Sad note from a disgruntled Little League volunteer

Well, this didn’t make our week. A person who had been receiving our monthly OnDeck Newsletter responded and asked to be removed from the list. The reason? Here is what he said:

Good morning. After spending countless hours over 14 years in little league. Not a thank you or no appreciation for all I have done. Please stop sending me your emails. It’s just a constant reminder of a political organization that I feel has turned into not for kids!!!!!

So we asked for more information. We wanted to know what had happened to so embitter a faithful, dedicated Little League volunteer. Unfortunately what we heard was not a surprise. In fact much of it is stuff we’ve been talking about and preaching for years. But maybe, just maybe, hearing it straight from the horse’s mouth might make some take more heed. We hope so. Here is what this disillusioned Little League volunteer had to say:

Personally. I feel sorry for alot of kids! Little League Baseball was designed to be a fun learning, development, and most importantly sportsmanship!!!!!!
Fourteen years!! Crazy right? I kept asking myself why I continued to put myself through the continued headaches. There were years that we did not have enough board members to cover all positions. So I had to fill three different positions just so that kids could play. NOT TO FORGET my wife!!!!!! She also worked very hard.
It’s the parents!! The ones that come to the board for only one agenda. To put their child first. Then you have those that want to coach, manage, etc. And it was those Parents and Managers that I say were trying to relive their childhood out of their kids.
As an umpire I watched the fear in those kids while up at bat to that catcher, who just might not stop that one wild pitch. 
There is no fun anymore!!!! Especially for those that end up sitting on the bench because why???? Because they are not the coaches favorite’s. To this day!!!! I have those that now have grown up and some have kids of their own still call me coach…
Little League??? Often have to wonder. What is it designed for??? It is not all about winning!!! It’s not all about how bad you made that other team look. Kids!!!!! They end up going to schools together, friends. Yet when on different teams and to see and watch how coaches, parents behave in a manner unsatisfactory.
Parents, coaches, fans, board members, let’s all take a step back. It’s time to make sure that what we’re doing is in the best interests of the kids…all of them…and then you can be proud of the service you’re bringing to your community.
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