By Sharyl Whitesides
June 03, 2006
When does Ketchikan Little League Minors become a battle field
for KLL Officials/Board Members and coaches?
I was present tonight when Reggie Rinehardt, Ketchikan Little
League President, man handled the coach of SEAPRO. This was
very shameful and embarrasing to all those who were present.
The National Little League Rules of Conduct state cleary that
no one is put their hands on, push etc... others in the league.
However, tonight Reggie Rinehardt, Ketchikan Little League President,
decided he needed to accostle Coach Tony Yeisley because he was
upset about something he had not investigated concerning the
players' agent, Ginger Cloudy.
The fact of the matter is that the boys, ages 8-11, on the team
are not allowed to eat food during a game. They may not have
it in the dugout. Well parents were unclear on what exactly the
dugout is. It was unclear. Most people think, ok, the dugout
is where the boys sit on the bench while waiting to play. Not
the area outside where the garbage can is. Well, evidentally
that is not correct. It is anywhere near the dugout where the
area is fenced in.
So boys were eating cheese
sticks and cheese fries outside of the area where the bench is
and near the garbage can and players agent Ginger Cloudy became
upset and became nasty and hostile with the coach.
KLL President Reggie Rinehardt waited until the end of the game
and approached the coach to address these issues, informs him
of the allegations made by the players agent and when the coach
replies about this and tried to walk off the KLL President puts
his hands on him and nudges him with his shoulder and is nose
to nose, red-faced and threatens that if this behavior ever happens
again he would no longer coach for Ketchikan Little League!
The coach is shocked and this is the first he has heard from
Rinehardt about this particular complaint about the boys eating
outside of the bench by the garbage can and walks away.
However, in the meantime we have SEAPRO and Boyer Towing watching
as they are the teams finishing up and two other teams coming
on. What kind of behavior are we getting from the Ketchikan
Little League President? Not to mention the board member &
players agent, such as Ginger Cloudy? This person has acted
inappropriately for some time. Could this have been handled
better? Should all those involved acted in an adult manner?
This is exactly why we see on the news that parents and league
members are hurt in a physical manner over disputes in Little
I am appalled and concerned that my son who is 10 years old
is watching this. We are trying to teach them good manners and
what is appropriate. What kind of lesson did these children
learn tonight while the President of Ketchikan Little League
is losing his temper and accostling the coach in front of everyone
KLL President Rinehardt, you should be upholding the league rules
you are demanding others to follow. Do you really believe that
eating food outside of the dugout is nearly as bad as manhandling
the coach of a team?? Or that the allegations by a players agent
that can be disputed by all of the parents present are really
as bad as your actions today? What kind of message are you sending
the kids of Ketchikan Little League?
If we have games at 3:30, 5:00, 7:00 and the boys are not allowed
to leave the dugout are they supposed to not eat at all. How
does a parent tell them they cannot even stand outside of the
dugout and eat , they will just have to tough it out. Sorry if
you are hungry.
Regardless of all this ~ the bottom line here for me is that
our Ketchikan Little League President accostled one of the coaches
in front of many!
Are we running boot camps here or are we having fun and teaching
our kids how to have fun and enjoy the game of baseball? I am
sure that everyone will know that I am now the wife of the coach.
However, I would say this same thing regardless of which coach
this would have been. Keep your hands to yourself! Isn't that
what we teach our kids?!
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Sharyl Whitesides is
a life long resident of Ketchikan and is the mother of five children.
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