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Little League Series pressures kids too much -

There are 25 comments on the Newsday story from Aug 22, 2007, titled Little League Series pressures kids too much -. In it, Newsday reports that:

I have played baseball for more than 40 years, including high-pressure national tournaments.

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Shane Fuller

Muleshoe, TX

#1 Aug 22, 2007
You obviously have never been around these types of kids. Number one you could ask any of them what it would be like to not play for anything. Number 2 these kids get recognized for all of their hard work. Kids are kids and these kids like to compete other wise they would not have been on the all-stars team. they would have been the kids in right field watching butterflies. The regular season is for those kids but this for allstars and no one blames them for being 2nd best in the country.
Pressure

Peabody, MA

#2 Aug 22, 2007
I agree with the pressure issue, kids do not know what is best for them because they are kids. Also, the coaches can teach the players how to deal with this pressure. Parents are the real culprits, it means more to them than the kids some times. I coach all-star teams and win or loose I try to stay positive and supportive as I Teach the kids how to loose and win. I usually tell them it is not the end of the world, it is just a baseball game and within 10 minutes they are running around having fun with their friends. PERSPECTIVE
Pressue is not always bad

Boston, MA

#3 Aug 22, 2007
It is ridiculous that everybody tries today to protect our children from failure when it is a part of life and without it they will grow up thinking they are privledged and not know how to deal with the real world and real life problems and failures that are inevitable. Baseball's pressure is one great teacher of life's lessons that need to be learned.
Julia

United States

#4 Aug 22, 2007
I agree! Too much pressure on kids because their parents are living their unfilled dreams through their kids. Taught school for 30 years and so often saw the results of parental pressure and preferental treatment of elementary students.
Snoman

AOL

#5 Aug 22, 2007
I dealt with all the pressures of this as well. Yet my teams never made it past the state championship game. It disgusts me not that kids play to win and are put through all the pressure, but that ESPN suits make millions and millions of dollars off of this. And these children recieve not one penny. Not even scholarships or a little money invested into one for when they are old enough. And that the parents as well are completely crazy over 12 year olds playing. Screaming and chanting negative things. Yes life is filled with failure and worse things will probably happen to these kids in life besides losing these games on national television. Yet I am pretty sure this ISN'T the way they should be learning about it. Good article I've been saying most of this for awhile now. That is why I choose to change the channel these days.....just like you can as well.
Helen

Brooklyn, NY

#6 Aug 22, 2007
You are so right. My own Little Leaguer stopped playing after his championship game because he felt he would never make it on the high school team - all of this when he was a mere 12 years old !
Daryl from PA

Intercourse, PA

#7 Aug 22, 2007
Hey Larry, get over it. These kids do. After the game, even in a loss, the important thing to them is what they are going to do or see or eat next. These are not life changing moments. The events of the day are important that day and maybe for a few that follow... and then it is over and they move on. Try it.
leesek

Franklin, TN

#8 Aug 22, 2007
When you try to protect kids too much you end up with whinney kids that can't cope with life's ups and downs. I an the Mom of two wonderful girls who competed in various activities; both girls are now well adjusted adults (both graduated from college in four years, which some people say rarely happens in today's world with "so much pressure to succeed" placed on them). Both credit their activities and competitions for getting them to the point where they now are.
Good and bad points

Fairfax, VA

#9 Aug 22, 2007
I somewhat agree with Mr. Levy, but much of the pressure is forced upon kids as early as Pee Wee league. Players have a few years before the Little League Majors to decide if they want to remain a part of the sport.
As a boy, I played baseball, and I liked being a part of my teams. If you're not under pressure from your parents then you get it from your team mates to do well. Baseball is an aggressive sport! And most kids who play the game love it.
Mr. Levy is right about the media coverage however. What ESPN is doing could be considered child abuse. It should be stopped. But, as with the commercialization of Christmas, I doubt it ever will ...
Bill Clinton

Irvine, CA

#10 Aug 22, 2007
Hey why don't we just not have sports
at all, somebody's feelings might get hurt. For that matter let's do away with grades in school. We might ruin someone's confidence.
To - Shane Fuller

Fairfax, VA

#11 Aug 22, 2007
I played Youth Baseball as a kid and the regular season has nothing at all to do with watching butterflies lol. Making an all-star team is vastly over rated.
What is important about team sports for kids is having fun, being involved in something that builds character, and working together with others in a positive way.
Most coaches do instruct kids on how to cope with things like pressure ...
Fecal Buckshot

AOL

#13 Aug 22, 2007
TheGambler wrote:
The kids nowadays are a bunch of whiners. They should stop being a bunch of pu-ss-ies and just play.
Quoted for truth!

Kids today are such pampered, teary-eyed little vermin. Winning doesn't even mean anything anymore because even the lowliest benchwarmer on the losing team gets a trophy now, all in the name of positive self esteem. If these losers are going to play a sport, then they need to be equipped to fight to win. That's why people have always said sports build character. Teach these pillow-biting, bedwetting, momma's boys how to play to win. They need to pitch inside and drill the other team's best hitter if they have to in hopes of putting his butt on the bench with a fantastic injury. Then the trophy will mean something, because it was fought for and not a consolation prize awarded en masse to everyone just for having shown up. America is losing it's edge in the global theater because we've all de-evolved into snivelling pantywaists. Teach your kids to be men, and take away their damned Blind Melon albums.
Fecal Buckshot

AOL

#14 Aug 22, 2007
Helen wrote:
You are so right. My own Little Leaguer stopped playing after his championship game because he felt he would never make it on the high school team - all of this when he was a mere 12 years old !
Please read my post above. Your wimpy little sissy-boy is exactly what is wrong with America. "Oh no, I might not be selected and accepted by my peers. Rather than work hard for what I want so that I can succeed, I'll drop out and hide from competition!" Thumb sucking little sissy. Get that unfortunate little mongrel the creme and the clear to compensate for the lack of testosterone he finds at home and get him on the field to prove himself like a man.
John R

Thorold, Canada

#15 Aug 22, 2007
So we have another person opposed to competitive sports. These kids play baseball because they want to compete at the highest level. I agree with other posters who say that leagues where everyone gets a trophy are a joke. I'd rahter have these kids learn to deal with adversity when they are 12 rather than being coddled into adulthood and then having to suddenly face adversity.
ct-dad

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#18 Aug 24, 2007
First, I don;t have much use for the "everyone gets a trophy crowd". I also don't have much use for those hypercompetitive parents who have to make sure Junior is never on a losing team. I think any child has to learn to deal with both success and failure.

To those critics of Helen, perhaps her son was being realistic in his abilities. He may also have realized the politics involved in making a high school team (amazing how kids pick up on that). And maybe, just maybe, his heart wasn't in it. My son made a couple of all-star teams over the years, but he knew pretty early on he was never going to be good enough to play high school ball, and baseball was never his favorite sport. He chose to focus more on football and wrestling. He continued to play Junior League as a 13 and 14 year old. No it wasn't the best ball around, but it allowed him to play for a couple months each year just for the fun of it. I have doubts he will continue on to Senior League; high school has arrived and his chosen sports, along with track, will take up a lot more time.
Juancito

Holtsville, NY

#19 Aug 24, 2007
Mr. Levy is spot on. Let kids be kids. They'll have plenty of time in adulthood to face pressure and the sting of failure.

Ironically, in these high-stakes little league tournaments I think the kids know better than the adults that it is just a game, and feel pressured mainly because Dad doesn't have anything more important in his life. Just this morning ESPN ran footage of the Little League World series, and the footage of the kids crying tore my heart out.

To those posters using terms like sissy and wimp - I feel sorry for you, as it's clear that yur childhoods were pretty miserable.
ct-dad

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#20 Aug 24, 2007
While I don't have an aversion to the International Tournament, I found Mr. Levy's penultimate sentence to be spot on. Several years ago I saw a PBS special on the 1965 Windsor Locks, CT team that won it all. It was a sort of retrospective of where they were now, some 25 or 30 years later. One had died young of some longstanding illness, but the rest had become what most of us hope our sons become, successful community men (doctors, lawyers, factory workers, middle managers). Only a few played in high school even. Near the end of the program, they talked with several members of the 1989 Trumbull, CT team that upset Taiwan and asked them if they thought about that magical summer a lot. They all basically said theysame thing, that yes, once in while they did think about it, but they didn;t want the highlight of their life to be something they did at 12 years old. I found it a very forward looking and refreshing response from kids who were probably 15-16 years old at the time.
guild

Lehighton, PA

#22 Aug 26, 2007
Lawrence C. Levy I feel sad for you that you were able to miss the true story what Little League means to our young
people in america. You should continue to go to your therpest and get the help you so badly need. Have you ever attended a Little League game in Williamsport PA
If you have not you are missing a chance of a lifetime
its not all baseball these young people get to meet people
from all over the world they stay in dorm rooms and become fast friends learn other cultures and take home a
Memory that lasts a lifetime, Sure when they lose they show emotion ( thats natual and heathy) but in a short time they are back to playing with the same kids they just lost to. Little League serves a life lesson one that you
seemed to miss ( I feel sorry for you) now you live in a world where you memories still haunt you. I have great memories of my Little League time a good lessen i still carry in my heart.
guild

Lehighton, PA

#23 Aug 26, 2007
Winning and loseing are a valuable lesson for our young people.. It will be a with them for most of there lives so why not learn about how to deal with it. Mr. Levy have you ever been to a Little League world series game? If not what gave you to right to tell this tale.. if you did go to a game you missed a wonderfull story... Next time do your homework leave the theropists office earley go see, tell the whole story. It might help you with some of your neurosis
runyon

Valley Stream, NY

#24 Aug 26, 2007
stay away from litte league, soccer moms are way more hot

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