Adults need to set the good
example for sportsmanship and decorum
By Neil Gray
June 09, 2006
Susan Marks and Sharyl Whitesides
both make some good points in their letters about this Little
League situation that's been discussed. Yes, Player Agent is
a tough job, but it has to be handled diplomatically. You have
TOO many people to please and you CAN'T please everybody all
League officials are not above the rules of local, Regional,
or National Little League. Case in point. There was a situation
that ocurred in a Senior League game I was helping umpire at
Norman Walker Field. The President of the League at that time
was in the stands and acting very unsportsmanlike and making
some unneeded comments. We as umpires in charge of the game asked
him to leave, which he did. I don't remember how the league
handled it, but I believe they did.
I always enjoy Ken Lewis' tongue-in-cheek comments about baseball.
Yes, he always stuck up for his players when he was coaching
Sons Of Norway Majors. I'm sure he wouldn't mind if I mentioned
the one time I asked him to watch the remaining innings of one
of his games from across the street instead of the dugout! Even
at that, we remain friends.
Adults in Little League need to set the good example for sportsmanship
and decorum. What message does it send if they act like fools
or beligerantly? I recall one Little League on the East Coast
about 20 years that banned adults from the games. It should
never come to that.
Let the kids play, follow the proper rules and procedures, and
everybody will be happy.
Note: Comments published
on Viewpoints are the opinions of the writer
Lakeside, CA - USA
About: Coached Ketchikan T-Ball; Past Umpire in Chief of Ketchikan
in the 80's; umpired Little League and high school baseball in
McMinnville, OR and San Diego, California.
and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sitnews.
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