Some all-stars were shortchanged
Children imitate what they see. They learn from the actions of the adults around them.
On Dec. 13, 2008, the coaches of the 9-year-old and under All- Star League in Rock Hill taught a group of 8- and 9-year-old boys that life is not fair. While it is a lesson that most parents expect their children to realize at some point in their lives, it is not one that they want to be taught on the sidelines of the football field.
To make the all-star team was a big deal to the young boys who were chosen. The parents, who had to pay a $30 fee, and who also had to travel to attend the games, thought it was a big deal, too. However, the coaches, who parents trusted to make all the participants feel like part of the team, showed defiant stubbornness to prove that as coaches they could do whatever they wanted. There were about three to five boys -- all-star material -- who never set foot on the field on Dec. 13. Three to five boys left that game feeling not like all-stars but like failures, instead. And three to five sets of parents had to tell their sons it would be OK.
What the coaches of the 9-year-old All-Star League proved was that in a world where winning seems to be everything, sometimes winning is not enough. The Rock Hill 9-year-old team won the game that day, but the organization lost the respect of many parents who watched three to five little boys try to walk off the field as men, and that is not fair.
Mr. & Mrs. Jay Currence