Adult Men need to reclaim certain rights of passage that little boys benefit from, the experience of team sports.
I am a huge proponent for kids playing team sports. I did and I can tell you that it teaches real life lessons that I lean on daily.
Little league or Tee ball has been completely feminized. We are failing our little boys. First of all, the changes to the game are ridiculous. It is no longer a baseball game, a tool for young developing children. I will outline the major changes.
1) No one can become “out”. Every kid hits the ball and runs to first base, regardless if the defense actually gets the kid out or not. Little Johnny can get a chance to run the bases, even if a defender caught his pop fly.
2) Each team bats through their entire line up. Obviously if no one can get out, a line needs to be drawn somewhere. The line is drawn at every batter on the team hits once. At this point the inning is over and the teams switch sides. Again, lets rejoice!!! No one failed! And had to deal with it!!!
3)Neither team keeps score. No one’s feelings get hurt.
Can you sense a pattern.
They may seem to be minor changes on the surface but in fact this is not the case at all. At the very least, the game modifications are counterproductive for the kids that will continue to play year after year. They will have to be taught the real rules all over again. However this isn’t the worst of it.
As for point #1) No one gets out. It’s a part of life to experience failure. It’s how you respond to failure that matters. I have always helped coach the kids and an important lesson is to pick yourself up and go get them next time. The best players in the world only get a hit one in three tries. As far as #3) No one keeps score. In life, every competition has a winner and a loser. If you want to win, you must practice and compete to the best of your ability. No matter what the game is. The game of life or a simple little league game.
One last enormous pet peeve of mine is twofold, one is that there are more mothers than fathers in attendance. Where are all the fathers? Pathetic. Secondly, half of the mothers feel its necessary to come over to the bench every other inning. They have all these bullshit comments or suggestions such as” little Johnny is sad because he can’t play shortstop.” Well, I feel like saying to her, he can’t catch a baseball and has shown zero interest in doing so since the moment he showed up and quite frankly, I’m afraid he’ll get seriously injured. Another perfect example is “I think little Stephen has a sore finger or a sick tummy or whatever silly ailment it happens to be that day.” Again, I feel like turning to her and saying” How about letting me teach your boy without a father to suck it up and learn some toughness and perserverance. He will be better off for it in the long run. This way you can go back over to your lawn chair with your bag of cheetos, diet coke and talk and gossip about other people like you’ve been doing all season.
If it is the end of the game and little Johnny is at bat with the tying run on third base with two outs and he grounds out to second base, of course he will be sad. He may in fact shed a few tears but its an important life lesson. One might fail but if you continue to perservere, practice your craft and try again then chances are, you will succeed. Also coaches and players will help console this boy after the game. This ritual is called “picking up your team mate”, it is when others put their arm around that team mate and say something like “Hey, you did your best, you’ll get ’em next time”. It shows him that his entire team has his back and supports him because he tried his best.
We really need to make a unified effort to reclaim the game that feminism has changed for the worse. Mothers, please come to the games and enjoy your sons, while they have fun and compete. You must trust that, we as Fathers know what we are doing and will teach your sons many valuable life lessons. Let it happen, He will thank you for it much later in life.