Skip to comments.Moonbat Morality Hits Little League
Posted on 08/26/2008 6:36:14 AM PDT by Jay777
Imagine if liberal principals were applied to sports, so that the best team is shamed and punished for oppressing the others, and the team that manages to lose the most games is awarded the championship to encourage self-esteem. In Little League, it's already happening:
Nine-year-old Jericho Scott is a good baseball player — too good, it turns out.
The right-hander has a fastball that tops out at about 40 mph. He throws so hard that the Youth Baseball League of New Haven told his coach that the boy could not pitch any more. When Jericho took the mound anyway last week, the opposing team forfeited the game, packed its gear and left, his coach said.
Officials for the three-year-old league, which has eight teams and about 100 players, said they will disband Jericho's team, redistributing its players among other squads, and offered to refund $50 sign-up fees to anyone who asks for it. They say Jericho's coach, Wilfred Vidro, has resigned.
But Vidro says he didn't quit and the team refuses to disband. Players and parents held a protest at the league's field on Saturday urging the league to let Jericho pitch.
"He's never hurt any one," Vidro said. "He's on target all the time. How can you punish a kid for being too good?"
The answer: the same way you can rob people of their wealth for creating too much of it.
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Who would have thunk that this is happening in the northeast? What a bunch of kooks.
When a team had a really good pitcher, we stymied him by bunting. We could slaughter the other team by doing this. The better the pitcher, the less likely he would run after a bunt. That was a job for other people.
In my mind I’m picturing some liberal adult, stamping their foot, tears in their eyes shouting “It’s not fair”.
This is not Little League. It appears to be a local league where they can make up there own rules. Not all youth baseball programs are affiliated with Little League.
It’s high time we forced the NBA to reflect the ethnic mix of the nation as a whole. I will not rest until the NBA is 88% white.
Sounds just like OBAMA and the dhimmikratz IRAQ strategy...............
we had plenty of 12 year olds in Dixie Youth little league their last year that could pitch like that..in my day.
get the moms out of the dugout and take their wussy husbands with them
In fact, this is a perfect case in point for why organized youth sports are a bad idea all around. If I had kids I wouldn't let them play in organized leagues like this until they got to high school.
Little League games suck when one kid develops much faster than the others. But then again, sometimes college/Olympian softball looks exactly the same (i mean, the US no-hit the entire olympic field for 3 or 4 games until the medal round).
But the solution isn’t to punish the kid who is good. You could just make him pitch in the next age level. He gets some competition and the older kids get to hit against somebody closer to their physical limits. That way nobody gets punished and and everybody gets to play baseball.
Exactly. In fact, that’s exactly what would happen if there were no organized league at all. Kids would naturally tend to play sports according to talent rather than age, and the superb nine-year-old athlete would be playing with kids a couple of years older than he is.
It is hard to believe any sport would do this to a child who is learning to play the game with excellence. I have coached Little league 9 year olds. Our local league uses pitching machines for 7-8-9 year olds to get them used to faster pitching. These machines are set at minimum 42 MPH. We had a Championship game where it was set at 51 MPH. At 9 my Son was pitching 40-45 MPH and guess what? Kids were hitting him. There were other 9 year olds throwing faster than him in the league.
The key is to get the kids to be better batters. If this 9 year old moved to our area he would be surprised at how many kids put his ball in play.
Teach the kids to hit... don’t penalize the pitcher who is performing on par with kids his age around the Country.
Oh how the left hates it when someone does well, achieves success, and is ready to leave the democrat plantation! The left would rather keep people down and dependent.
Liberalism is really a degenerative disease of the mind.
“A fine is a tax for doing Wrong...A tax is a fine for doing well!”
Back in the day, the kids in my neighborhood played baseball all day during the summer. The result was that they became the best players when they signed up for Little League. When my brother was 9, he was the pitcher the kids hated to bat against. Instead of being punished for being good, they moved him up to the next age group. He was happy and the kids were happy. No one cried how unfair it was.
Someone should ENCOURAGE him to keep on pitching - not discourage him! I bet in 9 years he woulod be ready for the Major League Draft!
Jericho Scott, I believe you'll be a damn good pitcher - and I hope you'll be pitching - when you are 11 and 12 - in the Little League World Series!
As a coach of 8-12 year olds for several years now, I run into this sort of mentality constantly.
We need to have some 'little people' in the NBA, also, just to make it fair.
In little league, especially in the 9-10 year old category, I find that if you have a really good catcher, you can prevent a lot of stolen bases and that helps a lot with the number of runs the other team gets.
I'm reading about Wayne Gretzky and that is what happened to him in hockey, he was 11 years old playing hockey against 13 and 14 year olds. Jerico Scott should be in a league that has older players.
I’m from Ct. This is shameful. Hangs head.
I predict the coaches are going to get a lot of grief.
The league offered to put this boy on a team that matched up to his level...why would the parents want him constantly to play on a team that he was far too good for. Maybe for THEIR EGO?
If this were, let's say, a 2nd grade classroom and the kid read at a 6th grade level..would you expect the 2nd grade class to keep stopping and try to read at the 6th grade level instead of putting the kid who could read in a 6th grade class? Of course not.
Guess who's involved now..LAWYERS...that's what's insane.
People here at FR who have experience with Little League have all agreed that this is something that happens and the kid is usually put in a different league. It has nothing to do with SQUASHING talent...I think it's the opposite...it's better for the talented child to play with kids more in his "league."
Years ago, when coaching T-ball, Mr. RightField taught those little 6-year olds to run the bases, catch the ball and make outs. The rules for batting were either make 3 outs or bat the lineup. The other coaches were always furious because our team made 3 outs each inning and so all of their boys didn’t get an at-bat each inning.
We had a mom once in a youth soccer league who complained every week that it was a shame someone had to lose the game. Why couldn't the boys just play and have fun?
This deserves repeating ... and being made into a bumper sticker ... and a tagline ... and ...
Actually, if what I read was correct, the team he was asked to play for was an opposing team in the same league. Did I read that incorrectly?
If he was slated to play for a superior team in the same league, this is an outcome-based decision, rather than a game-based decision.
If you think about it, this would be the best education for the kids...if you excel in something, you move up...people notice you...that's how the world works. ESPECIALLY SPORTS. Again, I think this has all to do with this women's ego and not much to do with what is best for her son.
That's the same kind of "reasoning" in the passing out of medals for being "outstanding" to all kids who participate in some activity whether they were good or rotten. These people have no concept of the fun in actually earning some award as opposed to simply being given one.
Very interesting story. I've always wondered why sports enthusiasts don't try different methods to seek the optimum improvement possible. The machine-pitch regimen sounds very logical. I'd also experiment with smaller balls (ping-pong sized) thrown at higher than average speeds and trying to hit them with thinner than average bats. I believe that would certainly improve the hand-eye coordination aspect.
As an aside note I remember playing most of youth baseball on an old, bumpy farm field. I really learned to field well. Bad hops were a constant. When I played city rec ball on smoothed out fields, it felt like I was fielding (short-stop) on a red carpet. Conversely since we had a wide disparity in the ages of the kids playing on our sandlot/farm field, the pitchers simply tossed the ball slowly to all the batters. My older brother would have struck out the opposing side every game he pitched. So I had problems batting against rec league pitchers because I hadn't ever batted against speed. That problem was solved when my best friend and I started played whiffle ball one-on-one. I learned to hit not only fast pitches but curve balls too. My last year of rec league I hit a ton and started on the all-star team. I credit whiffle ball and lumpy fields for my success.
Sounds like a sports version of “Harrison Bergeron.”
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