The adult world of politics and gossip


#1

As you progress in this sport, I’m sure you’re going to overhear and see more than just trace of disapproval from your parents on where you’re playing, how much your playing, how your treated from time to time, and so on. You’ll also see, more than likely, other parents saying the same thing about their youngsters. In fact, more than likely you’ll see a lot of adults talking in groups about decisions ranging from who’s who in “that” school, to gossip that touches everybody.

Welcome to the adult world of petty gossip and idle chat.

How does this impact you?

IT DOESN’T!

You have one job and one job only - play the best that you can, be honest in all your efforts, and stay clear of mom and dad’s take on the world. You’ll get there yourself soon enough - but, in the meantime, what adults have to say about anything relative to what does - or not, happen, is not your concern. It’s only a distraction. You can’t concentrate on two things at once - two things that have nothing in common with your performance. And don’t fall prey to using gossip and adult politics as an excuse for your poor field performance - it doesn’t fly.

If someone plays all the time and you don’t - then missing a play, and the attitude that follows, can be so easy to brush off because “so-n-so plays a lot more than me,” isn’t the way to go. In fact, taking the time to drill yourself in the backyard, and open field, whatever - is a way to take charge of things yourself. Use your imagination.

In short, let the adults be adults - with all their pecking-order outlooks on life. You, concentrate on what works for you and stick to it.

Coach B.


#2

Adults can be such babies!
Imagine what would have happened if Phil Rizzuto had listened to two such adults—the world of baseball might have lost one of the greatest shortstops of all time. One such “adult” told the Scooter he was too small. Another told him to go home and get a shoeshine box or something. After all, at 5’6" he had reached his full height. But a third adult saw something, and the Yankees signed Rizzuto, and he went on to become a premier shortstop.
The trouble with so many “adults” is that they are prisoners—yes, prisoners—of preconceived notions. They’re like ostriches who bury their heads in the sand; the difference is that ostriches, when they do this, are looking for water. These “adults” not only think inside the box all the time, they’re thinking inside a box smaller than today’s strike zone. (No wonder they have such headaches! the compression must be something fierce.)
So, Coach B., you’re right on the money—as usual. 8)


#3

wow this thread brings back so many memories of my high school years. Every week all off the core players parents would get together and play “Skip-Bo” if anyone remembers that game, and gossip about how our coach was playing who and when. About such little trivial stuff that the players never really thought about. They always made it seem like some evil plot to suppress the better players and keep them down.