Punished for being GOOD!

Well the school year has started and school and extra-curriculum activities well increase over the months. But this is got to be the most interesting story I have read in awhile.

A 9 year old baseball pitcher has a fastball that tops speeds of 4o MPH, WOW! The right-handed baseball pitcher Jericho Scott has a mean pitch. To good for the league he is in. Other baseball teams are siting safety factors as to not allowing Jericho to pitch.

Officials for the three-year-old league, which has eight teams and about 100 players, said they will disband Jericho’s team, redistributing its players among other squads, and offered to refund $50 sign-up fees to anyone who asks for it.

Being that the league is for promoting and learning environment on the basic levels of baseball they say Jericho is too advanced for the league.

They are asking for Jericho’s parents to remove him from the league and disband his team.

Man oh man this is something, huh?

Check out the details here

What I think……. What I see here is opportunity, start your own league of more advance players or better yet a traveling team. Yes it would require some work, but there are kids that are more advanced and should have the opportunity to showcase their talents. Since when do we tell kids you are too good so you can’t participate!

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6 Responses

  1. Jericho’s parents should sue the league and then force it to close. Under new management it should indeed split into an upper and lower division.

    Better yet, play against Jericho and try to win.
    Nice message to send your children.
    Can’y win? Well it’s ok not to even try. Just pack it up.

    I think New Haven officials should bury their heads up their butts more.

  2. I started a petition about this situation. I hope you don’t mind me linking to it here.

    I agree with anyone who thinks the was this child was treated is appalling. The league officials should know better.

    http://www.petitiononline.com/11224466/petition.html

  3. This what happens when lawyers get involved with youth sports. Its bad enough that adults have taken all the fun out of games for children.

  4. I think that the league did offer the parents options… The “sue happy” nature of our nation is getting to the point of ridiculous – Maybe the parents can bring them to another city/town where they have the funds to operate 2 or 3 different levels? Sometimes at that age level there are no other leagues or teams umless you have the $ to sign them up for a traveling team. It does cost $ to have these teams in operation – Why don’t the parents find people to invest their $ in a team for advanced players?

  5. Thank you all for stating your thoughts. I was a outraged also at the way this was handled as well.

    Kat the petition is great and thank you for starting it. If you don’t mind I would like to add it to my blog as a response to people coming to the aid for children.

    Sanya…Why don’t the parents find people to invest their $ in a team for advanced players?

    I think this is a great idea there are many corporations that will help and sponsor kids sports teams. I just requires a few to get out there and ask. There is something positive that can be done so that all the children are able to play the adults just have to leave emotion behind and get going, know what I mean?

    Tom and Yeti yes your are right it is about the kids.

    Thank you all for your great comments.

  6. i keep hearing people say he should play in a more competitive league, but what people fail to understand (especially folks who dont coach or know baseball) is that 40 mph IS NOT FAST AT ALL for that age group. its average at best. so moving him up serves no real purpose because a)he is a marginal pitcher (speed wise) anyway,so moving him up merely makes him the poster child for the Peter Principle. Its akin to someone kicking a kid out of a Spelling Bee at 10 years old because he knows how to spell the word “HOUSE” so is considered so much better than the rest of the competition because they CANT spell five lettered words. THEY ARE THE ONE’S BEHIND, not the pitcher. 40 mph is not exceptional at all for that age group. I know because i coach my son’s 9-10 yr old team. And b)what kid you know WOULDN’T want to continue playing with his friends his age? He actually plays in a more competitive league (and he is just average there–because 40mph is merely average speed anyway) but i understand completely why he still wants to play with his friends and age group.

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