On any given afternoon, the batting cages in Greg Reinhard Baseball Academy are packed with young boys and girls ready to perfect a swing.
"Things you wouldn't even learn until high school, maybe even college, the subtleties of the game, they're learning now at 10," Trevor Hunley said as his son, Jackson, was preparing for a lesson.
But with those skills also come great expectations out on the field, so much so that Hunley was not surprised to hear that rules were broken, costing a Chicago Little League team their championship title.
"Sometimes there's that temptation when there's a grey area maybe to bend the rules to try and make good things happen, and it's a shame that they crossed the line," Hunley said. "Sometimes the best lessons are the hardest ones."