Infantalisim and little league coaching

Infantalisim and little league coaching

Posted in the Fernandina Beach Forum

Kevin Robert

United States

#1 May 6, 2013
Once upon a time boys and girls grew up and put away childish things or so the story goes. Times are a changing. The softball game I attended recently made me think of television and radio programs back in the day when most people would not tolerate the verbal porn or the tv sludge that continues to pollute the homes and minds of millions. Nor would they, specifically parents tolerate the kind of maturity or lack thereof I had the misfortune of seeing at a little league softball game a couple weeks ago. I don’t know about you but I’ve made this observation a long time ago and it is this; the rampant refusal of men and women to grow up and in this case I’m making reference to the “coach”. Simply put, a coach defined is to train or instruct. With that definition in mind, what would possess a little league coach to lose control and throw temper tantrums when someone messes up a play or there’s a bad call? Does that line up with the definition of a coach? Or more importantly does that sound like a good male role model for young girls? This increasing infantilism [Marked immaturity, as in behavior or character] in our culture where adults refuse to act like adults has serious consequences and we are just now beginning to reap a very ugly harvest in this culture as the maturity level continues to circle the drain. Case and point; when a “coach” decides they want to stay 7 years old and they want to act the part. This is not reassuring. But what really troubles me most is not the behavior of the “coach” but as best I can tell is the response or lack of response from the parents. It grieves me that this infantilism is acceptable from someone who is supposed to represent leadership, integrity and good sportsmanship. What has become of parents who ought to know better that when you have a “coach” so absurdly immature stomping around throwing temper tantrums in front of your children, it’s going to rub off on them. So if you’re a parent that allows this conduct of a spoiled brat from their “coach”, shame on you and remember to cut your kid some slack next time they lose their temper, throw something across the room or punch a wall. They’re just taking their cues from the “coach”.
Dad and mom it’s time to model for your children what adulthood looks like and address this inappropriate behavior with the “coach”. In the face of adult responsibility isn’t that the duty of a parent? By doing nothing about it you are facilitating this infantilism. It’s time for Dad and Mom to step up to the plate. And coach, it’s time to graduate into manhood. Why the over emphasis on the importance of winning? This is little league, not the major league. At this stage of the game building character, teaching the children respect for their opponent, deferred gratification, integrity and graciousness in winning or losing is equally as important as winning. And I tip my hat to all the level headed little league coaches who carry themselves with integrity and a genuine concern for the children. You’ve heard it said that children playing games is all about having fun and learning, and that my friends is what little league is all about.
Kevin Burtnick
Terry Shaw

Silver Spring, MD

#2 Jan 17, 2014
Wake up, kevin our children are not living in mister rogers neighborhood maybe you can tell me where your kids live.
marie 5

High Springs, FL

#3 Feb 9, 2014
Terry Shaw wrote:
Wake up, kevin our children are not living in mister rogers neighborhood maybe you can tell me where your kids live.
These coaches spend hours and hours with these kids and expect them to do their best,just like the rest of us they loose their cool,not right but they do ,may be the person that wrote post can do better.

Surrey, Canada

#4 Aug 27, 2014
Terry, perhaps you should watch a few episodes of Fred Rogers. That would be a step in the right direction.
@Marie, perhaps.
Kevin Burtnick

United States

#5 Sep 14, 2017
Kevin wrote:
Terry, perhaps you should watch a few episodes of Fred Rogers. That would be a step in the right direction.
@Marie, perhaps.
Kevin Burtnick
Long rant for such a small thing. You must not get out in
the real world much.

United States

#6 Sep 14, 2017
Kevin must be perfect, I wonder if he has put the work in as a little league coach?

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