Woodinville family selected as nominee for 'Youth Baseball Family of the Year'
As a new baseball season approaches, one Woodinville family is more excited than usual to return to the playing fields. The Smith Family has been nominated for a very special honor: "Youth Baseball Family of the Year."
In celebration of the American family and its dedication to youth baseball, the makers of French's Mustard, in cooperation with USA Baseball, are sponsoring a two-year search to honor a "Youth Baseball Family of the Year" in all 50 states. French's Mustard is an official sponsor of USA Baseball, the national governing body of amateur baseball in the United States.
From among the state winners, one family will be honored and recognized by French's Mustard and USA Baseball at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta as "America's Youth Baseball Family."
Dodie and Goff Smith and their three sons are an active and dedicated baseball family. Goff, who owns his own business, has coached in the Woodinville West Little League for the past seven years. He has also coached summer league ball and the All-Star Team.
Dodie has been active in Little League since 1990 serving as player/agent for two years, as well as treasurer, vice president, and president.
Dodie and Goff have coached for the past two years and are currently coaching their youngest child again this year. They also serve as Sunday School teachers at their local church.
Darren, age 19, played in the Northshore Little League for 10 years. Brian, 15, has played Little League ball and baseball for Northshore Junior High School, and is currently playing for the select baseball club training team for Woodinville High School. Kevin, age 11, plays summer ball and Little League.
Nominations are being submitted by coaches, local league or school administrators, USA Baseball affiliated organizations, media, neighbors, or friends. Families can even nominate themselves.
A special judging panel created by the makers of French's Mustard and USA Baseball will examine all nominees and will select 1996 state winners in May. The national winner will be selected from among the 1995 and 1996 state winners.
To be eligible for the "Family of the Year" honor, nominees must meet the following criteria:
- At least two members of the family must participate in or support youth baseball (league or scholastic level through high school).
- Family members must display extraordinary enthusiasm, dedication, and support of youth baseball in their community.
- Family members must exhibit fair play and sportsmanship in their support of youth baseball.