Little League Mom's Unofficial Equipment List
Now that Spring is officially here, it is time to break out the necessary but unofficial equipment that every Little League fan will need from now until mid-July.
- The fan chair: For many of you, the fan chair is still in the car from soccer season. These can be deep-seated nylon pop-ups or Coleman camping chairs or even a beach chair that sits low for maximum leg tanning. This is an essential item and really, Little League should license an official one with a cupholder on one arm and a flat surface on the other for all you scorekeepers out there.
- The cooler: While not an essential item, the well-stocked cooler will get you through those 6pm games when you and your other children are starving and their isn't a Snack Shack to be found. The ice is an issue, and I know most moms have abandoned the Blue Ice and such -- can't an ice cold Diet Coke keep the whole thing cool enough for one night? Yes.
- The blanket: We are in Oregon and it rains off and on until Fourth of July. So, I have found a great product that repels rain on one side and keeps you warm on the other: it is the "Waterproof Sport Throw" from LandsEnd. After the game, give it a shake, and throw it in the trunk. Wash it once in awhile, and you're good to go.
There is still time to stock up for the upcoming season of baseball and softball games, and you'll be glad when you are racing out the door with one kid stuffing a sandwich in his mouth and the other looking for her GameBoy, that the trunk is ready for a comfortable, warm evening at the ballpark.