Wednesday, June 22, 2005
On this day:

Rewarding Kids' Achievement

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Hit the showers, boys -- Youth baseball team ousted from league for being ‘too good’ by Kirk D . Richards
No one misbehaved. No one broke any rules. But after only a few games, the Columbus Stars have been kicked out of a recreational youth baseball league in Canal Winchester. The players, ages 11 and 12, were deemed too good. On May 9, the Stars beat the Red Sox, 18-0. Two weeks later, the Stars also beat World Harvest, 13-0. But the biggest blowout occurred on May 27, when the Stars defeated Sugar Grove II, 24-0. Sugar Grove I lost to the Stars the next day, 10-2. "After hearing and seeing the scores from that group, I called up the league office and said, ‘No way are we going to play them,’ " said Terry Morris, who coaches one of three teams from Bloom-Carroll schools in Fairfield County. "I wasn’t going to subject my players to that." [...] Since April, the boys have been honing their skills on a field outside the Zion Lutheran Church on Obetz Road. They practice 2½ hours a day, four days a week. [...] "I don’t think it’s fair," said Michael Allston, 12, a catcher and pitcher for the Stars. "We always played our best, and we were just winning games."
You were winning games, yes, but you were also hurting the feelings of the opposing teams. THAT was your offense. Welcome to P.C. America, kid. Thanks to Fark.