Letter: In defense of the softball tournament
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.