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Old 09-30-2012, 05:58 PM   #1
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WAY OT: Looking for a poem about kids playing sports... to deter bad spectators??

I'm glad I missed my son's football game today (my daughter had a soccer game in another town), because I'm not sure I could've handled it like a lady. Apparently, another teammates father was shouting some very unkind things to and about my son, who is the quarterback. He was doing it very loudly and repeatedly and unfortunately my son heard every word. They were having a rough game and lost 27-38. Keep in mind...my son is 11. These are children and I am disgusted that his heart is going through this. He was choking up on the phone just telling me about it and when he gets home - I'll give him the biggest hug, but I know it will not help.

I remember a poem that used to be on the back of the high school football programs and the gist was "do not belittle the players, because they're just young kids, etc etc. The end of the poem said something like "he's just a boy and not yet a man" and "that boy is my son, you see" or something to that affect. I tried to search it online and can't find it. I am hoping to have it printed up and placed on the back of the programs next year. It's a shame it's needed. Some people....


If I was there, I would've asked the man (I use that word loosely)...if you want our team to win then why would you mess with the quarterback's head like that, buddy?! Shouting out like that - it only screws up their focus. It probably embarrassed his OWN son. Jerk!

Does anyone know which I'm talking about???
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That didn't work, I have it pinned on pinterest, let me try something else.
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Ummmm....that didn't work, I guess. Retry?
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:23 PM   #4
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He's Just a Little Boy

He stands at the plate with his heart pounding fast;
the bases are loaded; The die has been cast.
Mom and Dad cannot help him; he stands all alone.
A hit at this moment would send the team home.
The ball nears the plate; he swings and he misses.
There's a groan from the crowd, with some boos and hisses.

A thoughtless voice cries out, "Strike out the bum!".
Tears fill his eyes; the game"s no longer fun.
Remember-he's just a boy who stands all alone.
So open your heart and give him a break.
For it's moments like this a man you can make.
Keep this in mind when you hear someone forget.
He's just a little boy, not a man yet.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:28 PM   #5
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I think it's a shame that people do that. In our league the man would have been given a warning, then removed from the park.

I remember the first year my son played baseball, he was 9 and it was coach pitch (DH was his coach) He's not very athletic and has poor muscle tone from steroids to treat leukemia when he was little. For the first 3/4 of the season he struck out and everyone yelled "good try" and encouraging things. I still get tears in my eyes thinking of the first time he hit that ball, both teams went crazy cheering for him. I know he never would've gone back out on that field if someone had yelled mean things at him.
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And here's the football version.


JUST A LITTLE BOY

(FROM THE 1983-84 CAMPBELL COUNTY ALL STAR PROGRAM)

HE STANDS IN*THE HUDDLE WITH HEART POUNDING FAST.

THE SCORE IS TIED; THE DIE HAS BEEN CAST

MOM AND DAD CANNOT HELP HIM, HE'S OUT THERE ALL ALONE.

A TOUCHDOWN AT THIS MOMENT WOULD SEND THE TEAM HOME.

THE BALL REACHES HIS HANDS; HE RUNS AND HE STUMBLES

THERE'S A GROAN FROM THE CROWD, WITH SOME BOOS AND SOME GRUMBLES.

THE THOUGHTLESS VOICE CRIES:* "TAKE HIM OUT HE'S A BUM"

TEARS FILL HIS EYES; THE GAME'S NO LONGER FUN.

SO OPEN YOUR HEART AND GIVE HIM A BREAK.

FOR IT'S MOMENTS LIKE THIS, A MAN YOU CAN MAKE.

KEEP THIS IN MIND WHEN YOU HEAR SOMEONE FORGET.

HE'S JUST A LITTLE BOY AND NOT A MAN YET.
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Ugh, some people are such jerks! I'm sorry that happened to your son. Stories like this make me even more thankful for Upward Sports!
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:47 PM   #8
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Ummm, like I said I had to be at my daughters soccer game & was not present. My husband was there & from what he said, it just became an awkward situation for all of the spectators. He told me it took all that he had to keep his cool.

The coaches did hear the comments but didn't know how to intervene without a bad situation becoming worse. This man is the type that would've handled it badly if confronted.

I think (& hope) it's handled tomorrow when he brings his son to practice.
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People are jerks!

My daughter (8) swam on a rec swim team this summer. First time swimming in a meet and only 5 practices she swam anchor for a relay. She was slower and the relay came in 3rd out of 4.

Some old fart said right behind me squawks" Looks like the anchor has an anchor" I whipped my head around and laid into him. Including thats my kid, its her first meet and if you think you can do better than why don't you take her place." he stuttered apologies left and right.
Worst part is his grandchildren swam for the same team my DD swam for. Everytime during the summer he seen me at the pool he went the other way. LOL

I'm sorry for your son.
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Just came back to see if there was an update.

I hope you didn't take my comment as a slight against you for what you wanted to do. It was just an observation that from how you described it that this idiot probably wouldn't read it let alone think it was for his consideration.

Glad to hear your son is handling this well and that it'll be brought up to the coaches. Keep us updated!
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:18 PM   #11
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Oh no, I didn't take it wrong at all. I re-read my post and see how it might have seemed that way. Whoops.

Update: practice was cancelled due to rain & that means the meeting was too. Postponed until tomorrow. In the meantime my son broke down tonight saying that some of the kids on his team have been bad talking him behind his back. He's never had this happen to him before now. This is like a social experiment gone wrong! One cowardly adult calls a child names & suddenly it catches fire.... Other (kids) follow suit. This will also be addressed tomorrow. These boys need to learn to have each others backs when things get rough - not turn on each other! Sad.
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