Admit mistakes, apologize
and move on
By Sharyl Whitesides
June 08, 2006
Regarding Ms. Marks Comments on Battle Field: "Better yet,
You take on the thankless job of being the Player Agent of Ketchikan
Little League I am sure Ginger Cloudy would love to give up her
thankless job to you.
Simply put, follow the rules and have a good time. Your family
is representing Ketchikan, don't let them down."
I have put a lot of thought
into Ms. Marks" comments, so above I have quoted them word
for word. I am sorry if you as a Player Agent feel it is a thankless
job. Possibly you may want to consider the benefits this would
have to many ~ including the joy of watching all the children
learn and play a game of baseball. I am a volunteer for many
activities that benefit children other than my own outside of
baseball and my husband volunteers as the coach of a little league
team. So, if I had the extra time I would be more than happy
to volunteer my time as a board member and player agent to benefit
Ketchikan Little League. My husband is the President of North
Tongass Community Club and understands the role of a non-profit,
volunteer organization board member. We both have volunteered
with other activities such as Cub Scouts for our children.
Now, I agree, my family is representing Ketchikan, and I believe
we have held ourselves to a higher standard and act as adults
who are in charge of 12 children on our team. Those players
and their parents respect their coach and each other. I would
have to say that our President and Player Agent are representing
Ketchikan as well. Do you not believe that their actions have
let down those parents, coaches, assistant coaches, volunteers
and players that watched their behavior? Not only do they represent
Ketchikan they represent the National Little League Organization
and they should follow the by-laws and the code of conduct that
they expect and demand others to follow.
Many parents work a 8am - 5pm job. The income it takes to raise
and support a family these days demands that in most households
that both parents work. I understand that a lot of parents have
to leave their jobs early to make the games and do not have the
time to go home and cook dinner for their families before the
games. Perhaps a solution to the "EATING" would be
to change the times of the games? I am sure that liberties can
be made to accommodate all the families that pay a fee to join
Little League and teach their children the game of baseball.
However, the only issue you have really addressed is the "EATING"
during games. What about the physical misconduct or not following
the rules and by-laws of league officials? What do you suggest
to assist with that?
I do not believe that a public spitting match needs to be held.
What I do believe needs to happen is that those who were in the
wrong publicly apologize to at least the team of SEAPRO and their
coach. This would definitely show that we all have the same
best interest in mind for our children and that we can hold ourselves
accountable and admit a mistake when it is made.
I believe that the President and Player Agent, along with the
Coach, and the rest of us want the same thing. For our children
to have fun while actively participating in a beneficial sport.
Let us all admit when we have made mistakes admit it, apologize
and move on.
It is my belief that the board of Ketchikan Little League or
the District 2 Administrator or the West Region Little League
office has an obligation to ensure that our coaches, managers,
assistant coaches, volunteers, parents, players. board members
and fans are safe while attending the Ketchikan Little League
games and it is their obligation to take action about this complaint.
Do you not believe an apology is due?
As I have said, you are definitely right, no eating is no eating.
However is not putting your hands on others not just as clear?
I have publicly apologized for my actions as a parent allowing
the boys to eat. What about our President or Player Agent
~ is an apology above them?
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Sharyl Whitesides is a life long resident of Ketchikan
and a mother of five children.
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