Parker-Edgecombe: Legacy Baseball is dear to me

PLAY BALL — Minister for West Grand Bahama and Bimini Pakeisha Parker-Edgecombe officially declared the Legacy Baseball season open this past Saturday at the YMCA baseball field. Parker-Edgecombe is pictured addressing the parents with Rising Stars executives Helena Cooper, Yvonne Lockhart and Nerissa Lockhart-Smith seated, left to right. (PHOTOS: SHAYNE STUBBS)

The Legacy Baseball League is now in full swing!

This past Saturday (February 3) was opening day for the longstanding league at the YMCA and the young baseball players couldn’t be any more excited for the season.

Just before the games got underway an opening ceremony took place and featured a special guest speaker. Minister for West Grand Bahama and Bimini and Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe addressed the parents and executives in attendance.

With a son that came up through the ranks of Legacy Baseball, the Parliamentary Secretary knew what it was like to be a “baseball parent.” She reminded parents that the athletes look up to them and it was important to set good examples.

She noted that life and baseball has many similar traits.

“I think of Legacy as I think of life, similar to that of a baseball game. We have home plate, first, second, third and fourth. You know what that fourth is? It’s all of the players on the outside,” she expressed. “Let’s think about the fact that the first base, which is home plate so to speak, we start off with our parents. Our parents are instrumental in what happens to our children.

“When your child comes to Legacy Baseball they’re bringing with them what they learned in the home. So first of all parents, you have a role to play in ensuring that your children are well represented on the field and are basically mimicking what it is you’re doing at home; making sure they have manners and are ready for the world.”

The West GB MP compared the Legacy organization to first base and noted that the executives and coaches are all responsible for implementing the life lesson of teamwork.

She added that second base has more to do with the players.

“Players come out here and they may be wondering why mom or dad may not be out here. But at the end of the day, as children become adults we have to get them to where they say you know what, I’m doing this for me. No matter what the coach may do I am going to, ultimately, determine how far I get. That means practice, coming out on time being here for the game.”

Third base was used as a reminder to both parents and players that God is above all.

“No matter how much we do in life we always have to realize that at the end of the day God’s will be done. So God has the beginning and He has the end. We have to ensure that our children are based in a Christian faith, to know that ultimate power comes from God and they can do all things through God.”

While the Legacy Baseball League is currently re-developing their membership, Parker-Edgecombe remained proud of the way the coaches have continued to instill positive influences in the players’ lives.

“I love the fact the coaches aren’t just about winning. What the coaches at Legacy instill are discipline and manners in our children. Yes, we want our children to be successful. But we have to be sure that how we’re pushing them isn’t breaking them. At the end of the day no matter how much you push your children they have to want it.

“Don’t force it on them and don’t make it feel like it’s a task. This is supposed to be fun and in fun there is learning as well.”

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