back and let the boys take control.  Parents reported the players showed enthusiasm and leadership in their roles. Said one dad, “It’s funny, they’re a little bit more focused…They have to be more aware.”

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Susan Dunn

Susan Gerardo Dunn is the founding editor and publisher of Baltimore Fishbowl.