Letter: In defense of the softball tournament

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To the editor:

I am writing this letter in response to the letter about the girls softball tournament.

Every year in the close past, the tournament has been all day Thursday or Friday. People complained about having to take off work, the heat of the day, and it taking too long. It has been suggested to have it on a Saturday.

People complain because it interferes with camping or trips.

This year was a Friday afternoon and evening. Not playing in the midday heat was great.

There are some things that could have been done differently, but that's all in hindsight.

A double elimination bracket in any sport can be a very long and grueling process for a team that has a loss.

My daughters have played six games straight in basketball and still played in the championship game but got beat. That is the way a bracket like that works.

I have watched Triple Crown fast pitch softball teams just keep playing to stay in the bracket with no breaks. There is no way to make everyone who has a child playing happy with one tournament schedule.

We all should be grateful that we have a program and that our girls are given the opportunity to have fun and learn at the same time. The girls make new friends, learn the values of being on a team, learn about winning and losing, and best of all, how to have fun.

Parents create the negative behaviors and attitudes, not the kids who played that night.

It doesn't matter about who won the tournament or how many games they played, or even at what times.

What matters is that every girl in both leagues had some great experiences throughout the whole season. The one night does not define the whole season.

I personally know how much time Pam and Tonya put into the softball leagues, plus all the other sports, and I am grateful that they do that so my kids have summer sports to participate in.

The only way to make something better, if you are unhappy, is for you to volunteer your time and see if you can help in some way or another. I know they always need volunteers to help with many things.

The parents in our community need to set the standard for our children to live up to. We, the parents, set the examples for them to live by and negativity helps no one.

Lisa Lawton

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Comments

THAMLIN11 2 years, 5 months ago

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!

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lawtonl 2 years, 5 months ago

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.

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Tammy Showalter 2 years, 5 months ago

Wonderful letter...Thank You for summing it up so well, Lisa.

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Jason Phillips 2 years, 5 months ago

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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