Little League – Remember it’s just a game
This past month we have witnessed some parents, and coaches, get out of hand during our kids Little League games and while authorities suss that one out, it seems many can use this reminder. This is a game for our kids; it helps them learn sportsmanship, teamwork, confidence, and physical ability. Yet too often it is the adults that appear to have forgotten the basics. What is amazing is how often the parents continue on with hard feelings het their kids have moved onto something new.
On our Facebook page we shared this photo from another city and the reminders they have for the adults there;
These are kids
This is a game
Coaches are volunteers
Umpires are human
You do not play for the Detroit Tigers
We asked our readers to comment on this photo ‘Could our Little League teams benefit from similar signage, especially as our Memorial Day Tourneys approach? Would it have made a difference over the Cinco de Mayo weekend? What is a kid to do when the adults become violent? Or coaches are demeaning? How do we pass on to our kids the values of team work and good sportsmanship if our adults aren’t a good example themselves?”
Over 50 ESC friends liked the posts and here are a few of their comments:
Marwan Salfiti Parents need to understand, they all don’t have the next Buster Posey. This is a game. This is for the kids and they are there to have FUN. I have been coaching soccer and baseball in San Bruno and South City for the last five years and no matter what, I always make it clear on day one: we’re there for the kids and to have fun. If you have another agenda, this team and league are not for you. Parents need to realize that it takes time to develop players and a lifetime to develop true role models and leaders.
Sheila Folan Cronin I’ve had kids in SSF baseball for the past 10 years, and with the exception of a few incidents, we’ve had a great experience and hope to stick around for another ten years.
Raul Rodriguez As a former coach and board member it got worse including some coaches. I was asked back many times and said never again.
Lou Rodriguez Here’s the problem some people do and try to live out through their kids, I played all sports growing up as the season dictated, there were no traveling teams out there playing one sport all year long thus giving parents a false hope that their child will someday make it big, the parents put too much pressure on their kids as I did to my son as his coach by the time his sister o had learned but it was too late for if they don’t enjoy playing it will just be for nothing let them have fun that’s the most important thing its only a game.
Brian Perry Hopefully the parents support their kid in his next endeavor, once they realize he won’t be a major leaguer.
Janel M Chrestenson Pearson It’s all about good sportsmanship! If you as a parent can’t do that, don’t participate! It’s all for the kids, not the parents. Cheer your kid on no matter what their level of expertise. They will love you just for that!
JP Mason I gave it a shot coaching little league and saw this firsthand. What a joke some of these parents are. It’s sad.
John Kevranian shared an article about the senseless death of the soccer referee in Utah who was attacked by a 17 year old team member. We agree with the line from this article, “It’s not the ignorance of the child, it’s the poor manners of the parents,” said Lopez in Spanish, who played soccer professionally. “The yells and insults from the sideline from the parents make kids more violent.”
Tony Alejandre wrote “I felt this article to be appropriate for all those parents that may live vicariously through their children in sports” and he shared the following blog ‘Baseball Perspective: Hey Parents…. Your kid sucks’ which brought in many more agreeing it was a well written and timely share of information. Here is the article with full credit to Colin Young.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Hey Parents…..Your kid sucks