With the summer ball regular seasons finishing, and a few tournaments completed, I've been hearing stories of parents, fans and coaches losing perspective. This seems like a good time to remind the adults that these games and tournaments are held for the players.
Coaches need to demonstrate great sportsmanship to the players and fans. Fans need to go to the contests and sit back and enjoy the games. If the adults can accomplish these goals, the players will get to have FUN playing baseball or softball.
Frequently, high school athletes are umpiring the younger kids games. What a great opportunity for them to be role models for the youngsters. Instead, I hear stories of adults griping and complaining about their calls. Why would a high school athlete want to subject themselves to verbal abuse for $25?
Some of the area high school umpires are working lower level games to try to teach the players and coaches the rules. What are they experiencing? More verbal abuse than they hear during the high school season. Amazing! An umpire can be selected by the OHSAA to work high school tournaments and then be given no respect at the local park.
My daughter once had a coach tell the parents "Enjoy watching your athlete participate and don't embarrass them with your mouth and actions!" Take a minute and ask yourself how your child would view your actions at their games.
Finally, thank you to the coaches and fans who are positive role models at each contest. Your athletes appreciate it!