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To some degree I agree with this letter, no breaks for eating or using the restroom and being rushed just because the umpire is tired and ready to be done?
The girls that lost their first games did not have ONE single break the entire rest of the night, the Champions of both age groups got a least an hours break to eat use the restroom and just relax, how fair is that, lack of planning was the cause of the 9 hours straight ball play for the losing teams. There could of been breaks added in or even made this a two day tournament for that matter to give ALL the hard playing girls some rest time. I have been to many sports functions in my life and never have I seen a team that didn't get a 30 minute to an hour break at one point or another. Hopefully next year Craig Parks and Rec can better plan out the year end tournament!
A two day tournament would be hard to do. All of the coaches and assistants have full time jobs outside of softball. It is asking a lot for the coaches to use vacation or just miss a day of pay in order for each team to have a nice easy tournament. I do not believe The ump was hurrying things because she was tired. If that was the case, you need to think about them too. They were there all day, listening to parents heckle them about calls and the way the tournament was being ran. Call Pam at 824-8151 and volunteer your time to help plan a better planned day of play. That is the problem a lot, people complain about schedules, refs, umps and coaching but never stand up to help. It is way easier to sit and complain than to stand and help.
Wonderful letter...Thank You for summing it up so well, Lisa.
Great rebuttal, Lisa.
Ms. Plantiko showed a lack of class and understanding with her letter, in my humble opinion. If she had complaints, those should have been taken directly to Parks & Rec. The fact that she chose to grandstand in the CDP about being treated "unfairly" is indicative of a victim mentality and a terrible example to set, especially in regard to a youth softball tournament.
I hope those who are complaining the loudest are actively working towards solutions instead of just pointing fingers in a very public venue.
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