Follow the rules... everyone
By Sharyl Whitesides
June 07, 2006
I appreciate Ms. Susan Marks' comments about being a players
agent and about food. However, as a players agent Ms. Marks should
know that it IS UP TO THE UMPIRE of the game to enforce the rules
and conduct of any team, league offfical and fans. You totally
neglected the fact that our players agent and president acted
I must tell you, actually it was not either of my sons or my
husband who was eating. It was an eight year old boy at that
time. Our assistant coach along with three parents witnessed
the misconduct of the players agent as well as the other teams,
parents and fans witnessed the misconduct of the President who
did this on the field at the end of the game with our coach.
Yes, rules are rules. I am sure you would have been just as
appalled as the other parents, myself and the coach in this situation.
What I see you saying is that our boys and girls on Ketchikan
Little League and their parents and coaches should follow the
rules. However, let us all excuse the misconduct of our players
agent and our President and allow them to break the rules. I
am thankful that the rules are in place and we have the West
Region to follow up with in this matter. It is the job of the
President and the Players Agent to uphold the integrity and conduct
of the Ketchikan Little League. What actions do you propose
are taken with the President and the Players Agent for their
misconduct? I didn't see you say anything about those problems.
You just shamed me and my family because you believed it was
us who were eating.
Why is it that the food is what is being focused on? After the
Players Agent came (I believe the 2nd of 4 innings) no one ate
anything and the team followed all league rules.
Why is the focus not on the misconduct of the President and the
Players Agent? I am sure you know the code of conduct Ms. Marks
and are aware this code was broken by these actions!
Neil Gray, Thank you for discussing the rules of baseball and
how the Umpire has the right to take control and eject people
from the game.
The board has not responded to this letter on sitnews. I contaced
our District Administrator separately by phone and email and
he has not responded. I believe our district Administrator is
out of the state right now and he will respond when he returns.
I have also sent all of my correspsondance to the Western Region
Office of Little League. There have been no apologies made by
these officials to the kids or to the coach.
However, during our game last night there was plenty of gossip
and dirty looks flying. I am sure there will be repurcussions
for Tony as his wife (me) has spoken out about misconduct with
league officials. This is a taboo when you have politics involved.
Tony is a good coach and he treats all the the kids on his team
well. He is well liked by the parents and the players. As well
as the same goes for his Assistant Coaches. However, being well
liked won't stop the retaliation in Ketchikan. It certainly
will be interesting to see if Tony coaches again next year or
to see how he is treated from here on out.
During last year's season all the teams were allowed to snack
outside the dugout. This year it appeared this was allowed as
well. We are not the only team that has eaten food in this area.
However, since this incident NO ONE on our team will break that
rule again. I am sure those parents who have allowed their children
to eat would glady publicy apologize if that would remedy the
situation. I can guarantee our team, SEAPRO, will not do this
I would not have written this letter to begin with if the President
had not acted with anger and force to our coach. We have all
been putting up with the nasty comments from our players agent
all season. No one had enough nerve to say anything until now.
I find it degrading to our Coach to be treated the way he has
been and actually shameful to others when this is happening.
The coach, yes, my husband, did not want me to put these letters
here because he is familiar with the politics of Ketchikan Little
League. I acted on my own and will continue to ask ~ Why has
this behavior been allowed? I sent a much more detailed letter
to our Administrator and to the West Region which included all
the information for a full investigation of these issues.
I believe had the appropriate actions been taken from the very
beginning and if our Players Agent went to the Umpire OR that
if there were complaints about food issues brought to the attention
of our coach, Tony Yeisley, in a kind and appropriate manner
this would never have resulted in a near physical fight due to
aggressive behavior by our President.
I am accountable for my actions. I have allowed my boys to snack
outside of the dugout on different occassions. I have stood by
and watched other children on different teams, including SEAPRO,
eat outside of he dugout and stand at the concession stand and
have even allowed those children to order food from me in concessions
when we were in a game. I apologize for breaking league rules
and will not continue to do this. I apologize for all those
other parents who have done the same and will do my best as a
volunteer to the league and as a parent to assist others in learning
Where is the accountability of Ketchikan Little League Officials?
Are you going to accept responsibility for not following the
code of conduct and not following the rules? Are you going to
accept responsibility for your actions and admit that you could
have followed the appropriate rules concerning these matters
and that maybe your approach needs brushing up on? I know this
letter has been read and that chatter is running rampant over
it. I have heard your comments and I have not said anything
publicly that I would not say directly to either of you personally.
I would stand behind any other coach in Ketchikan Little League
if this happened to them. It is NOT because I am Tony's wife.
The misconduct of the President and the Players Agent needs
to be addressed. Quit trying to focus on the kids' breaking
rules when you don't follow them yourself!
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Sharyl Whitesides is a life long resident of Ketchikan
and a mother of five children.
Battle Field By Susan Marks - OR - USA
Battle Field By Neil Gray - CA - USA
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