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Beachwood cancels Rec League all-star baseball game

Rec Center feels singling out players can hurt youthful self confidence.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

(Beachwood) - Beachwood has cancelled its annual 4th of July Rec League All-Star Game for 9 to 12 year olds.

In a letter to coaches, Assistant Recreation Supervisor Frank Vicchiarelli announced that the decades old tradition would end because certain kids were being singled out as better players than others.

For the all-star game, some coaches encouraged kids to select their team's all-stars, and in other cases the coaches made the selections.

Fred Engh of the National Alliance for Youth Sports has strongly discouraged all-star games. His argument is that the games belong to all of the children, and not just a select few. The Beachwood Rec Department feels that this event takes a back seat to the real focus of the program, the kid

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Beachwood cancels Rec League all-star baseball game

Rec Center feels singling out players can hurt youthful self confidence.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

(Beachwood) - Beachwood has cancelled its annual 4th of July Rec League All-Star Game for 9 to 12 year olds.

In a letter to coaches, Assistant Recreation Supervisor Frank Vicchiarelli announced that the decades old tradition would end because certain kids were being singled out as better players than others.

For the all-star game, some coaches encouraged kids to select their team's all-stars, and in other cases the coaches made the selections.

Fred Engh of the National Alliance for Youth Sports has strongly discouraged all-star games. His argument is that the games belong to all of the children, and not just a select few. The Beachwood Rec Department feels that this event takes a back seat to the real focus of the program, the kid’s games.

Beachwood says the tournament at the end of the season will continue, and that's the time to emphasize competitiveness.

Critics of the cancellation say it's not necessary and players who excel should be given a showcase. As in life, they point out, there are always winners and losers.

But Engh says that kind of competitiveness belongs in older kids, not players at this level. He says 9 to 12 year olds need to build their self confidence, and many sign up to play baseball at this age just to have fun.

Sign of the times I guess. The thing is that the kids KNOW who their All Stars and better players are. My daughter #2 made the softball all star game (3 from each team) as a 15 year old....IN A BOYS LEAGUE. The kids voted, they know.

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This is like not keeping score at a little league game. The idea is not to hurt little Johnny's feelings when he doesn't get picked, but to reward those kids that excel!! Maybe making th team can be motivation or a goal for a kid that doesn't get picked. Political correctness is ruining this country

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Beachwood cancels Rec League all-star baseball game

Rec Center feels singling out players can hurt youthful self confidence.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

(Beachwood) - Beachwood has cancelled its annual 4th of July Rec League All-Star Game for 9 to 12 year olds.

In a letter to coaches, Assistant Recreation Supervisor Frank Vicchiarelli announced that the decades old tradition would end because certain kids were being singled out as better players than others.

For the all-star game, some coaches encouraged kids to select their team's all-stars, and in other cases the coaches made the selections.

Fred Engh of the National Alliance for Youth Sports has strongly discouraged all-star games. His argument is that the games belong to all of the children, and not just a select few. The Beachwood Rec Department feels that this event takes a back seat to the real focus of the program, the kid

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who cares

I do, despite the sultry looks. I was at a picnic a number of years ago and my friend brought this decent looking girl with him. At one point she was lying on a blanket with her hands behind her head and she had more hair in her pits than I did. I felt like I was going to barf burgers, dogs and beers all over her. Definitely the anti-viagra.

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This is comical. My son is good at baseball but sucks at math. I DEMAND they stop testing kids in school. It is hurting his self confidence when he gets lower grades.

Kids are so much more resilient than they get credit for. One of my sons friends came up to me at a baseball game a few weeks ago. I said to him nice hit (he was on the other team and got a hit off my son). Anyhow he says ah I am terrible at baseball I was surprised I got a hit. Fast forward a month and I watch this same kids play basketball and he is amazing.

The fact that they don't excel in one thing doesn't make them quit sports. It makes them find what they like the most and work hard at it.

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Not quite the moonbattery you think.

More a reaction to the fact England's national team is sh*t, and the lack of genuinely skilled young English players. The FA think that if kids aren't under pressure to win at all costs (and believe me, there's never been any of that "Let's not keep score so we don't hurt our kid's feelings" bollocks in this part of the world - it's always been "win or else"), the plan is they'll be able to develop their basic skills much better.

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Not quite the moonbattery you think.

More a reaction to the fact England's national team is sh*t, and the lack of genuinely skilled young English players. The FA think that if kids aren't under pressure to win at all costs (and believe me, there's never been any of that "Let's not keep score so we don't hurt our kid's feelings" bollocks in this part of the world - it's always been "win or else"), the plan is they'll be able to develop their basic skills much better.

I hear ya.

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And the pussification of America's youth continues on. At this rate France will be tougher than us in no time at all.

A word of advice. Start your kid in wrestling ASAP. There is no sugar coating there. If you get your a$$ beat, you know it and there is nobody to blame but yourself.

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As for not keeping score. I can sort of understand for the young kids like in the 6-8 year range. Not because of hurting feelings and whatnot but you're just trying to teach these kids the basics. I mean if you're lucky, you can keep half of them from not running after a ball when it's hit to the other side of the field. That being said, I coached my son's team this year and even at 6 and 7 years old they know what time it is. They know damn good and well whether they won or lost that game. :)

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This is like not keeping score at a little league game. The idea is not to hurt little Johnny's feelings when he doesn't get picked, but to reward those kids that excel!! Maybe making th team can be motivation or a goal for a kid that doesn't get picked. Political correctness is ruining this country

are you referring to little johnny greenballs?

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I used to play with my sisters dolls when I was 6-7 yrs old. I would cut all their hair off, give them measles(red marker) and hang them from a tree in the back yard!

If that was today, they'd put the kid in an institution!

You needed to render an opinion on some Rorschach ink blots.

That looks like a butterfly.

That one looks like a butterfly.

That one also looks like a butterfly.

Next one...a butterfly.

You would have been in touch with your butterfly-loving feminine side in no time.

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you know what else can hurt self confidence?? kids who grow up and are not prepared for the harsh reality of life: SOMETIMES YOU WILL LOSE AND YOU WILL NOT ALWAYS BE #1.

sports is an excellent tool to teach kids this important lesson early when the stakes are low, otherwise the first time they find adversity will be for keeps.

parents taking the easy way out. instead of teaching kids to be good sports and not to be a sore loser, they just take the possibility of losing away. and then they pat themselves on their back for being such an open-minded liberal parent. lazy arrogant sobs.

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