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Good sportsmanship begins with the grown-ups

I recently attended a Little League game in Applegate, Bear River Indians vs. Colfax Padres.

The coach of the Bear River team assumed there were three outs for the Padres and called his team (the Indians) off the field. The umpire, a high school boy, said there were only two outs for the Padres, and the two official scorekeepers, one from each team, agreed with the umpire, so the Padres stayed up to bat until another out was made. At this point the Bear River Indians coach protested aggressively, the protest lasting for at least five minutes, with his assistant coach coaxing him to stop. The game finally resumed, but this had to be the poorest example of showing young boys, 9 and 10 years old, sportsmanship that I have witnessed in attending Little League games for more than 40 years.

Coaches, remember — the children are there to learn baseball fundamentals and have a good time, but more importantly, good sportsmanship, and certainly not bullying.

Marge Franscella, grandmother to two Colfax Padres

Ripon, Calif.

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