THE CRANKY OLD MAN
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Sunday, September 25, 2016
BUT…But…but it’s raining!
BUT…But…but it’s raining!
I love youth sports, and in today’s world kids need organized teams and leagues.In the olden days, as kids, we did not need adults.We all met at the school grounds with a bat and a ball, scratched out the bases, chose up sides, and played.Those days are gone, we need organized kids sports, and we need parents involved in sports.
We don’t need OVER involvement.I am guessing that if you go to u-tube and type in “Little League fathers acting like ass holes” there will be an assortment of videos to choose from.I am going to save Dad bashing for another day, today it is the Mom’s turn.
Your boys do not care if their uniform is clean or dirty.It is OK to washit, nobody likes a smelly uniform, but do not obsess over it.If Tommy’s mom judges you by how clean your boy’s uniform is you don’t really need to be friends with Tommy’s mom.Do not use bleach.Leave grass stains in.From your sons perspective the kids with clean uniforms are the kids who do not get in to the game.Grass stains are a badge.Your son wants to wear them with pride.
Do not yell shit at your sons during the game.He will be embarrassed enough by his Dad, don’t pile on by yelling,“Make a home run Bobby!”
Sports are played in different conditions.If the weather makes conditions unsafe then play should be suspended.However, do not expect to have all action stop at the first rain drop.
“How can they keep playing; It’s raining!”
“Shouldn’t they stop; It’s getting windy!”
“Isn’t it too cold to play?”
“It’s so hot, shouldn’t they stop and hydrate?” "BUT...But...but it's raining!"
Just gut it out and let the kids play.It’s fun playing in the rain and getting muddy; unless it is a hurricane, the wind is fine; your son doesn’t even feel the cold; if it’s hot, let them sweat it’s good for them and for Heaven sake never use the word HYDRATEon a ball field.
Your son does not need a juice box and a Twinkie after the game.Relax, he is fine.
Do not tell your son that winning isn’t everything.WinningIS everything to a boy at least for up to 10 minutes after losing.
Sports teach a boy to work together with other kids, to get dirty, to suffer difficulties, to work towards a goal, that winning is better than losing and losing is part of life, and if you get them to the game on time with the proper equipment, with no pressure or expectations, sports can be fun. Even in the rain.