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Comment from: Mom [Visitor]

Don't get me started! GRRRR. Back with more later but seeing red a bit too much now ~ I need to cool off a bit.

08/15/06 @ 13:03
Comment from: Chris [Visitor]

This made me so sad my stomach hurts.
Here's an article I saw recently about a related debate. When kids are so young and impressionable, I think baseball should be for fun, not the win, and that every kid should get a Valentine. http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/08/08/parenting.protecting.ap/index.html

08/16/06 @ 09:11
Comment from: alon [Visitor]

First, let me say, “Nice article for discussion.”

The first thing I have to say is that this happens every day in the summer and kids, no matter their health situation, find themselves in tears because they caused the last out or made the error that led to losing the game. I am sure that Romney Oaks had struck out before in his Little League career when, if he had gotten a hit the team would have won. I am sure his parents sat and watched other kids leave the field in tears because they did not perform as well as others or because they made a mistake. Did those times make the news? No. Why not?
How long has Little League existed? Since 1939. What is the Little League pledge? “I trust in God, I love my country, And will respect its laws, I will play fair, And strive to win, But win or lose, I will always do my best.” I see win and lose mentioned three times. Winning and losing is acknowledged before every game. It is part of Little League.
If you do not want your child to experience losing, then do not let them play baseball. If you want to have your children experience life then be ready to have them be disappointed or even picked on.
No rules were broken and both teams apparently had a great season. One team was going to lose no matter what the health of the batter who made the last out was. Bottom line for me, it was the best decision to make in order to win the game. You do not enter into a championship game to lose.

08/18/06 @ 09:58
Comment from: Shawn Passwaters [Visitor]

Is this even a discussion? If you place your child in the middle of the street, do you NOT expect him to eventually be hit by a CAR? Kick the dad in the balls for not teaching his kid how to BAT. And the mom in the eggs for thinking it'd be a great idea to traumatize her underdeveloped kid.

Christian wanted to play football while we lived in San Diego. The league was probably 98% ghetto Black kids and Mexicans. I told him, "Realistically, they're going to try and hurt you. It's predominantly a black league and you're a skinny seemingly-white kid walking into their world. Are you prepared to fight almost everyday? If you say you want that, then I'll work with you and get you ready for the season."

Is that harsh? You bet it is, and the world he wanted to go play in was harsher. I'm not ever going to deny my kid an opportunity, but I'm also not EVER going to lie to him and tell him that life is fuzzy bunnies and lessons in sportsmanship.

Wake up people, you're dreaming if you COMPETE in ANYTHING and believe that someone's NOT trying to win. That's the POINT of competition.

Kudos, Alon. Great topic, Ryan!

08/31/06 @ 18:06

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