Monday Feel Good: When Parents Couldn't Coach Little League, High Schoolers Did and Won It All

San Clemente Little League
San Clemente Little League

Next to teachers, coaches of amateur sport have to be the greatest gift to our society. More often they are volunteers, parents, fans, and people who just want to help the community have some spirit.

A Little League team in San Clemente, California was having trouble finding a coach at the start of the season this year.

None of the parents stepped up, so Chris Puckett and Cameron Shelley, two local high school freshmen, volunteered. The team was 12 to 14-year-olds, Chris and Cameron are just 15 and 14 themselves.

What happened next will, most likely, end up as a Disney movie very very soon.

Initially the league said the kids were too young to coach, but Chris’ dad said he would be a chaperone, so they were allowed to play.

The team started poorly, losing their first two games. Halfway through the season they had won just 6 times before going on a tear straight off a Hollywood script.

The team would win 10 of their last 12, including three straight games to end the district’s Tournament of Champions, winning the district title.

If this isn’t inspiring enough for you yet, they won the title on the last play of the game, 10-9.

Someone get these kids an agent.

via OC Register

Image Credit: Tai Rusko

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