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9 Year Old Banned From Pitching In Little League  
User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3995 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2747 times:

His crime? He is to good! He throws almost 40 mph, a speed deemed too dangerous for other 8- to 10-year-olds to step in against. His coach was told the boy must play some other position or the team would be disbanded.

http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/8495030?MSNHPHMA


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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8952 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2737 times:

One more step in the pussification of America.

Shameful.  thumbsdown   thumbsdown   thumbsdown 



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User currently offlineVictrola From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2733 times:

At what speed are kids pitching in the Little League World Series these days?

User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3355 posts, RR: 45
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2718 times:



Quoting Victrola (Reply 2):

From 46 feet, they're pitching from 65-75 mph, which is equivalent to 85-105 mph from 60 feet, 6 inches.

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineVictrola From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2715 times:

Well then, I don't see the problem. When I was a kid in Little League, you had several divisions:

AA

AAA

Minors

Majors.

I don't see the problem with the 9 year old pitching in the minors or majors.


User currently offlinePIA777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1738 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2620 times:

That is so stupid to punish him for being above average. Thats whats wrong with our country.
They are also sending the message to the other kids that they can never beat this kid
and that they should not even try.

PIA777



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User currently offlineAndyinPIT From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 320 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2598 times:

And they're sending the message "sorry son, you're a really good player, but you can't play." whats next, "straight A's? well son, thats great, but we're pulling you out of school." The only thing i would worry about is shoulder or elbow injury from throwing so hard at a young age. But the kid has a given talent, and shame on that league for not letting him use it.

User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8952 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2552 times:

Here's a trailer for a movie coming out soon. Very Orwellian.

The premise is that in 2081, the human race will finally achieve equality. The strong have to go through life with weights strapped on to negate their advantage. the intelligent have ear implants which give loud noises to disturb their ability to think. People with pretty faces must wear masks, and so on.




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User currently offlineJakeOrion From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1255 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2537 times:



Quoting AndyinPIT (Reply 6):
And they're sending the message "sorry son, you're a really good player, but you can't play." whats next, "straight A's? well son, thats great, but we're pulling you out of school."

Well, they already have the No Child Left Behind program, so this wouldn't surprise me one bit.

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 7):
The premise is that in 2081, the human race will finally achieve equality. The strong have to go through life with weights strapped on to negate their advantage. the intelligent have ear implants which give loud noises to disturb their ability to think. People with pretty faces must wear masks, and so on.

Based off of Kurt Vonnegut's (1961) "Harrison Bergeron." Interesting read, remember reading this one in high school. You can read it here:

http://instruct.westvalley.edu/lafave/hb.html



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User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4917 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2517 times:

So the f*ck what? Let him play in a different age group or different league. If he's exhibiting that kind of talent this early, challenging him will only accelerate his development as a player. The people kicking up the fuss about this are the pussies not the league.  Yeah sure

YOWza



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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6371 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2497 times:

what crap. The kid has darn good form, he can be a star...IF it is developed. I'm so sick of this junk...parents are so afraid of their kids having to face reality that they will lose sometimes, and it's going to hurt them bigggg time down the road. I will certainly not be that kind of parent!

User currently offlineQXatFAT From Israel, joined Feb 2006, 2405 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2430 times:



Quoting SW733 (Reply 10):
The kid has darn good form, he can be a star...IF it is developed.

Yes, if developed he would be a great pitcher I am sure. Now all these coaches want kids throwing curve balls and sliders at age 10 and 11 years old in Little League! All that does is ruin a kids arm. Stick to the fast ball and the simi-fast ball.

When I was in the "Majors" for Little League at age 8-12, my buddy was pitching in the 60MPH range and I was just shy of that. No one ever asked us to pitch slower than we were. In fact, we played on different teams and made for great rivalrys. But an undeveloped pitcher at 9 years old that pitches junk can hurt you. When my buddy and I hit our Freshman year playing in JV, he was no longer pitching and could bairly hit the 75MPH mark while I was pitching up to 85MPH. When he was 11 he started to pitch curveballs and other "shuto" as he called it haha.

Let the boy play and coach him right. Welcome to the sport of baseball were some kids suck and some kids are good. They all just wana have some fun together.



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User currently offlineJetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2838 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2400 times:
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I saw this on the local news. Its a shame. Its like encouraging kids to be mediocre. The kids seems like a really good boy who just wants to play baseball. They interviewed him and he said that he felt bad cause he thought he let the team down. Now thats nonsense.
Blue



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User currently offlineDan2002 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 2055 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2387 times:

I agree with this guys view of the situation:

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=080827/kreidler



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User currently offlineAsuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2373 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2334 times:

That type of decision can really affect a kid's self esteem. If baseball is truly his passion I hope his parents find a spot for him on another team. I can understand why parents are concerned about their kid getting hit by a fast ball, but I mean comeon. We are not talking about a bunch of toddlers.

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26795 posts, RR: 75
Reply 15, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2288 times:



Quoting QXatFAT (Reply 11):
Now all these coaches want kids throwing curve balls and sliders at age 10 and 11 years old in Little League! All that does is ruin a kids arm. Stick to the fast ball and the simi-fast ball.

You are right about this. The huge spike in Tommy John Surgery among children is directly attributable to the early throwing of breaking pitches, particularly sliders and slurves, but also curveballs. Even great curveball pitchers like Bert Blyleven didn't learn to throw benders until they were in high school, which is really where that stuff should be developed. Besides, the best pitchers have always been the ones who could command and locate their fastball.



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User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2277 times:

We had a similar thing happen in our league. Only our issue was a 11 year old girl who has been clocked fast pitching at 65 mph. She is extremely talented , and her parents spend $$ in lots of private coaching.

The problem is she joins a little league division where the vast majority of girls are just your average have fun types. Nothing wrong with that at all, but she could pitch no hitters every time.

We requested that her parents sign her into the next age level division.. 12-15 year old division. They did , and it all worked out. Look out for this kid , definite NCAA material in the future.



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26795 posts, RR: 75
Reply 17, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2276 times:



Quoting AGM100 (Reply 16):
Only our issue was a 11 year old girl who has been clocked fast pitching at 65 mph.

Fast pitch softball? If so, that is insanely fast for her age. That would be fast for an 11 year old boy with a hard ball going over the top.



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User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 17
Reply 18, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2261 times:



Quoting N1120A (Reply 17):
Fast pitch softball?

She has perfect form and follow though ,, and is amazingly strong. I personally have never seen her clocked to prove the 65 mph but my team had absolutely no chance of hitting her. It was not even close .. and I had some decent hitters on my team.



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User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6054 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2258 times:



Quoting Asuflyer05 (Reply 14):
If baseball is truly his passion I hope his parents find a spot for him on another team.

He already has a spot on another team, where he's only the number 4 pitcher (whatever that means). He was offered to join a team in a league more suited to him, but his parents said no.


User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 20, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2255 times:



Quoting AGM100 (Reply 16):
The problem is she joins a little league division where the vast majority of girls are just your average have fun types. Nothing wrong with that at all, but she could pitch no hitters every time.

We requested that her parents sign her into the next age level division.. 12-15 year old division. They did , and it all worked out. Look out for this kid , definite NCAA material in the future.

This is exactly what I suggested when a co worker and I were discussing this the other day. No one is saying the kid CANT play, he just needs to be put into a division where his skills are better matched to his competitors. I'm sorry, but when you are 9, you dont need a kid throwing 40 mph fast balls, chances are this is more of a recreational league, what is the point? And what kind of parent has their kid throwing that fast at that age? That said, this story really should be a non issue, its just some parents and a coach who feel they need 15 mins to show off their kid.



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User currently offlineQXatFAT From Israel, joined Feb 2006, 2405 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2248 times:



Quoting N1120A (Reply 15):

With your hightened sarcasium I am taking it you were someone who either...

A) Never played the sport
B) Think you know the sport and commentate on a lot of things

or

C) Sucked at the sport and sat the bench all the time outside of the required 2 innings for each player.



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User currently offlineVictrola From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2229 times:

After reading the article, it looks like it is the kid's parents who are being unreasonable.
The kid should be playing in a league more suitable to his abilities. If he is serious about baseball, he would recognize that he is better off in the higher league where he would have more of a challenge.


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26795 posts, RR: 75
Reply 23, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2189 times:



Quoting AGM100 (Reply 18):

She has perfect form and follow though ,, and is amazingly strong.

That is very impressive.

Quoting QXatFAT (Reply 21):

That was absolutely inappropriate. I was AGREEING with your post.



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User currently offlineQXatFAT From Israel, joined Feb 2006, 2405 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2162 times:



Quoting N1120A (Reply 23):
That was absolutely inappropriate. I was AGREEING with your post.

Then I am scencre when I offer my appologies. It seemed like you were being sarcastic with me. Once again, I am truley sorry.



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