People complain that kids these days have no drive, don't want to excel. Then you have a group that does, and what happens, the adults say they're too good.
I've seen some ridichulous behavior by parents in youth sports. This beats it all, except for attacking the coach with a bat maybe.
Too Good to Play
A team of 11- and 12-year-old baseball players has been kicked out of its league — for being too good.
Earlier this month, the Stars of Columbus, Ohio, were taken off the Canal Winchester Joint Recreation District's (search) schedule, and their $150 entry fee was refunded, reports The Columbus Dispatch.
The 14 boys only joined the suburban league in early May, but since then had creamed every other team that faced them — 18-0, 13-0, 24-0, 10-2 and 17-6.
"I called up the league office and said, 'No way are we going to play them,'" Terry Morris, who coaches another team in the division, told The Dispatch. "I wasn't going to subject my players to that."
Pretty soon, all scheduled games were canceled, and the Stars found themselves orphaned.
"I don't think it's fair," said Stars catcher and pitcher Michael Allston, who at 12 stands 5-foot-8. "We always played our best, and we were just winning games."
"[Another] team told us they didn't want their boys' self-esteem battered," said Trina Cochran, mother of 11-year-old Stars player Mario Cochran
"Our boys went into this with a good attitude," said Darla Perry, whose son R.J., 11, weighs 155 pounds. "It's turned into a disaster."
Opponents' parents charged that the Stars' players were older than they claimed to be and that they were actually an "all-star" team culled from across Columbus.
In return, the Stars' parents began bringing birth certificates to games, as well as documents showing that all but one of the boys lived in the same ZIP code.
League officials and other teams' coaches are unrepentant.
"They were just beating the rec kids up," said Michael Mirones, the league's board chairman. "It's no fun for the kids that are losing."
"We didn't want one of our kids to get hit in the face with a ball," said rival coach Kris Hutchins, who said all his players' parents agreed that their boys not face the Stars.
Stars second baseman Matthew "Boomer" Hufferd, 12, thinks other teams are getting the wrong message.
"If they learn at their age that they can forfeit on things they don't want to do," Hufferd said, "it's quitting."
The comment I really love is where the coach whines that they're afraid the kid might get hit by a ball in the face. It's baseball. The chances of getting hit by a pitch or a batted ball are prety good any time you take the field. Pitchers that are 11-12 can easily throw 40 to 50 miles an hour or better. Thats why you wear helmets with a facecage.