Ok, I haven't read this thread, but I did hear about it, and discussed it with some of the people I coach with.
Now, along with coaching Varsity level soccer, I also coach at the Youth level, right around this age group...
If I understand correctly, this was supposed to be classified as a 'noncompetitive league'. If this is the case, my first question is, why is there a championship game in the first place?
Secondly, at the age group we're talking about, your main job as a coach is to make players love the game, spark interest, try and get the kids to come back next year, improve their overall knowledge of the game and how it is played (this includes their own personal fundamental skills), and above all, make sure nobody gets hurt.
Frankly, I'm disgusted at the people who are mad at the parents of the child with cancer, spouting off the "he wants to be like other kids but wants special treatment too!" garbage. Please, shut up. You have no clue. Nobody wants special treatment. Common decency given the age group of the children involved, courtesy, and common sense should all come into play here. Especially in a league that as I understand it, was considered 'noncompetitive'.
It's not about striking out the little kid -- it's about pitching around the best hitter to get to him. And who cares if the little kid is batting behind him? This isn't the Yankee lineup here. They're NINE YEARS OLD -- at that age, everybody plays equally, and everybody gets a chance to play every position, and everybody gets a chance to bat all over, so they continue to enjoy the game and stay with it. So, regardless of what the parents say, the situation should've never arose, because that kid should've been pitched to, the way he was intended to be at that age. Doing what the coach did is classless, and he deserves to be ridiculed to the maximum extent possible. He's a bum, should never be allowed to coach again at any level, and should be ashamed of himself. Not for pitching to the kid with cancer, but for intentionally walking a 9 year old, soiling the nature of competitiveness between children by interjecting himself between the players and the game.
You'd pitch around a player, age 9? 10?
Man, I hope my kids never play for you. And this is coming from a Varsity soccer coach who has been offered college coaching jobs -- so I'm not just some schmo ranting opinion.
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