Nepotism in Richmond Girls Softball L...

Nepotism in Richmond Girls Softball League

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Softball Parent

Winchester, KY

#1 Jul 20, 2009
Donating time to coach a little league sport is a noble sacrifice. Noble if the intentions include fostering a sense of fairness and rewards equivalent to the effort put forth by the players and not the players’ parents. Does it nurture a sense of pride in accomplishment in children whose parents engage in shameless promotion in order to relive their youths vicariously through their children? No. Does it illustrate to the hardworking kids that talent and dedication result in equality? No. Parents and coaches that contrive to engage in these politics are a cancer eating away at a once vibrant community resource. The recent decline in the number of Richmond Girls Softball League teams to only 4 is a symptom of this cancer. Engaging in false equality is shameless. Falsely inflating one child’s capability at the expense of another is transparent and demeaning to all involved. Deny culpability publicly but know privately kids don’t forget adults who fail them.
Softball Disappointment

Lexington, KY

#2 Jul 20, 2009
I was really disappointed this year in the richmond girls softball league. I was waiting for them to do a survey because I really had a lot to say. Coaches acting plain stupid yelling at kids, kicking coolers, making them go sit in cars just plain crazy and parents just sitting there laughing about it like that was cool or too scared to say anything. Board member or concession worker whatever you need to get it together and remember it is for fun. The fun was lost this year. It is slow pitch, fast pitch or in between??? Coaches need to take some anger management classes and get some self control.

Richmond, KY

#3 Jul 20, 2009
The problem with the softball league is simple. No one seems to understand this is a game between children. Not the World Series. A few real guidelines need to be enforced and their would be no problem.

Coach's should not be allowed to coach their own family members. If the coachs daughter plays softball, then she must be on a team other than his.

The kids should be playing because they want to play, not because their parents want them to play. If the child is not interested enough to practice and support their team, and put forth some hustle on the field, then they should stay at home.

All the kids may not play every game. If they want to play, then they should practice and become better players. Some of the kids stood in the field and watched the birds fly by. You could see they had no desire to play. But their parents were the ones hollering the loudest. If the child cannot play, then it sits on the bench till it learns.

Umpires should have some skills, and understand the games rules. There was a father son Umpire team that either did not understand the rules, or were being paid by some of the coachs. I watched the games because I like the game, I did not even have any family playing and it was all I could do not to slap the crap out of these idiots.

The parks department needs to support the girls league equally with the boys. The boys league fields are great, even lighted. The girls league fields are dirt, with old failing equipment, and stairs that will be the center of a lawsuit someday as they are pityful.

The rules need to be as they have always been. Someone has them so screwed up that it is stupid. Take chatter. The team in the field chatters to disrupt the batter. Thats what is supposed to happen. But not here, as it bothers the batter?? Duh, thats what its for. Games are a set number of innings, not some time schedule.

Parents need to stay in their seats and not run to the dugout to "coach" their child. If the child makes a good play, or screws up, the coach and team members will handle it. Or better yet, the parents could drop the child off at the park and go home. The parent being there in every instance cost the child some fun.

Berea, KY

#4 Jul 21, 2009
Observer, some of your points are valid yes the umpiring team sucks I agree wholeheartedly. The only thing I really don't agree with you on is all of the girls getting playing time. This is an instructional league and where girls learn what the game is all about how are the less talented girls going to get any better if they don't get experience? I personally think it is wrong that on all the teams the same 2 or 3 girls have to sit out all the time, I think all girls should get chance to play the whole game not just the coaches daughter or high school players. It is activities like these that children should be more involved in to get some activity in their lives and keep them out of less desirble activities, but yet there are 2 or 3 on each team miserable because they only get to play 2 innings every game and most of these drop out. This league should be more about the girls and not just the coaches winning!

However, I played in the leaague from the age 5 to 18 and know just like everything else in Richmond it is strictly political and without a large involvement from the parents who normally aren't involved but complain about the way it is run, it will never be any different.
Softball Parent

Winchester, KY

#6 Jul 21, 2009
Mr. Power,
You're not a member of our community at it's apparent you aren't a parent whose experienced this level of political bull. You're comments are off base and unwelcome.
Concerned Parent

United States

#9 Jul 21, 2009
Max, why do you feel that you need to post comments on subjects you apparently have no clue about. If you ever you played sports, which I doubt seriously, in Richmond you would understand what these parents are talking about. This is not whining, this is people getting the word out about the softball commision and the coaches alternative agendas. Anyone reading this if you have a child in any Richmond sponsored league take note of who the coaches are and who the commisioners are. You, as a parent, have the power to vote in who you feel should be on the board. If you do not vote then you have no one to blame except yourself. If you don't like who the coaches are then step up, if you feel you can do better then coach a team yourself. Do not get me wrong there are some great coaches out there but then there are some who don't have a clue as to what they are doing and take it out on the kids and lose sight of why they are there, THE KIDS. I have coached T-ball and basketball and the one thing I know if I failed as a coach then the kids failed and that is completly unacceptable. If there are any coaches out there remember why you are there THE KIDS. For any commisioners out there, remember you are voted on and can be voted out, make sure the decisons you make are based on what is best for the kids(all of them not just yours) not what is best for you. I welcome any coaches or commisioner comments.

Richmond, KY

#11 Jul 31, 2009
Parks and Rec offered to help out Girls Softball and girl's softball turned them down because of something to do with little league rules. I guess they did not want to be sanctioned by little league or something

Berea, KY

#12 Aug 2, 2009
Coach Max Power wrote:
Go team! I'm playing the kids with the richest parents! The poor kids ride the bench. Welcome to Big Boy World.....

Richmond, KY

#13 Aug 3, 2009
nepotism........ i see we have a pappy odanl in our community
just me

Richmond, KY

#14 Aug 4, 2009
lol wrote:
nepotism........ i see we have a pappy odanl in our community
Ha ... who's his "constincuency"?

Richmond, KY

#15 Aug 4, 2009
i dont lmow but im sure they will surface soon .. wonder if they will have an ass kickin song like the soggy bottom boys did

Hazard, KY

#16 May 1, 2013
When does season start?

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