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For those of you interested Only in TRAVEL, I (Jack) wrote the blog between March 2010 and October 2010 during our travels west. We saw the most beautiful places and had the best time in our big truck and little trailer. See Blog Archive below.

Sep 6, 2012

Girls' High School Softball

Jack and I went down to my son, Michael's, today and enjoyed an afternoon visit with him (It was mostly watch him work while waiting). We left Jack at his home while we went to watch Keely's (Granddaughter) team, play softball.

Toward the end of the game one of the little girls was hit in the head by a stray ball and was taken off by ambulance. She was conscious, but I'm glad precaution was taken and hope that she's okay, today. I left a message for Michael to find out, but haven't heard back, yet.

I was amazed at how fast the pitches are and how hard some of the girls could hit the ball. To tell the truth, I was glad Keely didn't play--I would have been a nervous wreck watching. In fact, I don't think I could have watched.

Frankly, I was disheartened by the display of poor sportsmanship from parents of both teams. School activities are supposed to teach while providing healthy physical activity for kids. I felt some of the parents should have been asked to leave the field for inappropriate behavior. One coach was sent packing for a completely unnecessary comment. While parents booed the umpire for throwing her out, I felt he was spot on, and I commend him. What's worse? The coaches are teachers, in some cases, and of course parents. The two most influential people in a child's life.

I left my camera behind in my purse at Michael's house, but I tried to get a few shots, through the fence, with my phone. I wondered, as I took them, how she could have grown up in a day, and how I wish Rich could see and know her, now.










8 comments:

  1. The money and intensity in sports these days from T-ball all the way up to football players with long term head injuries is ridiculous. I just don't understand our value systems these days. And the poor children who don't have a clue but learn to be just like their parents and around it goes.

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  2. I'm glad my son is a "low key" parent spectator, and will use the behavior as a teaching tool for his girls. Thanks for stopping in, Sherry.

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  3. That as one of the things I was really impressed with at the soccer game we went to. None of the parents were out of control. They all cheered the girls on. But maybe soccer is more civilized?

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    2. PROOF, Nancy, PROOF...
      That they didn't shut their mouths after distasteful looks from the majority of the crowd was amazing. The coach's behavior was unforgivable. If I were a parent, I would complain to the principal and have her removed from her position. Maybe it will happen.

      I don't remember this kind of thing to this degree when my kids played sports. Our observation when my daughter played as a 7 year old on a team was that parents who did not have boys and only had girls or a girl involved in a sport were more obnoxious at times.

      Soccer and basketball, to the best of my recollection, didn't bring out the worst in the parents. We used to have fun watching. Gads, that seems like a lifetime ago.

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  4. darn parents! and coaches too..on our local news there was video of a hockey coach tripping a player from the opposing team in the handshake line up..he did it on purpose and the poor boy broke his arm!..the video went viral!!

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    1. Oh my gosh! This wasn't *that* bad! Does make you wonder what the world is coming to, though, doesn't it? Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. I later learned that the coach who was thrown out of the game was a counselor from another school. The rest of the coaches were teachers. There were complaints made to the BOE.

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