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A Thought for Little League Improvement

Posted by: BHL (Knight1285@aol.com) on Mon Mar 22 22:11:58 2004

Hi Everyone,

In my estimation, Little League baseball has evolved into a political showcasing, which is shown most clearly in the favoritism of a coach's son above all others, even though others may have higher credentials. On this site, people often talk about how proper hitting mechanics can be beneficiary--and, for the hitters accumulating statistical significance, can lead to dreams of "going somewhere"--but their dreams are quashed the instant the coach reveals that his son is the predestined favorite. At this point, the team disregard all useful techniques, and garner an apathetic attitude toward these coaches. More importantly, other coaches may feel that their children were used and discarded in order to help one person become famous.

What is needed, then, is a way to revamp the entire youth league system so these conflicting interests do not deprive the deserving from being given credit for their accomplishments.

The only way to achieve to this goal is to elect friendly, nonpartisan coaches who judges these children on what they do with they God-given ability, rather than whether they the son of a patrician, politician, or an actor who attracts a great deal of popularity.


P.S. I left out another important idea. Instead of "benching" those with the least amount of athletic talent, these coaches will play all nine players for six innings, but also do what certain coaches do by bringing up great athletes from the lower levels of the league. It is important that that upper and lower leagues have different schedules, so it allows the gifted athletes (3 or more) to dress for game day. That way, if a player on either team gets injured, they will have "deserving" substitutes on either side.


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