It is a must read for all youth leage baseball coaches and fans. The sad thing is, I saw waaaay too much if this at the Complex this summer.
Here is some of the text:
You coach a 7- and 8-year-old coaches' pitch baseball team. Seen your sportsmanship lately?
Badger umpires. Constantly. Embarrass them, tell them they're stupid, make them cry. They're 12 years old. They can take it. Make it so they'll look forward to going home and being told to clean their rooms. And the rooms of their big sisters.
They're making $20 a game. That's big money for a kid. Make them earn it. Stand behind the screen and argue balls and strikes. Stand at the end of the bench and teach 'em words they've only seen on a bathroom wall on the New Jersey Turnpike. Tell the child umpire to take it like a man.
CLICK HERE to read the entire column. It's good stuff.