You may have heard the story recently of 9-year-old Jericho Scott, who last week, the Youth Baseball League of New Haven banned for being "too good."
Scott is a gifted athlete and excels at the game. At 9-years-old, he can throw the ball up to 40 mph. This is double the average player. And because of his extraordinary abilities, the league has told him he can no longer play for any of their teams.
The league has decided to disband Jericho's team after he was told he could no longer pitched and took the mound anyway. They have also said the coach of his team has resigned, but he has stated that he never did and still wants to coach Jericho and his teammates.
The fact that a league would even THINK of banning a player is beyond me. The concept of little league baseball is to enjoy the game, learn the fundamentals, build self-esteem, and learn life lessons.
This league has gotten away from all of the purposes, and diminished the young pitcher's once high self-esteem.
"I feel like it's all my fault nobody could play," Scott said.
Scott's expulsion comes after complaints from other parents not wanting their children to get hurt, although Schott has not hurt one player all season.
These parents are just as at fault as the league officials.
When I played little league baseball, I was awful. Every time a fast pitcher came out, I would cringe in the batters box. But I learned to face these fears of getting hurt. These parents are telling their kids to avoid their fears, not face them.
As a little leaguer, I enjoyed my experiences. I spent time with friends playing the game we loved. These people are taking this joy away from a 9-year-old boy.
It's not like the kid is on steriods and is unfairly good. He just has natural ability. Why are they punishing him?
I truly cannot see how anyone can find it in their heart to agree with the league. I believe that any child, no matter how good or bad, should be able to play the game they love.
The only solution to this problem is to let Scott play baseball with his friends again. Unfortunately, the league is not budging and both sides have contacted lawyers while young Scott sits at home.
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