Nathan Posted July 15, 2008 Share Posted July 15, 2008 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. http://www.wtam.com/cc-common/news/section...article=3881429 Are you kidding me? What utter bullshit is this? Forgive me, but aren't sports supposed to be competitive? Isn't that the point? I guess my mind just isn't Liberal enough to get this one. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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