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    9-Year Old Too Good, Told He Can't Play

    New Haven Register - Baseball brouhaha goes into extra innings

    What a disappointing story. It kind of loses momentum towards the end when they start talking about the league president being a barber.



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    Re: 9-Year Old Too Good, Told He Can't Play

    It really makes you feel bad for the individual kid and the kids on his team. Also it makes me feel bad because I feel like in America we should celebrate what makes people exceptional. This isn't the book 1984 after all.

    No doubt I would have been intimidated by him as a 9 year old. But I sucked at baseball. I thought playing against the best helped show you how hard you need to work to hang with them. I don't think I've ever been the best amongst my peers at anything I've ever done in my life but by god I wanted to play with them and against them, whether it be in sports, professionally, etc.



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    Re: 9-Year Old Too Good, Told He Can't Play

    It's hard in recreational baseball leagues at this age due to the wide range of abilities. I coached my son's Little League team this past Spring when my son was 9. We had boys that had never played baseball. I had to teach them to catch with their thumbs up. My son has a really strong arm and there was only one boy on the team that would even warm up with him before practice or a game. No one wanted him kicked out of the league though. That seems a little extreme. Eventhough I don't agree with the league's decision, it seems the best thing to do is to let the kid play, but not allow him to pitch. Then after the season's over he can play travel ball or move up with the older kids. I don't even know why the boy would want to play at that level. My son got frustrated because no one would swing when he pitched. (I told him that's not a problem as long as you throw it in the strike zone.) That's why he prefers playing travel ball over the Little League regular season.


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    Re: 9-Year Old Too Good, Told He Can't Play

    I guess things are different now than when I was a kid CloneFan65, because when I was a kid everybody in my town played baseball. I mean there were literally only about 1 or 2 kids in my class each year that wouldn't play.



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    Re: 9-Year Old Too Good, Told He Can't Play

    That's crazy. Everyone played when I was a kid. We had a kid that was really good on my team. When he pitched the other team lost. I just hated it when I had to be catcher. I'd wear a batting glove under my catchers mit and hope he didn't have to throw too many pitches for us to win.



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    Re: 9-Year Old Too Good, Told He Can't Play

    I can see both sides here. I remember kids crying not wanting to come to bat against me when I was a kid. These kids grew to hate baseball because they never experienced any success...But, its not fair at all to hold the good players back. I think this is one reason the select and travel teams are so important these days...



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    Re: 9-Year Old Too Good, Told He Can't Play

    Here's another article on the story: 9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitch - Yahoo! Sports

    It says the kid was clocked at 40 mph, which isn't that fast for a 9-year-old. My son threw over 60 mph last Spring as a 9-year-old, and like I said earlier, no one wanted him out of the league. There has to be more to this story.


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    Re: 9-Year Old Too Good, Told He Can't Play

    Quote Originally Posted by cybsball20 View Post
    I can see both sides here. I remember kids crying not wanting to come to bat against me when I was a kid. These kids grew to hate baseball because they never experienced any success...
    I was one of those kids which gives me the right to say that they need to suck it up and get struck out or quit. I hate baseball but its not like my life is ruined. After all, I love playing football and wrestling. And for those who can do none of the above, there is always school!



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    40 mph at 9 isnt that scary... My parents were able to get my brother on my team when I was 10, he was 7. He was our catcher and we had two kids that threw 60 plus on our team. I think that one year did a ton for his confidence and development... Now look where he is



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    Re: 9-Year Old Too Good, Told He Can't Play

    If this kind of thing becomes common-place, then it really hurts the lower-income child because he won't be able to pay to play with traveling teams. This is a disgrace.



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    Re: 9-Year Old Too Good, Told He Can't Play

    Looks like I am going to have to give up not listening to Marty & Miller. I have it totally mastered and am far superior at that skill than my peers.



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    Re: 9-Year Old Too Good, Told He Can't Play

    Dan Patrick just had a great take on this, now talking to Harold Reynolds about it...



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    Re: 9-Year Old Too Good, Told He Can't Play

    I know it is youth sports but it is still a competitive game, to take a kid out of the game because he is better then someone else seems counterproductive.

    How do you teach kids to fail if you eliminate all of the obsticals in front of them? How do they get any better?


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    Re: 9-Year Old Too Good, Told He Can't Play

    Quote Originally Posted by cybsball20 View Post
    40 mph at 9 isnt that scary... My parents were able to get my brother on my team when I was 10, he was 7. He was our catcher and we had two kids that threw 60 plus on our team. I think that one year did a ton for his confidence and development... Now look where he is
    To me it looks like it scared him out of being a catcher.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CyGuy33 View Post
    I know it is youth sports but it is still a competitive game, to take a kid out of the game because he is better then someone else seems counterproductive.

    How do you teach kids to fail if you eliminate all of the obsticals in front of them? How do they get any better?
    And what does it teach kids about being good at something?



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