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Falling out with Little League
by Buddy Firova
Jun 24, 2010 | 529 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print


Editor:

I feel that I need to provide an explanation to the community and the parents of the Refugio orange team for resigning as manager of the Little League baseball team.

It was not an easy decision for me to make, but it needed to be made, in order to expose the decision process established by the president of the league, and the board members. I have volunteered my time and effort towards improving the LL program.

On several occasions I took them to a local establishment and bought treats for their accomplishments, I bought them trophies, for winning the league, and T-shirts for winning the district tournament. Last year the coach selected for the all star team, was based on who won the league.

The coach of the winning team would be the head coach and the runner-up would be the assistance coach. This year, a week before the league is over, the board decided to change the selection process. Now, the winning coach can select his assistant.

I feel that the president of the league should have prevented this vote from taking place this late in the season. How can the board members change a policy with only one week left in the season, and not inform the volunteer coaches that such a vote was going to take place?

During the course of the season I was told by board members that the selection process would be the same as last year. So I assumed win or lose, I would be one of the coaches of the all star team, but that was not the case.

I was not given the opportunity to defend the current system. The voice of democracy was not heard. The opposing coach favored the change, so he could select his assistance coach or someone else.

Since I’m not a board member I was not given then opportunity to vote on the matter while the opposing coach voted for the change. It was apparent that he did not want me to be his assistant.

When the vote took place the opposing coach was one game up on the orange team. So he truly had the advantage.

It seems that some board members are reaching for reasons to vote in favor of the change and question my coaching abilities.

Let’s start with my resume. First, I was the football commissioner in Hampton, Va. for the Pop Warner football league. I volunteered for Special Olympics. I coached LL baseball in New Jersey.

I coached men and women softball teams. I’ve coached football and basketball. I have coached in all levels, and I’m CPR certified. Some board members question my coaching technique.

Everyone has a different style and coaching technique. What works for one coach might not work for another coach. I found out that managing from the dug out worked best for me. I’m able to talk to kids and explain what they did wrong and what they need to do to correct it. I’m able to watch the game and make changes according to the game. I’m able to communicate with the base coaches and signal in plays.

Last year I had the same system. We won the league and no one questioned my coaching abilities. During the all stars games I coaches third base and we won the district.

So what are they looking for? They are looking for a reason to vote against me. I feel that I have been discriminated against.

If the board didn’t want me to be part of their organization, then they should never have voted me. What about the LL volunteer pledge where it says I will positively support all managers, coaches, and players? Well, where was my support?

The league does what it wants to do no matter who is hurt. I moved back to this community thinking it was the right thing to do. And it was. There are a lot of good people in this community but you also have a few bad apples. I volunteered for the kids, not to satisfy my ego. Good luck to all the All Stars.

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