THE STRIKE ZONE
Sometimes Sports, Sometimes Sportsmanship
Back in February, an article and news story from the local news from Toledo summed up the plight of youth and high school athletics in a manner that couldn't be more perfect.
The thesis of the article submits that it is the parents who are the biggest culprit in destroying the institution of athletics for our youth, which is the absolute truth. In fact, the only time this isn't the case is when you get a coach who has none of his/her children on the team he/she coaches, yet still is an absolute nightmare.
Why are the parents the problem? It's three fold:
The principle of this argument is very similar to that of a post we featured many moons ago when we transferred our material from our old blog. Officials want to focus "between the lines," that is, on the playing action and not on the dugouts and stands. When players, coaches, and fans berate officials, they take the focus of the official off the game and onto the unnecessary words and actions of people who do nothing but distract officials from doing their best job. It seems the same principle applies to players who want to focus on the game, not their parents pressuring them.
All in all, it's real simple: shut up. Be nice. Treat others how you would want to be treated.
Baseball player, umpire, coach, fan; professional musician; founder, President & CEO of The OSIP Foundation, Inc.