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by Loren Stanton


January 18, 2005

OK OK OK ...... My dear friends Susan, Diana, and Lynne have responded. I should have known that my attempt at humor (a comment in parentheses about swimming) that was a tongue in cheek remark would be taken as serious commentary. I learned my lesson. From now on I will bracket all jokes and humor like [this is a jest] so everyone will know. I will also do a warning before hand like this: JEST COMING WARNING WARNING.

An example: I love sports. I think everyone needs exercise. I love swimming and am real sorry that I can't swim that well. I am sure children who swim are JEST COMING WARNING WARNING [practically perfect in everyway]. Note a quote from the movie Mary Poppins.

If I may be so bold as to attempt to clarify what I was saying. Children need to have a parent's guidance. They can choose to be involved in a team sport and give it their all. They can decide to not let their teammates down. They can commit to every game and practice. They need to know that you care and that you love what they do. They need to know that they cannot do everything. My main point was that they need help making choices. I have actual examples of the events I cited. Children choosing a basketball practice over a tournament soccer match are confused and are not being kind to their teammates. Coaches who want talent to appear need to be more sensitive to other sports schedules. I coached soccer and had team members who chose to do soccer, swimming and basketball at the same time. Parents should exercise some control over having three sports at once. I had my son choose this year between indoor soccer and basketball and he chose basketball. I think he is b!
etter off because he is doing just one sport.

Additionally I was not making a negative commentary on Hoopmania either before anyone tries to send me a threatening letter or does some other stupid thing. Hey this is first amendment stuff here. People have a right to express their opinion. Hoopmania is great. My son has participated. All I was asking for is sensitivity to other sport's schedules.

Oh and the stuff about choosing to diversify our sports... it is a good thing otherwise we would not have sports that many enjoy and love. The more children in sports and getting exercise is a good thing. When I was young I worked in the yard, cleared land, split and carried wood, did chores, rode my bike and ran roughshod over the neighborhood. WARNING WARNING JEST COMING [Does anyone else fondly remember the days without organized sport?] [Why don't we put our kids to work for their exercise?]

Susan, Diana, and Lynne thanks for caring enough to join in. Kudos to you all.

Loren Stanton
Ketchikan, AK - USA


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