Tyler Prewitt and her husband, Al Prewitt Jr., have been in Ecton Park nearly every day during baseball season since their 13-year-old son Trey started T-ball.
Al Prewitt has coached teams Trey has played on and Tyler Prewitt has volunteered to work in any capacity left unfilled. It was family time, she said, a family affair of sorts.
"I hadn't really been a team mom this year. I have been a team mom, though, when he was in T-ball and rookie ball."
She may not have served as a traditional team mom, but she did serve three years as a board member for Eastern Little League, two years as a player agent gathering information that's pertinent to keeping players in the league and one year as team representative.
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"She just quietly did everything," said Don Pisacano, whose children played on the same teams with Trey.
"She would handle all the coordination of birth certificates and residencies for maybe 80 kids. She volunteered for that."
Then at the end of the season, she would volunteer to coordinate the all-star teams, getting uniform sizes and keeping records straight, he said. "She is one of the good people that make that kind of program work," Pisacano said.
Annually since 1991, Little League International has asked its young baseball and softball players to nominate a special team mom from one of its 170,000 teams worldwide.
Trey Prewitt nominated his mother who had worked in some team capacity throughout his eight years in baseball. And guess what? She won.
Earlier this month, Tyler Prewitt was named the 2010 Little League Mom of the Year. She will receive the award during the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 20-29.
The award was not something Prewitt sought. "I didn't even need the recognition, really," she said. "There are many moms who are deserving of this award."
But Prewitt thinks her work in helping to coordinate the activities surrounding the Little League International Conference, which met in Lexington in March, complete with an appearance by former President George W. Bush, helped push her name to the top.
For four or five days her husband and son had to "fend for themselves," she said, as she worked sometimes from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
She was later asked to serve as a board member for the Congress host committee and assistant to the district administrator based on her dedication to the event and Little League.
So when Tyler wrote his nomination, which was limited to no more than 40 words, he didn't have to add anything flowery. He simply stated the facts.
"He listed the different things his mom had helped the league with," said Steve Barr, Little League director of mediation relations. "We get 50 to 75 nominations worldwide, and then a committee reads through them all and selects one."
When I was team mom for my sons' teams, after-game treats were high on the list of items I was responsible for. Barr said that part hasn't really changed, but other responsibilities have been added.
"A team mom is a catch-all job," he said. "It is a person that takes a little of the burden off of the coaches."
Al Prewitt said that is exactly what his wife has done.
"The parts that I don't like to do, she has always been willing to do."
Trey has aged out of Little League now, Al Prewitt said, so he will hang up his coaching title and become a fan in the stands. Maybe Tyler Prewitt will join him there.